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Amicus With Dahlia Lithwick | Law, Ju...
A show about the law, and the nine Supreme Court justices who interpret it for the rest of America.
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Election Meltdown, Professor Brendan Nyhan
How disinformation undermines elections.
13 min
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Election Meltdown, Part 5
Doomsday scenarios and hopeful actions in the final part of our voting-rights series.
69 min
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Election Meltdown, Part 4
Rhetoric and reality: When is it OK to say an election was “stolen”?
50 min
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Election Meltdown, Part 3
Delving into the big bag of dirty tricks ahead of the 2020 election.
54 min
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Election Meltdown, Part 2
Paper jams, lost forms, and lost boxes—incompetence and elections.
32 min
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Impeachment's Aftermath
Precedents for future presidents, and questions for current citizens
43 min
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Election Meltdown, Part 1
The voter fraud that wasn’t, the voter suppression that is.
40 min
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A Trial That's Not A Trial
As the Chief Justice and Senators swear in for Donald J Trump’s impeachment trial, a lawyer’s eye view of proceedings.
48 min
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What Is Impeachment For?
Live from the Aspen Institute, a conversation about the case against Donald Trump.
5 min
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Buckle Up, John Roberts
Looking ahead to a turbulent 2020 for the chief justice.
50 min
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Divided Realities
Lawyers on the crisis at the border, and a cacophony of bad faith in the Capitol.
66 min
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Slate Presents: Lockdown
Living through the era of school shootings, one drill at a time.
24 min
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Impeaching Other Presidents
History lessons and a constitutional law clinic at the House Judiciary Committee hearing on impeachment.
61 min
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Bonus: A Conversation About Conversations With...
Dahlia Lithwick and Jeff Rosen on Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s jurisprudence—and her character.
66 min
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Your Move, Mitch
The next steps for impeachment, and deciphering the DACA arguments with Janet Napolitano.
64 min
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Live Bonus: Press Freedom
In partnership with the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.
2 min
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A Look at the Original Quid Pro Quo: Emoluments.
We’re talking fact patterns: impeachment, the federal courts, and emoluments.
67 min
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Bonus: Impeachment and the “Spy Stuff”
House Intelligence Committee member Rep. Jim Himes on the intersection of the law and national security.
35 min
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The Conservative Legal Resistance
Stuart Gerson on the case for impeachment from the right, plus Cyrus Habib on listening.
57 min
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Impeachment Primer
Answering all the questions you’ve had about the constitutional crisis but were afraid to ask.
66 min
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Get Ready for the Most Significant Supreme Cour...
The justices are tackling abortion, guns, DACA, and LGBTQ rights.
45 min
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How Donald Trump Weaponizes the Law
From his first real-estate suits all the way to Ukrainegate, Trump’s legal (and extralegal) bag of tricks.
79 min
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The Clerk’s Eye View of Justice John Paul Stevens
Remembering the late Supreme Court justice with Professors Sonja West and Jamal Greene.
65 min
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Redefining The Executive Power
Overturning the conventional wisdom on presidential powers with a radical reading of constitutional history.
55 min
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Lawyers, Who Needs 'Em?
What the lack of legal representation in the civil courts can teach us about justice.
39 min
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Let's Start with Race
Michele Goodwin on America’s defining issue, and on papering over the gaping holes in the constitution.
63 min
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The End of an Era, and the Cult of the Constitu...
What we lost with the passing of Justice John Paul Stevens, and Mary Anne Franks on what we lose when we unquestioningly revere the nation’s founding document.
58 min
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High Crimes and Misdemeanors
Frank Bowman on impeachment--its history and meaning, and whether it’s meant to be so hard.
57 min
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Ready, Set, Gerrymander!
A round table round-up of the 2018 Supreme Court term with Dahlia Lithwick, Slate’s Mark Joseph Stern, Professor Pam Karlan of Stanford and Professor Leah Litman of the University of Michigan Law School. Analysis of the census case, the gerrymandering cases, and the down-docket items you might have missed, but whose repercussions you won’t.
39 min
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Trumpcast: An Interview With E. Jean Carroll
38 min
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Flowers, Crosses, Clauses and Oaths
Present-tense SCOTUS decision analysis that reaches all the way back to the Magna Carta for context.
63 min
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Clarence Thomas Said What?
Adam Cohen on how the Supreme Court Justice picked up his thesis on eugenics, and ran with it, in the opposite direction.
42 min
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“Slouching Toward Gilead”
Surveying legislative assaults on the right to choose, and what guides the chief justice’s thinking about abortion.
65 min
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A Judge, on Judging
Federal Court Judge Robert Lasnik of the Western District of Washington on judicial self-governance, racial fairness in the courts and… Quoting Bob Dylan.
61 min
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The Fight for LGBTQ Protections Under the Civil...
70 min
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Extra: Redactionist History
A Mueller report rundown with former Department of Justice spokesperson Matt Miller and Fordham Law Professor Jed Shugerman
23 min
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Death Penalty Dust-Ups at the High Court
The robes are on but the gloves are off when it comes to capital punishment.
46 min
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Kavanaugh and Kagan Had a Moment
Dahlia Lithwick and Mark Joseph Stern unpack the arguments in the North Carolina and Maryland gerrymander cases heard by the Supreme Court this week, and Aaron Belkin of advocacy group Pack the Courts tells us why packing the courts is becoming a serious topic in the Democratic presidential race. Please let us know what you think of Amicus. Join the discussion of this episode on Facebook. Our email is amicus@slate.com.
67 min
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Lawyers are Tackling our Democracy Problem Via ...
Dahlia Lithwick pans back this week to assess what’s holding and what’s buckling in terms of norms and institutions, two years and change into the Trump presidency. She’s joined by Ian Bassin of Protect Democracy, a new kind of litigation shop looking at global trends toward authoritarianism and trying to resist those trends in the United States.
60 min
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The Case Regarding the So-Called Emergency
Dahlia Lithwick is joined by conservative lawyer Stuart Gerson and finds common ground over the President’s declaration of a national emergency so he can build the wall. And Leah Litman helps us take a lawyerly look at Michael Cohen’s testimony before congress this week.
61 min
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Parsing the Shadow Docket
What recent seemingly procedural SCOTUS decisions can tell us about substance.
53 min
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Amicus Presents: The Pre-Crime Unit
47 min
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What Did We Learn From The Trans Ban Injunction...
Lambda Legal’s Sharon McGowan on their setback at SCOTUS.
56 min
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We’re Back to Where Mueller Began: Counterintel...
Yale’s Asha Rangappa takes us inside “the spy stuff.”
48 min
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The Threat of National Emergency
20 min
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Chief Justice John Roberts, a Rock, and a Hard ...
How will the chief justice reconcile his conservatism with his institutionalism in a divided court?
58 min
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The Incrementalist RBG
A conversation with screenwriter Daniel Stiepelman on the biopic On the Basis of Sex, about his aunt, Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
47 min
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Mapping the Mueller Investigation
Mimi Rocah draws a legal map of the Special Counsel’s investigation, dotted with “buckets of criminality”, plus inside the arguments about whether half of Oklahoma is an Indian Reservation.
66 min
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A Hard Line on Acosta’s Hard Pass
The White House settled CNN’s suit, but big questions remain.
28 min
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“Taking a Wrecking Ball to Our Constitution”
Is Trump’s appointment of Matthew Whitaker even legal? And why the census citizenship question is so problematic.
58 min
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SPECIAL: The Deadly Shooting at the Tree of Lif...
19 min
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Docket Deep Dive and Is It Time to Freak Out Ab...
Reading tea leaves on the cases before the court this term and spilling the tea on where voting rights stand for the midterms.
55 min
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Amicus Presents: Legal Wars
10 min
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Due Processing
As Justice Kavanaugh takes his seat, Dahlia Lithwick takes stock with Senator Jeff Merkley and Matthew Yglesias.
54 min
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Live from Austin
A legal all-star panel on Kavanaugh, the coming SCOTUS term, and the future of the court.
66 min
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The Press, The President, and Enemy Construction
Law Professors Lisa Sun and RonNell Andersen Jones on morphing the media into enemies of the people.
53 min
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Introducing Slate Day
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SPECIAL: Surviving a School Shooting, From a Te...
SPECIAL: Surviving a School Shooting, From a Teacher's Point of View
29 min
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Roe v Kavanaugh
Trump’s nominee is not super into precedent, it seems.
56 min
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Back to School Protest Special
From armbands to Parkland, free speech rights inside the school gates.
57 min
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Barbie, Bratz, and Who Owns Your Dreams?
The intellectual property battle about much more than plastic dolls.
39 min
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A Taftian Antidote to Trumpian Excesses
37 min
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The Scalia Factor
Rick Hasen on his book “The Justice of Contradictions: Antonin Scalia and the Politics of Disruption”
49 min
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The Argument That Could Reclaim the Supreme Cou...
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse on the frustrating process of vetting a new Supreme Court justice.
31 min
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With Kennedy Gone, What’s on the Chopping Block?
Our annual look at the end of the Supreme Court term.
47 min
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Voting: Purging, Packing, Cracking, Standing
Analysis of SCOTUS gerrymandering and voter purge decisions with Paul M Smith, who argued two of the cases.
41 min
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Bonus: Live From the ACLU
A legal all-star panel with David Cole, Vanita Gupta, Joyce White Vance and Richard Painter.
71 min
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Religious Belief, Sincerely Held
Examining the narrow slicing of the Masterpiece cake shop holding, and contemplating the role of faith in our laws.
65 min
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The Impeachment Question
It’s a possibility, but should it be a goal?
42 min
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The State of the State Attorneys General
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey on gun safety wins, the resistance, and Eric Schneiderman
38 min
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Travel Ban 3.0 and Rinsing off Religious Animus...
55 min
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The Rule of Law and the Ethics of Poking the Bear
A slow motion constitutional crisis may be upon us. Dahlia Lithwick is joined by Lawfare blog editor and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, Ben Wittes, to assess the threats to the rule of law posed by presidential pique.
43 min
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Don’t Call It an Abortion Case
NIFLA v Becerra may be all about reproductive rights, but it’s a speech case, too.
57 min
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All The President's Lawyers
This week we follow the money in the Mueller investigation and we talk with a former White House counsel under President Barack Obama about the relationship between presidents and their lawyers, and between this president and his lawyers.
51 min
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When Did Corporations Become People?
57 min
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A Preview of a Union-Busting Case, and RBG’s Gr...
59 min
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Immigration: Whose Call Is It Anyway?
As the courts grapple with radical shifts in immigration policy, a look at the cases underlying the conversation about the rights of refugees, immigrants, Dreamers, and visitors.
34 min
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“The Gross Spectacle of a Divided Defense”
The case of the capital defendant who insisted “I’m innocent” while his lawyer told everyone “he did it” reaches the Supreme Court.
60 min
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The Right Not to Vote
SCOTUS will weigh whether Ohio had the right to purge more than a million voters who sat out elections.
58 min
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#MeToo in the Courts
What’s next, and what’s needed, in the wake of sexual harassment claims concerning the judiciary?
63 min
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Probing the Mueller Probe, and Inside the Chamb...
58 min
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Slow Burn: A Podcast About Watergate | Martha
A preview of Slate's eight-episode miniseries about Watergate.
24 min
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Why the Cakeshop Case is So Delicious
33 min
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Guns in America and the Travel Ban that Went Un...
55 min
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The 25th Amendment, What's That?
43 min
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The Single Most Unremarked Win of the Trump Era
31 min
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The Supreme Court Term RBG Is Calling "Momentous"
45 min
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Gerrymandering Goes Back to Court
As is so often the case, all eyes are on Justice Anthony Kennedy.
33 min
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Breakfast Table Redux
Dahlia Lithwick, Mark Joseph Stern, and Pam Karlan chew over the Supreme Court term just completed.
56 min
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Nice Little FBI You’ve Got Here. Pity if Someth...
What counts as “obstruction of justice?” And, should judges pay any attention to Trump’s Twitter feed?
49 min
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Clarence Thomas is Color Blind
The most conservative justice casts a decisive vote to invalidate race-based voting lines.
40 min
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Animus Amicus
A group of law professors tells a federal court that religious bias lies at the heart of Trump’s travel ban.
50 min
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The Myth of the Neutral Expert
In the context of a capital trial, is there any such thing?
42 min
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Playground of Liberty
An important church-state case at the Supreme Court centers on tire scraps repurposed for kids’ play areas.
49 min
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When Prosecutors Keep Mum
Did eight men spend decades in prison for somebody else’s crime? And – a history of confirmation hearings.
50 min
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Gorsuch Grins, Says Nothing
Were his hearings as pointless as they seemed?
44 min
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Why It’s Worth Opposing Gorsuch
It’s not that he’s a bad judge, or that he was nominated by a president so compromised by scandal. Plus – a veteran D.C. journalist tries his hand at fiction.
45 min
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Never Mind
After spending years challenging a draconian voter ID law in Texas, the DOJ abruptly changes course. Plus – a thorny deportation case is argued at SCOTUS.
50 min
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General Strike
How state attorneys general are going on the offensive against the most egregious parts of the Trump agenda. And – the Constitution’s limits on the U.S.-Mexico border.
47 min
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"SEE YOU IN COURT"
A deep dive into the Ninth Circuit’s ruling on President Trump’s immigration ban.
38 min