Professor Elizabeth Joh teaches Intro to Constitutional Law and most of the time this is a pretty straight forward job. But with Trump in office, everything has changed. Five minutes before class Professor Joh checks Twitter to find out what the 45th President has said and how it jibes with 200 years of the judicial branch interpreting and ruling on the Constitution. Hosted by acclaimed podcaster Roman Mars (99% Invisible, co-founder Radiotopia), this show is a weekly, fun, casual Con Law 101 class that uses the tumultuous and erratic activities of the executive branch under Trump to teach us all about the US Constitution.
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
53- Hate Crimes
On May 20, 2021, President Biden signed the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act. What exactly is a hate crime and what does the Constitution say about them?
52- Pattern and Practice
What can a President do when it comes to reforming the approximately 18,000 locally governed police departments around the US?
51- The Capitol Mob and their cell phones
On January 6th, a mob stormed the US Capitol to try to stop the certification of the presidential election results. Many of the insurrectionists will be tracked down and charged with crimes, in part, because their cell phone placed them in the Capitol Building during the attack. The case of Carpenter v. United States is the closest the Supreme Court has come to weighing in on the matter of historical cell phone data, but the decision didn’t not offer an opinion on law enforcement’s use of a location specific cell phone tower data dump without an individual suspect in mind. This brings up questions about the way warrants usually work under the Fourth Amendment.
50- Deplatforming and Section 230
Following the January 6th riot on Capitol Hill, the major social media platforms banned former President Donald Trump, and many accounts related to far-right conspiracy theories. In response, conservative activists have called for the repeal of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, saying it would prevent ‘censorship’ of right-wing viewpoints in the future. But what does Section 230 actually say? How are the social media companies determining what can be on their platforms?
Okay, so if you’re rebranding…
…just DON’T change the theme music! I’ll admit it’s a little annoying that I’m helplessly obligated to get up and dance when it plays, and it’s not always a convenient situation. But I haven’t been this owned by a piece of music since the Line Up song on Bubble Guppies when my kids were little.
Great podcast, great theme song! Keep ‘em both rolling!
So glad this is going to keep going
Was so happy to hear Roman say he is rebranding and keeping the show going! More con law for all! I love it!
Far from biased. She is an expert of experts.
Sure, all of them had brushes with the constitution, republican and democrat alike. And yes, I would like it if they included some episodes on other presidents.
But t**** trampled laws norms and constitution so much that it necessitated a separate show. There was not much to talk about before.