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.
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Why do courts issue gag orders and when do they conflict with the First Amendment?
76- Margarine, Meadows, and Removal
What’s the connection between Trump, margarine, and Mark Meadows?
75- Comstock Zombies
19th century "zombie" laws are shambling into the abortion debate
74- On the Eve of Trump's Arraignment
The presumed criminal charges against former President Trump and role of the New York Grand Jury
73- Lies, George Santos, and the 1st Amendment
What does the Constitution say about lies, punishing lies, and punishing someone who lies to get elected?
72-Weddings, Websites, and Forced Speech
What if a business owner asserts that serving a gay customer violates their first amendment rights?
A Sad State of Affairs
Great summation for these interesting times. I’ve been following this podcast from the beginning. Today I was struck by the thought that if the Constitution survives this time, the country that remains will have a great deal of gratitude for someone like Trump who came along and proved the genius behind such a compact. To be sure it is a very unpleasant time but can, after all is said and done, turn out to be quite beneficial. It’s getting through it that’s uncertain…and very stressful.
Making it Stick
There’s an idea in educational psychology, called interleaving, which is simply about learning an idea, leaving it for a while, and coming back to learn and relearn. So here I am again starting at the early episodes as if I’m studying for an exam. Love the show and willing to do it all over again!
I missed you so much
So happy to see a new episode pop into my feed yesterday. What a relief! The topic was very timely and enlightening as well as amusing. I hope these keep coming. I'll be willing to wait long stints between podcasts but I'm not willing for this podcast to go away! (Just sayin'.)