Professor Elizabeth Joh teaches Intro to Constitutional Law and most of the time this is a pretty straight forward job. But when Trump came into office, everything changed. During the four years of the Trump presidency, Professor Joh would check Twitter five minutes before each class to find out what the 45th President had said and how it jibes with 200 years of the judicial branch interpreting and ruling on the Constitution. Acclaimed podcaster Roman Mars (99% Invisible) was so anxious about all the norms and laws being tested in the Trump era that he asked his neighbor, Elizabeth, to explain what was going on in the world from a Constitutional law perspective. Even after Trump left office, there is still so much for Roman to learn. What Roman Mars Can Learn About Con Law is a weekly, fun, casual Con Law 101 class that uses the tumultuous activities of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches to teach us all about the US Constitution.
All music for the show comes from Doomtree, an independent hip-hop collective and record label based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
59- A Jurisprudence of Doubt
What are the current precedents when it comes to abortion rights and how solid do they feel right now?
58- Executive Privilege, SB 8 update, and Rust
An update on SB 8, Executive Privilege of presidential records, and a short digression into criminal law with the tragic death on a movie set
57- The Eastman Memo
John Eastman, a mainstream conservative lawyer working for Trump, outlined a plan for VP Pence to declare Trump the winner of the 2020 election regardless of the votes. It didn't happen, but should we be worried about the memo when it comes to future elections?
56- Shadow Docket
The Shadow Docket, Texas's SB 8, and the state of abortion rights in the US
55- Double Dose of Jacobson
As people argue over public policy regarding the COVID vaccine, Jacobson V. Massachusetts (1905) is invoked a lot. Plus, Trump is in court and the first Capitol riot conviction.
54- Bong Hits for Jesus
A quick roundup of three Supreme Court decisions that came down at the end of June
Like 99PI, Roman Mars does another great show. His anti-trump-ness shows through a little but not enough to bother me (I get that’s it’s hard to keep personal views out of everything and since this show is primarily about Trump I think it’s forgivable to let some feelings slip. He keeps it brief and professional though and I like him more for it).
Required listening for all Americans
Roman Mars doing what he does best, with very knowledgable co-host Professor Elizabeth Joh.
We all love your work, but the talent of this podcast is Professor Joh, not you. Credit where credit’s due.