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. Proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.
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?
On January 13th, former President Donald Trump became the first person ever to be impeached twice by the House of Representatives. But with Trump out of office, it’s unclear if there will be enough votes to reach the two-thirds majority needed to convict him in the Senate. With the trial looming, we look at whether Trump has a good argument against the charge he incited a riot on Capitol Hill, and whether or not it’s constitutional to impeach someone after they leave office.
48- The Final Days
How Trump is failing to overturn the election and how he might use his pardon power in his final days. This episode was recorded on December 21, 2020.
47- Lame Duck
In late November, most states have certified the Presidential election for Joe Biden and his running mate, Kamala Harris. But Donald Trump continues to deny the results of the election and insist (without a shred evidence) that he lost because of voter fraud. What does the constitution have to say about the transfer of power? What if Donald Trump fails to concede? What does the constitution say about the period of time after an incumbent loses but remains in power?
46- Counting Votes
During the 2000 Presidential Election, it wasn’t immediately certain who had won the electoral college votes in Florida, throwing the entire process into chaos. Eventually, the SCOTUS had to step in to rule on the outcome. With the 2020 election only a few days out, we take a look back at how the Supreme Court played a role in adjudicating the election in Bush v. Gore, and then we look forward to what might happen this time around.
45- SCOTUS without RBG
On September 18th, Ruth Bader Ginsburg died at the age of 87. She was a trailblazing jurist who fought for the equality of women before the law. But her legacy is in peril, as Donald Trump and Senate Republicans prepare to nominate a conservative successor. What can Democrats do to alter the course of the SCOTUS? And what does the constitution tell us about so-called ‘judicial supremacy’?
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Still My Favorite, Hands Down
These podcasts are few and far between, but I thought I should report the fact that this is the first podcast I look for when I download updates to my podcast library, and it is the first one I listen to if there's a new one. I have kept them all, shared them widely, and perhaps most significant comment of all, this is the ONE I share with my podcast-phobic husband. Well done!
We're now six months or so later from my original post praising this web page. I am so thankful this podcast will continue. The one I listened to this morning, on de-platforming, was so informative. I have donated to this podcast in gratitude.
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I find this podcast nothing less than consoling. Day after day we saw DJT violating the norms, morals and ethics we demand of our commander in chief, yet NO CONSEQUENCES followed. The explanations here help calm my nerves--at least make me fully informed--about what Speaker Pelosi and other ethical members in both parties are trying to do to PUT A STOP to this vile man's behavior. Now, let's see if we can hold Twitter legally accountable for enabling the traitor to lie, lie, lie and TRY to mislead and misinform those who are foolish enough to believe him.
Fantastic review of the US constitution
Fantastic review of the US constitution with regards to President Trump.