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A show about the law, and the nine Supreme Court justices who interpret it for the rest of America.

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Roe v Kavanaugh
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Dahlia Lithwick is joined by Professor Melissa Murray of NYU Law School, who gave <a href="https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4748099/melissa-murray">blistering testimony at the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings last week</a>. They talk Roe v Wade, when precedent counts and when it doesn’t, and what the likely confirmation of Kavanaugh to the Supreme Courts means for reproductive rights writ large. Plus, Dahlia Lithwick shares highlights from an on-stage conversation between her and Justice Elena Kagan this past week, where they covered division in the court and in the country, how Chief Justice Roberts steers the court through choppy waters, and civility.<br>Please let us know what you think of Amicus. Join the discussion of this episode on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/amicuspodcast"><strong>Facebook</strong></a>. Our email is <strong>amicus@slate.com</strong>.<br>Podcast production by Sara Burningham.<br><br>This episode is brought to you by the following advertisers: <br><br> Simplisafe. Start protecting your home today, learn more at simplisafe.com/amicus. <br><br> The Great Courses Plus, enjoy a free month and start learning today at <a href="http://thegreatcoursesplus.com/amicus">thegreatcoursesplus.com/amicus</a>.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Sep 15, 2018
Back to School Protest Special
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<br>Student activism is back in America’s schools. Young people mobilizing around gun safety and social justice issues are heading back to school. We talk to Mary Beth Tinker, who took her fight for the right to protest at school all the way to the Supreme Court back in 1969. And we hear from noted First Amendment scholar Geoffrey R. Stone of the University of Chicago Law School, who tells us what rights students have to raise their voices—or wear t-shirt slogans—in schools today. <br>Please let us know what you think of Amicus. Join the discussion of this episode on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/amicuspodcast"><strong>Facebook</strong></a>. Our email is <strong>amicus@slate.com</strong>.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Sep 01, 2018
Barbie, Bratz, and Who Owns Your Dreams?
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<a href="http://books.wwnorton.com/books/You-Dont-Own-Me/"><em><br>You Don’t Own Me</em></a><em> </em>is Orly Lobel’s fascinating examination of a landmark legal battle between plastic dolls. The Mattel v MGA, Barbie v Bratz case exposed questions about gender, culture and rights in the workplace. This episode of Amicus takes you inside a case involving corporate espionage, intellectual property, and icons of American girlhood.<br>Please let us know what you think of Amicus. Join the discussion of this episode on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/amicuspodcast"><strong>Facebook</strong></a>. Our email is <strong>amicus@slate.com</strong>.<br>Podcast production by Sara Burningham.<br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Aug 18, 2018
A Taftian Antidote to Trumpian Excesses
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&nbsp;Amicus’ summer of exploring great legal writing continues this week with Jeff Rosen, whose biography of William Howard Taft reveals a president who was scrupulous in observing constitutional boundaries, and much happier on the bench than in the White House. <br>Please let us know what you think of Amicus. Join the discussion of this episode on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/amicuspodcast"><strong>Facebook</strong></a>. Our email is <strong>amicus@slate.com</strong>.<br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Aug 04, 2018
The Scalia Factor
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In the first of a series of deep dives into great legal reads this summer, Dahlia Lithwick talks with Rick Hasen, author of “The Justice of Contradictions: Antonin Scalia and the Politics of Disruption” about civil discourse, rock star justices, and what Justice Scalia would have thought of President Trump.&nbsp;<br>Please let us know what you think of Amicus. Join the discussion of this episode on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/amicuspodcast"><strong>Facebook</strong></a>. Our email is <strong>amicus@slate.com</strong>.<br>Podcast production by Sara Burningham.<br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jul 21, 2018
The Argument That Could Reclaim the Supreme Court for Democrats
2018
This week Dahlia LIthwick talks with Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democratic senator from Rhode Island, about what we can expect over the next several months as Donald Trump nominates a new associate justice to the Supreme Court. He talks about why Democrats must care more about the Supreme Court, the <a href="https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/06/the-dark-money-campaign-to-replace-anthony-kennedy-has-already-begun.html">danger of dark money</a>, and the frustration of confirmation hearings.<br><br>Please let us know what you think of Amicus. Join the discussion of this episode on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/amicuspodcast"><strong>Facebook</strong></a>. Our email is <a href="mailto:amicus@slate.com"><strong>amicus@slate.com</strong></a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Podcast production by June Thomas.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jul 07, 2018
With Kennedy Gone, What’s on the Chopping Block?
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The Supreme Court’s 2017 term ended with some blockbuster opinions and, most dramatically, Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement announcement. On a special edition of Amicus, Dahlia Lithwick is joined by Slate legal writer Mark Joseph Stern and University of California, Irvine, law professor Leah Litman to discuss what it all means. <br><br>Yes, it's a Supreme Court Breakfast Table without a Breakfast Table!<br><br>Please let us know what you think of Amicus. Join the discussion of this episode on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/amicuspodcast"><strong>Facebook</strong></a>. Our email is <a href="mailto:amicus@slate.com"><strong>amicus@slate.com</strong></a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Podcast production by June Thomas.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 30, 2018
Voting: Purging, Packing, Cracking, Standing
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Dahlia Lithwick takes a close look at the two big voting rights cases decided by the Supreme Court earlier this week with Paul Smith who argued for the plaintiffs in the Wisconsin political gerrymander case <em>Gill v. Whitford</em>. On Monday, the court sent <em>Gill</em> back to the lower courts based on the theory that the plaintiffs had no standing. In the other case, <em>Benisek v Lamone</em>, which involved a Maryland gerrymander, the Justices delivered an unsigned opinion sending <em>Benisek </em>back saying it was too soon to decide. And we take a look at the implications of the court’s earlier decision on Ohio voter purges, a case that was also argued by Paul Smith.<br><br>Please let us know what you think of Amicus. Join the discussion of this episode on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/amicuspodcast"><strong>Facebook</strong></a>. Our email is <strong>amicus@slate.com</strong>.<br>Podcast production by Sara Burningham.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 23, 2018
Bonus: Live From the ACLU
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Dahlia Lithwick moderates a discussion of civil rights and legal norms in the Trump era with the ACLU’s David Cole, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Vanita Gupta, former White House chief ethics counsel under President George W Bush, Richard Painter, and former US attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, Joyce White Vance.<br>Please let us know what you think of Amicus. Join the discussion of this episode on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/amicuspodcast"><strong>Facebook</strong></a>. Our email is <strong>amicus@slate.com</strong>.<br>Podcast production by Sara Burningham.<br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 13, 2018
Religious Belief, Sincerely Held
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An epic Amicus this week, with a&nbsp; thorough analysis of <em>Masterpiece Cakeshop v Colorado Civil Rights Commission </em>with Slate’s Mark Joseph Stern. What does is tell us about Justice Anthony Kennedy’s plans, and can it tell us anything about the travel ban case? <br>Then Dahlia Lithwick speaks with one of her heroes, the <a href="https://www.breachrepairers.org/">Rev. William Barber</a>, about how progressives ceded the language of faith, morality,&nbsp; and the Constitution—and how they are reclaiming it. <br>Please let us know what you think of Amicus. Join the discussion of this episode on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/amicuspodcast"><strong>Facebook</strong></a>. Our email is <strong>amicus@slate.com</strong>.<br>Podcast production by Sara Burningham.<br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 09, 2018
The Impeachment Question
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While President Trump demands an investigation into the investigators investigating the investigation, the clamour to impeach grows ever more fervent in some quarters. Dahlia Lithwick explores the legal and constitutional questions surrounding impeachment with constitutional scholar and Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe, co-author of <em>To End a Presidency - The Power of Impeachment</em><br>Please let us know what you think of Amicus. Join the discussion of this episode on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/amicuspodcast"><strong>Facebook</strong></a>. Our email is <strong>amicus@slate.com</strong>.<br>Podcast production by Sara Burningham.<br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 26, 2018
The State of the State Attorneys General
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As the ripples from New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s resignation after allegations of violence against women continue, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey joins Dahlia Lithwick to discuss the role of State Attorneys General and how that’s changing under Trump. Attorney General Healey also talks about fighting—and winning against—the gun lobby in court. <br><br>Please let us know what you think of Amicus. Join the discussion of this episode on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/amicuspodcast"><strong>Facebook</strong></a>. Our email is <strong>amicus@slate.com</strong>.<br>Podcast production by Sara Burningham.<br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 12, 2018
Travel Ban 3.0 and Rinsing off Religious Animus for SCOTUS
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This week Amicus takes you inside the chamber for a forensic discussion of the last, and possibly the most significant, oral arguments of this Supreme Court term. Dahlia Lithwick is joined by <a href="https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/04/did-noel-francisco-mislead-the-supreme-court-about-trumps-current-muslim-ban-position.html">Josh Geltzer</a>, executive director of the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection at Georgetown University Law Center and former senior director for counterterrorism at the National Security Council. <br>Please let us know what you think of Amicus. Join the discussion of this episode on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/amicuspodcast"><strong>Facebook</strong></a>. Our email is <strong>amicus@slate.com</strong>.<br>Podcast production by Sara Burningham.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 27, 2018
The Rule of Law and the Ethics of Poking the Bear
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It seems as though a slow motion constitutional crisis may be upon us. In this episode of Amicus, Dahlia Lithwick is joined by <a href="https://www.lawfareblog.com/six-takeaways-trumps-threats-against-rod-rosenstein">Lawfare blog </a>editor and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, Ben Wittes, to assess the threats to the rule of law posed by presidential pique, and whether fired FBI director James Comey’s book could be used as a pretext for ending the Mueller probe. <br>Please let us know what you think of Amicus. Join the discussion of this episode on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/amicuspodcast"><strong>Facebook</strong></a>. Our email is <strong>amicus@slate.com</strong>.<br>Podcast production by Sara Burningham.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 14, 2018
Don’t Call It an Abortion Case
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On this week’s show, Dahlia Lithwick is joined by Priscilla Smith, director of the Program for the Study of Reproductive Justice at Yale Law School, to unpack the oral arguments in <em>NIFLA v Becerra</em>, the latest case on the calendar that seems to be about one thing but is being argued under the all-encompassing umbrella of speech. <br>Dahlia also speaks with Walter Dellinger, former acting solicitor general, about why President Donald Trump can’t get a lawyer. Spoiler: It’s because he lies. <br>Please let us know what you think of Amicus. Join the discussion of this episode on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/amicuspodcast"><strong>Facebook</strong></a>. Our email is <a href="mailto:amicus@slate.com"><strong>amicus@slate.com</strong></a>.<br>Podcast production by Sara Burningham.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 31, 2018
All The President's Lawyers
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This week Dahlia Lithwick calls on white-collar-crime specialist <a href="http://www.jennifertaub.com">Jennifer Taub</a> to follow the money in the Mueller investigation. She also speaks with <a href="https://its.law.nyu.edu/facultyprofiles/index.cfm?fuseaction=profile.overview&amp;personid=36322">&nbsp;Bob Bauer</a>, a former White House counsel under President Barack Obama, about the relationship between presidents and their lawyers, and between <a href="https://www.lawfareblog.com/president-and-his-lawyers">this president and his lawyers</a>. Bauer discusses when professional duty can stray into enabling, a question facing Trump’s personal and institutional lawyers as cases involving the president accumulate. <br>Please let us know what you think of Amicus. Join the discussion of this episode on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/amicuspodcast"><strong>Facebook</strong></a>. Our email is <a href="mailto:amicus@slate.com"><strong>amicus@slate.com</strong></a>.<br>Podcast production by Sara Burningham.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 17, 2018
When Did Corporations Become People?
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On this week’s show, Dahlia Lithwick is joined by UCLA Law Professor Adam Winkler to talk about his new book <em>We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights. </em>Together, they also examine what the constitutionalizing of corporate rights can tell us about the current gun debate. <br>And Dahlia steps inside the chamber for oral arguments in the hugely significant public sector union case we previewed last show. She is joined by the Solicitor General of Illinois, David Franklin, who argued the case. There were explosive contributions from the justices on the bench, but notable silence from the court’s newest member, Justice Neil M Gorsuch. <br>Please fill out the Slate podcast survey at <a href="http://slate.com/podcastsurvey">slate.com/podcastsurvey</a><br>Please let us know what you think of Amicus. Join the discussion of this episode on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/amicuspodcast"><strong>Facebook</strong></a>. Our email is <a href="mailto:amicus@slate.com"><strong>amicus@slate.com</strong></a>.<br>Podcast production by Sara Burningham<br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 03, 2018
A Preview of a Union-Busting Case, and RBG’s Greatest Hits Tour
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In this week’s episode, Professor Leah Litman joins Dahlia Lithwick to tune into Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s comments on #MeToo and due process. And for a full background check on the sexy-sounding Janus v. AFSCME case, which potentially poses an existential threat to public sector unions, Dahlia is joined by Professor Catherine Fisk of the U.C. Berkeley School of Law, who wrote about the case for <a href="http://www.scotusblog.com/2017/12/symposium-ruling-plaintiffs-revive-lochner/">SCOTUSblog</a>.<br><br>Please let us know what you think of Amicus. Join the discussion of this episode on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/amicuspodcast ">Facebook</a>. Our email is <a href="mailto:amicus@slate.com">amicus@slate.com.</a><br><br>Podcast production by Sara Burningham.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Feb 17, 2018
Immigration: Whose Call Is It Anyway?
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This week the high court is on its winter break, but the team here at Amicus wanted to talk about DACA, the travel ban, and issues around immigrants, refugees, and the law. We talk Americanism. Who is American and how? What do the courts have to say about who can be here and who cannot? What role do the courts play in figuring out who belongs here and who doesn’t? To tackle these thorny and sometimes super-wonky questions, Dahlia Lithwick is joined by Stephen Vladeck who teaches law at the University of Texas. Vladeck’s teaching and research focus on federal jurisdiction, constitutional law, and national security law. He’s CNN's Supreme Court analyst, co-editor in-chief of the <a href="http://justsecurity.org/">Just Security</a> blog, and a senior contributor to the <a href="https://lawfareblog.com/">Lawfare</a> blog. <br>Transcripts of Amicus are available to Slate Plus members several days after each episode posts. To learn more about Slate Plus, go to <a href="http://www.slate.com/amicusplus">slate.com/amicusplus</a>.<br>Please let us know what you think of Amicus. Join the discussion of this episode on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/amicuspodcast">Facebook</a>. Our email is <a href="mailto:amicus@slate.com">amicus@slate.com</a>.<br>Podcast production by Sara Burningham.<br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Feb 03, 2018
“The Gross Spectacle of a Divided Defense”
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We’re inside the chamber for the high-profile case involving a death row inmate from Louisiana who’s asking for a new trial after his lawyer told the jury his client was guilty, despite the client’s insistence that he was innocent. Jay Schweikert, a policy analyst with the Cato Institute’s Project on Criminal Justice and co-author of an amicus brief filed in this case, joins Dahlia Lithwick to sift through the arguments and legal principles at play. Veteran Supreme Court reporter Linda Greenhouse talks about shifting positions from the solicitor General’s office, tees up a key case at the intersection of abortion and free speech that will be heard by the high court this term, and gives her take on the status of the truth in the courts and the country in the age of Trump. <br><br>Transcripts of Amicus are available to Slate Plus members several days after each episode posts. To learn more about Slate Plus, go to <a href="http://www.slate.com/amicusplus">slate.com/amicusplus</a>.<br>Please let us know what you think of Amicus. Join the discussion of this episode on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/amicuspodcast"><strong>Facebook</strong></a>. Our email is <a href="mailto:amicus@slate.com"><strong>amicus@slate.com</strong></a>.<br>Podcast production by Sara Burningham.<br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 20, 2018
The Right Not to Vote
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Sometimes the technical stuff is how you get to the crucial stuff. Next week, the Supreme Court will hear a case about Ohio’s voter purge, and the case rests on some sticky statutory interpretation questions. Up to 1.2 million voters may have been purged from Ohio’s rolls after they sat out a couple of elections and in this episode of Amicus, Dahlia Lithwick does a deep dive into the technicalities of the case. Dahlia and her guests also use this moment to take stock of the state of voting rights in the US. Dahlia talks with Mayor Joseph Helle of Oak Harbor, Ohio, a veteran who came home to find he’d been purged from the rolls after not voting while on active duty, and to the director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project, Dale Ho. Ho even cites his favorite Justice Antonin Scalia opinion. <br>Transcripts of Amicus are available to <strong>Slate Plus</strong> members several days after each episode posts. To learn more about <strong>Slate Plus</strong>, go to <a href="http://www.slate.com/amicusplus">slate.com/amicusplus</a>.<br>Please let us know what you think of Amicus. Join the discussion of this episode on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/amicuspodcast"><strong>Facebook</strong></a>. Our email is <a href="mailto:amicus@slate.com"><strong>amicus@slate.com</strong></a>.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 06, 2018
#MeToo in the Courts
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The cultural whirlwind of #MeToo has reached the judiciary, reluctantly bringing Dahlia Lithwick into the fray along with it. In a <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2017/12/judge_alex_kozinski_made_us_all_victims_and_accomplices.html">piece for Slate</a>, she detailed her firsthand experiences with Judge Alex Kozinski. Dahlia’s was one of many accounts that that have now surfaced. Heid Bond was one of the first women prepared to go on the record. A former clerk to Judge Kozinski, she now writes romance novels under the name Courtney Milan. You can read Bond’s piece <a href="http://www.courtneymilan.com/metoo/kozinski.html">here</a> and Judge Kozinski’s statement <a href="https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/4332061/Alex-Kozinski-s-full-statement-announcing-his.pdf">here</a>. We speak with three of Kozinski’s accusers—Heidi Bond, Emily Murphy, and Leah Litman—and hear their ideas about what needs to change to allow women to work safely and successfully in a system often shrouded in secrecy. Then Dahlia is joined by Mark Joseph Stern for a run through the headline arguments and decisions from the Supreme Court in 2017 and a look ahead at what to expect in 2018.&nbsp;<br><br>Transcripts of Amicus are available to Slate Plus members several days after each episode posts. To learn more about Slate Plus, go to Slate.com/amicusplus.<br><br>Please let us know what you think of Amicus. Join the discussion of this episode on Facebook. Our email is amicus@slate.com.<br><br>Podcast production by Sara Burningham.<br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 23, 2017
Probing the Mueller Probe, and Inside the Chamber for Masterpiece Cakeshop
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The Mueller investigation keeps keeping on as subtweets, speculation, and objections mount. Dahlia Lithwick speaks with Andrew Wright, a former associate counsel to President Barack Obama about the latest developments. Plus a deep dive into the oral arguments in the <em>Masterpiece Cakeshop</em> case with Roberta Kaplan, who successfully argued Edie Windsor’s case against the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013.<br>Transcripts of Amicus are available to <strong>Slate Plus</strong> members several days after each episode posts. To learn more about <strong>Slate Plus</strong>, go to<a href="http://www.slate.com/amicusplus"> slate.com/amicusplus</a>.<br>Please let us know what you think of Amicus. Join the discussion of this episode on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/amicuspodcast"><strong>Facebook</strong></a>. Our email is <strong>amicus@slate.com</strong>.<br>Podcast production by Sara Burningham.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 09, 2017
Slow Burn: A Podcast About Watergate | Martha
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<em>Amicus presents a preview of Slow Burn, an eight-episode miniseries about Watergate. </em><br>People called her crazy, and to be fair she must have seemed crazy. But she was onto something. How Martha Mitchell, the celebrity wife of one of Nixon’s closest henchmen, tried to blow the whistle on Watergate—and ended up ruining her life.<br><br>Find out more at <a href="http://slate.com/slowburn">slate.com/slowburn</a>.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 28, 2017
Why the Cakeshop Case is So Delicious
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As the high court continues through its unprecedented session, Dahlia speaks with Adam Liptak who covers the Supreme Court for the New York Times and knows the ins and outs of the Masterpiece Cakeshop case. And he gives his insight on what a jaw-dropping brief from the Solicitor General's office means for relations between the Court and the Trump administration. Plus, a look into how the Supreme Court Justices seem to be the last grown-ups left in Washington.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 25, 2017
Guns in America and the Travel Ban that Went Unnoticed
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In the wake of another American mass shooting, Dahlia speaks with Adam Skaggs, Chief counsel at the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence about the Second Amendment. And as this week marks the one year anniversary of Donald Trump’s election to office, Becca Heller, co-founder of the International Refugee Assistance Project, joins to talk about how her job changed after the election.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 11, 2017
The 25th Amendment, What's That?
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Dahlia Lithwick speaks with Representative Jamie Raskin about the Republican remedy for Trump's unfitness for office: The 25th Amendment. Plus, she speaks with ProPublica's Ryan Gabrielson about his recent reporting which revealed that the high court tends to make staggering errors of fact in opinions.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Oct 28, 2017
The Single Most Unremarked Win of the Trump Era
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Dahlia is joined by Kristen Clarke, President &amp; Executive Director of the National Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law to talk about the federal judiciary and how Donald Trump is speedily filling the vacancies on the federal bench.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Oct 14, 2017
The Supreme Court Term RBG Is Calling "Momentous"
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As next week marks the opening of the 2017 term at the high court, Dahlia Lithwick speaks with David Cole, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union, about some of the cases in this upcoming term, including Trump's travel ban, a civil rights case of gay couples versus those of religious dissenters and more. <br><br>Cole also discusses how citizen activism is more alive than he's seen is his lifetime, something he illustrates in his new book, now out in paperback, <em>Engines of Liberty: The Power of Citizen Activists to Make Constitutional Law</em>.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Sep 30, 2017
Gerrymandering Goes Back to Court
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When the Supreme Court term opens next month, perhaps no issue will be more urgent – and more complicated – than voting rights. One of the first cases the justices will hear is <a href="http://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/gill-v-whitford/"><em>Gill v. Whitford</em></a>, a challenge to the 2011 redrawing of district lines in Wisconsin. While the Court has struck down racially-motivated gerrymanders in the past, no election map has ever been rejected as a purely <em>partisan</em> gerrymander. And recent developments have some court watchers concerned that Justice Anthony Kennedy may still not be ready to do that. Our guest this episode is <a href="http://www.law.uci.edu/faculty/full-time/hasen/">Richard Hasen</a>, Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of California, Irvine, and curator of the must-read <a href="http://electionlawblog.org/">Election Law Blog</a>. <br><br>Please let us know what you think of <em>Amicus</em>. Join the discussion of this episode on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/amicuspodcast">Facebook</a>. Our email is <a href="mailto:amicus@slate.com">amicus@slate.com</a>. Podcast production by Tony Field.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Sep 16, 2017
Breakfast Table Redux
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The Supreme Court’s 2016 term may not have contained the usual number of blockbuster cases, but it did have its fair share of drama. Between the <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2016/11/what_democrats_should_do_about_the_supreme_court.html">stonewalling</a> of Merrick Garland, the filibustered <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2017/04/the_nuclear_option_won_t_change_the_supreme_court.html">confirmation</a> of Neil Gorsuch, <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/the_breakfast_table/features/2017/supreme_court_june_2017/is_justice_kennedy_about_to_retire_or_is_it_justice_thomas.html">rumors</a> about Anthony Kennedy’s possible retirement, and in the background, the White House <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2017/04/trump_always_forgets_words_matter_to_judges.html">offensive</a> against the federal judiciary, court-watchers had no shortage of things to keep them up at night. <br><br>And so this week on <em>Amicus, </em>we pour a couple of our favorite court-watchers a big cup of coffee and plop some microphones down at <em>Slate’</em>s annual “<a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/life/the_breakfast_table.html">Breakfast Table</a>.” <a href="http://www.slate.com/authors.mark_stern.html">Mark Joseph Stern</a> and <a href="http://www.slate.com/authors.pamela_s_karlan.html">Pamela Karlan</a> join us to discuss what we learned about the justices this term and what we can expect from them in the fall.&nbsp; &nbsp;<br><br>Transcripts of <em>Amicus </em>are available to <strong>Slate Plus</strong> members, several days after each episode posts. For a limited time, get 90 days of free access to Slate Plus in the new Slate iOS app. Download it today at <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/apple-store/id357555242?mt=8">slate.com/app</a>. <br><br>Please let us know what you think of <em>Amicus</em>. Join the discussion of this episode on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/amicuspodcast">Facebook</a>. Our email is <a href="mailto:amicus@slate.com">amicus@slate.com</a>.<br> Podcast production by Tony Field.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 28, 2017
Nice Little FBI You’ve Got Here. Pity if Something Happened to it.
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In his much-anticipated testimony on Capitol Hill this week, former FBI Director James Comey described several uncomfortable interactions with President Trump that preceded his firing. The big question for all watching was: could any of those interactions be considered “obstruction of justice?” On this week’s episode, we put the question to Stanford Law School Professor <a href="https://law.stanford.edu/directory/robert-weisberg/">Robert Weisberg</a>. <br><br>We also discuss the ongoing litigation around President Trump’s executive order on immigration with <a href="https://cardozo.yu.edu/directory/kate-shaw">Kate Shaw</a>, an associate professor at the Cardozo School of Law and a Supreme Court analyst for ABC News. Shaw is the author of <a href="https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2981475">a new article</a> in the <em>Texas Law Review</em> that <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/the-courts-and-president-trumps-words">considers</a> what sorts of presidential speech is and isn’t admissible in a court of law. [Read Shaw’s recent <em>New York Times</em> op-ed on the subject <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/31/opinion/trump-travel-ban-appeals-court.html?_r=0">here</a>.] <br><br>Transcripts of <em>Amicus </em>are available to <strong>Slate Plus</strong> members, several days after each episode posts. For a limited time, get 90 days of free access to Slate Plus in the new Slate iOS app. Download it today at <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/apple-store/id357555242?mt=8">slate.com/app</a>. <br><br>Please let us know what you think of <em>Amicus</em>. Join the discussion of this episode on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/amicuspodcast">Facebook</a>. Our email is <a href="mailto:amicus@slate.com">amicus@slate.com</a>.<br>Podcast production by Tony Field.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 10, 2017
Clarence Thomas is Color Blind
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This week, the Supreme Court handed down a decision that caught some Court-watchers <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2017/05/in_cooper_v_harris_the_supreme_court_strikes_a_blow_against_racial_redistricting.html">off-guard</a>. It ruled that North Carolina lawmakers had violated the Constitution by using race as a proxy for divvying up voters along partisan lines. And it was surprising because the swing vote invalidating the gerrymander came from none other than Justice Clarence Thomas. On this week’s episode, we parse the outcome of <a href="https://www.oyez.org/cases/2016/15-1262"><em>Cooper v. Harris</em></a> -- and <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2017/05/is_anthony_kennedy_ready_to_put_an_end_to_partisan_gerrymandering.html">what it portends</a> for future redistricting litigation -- with <em>Slate</em> legal writer Mark Joseph Stern. <br><br>We also sit down with Jorge Barón, executive director of the <a href="https://www.nwirp.org/">Northwest Immigrant Rights Project</a>. Each year, that group provides assistance to thousands of immigrants threatened with deportation. But last month, the NWIRP received a strange cease-and-desist letter from the U.S. Department of Justice, threatening its ongoing legal work and <a href="https://www.thenation.com/article/the-airport-lawyers-who-stood-up-to-trump-are-under-attack/">raising some concerns</a> that the group is being singled out for its defense of immigrants caught up in the first iteration of President Trump’s travel ban.&nbsp; <br><br>Transcripts of <em>Amicus </em>are available to <strong>Slate Plus</strong> members, several days after each episode posts. For a limited time, get 90 days of free access to Slate Plus in the new Slate iOS app. Download it today at <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/apple-store/id357555242?mt=8">slate.com/app</a>. <br><br>Please let us know what you think of <em>Amicus</em>. Join the discussion of this episode on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/amicuspodcast">Facebook</a>. Our email is <a href="mailto:amicus@slate.com">amicus@slate.com</a>.<br><br> Podcast production by Tony Field.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 28, 2017
Animus Amicus
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In the wake of the unceremonious termination of FBI director James Comey this week, one previously unfamiliar name has dominated the news cycle: Rod J. Rosenstein. The former federal prosecutor became the U.S. Deputy Attorney General just over two weeks ago, and since then, has found himself at the center of storm around President Trump’s most high-profile firing to date. Leon Neyfakh has been <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2017/05/rod_rosenstein_is_a_cautionary_tale.html">covering</a> Rosenstein for the <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2017/05/rod_rosenstein_is_being_used.html">past</a> few <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2017/05/will_rod_rosenstein_serve_as_a_check_on_jeff_sessions.html">weeks</a>, and joins us to talk about whether <em>anyone</em> at the Department of Justice can remain neutral in these polarized times.&nbsp; <br><br>We also speak with University of Virginia School of Law professor <a href="https://www.law.virginia.edu/lawweb/faculty.nsf/fhpbi/1206652">Micah Schwartzman</a> about this week’s oral arguments in <a href="http://www.ca4.uscourts.gov/caseinformationefiling/cases-of-interest/17-1351-international-ref-asst-proj-v-trump">one of the lawsuits</a> challenging President Trump’s revised travel ban. Schwartzman is among a group of constitutional law scholars who <a href="https://takecareblog.com/blog/a-different-view-of-why-the-muslim-ban-violates-the-establishment-clause">filed an amicus brief</a> arguing that the executive order violates the Constitution’s Establishment Clause. <br><br>Transcripts of <em>Amicus </em>are available to <strong>Slate Plus</strong> members, several days after each episode posts. For a limited time, get 90 days of free access to Slate Plus in the new Slate iOS app. Download it today at <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/apple-store/id357555242?mt=8">slate.com/app</a>. Please let us know what you think of <em>Amicus</em>. Join the discussion of this episode on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/amicuspodcast">Facebook</a>. Our email is <a href="mailto:amicus@slate.com">amicus@slate.com</a>.<br><br> Podcast production by Tony Field. Our intern is Camille Mott.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 13, 2017
The Myth of the Neutral Expert
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The Supreme Court has slowed Arkansas’ unprecedented <a href="http://www.npr.org/2017/04/24/525431998/justices-split-over-defendants-right-to-mental-health-expert-witnesses">rush</a> to execute eight men in 11 days, pending a decision in <a href="http://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/mcwilliams-v-dunn/"><em>McWilliams v. Dunn</em></a>. At issue in the case is whether James McWilliams, an indigent defendant whose mental health was a significant factor at his capital trial, was entitled to an independent psychological expert to testify on his behalf. We discuss the case with <a href="https://www.schr.org/about_us/staff/stephen_b_bright">Stephen Bright</a>, longtime president of the Southern Center for Human Rights, who represented McWilliams at this week’s oral arguments.&nbsp; <br><br>We also sit down with <a href="https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/04/26/contempt-ethics-hobbles-trump-painter-and-eisen/100891776/">Norm Eisen</a>, co-founder of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), to discuss the ongoing anti-corruption litigation against President Trump. Last week, CREW <a href="https://www.citizensforethics.org/press-release/restaurant-opportunities-centers-united-dc-events-booker-join-crew-emoluments-lawsuit/">added</a> two new plaintiffs to its lawsuit, which <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/podcasts/amicus/2016/12/trump_and_the_emoluments_clause_on_amicus.html">alleges</a> that Trump’s business interests put him in violation of the Constitution’s <a href="https://constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution/articles/article-i/the-foreign-emoluments-clause-article-i-section-9-clause-8/clause/34">Foreign</a> and <a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2017/04/26/donald_trump_may_be_also_violating_the_domestic_emoluments_clause.html">Domestic</a> Emoluments Clauses. Eisen reflects on the ethical issues of the Trump Administration’s first 100 days, why the president’s tax returns still matter, and what he believes is the single most concerning ethics violation of the new commander-in-chief. <br><br>Transcripts of <em>Amicus </em>are available to <strong>Slate Plus</strong> members, several days after each episode posts. For a limited time, get 90 days of free access to Slate Plus in the new Slate iOS app. Download it today at <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/apple-store/id357555242?mt=8">slate.com/app</a>. <br><br>Please let us know what you think of <em>Amicus</em>. Join the discussion of this episode on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/amicuspodcast">Facebook</a>. Our email is <a href="mailto:amicus@slate.com">amicus@slate.com</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Podcast production by Tony Field. Our intern is Camille Mott.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 29, 2017
Playground of Liberty
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Newly sworn-in Justice Neil Gorsuch gets his first chance to make his mark on the Court at this week’s oral arguments for <a href="http://www.scotusblog.com/2017/04/argument-preview-just-playground-dispute/"><em>Trinity Lutheran v. Comer</em></a>. The important case asks whether the First Amendment’s Free Exercise Clause compels the state of Missouri to provide public grant money directly to a church. <a href="https://bjconline.org/k-hollyn-hollman/">Holly Hollman</a>, general counsel for the <a href="https://bjconline.org/">Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty</a>, joins us to discuss BJC’s <a href="http://www.scotusblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/15-577-BJC-Amici-Respondent.pdf">amicus brief</a> in the case, which argues that religious institutions are actually freer if they are barred from accepting government funds.<br><br>We also sit down with <a href="https://twitter.com/JeffreyToobin?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor">Jeffrey Toobin</a>, whose <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/04/17/the-conservative-pipeline-to-the-supreme-court">piece</a> in this week’s <em>The New Yorker</em> examines the enormous influence that the Federalist Society – and especially its executive vice president <a href="http://www.fed-soc.org/experts/detail/leonard-a-leo">Leonard Leo</a> – have on the American judiciary. Toobin argues that with the ascension of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, Leo can now be credited with the selection of <a href="http://www.npr.org/2017/04/12/523495201/how-one-man-brought-justices-roberts-alito-and-gorsuch-to-the-supreme-court">one-third</a> of the nation’s most powerful judges.&nbsp; <br><br>Transcripts of <em>Amicus </em>are available to <strong>Slate Plus</strong> members, several days after each episode posts. For a limited time, get 90 days of free access to Slate Plus in the new Slate iOS app. Download it today at <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/apple-store/id357555242?mt=8">slate.com/app</a>. <br><br>Please let us know what you think of <em>Amicus</em>. Join the discussion of this episode on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/amicuspodcast">Facebook</a>. Our email is <a href="mailto:amicus@slate.com">amicus@slate.com</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Podcast production by Tony Field. Our intern is Camille Mott.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 14, 2017
When Prosecutors Keep Mum
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In 1985, eight men were convicted of the grisly murder of a Washington D.C. woman. After spending decades in prison, they learned from an article in the <em>Washington Post </em>that prosecutors had withheld evidence from trial that could have exculpated them. This week, the Supreme Court delved back into the details of the 30-plus year old murder case and considered whether the case should be reopened. Former defense lawyer <a href="https://www.themarshallproject.org/2017/03/22/harmless-errors#.x89BeaDGf">Thomas Dybdahl</a> is writing a book about the murder and its aftermath, and joins us to discuss <a href="http://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/turner-v-united-states-2/"><em>Turner v. US</em></a>and <a href="http://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/overton-v-united-states/"><em>Overton v. US</em></a>. <br><br>We also speak with legal scholar <a href="http://www.law.uga.edu/profile/lori-ringhand">Lori Ringhand</a>, who literally wrote <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Supreme-Confirmation-Hearings-Constitutional-Change/dp/1107039703">the book</a> on Supreme Court confirmation hearings. She reflects on some of the ways the process has evolved over the years, whether the so-called “Ginsburg rule” is appropriately named, and what purpose these hearings actually serve.&nbsp; <br><br>Transcripts of <em>Amicus </em>are available to <strong>Slate Plus</strong> members, several days after each episode posts. For a limited time, get 90 days of free access to Slate Plus in the new Slate iOS app. Download it today at <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/apple-store/id357555242?mt=8">slate.com/app</a>. <br><br>Please let us know what you think of <em>Amicus</em>. Join the discussion of this episode on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/amicuspodcast">Facebook</a>. Our email is <a href="mailto:amicus@slate.com">amicus@slate.com</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Podcast production by Tony Field. Our intern is Camille Mott.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 01, 2017
Gorsuch Grins, Says Nothing
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This week, the Senate held four days of hearings on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the vacant seat on the Supreme Court. What did we learn about Gorsuch from his 20-odd hours in the hot seat? Did the Democrats gain anything of value from the testimony? Did Gorsuch say anything of substance? And, in the end, will the hearings even matter? In this bonus episode, we reflect on the hearings with veteran political operative <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Klain">Ron Klain</a> and <em>Slate</em>’s own <a href="http://www.slate.com/authors.mark_stern.html">Mark Joseph Stern</a>. <br><br>Transcripts of <em>Amicus </em>are available to <strong>Slate Plus</strong> members, several days after each episode posts. For a limited time, get 90 days of free access to Slate Plus in the new Slate iOS app. Download it today at <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/apple-store/id357555242?mt=8">slate.com/app</a>.<br><em><br>Amicus</em> is brought to you by The Great Courses Plus, a video lecture service that offers lectures on all kinds of topics. Get the first full month FREE when you sign up by going to <a href="http://thegreatcoursesplus.com/amicus">TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/amicus</a>.<br><br> Please let us know what you think of <em>Amicus</em>. Our email is <a href="mailto:amicus@slate.com">amicus@slate.com</a>. Follow us on Facebook <a href="https://www.facebook.com/amicuspodcast">here</a>.<br><br>Podcast production by Tony Field.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 25, 2017
Why It’s Worth Opposing Gorsuch
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After a successful blockade of President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, the GOP-led Senate will convene hearings this week on President Trump’s pick for the Court’s year-old vacancy. Considering all that has happened in the past year, how should Democrats handle the proceedings? On this week’s episode, we put that question to <a href="https://www.whitehouse.senate.gov/">U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse</a> (D-RI), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.&nbsp; <br><br>We also sit down with veteran journalist Tom Rosenstiel to discuss his debut novel <a href="http://www.tomrosenstiel.com/shining-city/">Shining City</a>, a timely thriller about the inner-workings of a controversial Supreme Court nomination. Tom describes how his decades of political reporting informed the book, and reflects on some of the parallels between reality and fiction. <br><br><br><em>Amicus</em> is brought to you by The Great Courses Plus, a video learning service that offers lectures on all kinds of topics. Get the first full month FREE when you sign up by going to <a href="https://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/amicus">TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/amicus</a>.<br><br>And by Blue Apron. Create delicious, home-cooked meals with fresh ingredients delivered right to your door. Get your first three meals free when you go to <a href="https://www.BlueApron.com/Amicus">BlueApron.com/Amicus</a><strong>.<br></strong><br>Please let us know what you think of <em>Amicus</em>. Our email is <a href="mailto:amicus@slate.com">amicus@slate.com</a>. Follow us on Facebook <a href="https://www.facebook.com/amicuspodcast">here</a>.<br>&nbsp;<br>Podcast production by Tony Field.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 18, 2017
Never Mind
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On Monday, the Department of Justice announced an abrupt <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/27/us/justice-dept-will-drop-a-key-objection-to-a-texas-voter-id-law.html?_r=0">about-face</a> on voting rights, essentially walking away from a lawsuit against a harsh voter-ID law in Texas. We discuss the reversal and its implications with <a href="http://www.naacpldf.org/janai-nelson">Janai Nelson</a> of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. She was one of the lawyers in the strange position of <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2017/02/a_federal_judge_looks_poised_to_fight_jeff_sessions_doj_in_texas_voting.html">arguing the cas</a>e in court this week, the day after the DOJ reversed course. <br><br>We also sit down with <a href="https://law.stanford.edu/directory/jeffrey-l-fisher/">Jeffrey Fisher</a>, who argued an important immigration-related case at the Supreme Court his week. <a href="https://www.oyez.org/cases/2016/16-54"><em>Esquivel-Quintana v. Sessions</em></a> asks whether a legal immigrant can be deported for something that counts as a serious crime in some states, but not others. It also previews a question likely to play a big role in Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation hearings: how much deference courts should give federal agencies when interpreting the meaning of laws.<br> <br> Amicus is brought to you by Casper, an online retailer of premium mattresses. Get $50 toward any mattress purchase by going to <a href="https://casper.com/amicus"><strong>Casper.com/amicus</strong></a>and using the promo code <strong>amicus.<br></strong><br>And by The Great Courses Plus, a video learning service that offers lectures on all kinds of topics. Get the first full month FREE when you sign up by going to <a href="https://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/amicus"><strong>TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/amicus</strong></a>.<br><br> Please let us know what you think of <em>Amicus</em>. Our email is <a href="mailto:amicus@slate.com">amicus@slate.com</a>. Follow us on Facebook <a href="https://www.facebook.com/amicuspodcast">here</a>. Podcast production by Tony Field.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 04, 2017
General Strike
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In 2010, a Mexican teenager in Juarez was shot to death by a Border Patrol agent on the U.S. side of the border. In <a href="https://www.oyez.org/cases/2016/15-118"><em>Hernandez v. Mesa</em></a><em>,</em> set for argument next week, the Supreme Court will determine whether the boy’s parents can sue the agent in U.S. courts. We are joined by <a href="http://guptawessler.com/people/deepak-gupta/">Deepak Gupta</a>, the family’s attorney, to discuss the case and its potential implications on American intelligence activities abroad.&nbsp; <br><br>We also sit down with <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2017/02/virginia_attorney_general_mark_herring_on_the_legal_fight_against_trump.html">Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring</a> to discuss this week’s <a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2017/02/13/another_injunction_against_trump_s_immigration_ban_this_one_in_virginia.html">ruling</a> by a federal judge in one of the lawsuits challenging President Trump’s travel ban. Herring explains why Virginia joined the plaintiffs in that suit, and what the role of state attorneys general will be in the next four years of the Trump era.&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<br><br>Transcripts of <em>Amicus </em>are available to <strong>Slate Plus</strong> members. Consider signing up today! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial <a href="http://slate.me/1JMwBjX">here</a>.<br> <br> Amicus is brought to you by Blue Apron. Blue Apron’s meal kits are delivered right to your door, and make cooking at home easy. Get your first three meals free by going to <a href="https://www.blueapron.com/amicus"><strong>BlueApron.com/Amicus</strong></a><strong>.</strong>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; <br><br>And by First Republic Bank. First Republic is dedicated to providing extraordinary service and changing the way clients feel about banking. Visit <a href="https://www.firstrepublic.com">firstrepublic.com</a> to hear what their clients say about them. Please let us know what you think of <em>Amicus</em>. Our email is <a href="mailto:amicus@slate.com">amicus@slate.com</a>. Follow us on Facebook <a href="https://www.facebook.com/amicuspodcast">here</a>.<br>&nbsp;<br>Podcast production by Tony Field.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Feb 18, 2017
"SEE YOU IN COURT"
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A little more than a week after President Trump announced his ban on travel from a handful of majority-Muslim nations, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit this week refused to lift a temporary restraining order blocking enforcement of the new rule. This week, Dahlia sits down with fellow <em>Slate</em> legal writers Mark Joseph Stern and Jeremy Stahl for a special off-week episode to discuss the ruling and its implications.<br><br>Transcripts of <em>Amicus </em>are available to <strong>Slate Plus</strong> members. Consider signing up today! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial <a href="http://slate.me/1JMwBjX">here</a>.<br> <br> Please let us know what you think of <em>Amicus</em>. Our email is <a href="mailto:amicus@slate.com">amicus@slate.com</a>. Follow us on Facebook <a href="https://www.facebook.com/amicuspodcast">here</a>.<br> Podcast production by Tony Field.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Feb 11, 2017
Will You Accept This Robe?
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In an elaborately choreographed prime-time ceremony this week, President Trump tapped Judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court seat that has been vacant for almost a year. We sit down with the Constitutional Accountability Center’s <a href="https://theusconstitution.org/about/people/director-staff/elizabeth-b-wydra">Elizabeth Wydra</a> to examine Judge Gorsuch’s judicial record, whether he really is “Scalia 2.0,” and the difficult choices confronting Senate Democrats in the wake of this nomination.&nbsp; <br><br>We also consider the ramifications of reports that some U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents are defying federal court orders around Trump’s new travel restrictions. <em>Slate</em> staffers Mark Joseph Stern and Leon Neyfakh tell us what they learned from constitutional law scholars about the possibility of a standoff between two branches of the federal government. (Read our <em>Slate </em>piece on the subject <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2017/01/what_happens_if_donald_trump_refuses_a_federal_court_order.html">here</a>.) <br><br>Finally, we zero in on one of <a href="https://www.clearinghouse.net/results.php?searchSpecialCollection=44">the many lawsuits</a> filed this week against Trump’s executive order. <a href="https://www.justice4all.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Aziz-v.-Trump-Amended-Complaint-Booker-Affidavit.pdf"><em>Aziz v. Trump</em></a> centers on <a href="https://www.crowdjustice.org/case/dullesdetainees/">a pair of young men</a> who were en route to join their father in Michigan when the order was issued, and wound up being deported to Ethiopia upon their arrival at Dulles International Airport. We’re joined by the Legal Aid Justice Center’s <a href="https://www.justice4all.org/who-we-are/staff/">Simon Sandoval-Moshenberg</a>, one of the lawyers representing the plaintiffs in the case. <br><br>Transcripts of <em>Amicus </em>are available to <strong>Slate Plus</strong> members. Consider signing up today! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial <a href="http://slate.me/1JMwBjX">here</a>.<br><br> Amicus is brought to you by Casper, an online retailer of premium mattresses. Get $50 toward any mattress purchase by going to <a href="https://casper.com/amicus"><strong>Casper.com/amicus</strong></a>and using the promo code <strong>amicus.<br></strong><br>And by The Great Courses Plus, a video learning service that offers lectures on all kinds of topics. Get the first full month FREE when you sign up by going to <a href="https://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/amicus"><strong>TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/amicus</strong></a>.<br><br> Please let us know what you think of <em>Amicus</em>. Our email is <a href="mailto:amicus@slate.com">amicus@slate.com</a>. Follow us on Facebook <a href="https://www.facebook.com/amicuspodcast">here</a>.<br> Podcast production by Tony Field.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Feb 03, 2017
Immunity in High Places
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Can a group of wrongfully-detained noncitizens sue high-ranking Bush Administration officials for violating their rights in the days following 9/11? That’s the central question in <a href="https://www.oyez.org/cases/2016/15-1358"><em>Ziglar v Abbasi</em></a>, which was argued this week at the Supreme Court. On today’s episode, we hear from <a href="https://ccrjustice.org/home/who-we-are/staff/meeropol-rachel">Rachel Meeropol</a> of the Center for Constitutional Rights, who represented the former detainees.&nbsp; <br><br>We also consider <a href="https://www.oyez.org/cases/2016/15-1293"><em>Lee v. Tam</em></a><em>, </em>another big case argued at the high court on Wednesday. It centers on a trademark claim by the Asian-American dance-rock band The Slants. That claim was denied on the grounds that the name was disparaging towards “persons of Asian descent.” <a href="https://simonstam.wordpress.com/">Simon Tam</a> joins us to tell the story of his band’s name, and to make the case that the government isn’t equipped to be deciding who is and isn’t using language disparagingly.&nbsp; &nbsp; <br><br>Transcripts of <em>Amicus </em>are available to <strong>Slate Plus</strong> members. Consider signing up today! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial <a href="http://slate.me/1JMwBjX">here</a>.<br> <br> Amicus is brought to you by The Great Courses Plus, a video learning service that offers lectures on all kinds of topics. Get the first full month FREE when you sign up by going to <a href="https://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/amicus"><strong>TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/amicus</strong></a>.<br><br>And by Blue Apron. Blue Apron’s meal kits are delivered right to your door, and make cooking at home easy. Get your first THREE meals FREE by going to <a href="https://www.blueapron.com/amicus">BlueApron.com/amicus</a>.<br><br>Please let us know what you think of <em>Amicus</em>. Our email is <a href="mailto:amicus@slate.com">amicus@slate.com</a>. Follow us on Facebook <a href="https://www.facebook.com/amicuspodcast">here</a>. Podcast production by Tony Field.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 21, 2017
And Then There Were Eight
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In the lead-up to November’s presidential election, Donald Trump released a list of 21 potential Supreme Court nominees in what many saw as an effort to mollify conservatives who tend to worry about these sorts of things. Now, that list has <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/trumps-supreme-court-nominees-233115">reportedly been narrowed to eight</a>. On this episode, we sit down with <a href="http://www.goodwinlaw.com/professionals/j/jay-william">William Jay</a>, a former clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia, to discuss Scalia’s possible successors. <br><br>We also speak with <a href="http://www.sprlaw.net/community-and-attorneys/jack-d-robinson/">Jack Robinson</a>, a lawyer for the special-needs student at the center of <a href="https://www.oyez.org/cases/2016/15-827"><em>Endrew F. v Douglas City School District</em></a><em>. </em>The case is scheduled for argument at the Supreme Court next week, and Robinson explains why special-education advocates are watching the case so closely. <br><br>Transcripts of <em>Amicus </em>are available to <strong>Slate Plus</strong> members. Consider signing up today! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial <a href="http://slate.me/1JMwBjX">here</a>.<br> <br>Amicus is brought to you by Casper, an online retailer of premium mattresses for a fraction of the price. Get $50 toward any mattress purchase by going to <a href="https://www.casper.com/amicus"><strong>Casper.com/amicus</strong></a> and using the promo code <strong>Amicus.</strong> <br><br>And by the Great Courses Plus, a video learning service that offers lectures on all kinds of topics. Get the first full month FREE when you sign up by going to <a href="https://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/amicus"><strong>TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/amicus</strong></a>. <br><br>Please let us know what you think of <em>Amicus</em>. Our email is <a href="mailto:amicus@slate.com">amicus@slate.com</a>. Follow us on Facebook <a href="https://www.facebook.com/amicuspodcast">here</a>. Podcast production by Tony Field.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 07, 2017
Corruption in the White House
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<em>“[N]o person holding any office of profit or trust under them, shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state.”</em> These words, from Article I of the U.S. Constitution, make it unambiguously clear to many legal scholars that Donald Trump will be committing an impeachable offense by not relinquishing an ownership stake in his multiple companies before Jan 20.&nbsp; <a href="https://twitter.com/ZephyrTeachout">Zephyr Teachout</a> is among those scholars, and joins us to explain why corruption in the presidency was such anathema to the nation’s founders. <br><br>In the remainder of today’s episode, we share a few highlights from a recent <a href="http://tjcenter.org/recap-the-2016-jefferson-symposium/">symposium</a> about the current state of free speech on campus. The event was organized by the <a href="http://tjcenter.org/">Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression</a>. You can watch videos of the entire two-day event <a href="http://tjcenter.org/recap-the-2016-jefferson-symposium/">here</a>.<br><br>Transcripts of <em>Amicus </em>are available to <strong>Slate Plus</strong> members. Consider signing up today! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial <a href="http://slate.me/1JMwBjX">here</a>.<br> <br>Amicus is brought to you by <strong>The Great Courses Plus</strong>, a video learning service with a large library of lectures all taught by award-winning professors. Get a free month of unlimited access when you sign up at <a href="https://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/amicus"><strong>TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/amicus</strong></a>.<br><br>And by Casper, an online retailer of premium mattresses for a fraction of the price. Get 50 dollars toward any mattress purchase by going to <a href="https://www.casper.com/amicus"><strong>Casper.com/amicus</strong></a> and using the promo code <strong>Amicus.<br><br></strong>Please let us know what you think of <em>Amicus</em>. Our email is <a href="mailto:amicus@slate.com">amicus@slate.com</a>. Follow us on Facebook <a href="https://www.facebook.com/amicuspodcast">here</a>. Podcast production by Tony Field.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 24, 2016
Where We Draw the Line
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On Monday, the Supreme Court heard arguments in <a href="https://www.oyez.org/cases/2016/15-1262"><em>McCrory v. Harris</em></a> and <a href="https://www.oyez.org/cases/2016/15-680"><em>Bethune-Hill v. Virginia Board of Elections</em></a>, two challenges to Republican gerrymandering efforts that resulted in the creation of majority-minority voting districts. At issue is whether lawmakers in Virginia and North Carolina were motivated primarily by racial considerations or only secondarily so. <a href="https://www.perkinscoie.com/en/professionals/marc-e-elias.html">Marc Elias</a>, the lawyer who represented the challengers in both cases, joins us to explain why the distinction is so critical. <br><br>We also consider the revolt that’s underway in the Electoral College. A small group of electors calling themselves the <a href="http://www.hamiltonelectors.com/">Hamilton Electors</a> are seeking to be <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2016/12/lawsuits_against_the_electoral_college_why_not.html">unbound from state requirements</a> that they vote as their state voted. Legal scholar <a href="https://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/faculty/full-time-faculty/carolyn-shapiro">Carolyn Shapiro</a> explains <a href="http://washingtonmonthly.com/2016/12/09/states-cant-stop-electors-from-voting-their-conscience/">why she believes</a> the Hamilton Electors should be taken seriously. <br><br>Transcripts of <em>Amicus </em>are available to <strong>Slate Plus</strong> members. Consider signing up today! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial <a href="http://slate.me/1JMwBjX">here</a>.<br> <br><em>Amicus</em> is brought to you by the <strong>Great Courses Plus</strong>, a video learning service with a large library of lectures all taught by award-winning professors. Get a free month of unlimited access when you sign up at <a href="https://www.TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/amicus">TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/amicus</a>. And by <strong>First Republic Bank</strong>. At First Republic, the staff takes the time to know your business and customize solutions to help you reach your goals. Visit <a href="https://www.firstrepublic.com/">FirstRepublic.com</a> today to hear what their clients say about them. Please let us know what you think of <em>Amicus</em>. <br><br>Our email is <a href="mailto:amicus@slate.com">amicus@slate.com</a>. Follow us on Facebook <a href="https://www.facebook.com/amicuspodcast">here</a>. Podcast production by Tony Field.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 10, 2016
The Specter of Korematsu
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Just a few weeks into the era of President-elect Donald Trump, and already there is a lot of bruising around the edges of the Constitution. The past few weeks have brought talk of Muslim registries, jail time for flag burners, restrictions on voting and the sweet mystery of the Emoluments Clause. This week, we sit down with <a href="https://www.coons.senate.gov/">U.S. Senator Chris Coons</a> to discuss how much of this talk we should take seriously, and where the true threats to Americans’ constitutional protections lie. <br><br>We also speak with <a href="https://www.law.georgetown.edu/faculty/katyal-neal-k.cfm">Neal Katyal</a>, former Acting Solicitor General of the United States, about <a href="https://www.oyez.org/cases/1940-1955/323us214">the 1944 Supreme Court decision</a> that upheld the internment of Japanese-Americans. In 2011, Katyal issued an <a href="https://www.justice.gov/opa/blog/confession-error-solicitor-generals-mistakes-during-japanese-american-internment-cases">official apology</a> for the role of one of his predecessors in that case. <a href="https://www.oyez.org/cases/1940-1955/323us214"><em>Korematsu v United States</em></a>has been in the news again recently, after one Trump surrogate <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/18/us/politics/japanese-internment-muslim-registry.html?_r=0">cited it</a> as a “precedent” for a possible Trump Administration program that would require the registration of immigrants from a handful of predominantly Muslim countries. <br><br>Transcripts of <em>Amicus </em>are available to <strong>Slate Plus</strong> members. Consider signing up today! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial <a href="http://slate.me/1JMwBjX">here</a>.<br> <br><em>Amicus</em> is brought to you by the Great Courses Plus, a video learning service with a large library of lectures all taught by award-winning professors. Get a free month of unlimited access when you sign up at <a href="https://www.TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/amicus">TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/amicus</a>. And by First Republic Bank. At First Republic, they take the time to know your business and customize solutions to help you reach your goals. Visit <a href="https://www.firstrepublic.com/">FirstRepublic.com</a> today to hear what their clients say about them. <br><br>Please let us know what you think of <em>Amicus</em>. Our email is <a href="mailto:amicus@slate.com">amicus@slate.com</a>. Follow us on Facebook <a href="https://www.facebook.com/amicuspodcast">here</a>. Podcast production by Tony Field.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 30, 2016
Trump’s Constitution
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In the days leading up to Election Day, conservative legal scholar <a href="https://www.law.gwu.edu/orin-s-kerr">Orin Kerr </a>explained <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2016/11/04/im-with-her/">why he would be crossing the aisle </a>to vote for a Democrat. On this episode, he tells us why the prospect of a President Trump frightened him so much, and <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2016/11/09/the-trump-break-point/">what we can expect </a>in the way of checks and balances on executive power for the next four years. <br><br>We also speak with <a href="http://law.ubalt.edu/faculty/profiles/epps.cfm">Garrett Epps</a>, who wrote in <em>The Atlantic</em> this week that Trump is <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/11/donald-trump-has-broken-the-constitution/507146/">“a figure out of authoritarian politics, not the American tradition.”</a> Epps observes that Trump has expressed contempt for nearly every article in the Bill of Rights, and deserves to be taken at his word. <br><br><br>Transcripts of <em>Amicus </em>are available to <strong>Slate Plus </strong>members. Consider signing up today! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial <a href="http://slate.me/1JMwBjX">here</a>. <br> <br>Amicus is brought to you by The Great Courses Plus, a video learning service with a large library of lectures all taught by award-winning professors. Get a free month of unlimited access when you sign up at <a href="https://www.TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/amicus">TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/amicus</a>. And by First Republic Bank. At First Republic, they take the time to know your business and customize solutions to help you reach your goals. Visit <a href="https://www.firstrepublic.com/">FirstRepublic.com</a> today to hear what their clients say about them. <br><br>Please let us know what you think of <em>Amicus</em>. Our email is <a href="mailto:amicus@slate.com">amicus@slate.com</a>. Follow us on Facebook <a href="https://www.facebook.com/amicuspodcast">here</a>. Podcast production by Tony Field.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 12, 2016
Intimidation Nation
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In the wake of the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in <a href="https://www.oyez.org/cases/2012/12-96"><em>Shelby County v Holder</em></a>, many states made changes to their voting laws that may disproportionately harm minorities. This week, lawyers in Ohio <a href="https://www.revealnews.org/blog/last-ditch-effort-to-ease-ohio-voting-laws-lands-at-supreme-court/">filed an emergency motion</a> with the Supreme Court requesting a suspension of voting restrictions in their state. One of those lawyers, <a href="http://www.chandralaw.com/About/Subodh-Chandra.shtml">Subodh Chandra</a>, joins us to explain why. <br><br>We also speak with <a href="http://www.brennancenter.org/expert/wendy-r-weiser">Wendy Weiser</a>, director of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice, about the potential impact of Donald Trump’s recent warnings about vote-rigging. She explains why long-term neglect of our voting infrastructure is a much bigger threat than either vote tampering or self-styled poll watchers. <br><br>Transcripts of <em>Amicus </em>are available to <strong>Slate Plus</strong> members. Consider signing up today! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial <a href="http://slate.me/1JMwBjX">here</a>. <br> <br>Amicus is brought to you by <strong>The Great Courses Plus</strong>, a video learning service with a large library of lectures all taught by award-winning professors. Get a free month of unlimited access when you sign up at <a href="http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/amicus"><strong>TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/amicus</strong></a>. <br><br>And by Blue Apron. For less than $10 per meal, Blue Apron delivers meal kits right to your door to make cooking at home easy. Get your first THREE meals FREE by going to <a href="http://www.blueapron.com/amicus"><strong>BlueApron.com/amicus</strong></a><strong>.</strong> <br><br>Please let us know what you think of <em>Amicus</em>. Our email is <a href="mailto:amicus@slate.com">amicus@slate.com</a>. Follow us on Facebook <a href="https://www.facebook.com/amicuspodcast">here</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Podcast production by Tony Field.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Oct 29, 2016
And Now a Word from the White House
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After President Obama nominated Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court in March, there was widespread speculation that opposing his confirmation hearings could have political costs for Republican senators. But seven months later, it’s not clear how much the GOP’s continued obstructionism will matter to voters next month. On this episode, we discuss Obama’s handling of the Supreme Court vacancy with White House Counsel&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/22/us/specialist-in-oversight-inquiries-to-be-named-white-house-counsel.html">Neil Eggleston</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/senior-leadership/brian-deese">Brian Deese</a>, Senior Adviser to the President. <br><br>We also take a closer look at&nbsp;<a href="https://www.oyez.org/cases/2016/15-606"><em>Peña Rodriguez v. Colorado</em></a><em>,</em>&nbsp;an important case about jury bias that was argued at the Supreme Court this week.&nbsp;<a href="https://law.stanford.edu/directory/jeffrey-l-fisher/">Jeffrey Fisher</a>, who represented the petitioner, joins us to explain why blatantly racist comments uttered by a juror in a criminal trial should invalidate that trial’s verdict.&nbsp;<br><br>Transcripts of Amicus<em>&nbsp;</em>are available to&nbsp;<strong>Slate Plus</strong>&nbsp;members. Consider signing up today! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial&nbsp;<a href="http://slate.me/1JMwBjX">here</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Amicus is brought to you by&nbsp;<strong>The Great Courses Plus</strong>, a video learning service with a large library of lectures all taught by award-winning professors. Get a free month of unlimited access when you sign up at&nbsp;<a href="https://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/amicus"><strong>TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/amicus</strong></a>.&nbsp;<br><br>And by Blue Apron. For less than 10 dollars per meal, Blue Apron delivers meal kits right to your door to make cooking at home easy. Get your first THREE meals<br>FREE by going to&nbsp;<a href="https://www.blueapron.com/amicus"><strong>BlueApron.com/amicus</strong></a><strong>.</strong><br><br>Subscribe to our podcast&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/slates-amicus-dahlia-lithwick/id928790786?mt=2&amp;uo=6&amp;at=11lQck&amp;ct=amicus">here</a>. Please let us know what you think of&nbsp;<em>Amicus</em>. Our email is&nbsp;<a href="mailto:amicus@slate.com">amicus@slate.com</a>. Follow us at Facebook&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/amicuspodcast">here</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Podcast production by Tony Field.<br><br><strong>Panoply Survey</strong><br>We want you to tell us about the podcasts you enjoy, and how often you listen to them. So we created a survey that takes just a couple of minutes to complete. If you fill it out, you'll help Panoply to make great podcasts about the things you love. And things you didn’t even know you loved.&nbsp; To fill out the survey, just go to&nbsp;<a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7RKWDJL">www.panoply.fm/survey</a>.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Oct 14, 2016
2016 Term Preview
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The 2016 Supreme Court term gets underway next week, but don’t get too excited. Eager to avoid any more 4-4 split decisions, the eight remaining justices have cobbled together a caseload that steers clear of the big social questions that defined the court’s past two terms. SCOTUSblog founder and publisher&nbsp;<a href="http://www.scotusblog.com/author/tom-goldstein/">Tom Goldstein</a>&nbsp;joins us for our annual survey of what’s ahead.&nbsp;<br><br>We also speak with former federal judge&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stroock.com/people/SScheindlin">Shira Scheindlin</a>. In 2013,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/24/nyregion/shira-scheindlin-judge-behind-stop-and-frisk-ruling-will-step-down.html?_r=0">she ruled</a>&nbsp;that stop-and-frisk tactics were being used unconstitutionally by the NYPD. Because of that ruling,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2016/sep/28/donald-trump/debate-donald-trump-says-stop-and-frisk-constituti/">she was accused this week</a>&nbsp;by Donald Trump of being “very against police.”&nbsp;<br><br>Transcripts of&nbsp;<em>Amicus&nbsp;</em>are available to&nbsp;<strong>Slate Plus</strong>&nbsp;members. Consider signing up today! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial&nbsp;<a href="http://slate.me/1JMwBjX">here</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Amicus is brought to you by The Great Courses Plus, a video learning service with<br>hundreds of engaging lectures taught by top professors. Get a free month of<br>unlimited access when you sign up at&nbsp;<a href="https://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/special-offer?utm_source=US_Radio&amp;utm_medium=RadioMiscellaneousRadio&amp;utm_campaign=135651">TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/amicus</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>And by Blue Apron. For less than 10 dollars per meal, Blue Apron delivers meal<br>kits right to your door to make cooking at home easy. Get your first THREE<br>meals FREE by going to&nbsp;<a href="https://www.blueapron.com/?cvosrc=audio-paid.podcast&amp;utm_medium=audio-paid&amp;utm_source=podcast">BlueApron.com/amicus</a>. &nbsp;<br><br>Please let us know what you think of&nbsp;<em>Amicus</em>. Our email is&nbsp;<a href="mailto:amicus@slate.com">amicus@slate.com</a>. Follow us on Facebook&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/amicuspodcast">here</a>.<br><br>Podcast production by Tony Field.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Oct 01, 2016
Notorious RBG
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We kick off a brand new season of our podcast with an episode devoted to the member of the Supreme Court bench who has garnered by far the most headlines since our last episode. That’s right, it’s the slavish fangirl edition of&nbsp;<em>Amicus</em>, in which we cave to the pressure of our listeners and fête the woman who had the temerity to call Donald Trump a “faker” this past July.&nbsp; Joining us to discuss the cultural phenomenon that is Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is MSNBC national reporter&nbsp;<a href="http://irincarmon.com/">Irin Carmon</a>, co-author of the bestselling biography&nbsp;<em>Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.&nbsp;</em>We also hear from Cooper Sirwatka, a New York attorney and proud wearer of a full-color RBG tattoo.&nbsp;<br><br>Amicus is brought to you by&nbsp;<a href="https://upstanders.starbucks.com/">Upstanders</a>, a new podcast from Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz and Rajiv Chandrasekaran. Hear stories of ordinary people<br>doing extraordinary things to create positive change in their communities. Listen and subscribe to Upstanders on iTunes&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=1150042830&amp;mt=2&amp;ls=1">now</a>.<br><br>Transcripts of&nbsp;<em>Amicus</em>&nbsp;are available to&nbsp;<strong>Slate Plus</strong>&nbsp;members. Consider signing up today! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts,<br>and more. Sign up for a free trial today&nbsp;<a href="http://slate.me/1JMwBjX">here</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Please let us know what you think of&nbsp;<em>Amicus</em>. Our email is&nbsp;<a href="mailto:amicus@slate.com">amicus@slate.com</a>.&nbsp;<br>Podcast production by Tony Field.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Sep 17, 2016
That's a Wrap
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On Monday, the Supreme Court invalidated two provisions of Texas’ omnibus abortion law known as HB2. The 5-3 decision in&nbsp;<a href="https://www.oyez.org/cases/2015/15-274"><em>Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt</em></a>&nbsp;was a big win for abortion rights advocates, many of whom expected things to turn out the other way. On today’s show, we speak with&nbsp;<a href="http://wholewomanshealth.com/a-message-from-our-founder.html">Amy Hagstrom Miller</a>, founder and CEO of the abortion provider that challenged the Texas law. We also sit down with&nbsp;<em>Slate</em>’s own&nbsp;<a href="http://www.slate.com/authors.mark_stern.html">Mark Joseph Stern</a>&nbsp;to recap the highlights – and lowlights – of one a Supreme Court term that was chock-full of unexpected twists and turns. &nbsp;<br><br>Amicus is sponsored by&nbsp;<strong>The Great Courses Plus</strong>, a new video service with thousands of lectures on dozens of topics. Learn more at&nbsp;<a href="https://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/amicus">TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/amicus</a>.<br><br>And by&nbsp;<strong>Wunder Capital</strong>. Invest in large-scale solar project across the US. Create an account for free at&nbsp;<a href="https://www.wundercapital.com/amicus">Wundercapital.com/amicus</a>. Invest in Wunder Capital’s<br>solar funds. Do well and do good. Please let us know what you think of&nbsp;<em>Amicus</em>. Our email is&nbsp;<a href="mailto:amicus@slate.com">amicus@slate.com</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Podcast production by Tony Field.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jul 02, 2016
Goodbye, General!
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Marriage equality. Voting Rights. Obamacare. These are among the many enormously consequential causes that have fallen to&nbsp;<a href="https://www.justice.gov/osg/meet-solicitor-general">Donald Verrilli</a>&nbsp;to defend at the Supreme Court over the past five years. On this week’s episode, he looks back on some of the highlights – and lowlights – of his term as U.S. Solicitor General. We’re also joined by&nbsp;<a href="http://www.naacpldf.org/sherrilyn-ifill">Sherrilyn Ifill</a>, President of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, to discuss this week’s big affirmative action win at the Supreme Court. Many court-watchers were surprised by Justice Anthony Kennedy’s vote in&nbsp;<em>Fisher v University of Texas,&nbsp;</em>but not Ifill. She tells us why. Transcripts of&nbsp;<em>Amicus</em>&nbsp;are available to&nbsp;<strong>Slate Plus</strong>&nbsp;members. Consider signing up today! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today&nbsp;<a href="http://slate.me/1JMwBjX">here</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Amicus is sponsored by The Great Courses Plus, a new video service with thousands of lectures on dozens of topics. Right now, Amicus listeners can stream Influence: Mastering Life’s Most Powerful Skill—and hundreds of other courses—for free. Just visit&nbsp;<a href="https://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/special-offer?utm_source=US_Radio&amp;utm_medium=RadioMiscellaneousRadio&amp;utm_campaign=127892">TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/amicus</a>. Please let us know what you think of&nbsp;<em>Amicus</em>. Our email is&nbsp;<a href="mailto:amicus@slate.com">amicus@slate.com</a>.&nbsp;<br>Podcast production by Tony Field.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 25, 2016
What Would Brandeis Do?
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Much of the legal world’s attention was focused this week on Donald Trump’s attacks on Gonzalo Curiel, the federal judge presiding over the Trump University fraud cases in California. The outrage centered on Trump’s insistence that the fact of Curiel’s Mexican ancestry should disqualify him from the case, considering Trump’s declared intent to build a border wall. We discuss Trump’s stance – and its historical antecedents – with&nbsp;<a href="https://law.stanford.edu/directory/deborah-l-rhode/">Deborah Rhode</a>, founding director of Stanford University’s Center on Ethics. And we sit down with&nbsp;<a href="https://www.law.gwu.edu/jeffrey-rosen">Jeffrey Rosen</a>&nbsp;to talk about the far-reaching legal mind of Justice Louis Brandeis, confirmed to the Supreme Court 100 years ago this month. Rosen is the author of the new book&nbsp;<em>Louis D. Brandeis: An American Prophet.</em>&nbsp;&nbsp;Transcripts of&nbsp;<em>Amicus</em>&nbsp;are available to&nbsp;<strong>Slate Plus</strong>&nbsp;members. Sign up for a free&nbsp;<strong>Slate Plus</strong>&nbsp;trial&nbsp;<a href="http://slate.me/1JMwBjX">here</a>.&nbsp;<br><br><em>Amicus</em>&nbsp;is sponsored by The&nbsp;<strong>Great Courses Plus</strong>, a new video service with thousands of lectures on dozens of topics. Right now,&nbsp;<em>Amicus</em>&nbsp;listeners can stream Influence: Mastering Life’s Most Powerful Skill—and hundreds of other courses—for free. Just visit&nbsp;<a href="https://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/special-offer?utm_source=US_Radio&amp;utm_medium=RadioMiscellaneousRadio&amp;utm_campaign=127892">TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/amicus</a>.<br>And by&nbsp;<strong>Casper</strong>, an online retailer of premium mattresses for a fraction of the price. All Casper mattresses come with free delivery and returns within a 100-day period. Right now, get 50 dollars toward any mattress purchase by visiting&nbsp;<a href="https://casper.com/?cvosrc=podcast.podcast.amicus&amp;utm_campaign=amicus&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=podcast&amp;cvo_placement=landingpage&amp;coupon_code=amicus&amp;coupon_code_amount=50&amp;partner_hero_name=Slate%27s+Amicus">Casper.com/amicus</a>&nbsp;and using the promo code AMICUS.<br>Please let us know what you think of&nbsp;<em>Amicus</em>. Our email is&nbsp;<a href="mailto:amicus@slate.com">amicus@slate.com</a>.&nbsp; <br><br>Podcast production by Tony Field.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 11, 2016
A Bird with a Broken Wing
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Despite many appearances to the contrary, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer this week told an interviewer that the Court has not been diminished by the Senate’s inability to fill its empty seat. On this episode, Dahlia considers that claim with&nbsp;<em>The Atlantic</em>’s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/author/garrett-epps/">Garrett Epps</a>. She is also joined by legal scholar&nbsp;<a href="http://law.case.edu/Our-School/Faculty-Staff/Meet-Our-Faculty/Faculty-Detail/id/83">Jonathan Adler</a>, who weighs in on Donald Trump’s recently released shortlist of potential Supreme Court nominees. Adler counts himself among the conservatives who are deeply troubled by the prospect of Trump’s impact on the judiciary were he to be elected president.<br><br>You can listen to past episodes of&nbsp;<em>Amicus&nbsp;</em><a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/podcasts/amicus.html">here</a>. Transcripts of&nbsp;<em>Amicus</em>&nbsp;are available to&nbsp;<strong>Slate Plus</strong>&nbsp;members. Consider signing up today! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today&nbsp;<a href="http://slate.me/1JMwBjX">here</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Please let us know what you think of&nbsp;<em>Amicus</em>. Our email is&nbsp;<a href="mailto:amicus@slate.com">amicus@slate.com</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Amicus is sponsored by The Great Courses Plus, a new video service with thousands of lectures on dozens of topics. For a limited time, Amicus listeners can stream Influence: Mastering Life’s Most Powerful Skill—and hundreds of other courses—for free. Just visit&nbsp;<a href="https://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/amicus">TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/<strong>amicus</strong></a>.<br><br>Podcast production by Tony Field.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 28, 2016
Memory Lane
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Dahlia sits down with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nationallawjournal.com/id=1202619714428/Tony-Mauro">Tony Mauro</a>&nbsp;of the National Law Journal to listen to highlights from the Supreme Court’s 2015 term. And she speaks with Politico’s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.politico.com/staff/josh-gerstein">Josh Gerstein&nbsp;</a>about recent non-developments in the non-confirmation of SCOTUS nominee Merrick Garland.<br><br>You can listen to past episodes of&nbsp;<em>Amicus&nbsp;</em><a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/podcasts/amicus.html">here</a>. Transcripts of&nbsp;<em>Amicus</em>&nbsp;are available to&nbsp;<strong>Slate Plus</strong>&nbsp;members. Consider signing up today! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today&nbsp;<a href="http://slate.me/1JMwBjX">here</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Please let us know what you think of&nbsp;<em>Amicus</em>. Our email is&nbsp;<a href="mailto:amicus@slate.com">amicus@slate.com</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Amicus is sponsored by The Great Courses Plus, a new video service with thousands of lectures on dozens of topics. For a limited time, Amicus listeners can stream Influence: Mastering Life’s Most Powerful Skill—and hundreds of other courses—for free. Just visit&nbsp;<a href="https://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/amicus">TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/<strong>amicus</strong></a>.<br><br>Podcast production by Tony Field.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 14, 2016
This is Not Corruption
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This week, the Supreme Court heard arguments in&nbsp;<a href="https://www.oyez.org/cases/2015/15-474"><em>McDonnell v. United States</em></a><em>,&nbsp;</em>an appeal of the 2014 corruption conviction of Virginia’s former governor. The facts of the<br>case read a bit like a reality show, with Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife affording access to a wealthy businessman in exchange for Rolex watches, fancy ball gowns and expensive golf clubs. But on this episode of the podcast, former federal judge&nbsp;<a href="http://hls.harvard.edu/faculty/directory/10303/Gertner">Nancy Gertner</a>&nbsp;argues that prosecutors interpreted an anti-corruption law too broadly. (Gertner co-authored an amicus brief in support of McDonnell – you can read it&nbsp;<a href="http://www.scotusblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/NAI_1500881920_1_15-474tsacLawProfessors.pdf">here</a>.)<br><br>You can listen to past episodes of&nbsp;<em>Amicus&nbsp;</em><a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/podcasts/amicus.html">here</a>. Transcripts of&nbsp;<em>Amicus</em>&nbsp;are available to&nbsp;<strong>Slate Plus</strong>&nbsp;members. Consider signing up today! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today&nbsp;<a href="http://slate.me/1JMwBjX">here</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Please let us know what you think of&nbsp;<em>Amicus</em>. Our email is&nbsp;<a href="mailto:amicus@slate.com">amicus@slate.com</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Amicus is sponsored by The Great Courses Plus, a new video service with thousands of lectures on dozens of topics. For a limited time, Amicus listeners can stream The Modern Political Tradition: Hobbes to Habermas—and hundreds of other courses—for free. Just visit&nbsp;<a href="https://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/amicus">TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/amicus.</a><br><br>Podcast production by Tony Field.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 30, 2016
Contra Obama
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Dahlia previews&nbsp;<a href="https://www.oyez.org/cases/2015/15-674"><em>United States v. Texas</em></a>&nbsp;– this week’s big immigration case – with&nbsp;<a href="http://theusconstitution.org/about/people/staff/brianne-j-gorod">Brianne Gorod</a>&nbsp;of the Constitutional Accountability Center. She also hears from Sen. Al Franken about the latest in the standoff over Obama’s SCOTUS nominee, Merrick Garland.<br><br>You can listen to past episodes of&nbsp;<em>Amicus&nbsp;</em><a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/podcasts/amicus.html">here</a>. Transcripts of&nbsp;<em>Amicus</em>&nbsp;are available to&nbsp;<strong>Slate Plus</strong>&nbsp;members. Consider signing up today! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today&nbsp;<a href="http://slate.me/1JMwBjX">here</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Please let us know what you think of&nbsp;<em>Amicus</em>. Our email is&nbsp;<a href="mailto:amicus@slate.com">amicus@slate.com</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Amicus is sponsored by The Great Courses Plus, a new video service with thousands of lectures on dozens of topics. For a limited time, Amicus listeners can stream The Modern Political Tradition: Hobbes to Habermas—and hundreds of other courses—for free. Just visit&nbsp;<a href="https://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/amicus">TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/amicus.</a>&nbsp;And by “Confirmation,” the new HBO film that details the explosive 1991 Supreme Court nomination hearings of Clarence Thomas. Confirmation premieres at 8 p.m. tonight, April 16th, on HBO.&nbsp;<br><br>Podcast production by Tony Field.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 16, 2016
The Case Against the Case Against Confirmation
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More than two weeks have passed since President Obama tapped Merrick Garland to fill Antonin Scalia’s vacant seat on the Supreme Court. But while their rationale has shifted somewhat, Senate Republican leaders remain as firm as ever in their refusal to hold confirmation hearings for the nominee. On this week’s episode, University of Chicago Law School professor&nbsp;<a href="http://www.law.uchicago.edu/faculty/stone-g">Geoffrey R. Stone</a>&nbsp;joins us to explain why the GOP’s intransigence is&nbsp;<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/geoffrey-r-stone/the-supreme-court-and-the_b_9508068.html">so threatening to the core institutions of federal government</a>.<br><br>You can listen to past episodes of&nbsp;<em>Amicus&nbsp;</em><a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/podcasts/amicus.html">here</a>. Transcripts of&nbsp;<em>Amicus</em>&nbsp;are available to&nbsp;<strong>Slate Plus</strong>&nbsp;members. Consider signing up today! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today&nbsp;<a href="http://slate.me/1JMwBjX">here</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Please let us know what you think of&nbsp;<em>Amicus</em>. Our email is&nbsp;<a href="mailto:amicus@slate.com">amicus@slate.com</a>.&nbsp;<br><br><em>Amicus</em>&nbsp;is sponsored by The Great Courses Plus, a new video service with more than 5,000 lectures on subjects from science to cooking to history. Right now, you can have unlimited access to the entire Great Courses Plus library—for one whole month for free—by visiting&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thegreatcourses.com/amicus">TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/amicus</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Podcast production by Tony Field.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 02, 2016
The Contraceptive Mandate
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This week, the Supreme Court heard arguments in&nbsp;<a href="https://www.oyez.org/cases/2015/14-1418"><em>Zubik v Burwell</em></a>, the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act. This time, a group of religious non-profits are challenging the government’s accommodation for employers who don’t want to have anything to do with providing birth control to their workers. Dahlia speaks with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bancroftpllc.com/who-we-are/paul-clement/">Paul Clement</a>, who argued the case for the plaintiffs, and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.omm.com/professionals/walter-e-dellinger/">Walter Dellinger</a>, who supports the government's position.<br><br>You can listen to past episodes of&nbsp;<em>Amicus&nbsp;</em><a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/podcasts/amicus.html">here</a>. Transcripts of&nbsp;<em>Amicus</em>&nbsp;are available to&nbsp;<strong>Slate Plus</strong>&nbsp;members. Consider signing up today! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today&nbsp;<a href="http://slate.me/1JMwBjX">here</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Please let us know what you think of&nbsp;<em>Amicus</em>. Our email is&nbsp;<a href="mailto:amicus@slate.com">amicus@slate.com</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>This week’s excerpts from the Supreme Court’s public sessions were provided by&nbsp;<a href="https://www.oyez.org/">Oyez</a>, a free law project at the Chicago-Kent College of Law, part of the Illinois Institute of Technology.<br><br><em>Amicus</em>&nbsp;is sponsored by Amazon. Detective Harry Bosch is back on the new season of Amazon’s Original Series Bosch, based on the best selling novels by Michael Connelly. Stream the new season now on Amazon Prime Video.<br><br>And by The Great Courses Plus, a new video service with more than 5,000 lectures on subjects from science to cooking to history. Right now, you can have unlimited access to the entire Great Courses Plus library—for one whole month for free—by visiting&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thegreatcourses.com/amicus">TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/amicus</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Podcast production by Tony Field.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 26, 2016
Is the Burden Undue?
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It was a big week at SCOTUS, as a newly-balanced Court turned to&nbsp;<em>Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt</em>, its first abortion case in nine years. We discuss the case with legal scholar&nbsp;<a href="https://law.stanford.edu/directory/pamela-s-karlan/">Pamela Karlan</a>&nbsp;and listen to some highlights from oral arguments.<br><br>Amicus is sponsored by Casper, an online retailer of premium mattresses for a fraction of the price. Casper mattresses come with free delivery and returns within a<br>100-day period. And get 50 dollars toward any mattress purchase by visiting<br><a href="https://casper.com/amicus?cvosrc=podcast.podcast.amicus&amp;utm_campaign=amicus&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=podcast&amp;cvo_placement=landingpage">Casper.com/amicus</a>&nbsp;and using the promo code AMICUS.<br><br>And by Amazon. Detective Harry Bosch is back on the new season of Amazon’s Original Series Bosch, based on the best selling novels by Michael Connelly. Stream the new season on March 11th on Amazon Prime Video.<br><br>Transcripts of&nbsp;<em>Amicus</em>&nbsp;are available to&nbsp;<strong>Slate Plus</strong>&nbsp;members. Consider signing up today! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today&nbsp;<a href="http://slate.me/1JMwBjX">here</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Please let us know what you think of&nbsp;<em>Amicus</em>. Our email is&nbsp;<a href="mailto:amicus@slate.com">amicus@slate.com</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Podcast production by Tony Field.<br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 06, 2016
The Contradictions of Antonin Scalia
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A week after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, his former clerk Rachel Barkow shares fond memories of a mentor with whom she didn’t always agree politically. And legal scholar Akhil Reed Amar explains why Scalia didn’t always remain true to his originalist principles.<br><br>You can listen to past episodes of&nbsp;<em>Amicus&nbsp;</em><a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/podcasts/amicus.html">here</a>. Transcripts of&nbsp;<em>Amicus</em>&nbsp;are available to&nbsp;<strong>Slate Plus</strong>&nbsp;members. Consider signing up today! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today&nbsp;<a href="http://slate.me/1JMwBjX">here</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Please let us know what you think of&nbsp;<em>Amicus</em>. Our email is&nbsp;<a href="mailto:amicus@slate.com">amicus@slate.com</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Podcast production by Tony Field.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Feb 20, 2016
Amicus Extra: Antonin Scalia's Death
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The sudden death on Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Saturday has unleashed huge shockwaves in both the presidential race and the legal community. Luckily, Slate has podcasts covering both areas. In this special joint episode, Amicus host Dahlia Lithwick joins Political Gabfest panelists Emily Bazelon and David Plotz to look at all the possible repercussions of Scalia’s death.<br><br>Transcripts of&nbsp;<em>Amicus</em>&nbsp;are available to&nbsp;<strong>Slate Plus</strong>&nbsp;members. Consider signing up today! Members get bonus segments, exclusive&nbsp;member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today&nbsp;<a href="http://slate.me/1JMwBjX">here</a>. Please let us know what you think of&nbsp;<em>Amicus</em>. Our email is&nbsp;<a href="mailto:amicus@slate.com">amicus@slate.com</a>.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Feb 15, 2016
The Candidates and the Court
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On this episode, Dahlia asks why the Supreme Court has been almost absent as a campaign issue, despite the fact that the next president could have the opportunity to reshape the Court’s bench.&nbsp; She is joined by UC-Irvine law professor&nbsp;<a href="http://www.law.uci.edu/faculty/full-time/chemerinsky/">Erwin Chemerinsky.</a><br><br>Transcripts of&nbsp;<em>Amicus</em>&nbsp;are available to&nbsp;<strong>Slate Plus</strong>&nbsp;members. Consider signing up today! Members get bonus segments, exclusive<br>member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today&nbsp;<a href="http://slate.me/1JMwBjX">here</a>.&nbsp;Please let us know what you think of&nbsp;<em>Amicus</em>. Our email is&nbsp;<a href="mailto:amicus@slate.com">amicus@slate.com</a>.&nbsp;Podcast production by Tony Field.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Feb 06, 2016
The Case of the Missing Constitutional Violation
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In&nbsp;<em>Heffernan v City of Paterson</em>, the Supreme Court must decide whether a government worker can be punished for a political belief his employers attribute to him – rightly&nbsp;<em>or</em>&nbsp;wrongly. This week, Dahlia speaks with lawyers on both sides of the topsy-turvy case.<br><br>Please let us know what you think of&nbsp;<em>Amicus</em>. Our email is&nbsp;<a href="mailto:amicus@slate.com">amicus@slate.com</a>.

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Jan 26, 2016
Labor Pains
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This week, the Supreme Court will hear a case that could undercut the ability of public sector unions to raise money. Dahlia is joined by Cato<br>Institute’s Ilya Shapiro and U. of Michigan’s Sam Bagenstos, who submitted briefs on opposite sides of the case.<br><br>Please let us know what you think of&nbsp;<em>Amicus</em>. Our email is&nbsp;<a href="mailto:amicus@slate.com">amicus@slate.com</a>.<br><br>Subscribe to our podcast&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/slates-amicus-dahlia-lithwick/id928790786?mt=2&amp;uo=6&amp;at=11lQck&amp;ct=amicus">here</a>. You can find past episodes of our show&nbsp;<a href="http://www.slate.com/amicus.html">here</a>.<br><br>Podcast production by Tony Field.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 09, 2016
Judging Tribal Courts
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Dahlia speaks with attorney&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pipestemlaw.com/attorney/mary-kathryn-nagle/">Mary Kathryn Nagle</a>&nbsp;about&nbsp;<a href="https://www.oyez.org/cases/2015/13-1496"><em>Dollar General Corporation v.<br>Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians</em></a><em>,&nbsp;</em>a major Native American rights case argued at the Supreme Court earlier this month.<br><br>Please let us know what you think of&nbsp;<em>Amicus</em>. Our email is&nbsp;<a href="mailto:amicus@slate.com">amicus@slate.com</a>.<br><br>Subscribe to our podcast&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/slates-amicus-dahlia-lithwick/id928790786?mt=2&amp;uo=6&amp;at=11lQck&amp;ct=amicus">here</a>. You can find past episodes of our show&nbsp;<a href="http://www.slate.com/amicus.html">here</a>.<br><br>Podcast production by Tony Field.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 24, 2015
One Person, One Vote
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What is the meaning of “one person, one vote? That’s the main question in&nbsp;<em>Evenwel v. Abbott,</em>&nbsp;argued this week at the Supreme Court. On this episode, Dahlia speaks with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cato.org/people/andrew-grossman">Andrew Grossman</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://law.stanford.edu/directory/nathaniel-persily/">Nathaniel Persily</a>&nbsp;-- experts on opposing sides of the case. She also plays a few highlights from the week’s big affirmative action case,&nbsp;<em>Fisher v University of Texas at Austin</em>.<br><br>Please let us know what you think of&nbsp;<em>Amicus</em>. Our email is&nbsp;<a href="mailto:amicus@slate.com">amicus@slate.com</a>.<br><br>Subscribe to our podcast&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/slates-amicus-dahlia-lithwick/id928790786?mt=2&amp;uo=6&amp;at=11lQck&amp;ct=amicus">here</a>. You can find past episodes of our show&nbsp;<a href="http://www.slate.com/amicus.html">here</a>.<br><br>Amicus is sponsored by The Great Courses, offering a series of lectures about the impact that technology is having on the constitution and our rights. The series—"Privacy, Property &amp; Free Speech: Law and the Constitution in the 21st Century"—is available right now at up to 80 percent off the original price if you visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.TheGreatCourses.com/amicus">TheGreatCourses.com/amicus</a>.<br>Podcast production by Tony Field.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 12, 2015
Color Blind Constitution
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A half-century after&nbsp;<em>Brown v. Board of Education</em>, should the Supreme Court still be in the business of integrating public schools and universities? Dahlia sits down with University of Virginia legal historian&nbsp;<a href="http://www.law.virginia.edu/lawweb/Faculty.nsf/PrFHPbW/rlg3t">Risa Golubuff</a>&nbsp;to discuss the backdrop to the term’s big affirmative action case,&nbsp;<em>Fisher v University of Texas</em>.<br><br>Please let us know what you think of&nbsp;<em>Amicus</em>. Our email is&nbsp;<a href="mailto:amicus@slate.com">amicus@slate.com</a>.<br><br>Subscribe to our podcast&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/slates-amicus-dahlia-lithwick/id928790786?mt=2&amp;uo=6&amp;at=11lQck&amp;ct=amicus">here</a>. You can find past episodes of our show&nbsp;<a href="http://www.slate.com/amicus.html">here</a>.<br>This week’s excerpts from the Supreme Court’s public sessions were provided by&nbsp;<a href="https://www.oyez.org/">Oyez</a>, a free law project at the Chicago-Kent College of Law, part of the Illinois Institute of Technology.&nbsp;Amicus is sponsored by MileIQ. If you’re one of the 60 million Americans who drive for work then you know that your miles are your dollars. Every mile you don’t log is money that you are losing. MileIQ is the only mileage-tracker app that detects, logs, and<br>calculates your miles for you, ensuring that every mile is accounted for and no dollar is lost. Try MileIQ for free today by texting&nbsp;<strong>AMICUS</strong>&nbsp;to 31996.<br>Podcast production by Tony Field.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 28, 2015
Class Dismissed?
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Dahlia speaks with Carter Phillips, the lawyer who represented Tyson Foods at the Supreme Court this week in Tyson's attempt to dismiss a class action suit by its workers. She also considers the love-hate relationship between presidential hopefuls and the high court. Please let us know what you think of Amicus. Our email is amicus@slate.com.Subscribe to our podcast here. Want a transcript of this week’s episode? They’re all available to members of Slate Plus on our show page. If you're not a Slate Plus member, consider becoming one -- members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial here.Amicus is sponsored by The Great Courses, offering a series of lectures about the impact that technology is having on the constitution and our rights. The series—titled "Privacy, Property & Free Speech: Law and the Constitution in the 21st Century"—is available right now at up to 80% off the original price if you visit TheGreatCourses.com/amicus.And by The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC. Watch Rachel as she breaks down the big headlines for the local threads that tie them all together. It’s the Rachel Maddow Show … covering America one story at time. Weeknights at 9 Eastern only on MSNBC.Podcast production by Tony Field.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 14, 2015
Strike Zone
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Dahlia previews Foster v. Chatman, a Supreme Court appeal that contends with the problem of racial bias in the process of jury selection. Her guests include Stephen Bright, president of the Southern Center for Human Rights; and Glenn Ivey, a former prosecutor who has joined an amicus brief in support of the man at the center of Foster. Please let us know what you think of Amicus. Our email is amicus@slate.com. Subscribe to our podcast here.Want a transcript of this week’s episode? They’re all available to members of Slate Plus on our show page. If you're not a Slate Plus member, consider becoming one -- members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial here. Amicus is sponsored by The Great Courses, offering a series of lectures about the impact that technology is having on the constitution and our rights. The series—titled "Privacy, Property & Free Speech: Law and the Constitution in the 21st Century"—is available right now at up to 80% off the original price if you visit TheGreatCourses.com/amicus. And by MileIQ. If you’re one of the 60 million Americans who drive for work then you know that your miles are your dollars. Every mile you don’t log is money that you are losing. MileIQ is the only mileage-tracker app that detects, logs, and calculates your miles for you, ensuring that every mile is accounted for and no dollar is lost. Try MileIQ for free today by texting AMICUS to 31996. Podcast production by Tony Field.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Oct 31, 2015
No Second Chances
1955
Dahlia speaks with law professor Robert J. Smith about Montgomery v. Louisiana, a Supreme Court case that focuses on a man who has served 53 years in prison for a murder he committed as a juvenile. Please let us know what you think of Amicus. Our email is amicus@slate.com. Subscribe to our podcast here. Want a transcript of this week’s episode? They’re all available to members of Slate Plus on our show page. If you're not a Slate Plus member, consider becoming one -- members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial here.Amicus is sponsored by the Great Courses, offering a series of lectures about business and presentation—including Scientific Secrets for a Powerful Memory, How Conversation Works, The Art of Public Speaking, and Influence: Mastering Life’s Most Powerful Skill. Order any one of these courses for only $9.95 for a limited time at TheGreatCourses.com/amicus.And by The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC. Watch Rachel as she breaks down the big headlines for the local threads that tie them all together. It’s the Rachel Maddow Show … covering America one story at time. Weeknights at 9 Eastern only on MSNBC.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Oct 17, 2015
The Machinery of Death
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As serious questions about lethal injection protocols continue to swirl, Dahlia speaks with The Marshall Project’s Andrew Cohen about where the Supreme Court currently stands on the constitutionality of the death penalty. Please let us know what you think of Amicus. Our email is amicus@slate.com. Subscribe to our podcast here. Want a transcript of this week’s episode? They’re all available to members of Slate Plus on our show page. If you're not a Slate Plus member, consider becoming one -- members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial here.Amicus is sponsored by the Great Courses, offering a series of lectures about business and presentation—including Scientific Secrets for a Powerful Memory, How Conversation Works, The Art of Public Speaking, and Influence: Mastering Life’s Most Powerful Skill. Order any one of these courses for only $9.95 for a limited time at TheGreatCourses.com/amicus.And by Casper, an online retailer of premium mattresses for a fraction of the price. Casper mattresses come with free delivery and returns within a one hundred day period. Right now, get 50 dollars toward any mattress by visiting Casper.com/amicus and using the promo code AMICUS. This week’s excerpts from the Supreme Court’s public sessions were provided by Oyez, a free law project at the Chicago-Kent College of Law, part of the Illinois Institute of Technology.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Oct 10, 2015
2015 Term Preview
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Dahlia sits down with the LA Times’ David Savage to consider three of the big cases on the SCOTUS docket this fall -- and whether liberals are right to be worried about the outcomes of those cases. *********** Transcripts of Amicus are available to Slate Plus members. Consider signing up today! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today here. Amicus is sponsored by the Great Courses, offering engaging audio and video lectures taught by top professors. Courses like "Cycles of American Political Thought." Right now, get up to 80 percent off the original price when you visit TheGreatCourses.com/AMICUS.And by LegalZoom—a way for regular people to confidently navigate the legal system. If you need help with Incorporation, Trademarks, Last Wills, Living Trusts, and more, then don't let legal hurdles become an excuse. Go to LegalZoom.com today and enter AMICUS in the referral box for additional savings. 
And by Casper, an online retailer of premium mattresses for a fraction of the price. Casper mattresses come with free delivery and returns within a one hundred day period. Right now, get 50 dollars toward any mattress by visiting Casper.com/amicus and using the promo code AMICUS.Please let us know what you think of our legal affairs podcast. Our email is amicus@slate.com.Podcast production by Tony Field.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Sep 19, 2015
Sandra and Ruth
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Dahlia sits down with Linda Hirshman, author of Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World. Hirshman recounts the two women’s rise to the SCOTUS bench and reflects on the impact they’ve had.**************Subscribe to our podcast here. Want a transcript of this week’s episode? They’re all available to members of Slate Plus. Consider signing up today -- members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today. Amicus is sponsored by the Great Courses, offering engaging audio and video lectures taught by top professors. Courses like "Cycles of American Political Thought." Right now, get up to 80 percent off the original price when you visit TheGreatCourses.com/AMICUS.And by LegalZoom—a way for regular people to confidently navigate the legal system. If you need help with Incorporation, Trademarks, Last Wills, Living Trusts, and more, then don't let legal hurdles become an excuse. Go to LegalZoom.com today and enter AMICUS in the referral box for additional savings. 
And by FreshBooks, the super-simple invoicing solution designed to help lawyers, consultants, and freelancers be organized, save time, and get paid faster. Creating and sending invoices, managing your expenses, and tracking your billable hours is about to get a lot easier. Go to FreshBooks.com/AMICUS for your free 30-day trial. 
Please let us know what you think of our legal affairs podcast. Our email is amicus@slate.com.Podcast production by Tony Field.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Sep 12, 2015
Sock the Vote
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To mark the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, Dahlia sits down with The Nation’s Ari Berman to discuss the decades-long campaign to roll back the achievements of the landmark 1965 legislation. ************************* Please let us know what you think of our legal affairs podcast. Our email is amicus@slate.com. Transcripts of Amicus are available to Slate Plus members. Consider signing up today! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today here.Amicus is sponsored by the Great Courses, offering engaging audio and video lectures taught by top professors. Courses like a series on "Cycles of American Political Thought.” Right now, get up to 80 percent off the original price when you visit thegreatcourses.com/amicus. And by FreshBooks, the super-simple invoicing solution made to help lawyers, consultants and freelancers get organized, save time and get paid faster. Creating and sending invoices, managing your expenses and tracking your billable hours is about to get a lot easier. Go to FreshBooks.com/Amicus for your free 30-day trial. And by Audible, offering more than 180,000 audiobooks and spoken-word audio products. Get a free audiobook of your choice at audible.com/amicus.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Aug 22, 2015
The Term in Review
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Dahlia sits down with three fellow SCOTUS-watchers — Kenji Yoshino, Mark Joseph Stern, and Christian Turner — to reflect on the just-completed term and how it will go down in history. Transcripts of Amicus are available to Slate Plus members. Consider signing up today! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today here.Amicus is sponsored by The Great Courses, offering engaging audio video lectures like “The Great Debate: Advocates and Opponents of the American Constitution." Get up to get up to 80 percent off the original price when you visit thegreatcourses.com/amicus. We’re also sponsored by FreshBooks, the super-simple invoicing solution made to help lawyers, consultants and freelancers get organized, save time and get paid faster. For your free 30-day trial, go to FreshBooks.com/Amicus.
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Jul 04, 2015
Amicus: The Storm Arrives
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With the ink barely dry on two momentous Supreme Court decisions affecting marriage equality and health care, Dahlia discusses the history, high points, and likely impact of those decisions with Walter Dellinger, professor of law at Duke University, a Slate contributor, and the former head of the Office of Legal Counsel from 1993 to 1996.     First, Dahlia and Walter reflect on Friday's 5-4 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which ruled that same-sex marriage bans are unconstitutional. Next, they talk about Thursday's 6-3 decision in King v. Burwell, which supported the Affordable Care Act's subsidies for poor and middle class people.    Please let us know what you think of our podcast – and your ideas for our shows during the summer recess. Our email is amicus@slate.com.   Amicus is sponsored by The Great Courses, offering engaging audio video lectures like “The Great Debate: Advocates and Opponents of the American Constitution." Get up to get up to 80 percent off the original price when you visit thegreatcourses.com/amicus.    Transcripts of Amicus are available to Slate Plus members. Consider signing up today at slate.com/podcastplus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today here. (Note: After a new episode is posted, its transcript may take several days to appear on our show page.)   Podcast production by Joel Meyer.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 27, 2015
The Storm Before the Storm
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Dahlia is joined by The Atlantic’s Garrett Epps to parse the latest batch of 5-4 decisions from SCOTUS. They included rulings on immigration, free speech, and the death penalty, and involved some strange alliances among the Justices. *************************Want a transcript of this week’s episode? They’re all available to members of Slate Plus. Consider signing up today -- members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today here.Amicus is sponsored by The Great Courses, offering engaging audio video lectures like “The Great Debate: Advocates and Opponents of the American Constitution." Get up to get up to 80 percent off the original price when you visit thegreatcourses.com/amicus. We’re also sponsored by FreshBooks, the super-simple invoicing solution made to help lawyers, consultants and freelancers get organized, save time and get paid faster. For your free 30-day trial, go to FreshBooks.com/Amicus. This week’s excerpt from the Supreme Court’s public sessions were provided by Oyez, a free law project at the Chicago-Kent College of Law, part of the Illinois Institute of Technology.
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Jun 20, 2015
A Certain Justice
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This week, Dahlia speaks with a former clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas about the strong stances that Thomas has been taking recently. And she asks what’s at stake in a big challenge to “One Person One Vote” that SCOTUS will take up next term. Please let us know what you think of Amicus. Our email is amicus@slate.com.Subscribe to our podcast here.Want a transcript of this week’s episode? They’re all available to members of Slate Plus. Consider signing up today -- members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial here.Our sponsor this week is The Great Courses, offering audio video lectures like "The First Amendment and You: What Everyone Should Know." Get up to get up to 80 percent off the original price when you visit . We’re also sponsored by FreshBooks. For your free 30-day trial, go to , and use the promo code Amicus. This week’s excerpts from the Supreme Court’s public sessions were provided by Oyez, a free law project at the Chicago-Kent College of Law, part of the Illinois Institute of Technology.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 13, 2015
The Calm Before the Storm
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On today’s episode, Dahlia takes stock of the big whammy decisions just around the corner at the Supreme Court, and considers a few of the major abortion cases that could be following shortly on their heels.Please let us know what you think of Amicus, our legal affairs podcast. Our email is amicus@slate.com. This week’s episode was sponsored by The Great Courses. Get up to 80% off the original price of their eight most popular courses when you visit thegreatcourses.com/amicus. Subscribe to our podcast here.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today here.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 30, 2015
Ready for Her Close-Up
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This week we learned that Natalie Portman will play a young Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a new film about the Supreme Court Justice. On this episode, Dahlia and her guests consider the recent explosion of Court-related dramatizations on the stage and screen. Please let us know what you think of Amicus, our legal affairs podcast. Our email is amicus@slate.com.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at .  <br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 16, 2015
Making the Case
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This week, we take you inside the courtroom for the recent gay marriage case at the Supreme Court. Dahlia listens to highlights of oral arguments with Douglas Hallward-Driemeier, one of the lawyers who represented same-sex couples in the historic case. Please let us know what you think of Amicus, our legal affairs podcast. Our email is amicus@slate.com. Our archives, which include discussions of other big cases recently decided by the Court, can be found at slate.com/amicus. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at slate.com/podcastplus.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 02, 2015
The Politics of Law
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In anticipation of big decisions on marriage equality and Obamacare, many are talking about the balance of political power on the Supreme Court. Dahlia Lithwick speaks with two court watchers about the extent to which the Justices are political actors. Please let us know what you think of Amicus, our legal affairs podcast. Our email is amicus@slate.com.Subscribe to our podcast here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/slates-amicus-dahlia-lithwick/id928790786?mt=2#Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at [http://slate.me/1ENza1a].    <br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 18, 2015
Marriage Arrives
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On April 28, the Supreme Court will finally take up the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans. Dahlia Lithwick previews the cases with Paul Smith, the lawyer involved in the 2003 gay rights case that helped set the stage for this historic event. Please let us know what you think of Amicus, our legal affairs podcast. Our email is amicus@slate.com. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at http://slate.me/1ENza1a<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 11, 2015
Mercury Rising
1887
How should the EPA weigh costs when regulating toxic emissions? Dahlia Lithwick speaks with lawyers on both sides of a Supreme Court case posing that question. And she reviews the highlights of a case testing the limits of free speech on license plates. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at http://slate.com/podcast.plus<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 28, 2015
Throwing Away the Key
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Seven years after ruling that detainees at Guantanamo Bay were entitled to the protections of the U.S. Constitution, the Supreme Court seems to have turned its back on the remaining detainees there. On this week’s episode, we ask why.This week’s episode is sponsored by HBO. Its documentary series “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst” airs Sundays at 8.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today here.Please let us know what you think of Amicus, our legal affairs podcast. Our email is .  <br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 14, 2015
The Letter of the Law
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As the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments in the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act -- King v. Burwell -- Dahlia Lithwick hears from experts on both sides of what could be the most important case in the Court’s entire term. First, she speaks with Jonathan Adler, a law professor at Case Western Reserve University and a one of the lawsuit’s chief architects. Then she hears from Abbe Gluck, a professor at Yale Law School and a co-author of an amicus brief submitted in the case. ************** This week’s episode is sponsored by HBO. Its new documentary series “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst” airs Sundays at 8. We’re also sponsored by the Great Courses. Save up to 80% off their most bestselling courses here.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Feb 28, 2015
Botched Protocols
1832
As the Supreme Court prepares to revisit the constitutionality of lethal injection, Dahlia Lithwick speaks with two experts about the controversial drugs being used for execution and whether the capital punishment system can be repaired. This week’s excerpts from the Supreme Court’s public sessions were provided by Oyez, a free law project at the Chicago-Kent College of Law, part of the Illinois Institute of Technology. More information on our show page.  Please take a couple of minutes to Slate's podcast listener survey! Tell us about yourself and your favorite podcasts, so that Slate can serve you better. Go to slate.com/survey. This week’s episode is sponsored by The Great Courses. Save up to 80 percent off their most bestselling courses when you visit thegreatcourses.com/amicus. We’re also sponsored by HBO. Its new documentary series “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst” airs Sundays at 8 on HBO, starting this Sunday, Feb. 8.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Feb 07, 2015
Cameras in the Courtroom
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Dahlia Lithwick speaks with Sonja West and RonNell Andersen Jones, two Supreme Court experts who don’t buy the justices’ arguments against allowing cameras in the courtroom. Help us make our podcasts even better! Take Slate's listener survey at to slate.com/survey<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 31, 2015
"Thank You," Not "Please"
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Dahlia Lithwick talks to Andrew Pincus, the lawyer who brought a Supreme Court challenge this week to a law banning fundraising by judicial candidates. And she hears from the NAACP’s Sherrilyn Ifill on the latest challenge to the Fair Housing Act.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 24, 2015
The Super Lawyers
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Dahlia Lithwick talks to Joan Biskupic, the author of a new Reuters study about the elite "one-percent" group of lawyers who bring most of the cases at the Supreme Court. She also hears from two of these super-lawyers -- Tom Goldstein and Paul Clement.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 10, 2015
Rapper's Intent
1982
Dahlia Lithwick talks to rap music scholar Charis Kubrin about Elonis v. U.S., and about how courts are using rap lyrics in criminal proceedings. She also hears from Sam Bagenstos, who argued this week’s pregnancy discrimination case Young v. United Parcel Service.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 06, 2014
Mental Illness and the Death Penalty
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With an execution looming, Dahlia Lithwick revisits Panetti v. Quarterman, a case involving mental illness and the death penalty. Her guests are Scott Panetti’s lawyer Kathryn Kase and Brandon Garrett of the University of Virginia.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 22, 2014
Jerusalem Born
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Fresh off oral arguments in the Supreme Court, Alyza Lewin discusses Zivotofsky v. Kerry, which asks if Congress or the President has ultimate authority over passports. Plus, Yates v. U.S. debates whether grouper should qualify as "tangible objects."<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 08, 2014
Amicus: Ballot-Box Special
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On Ep. 4 of Amicus, a pre-election special. Dahlia sits down with UC Irvine law professor Rick Hasen, founder of Election Law Blog, to survey the landscape of state voter ID laws. They consider the effect of recent headlines on voters' confidence in elections, as well as the enduring curiosity of judicial elections in America.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 01, 2014
Amicus: Revenge of the Octogenarians
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On Ep. 3 of Amicus, Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick talks with the New Yorker’s Jeffrey Toobin about his recent interview with President Obama on Obama’s judicial legacy. Then Dahlia welcomes Roberta Kaplan, the lawyer who won last year’s DOMA case U.S. vs. Windsor, and who’s now fighting for same-sex marriage in the South.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Oct 25, 2014
Amicus: Let's Salsa with Sotomayor
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On Ep. 2 of Amicus, Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick and former acting solicitor general Walter Dellinger discuss the Surpreme Court’s recent non-decisions about abortion and voter I.D. laws. Then Dahlia talks with Joan Biskupic, author of a new biography of Justice Sonia Sotomayor.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Oct 18, 2014
Amicus with Dahlia Lithwick
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On Ep. 1 of Amicus, Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick discusses the opening of the Surpreme Court’s new term with Tom Goldstein, publisher of SCOTUSblog. Dahlia also welcomes Douglas Laycock, who argued the case of a Muslim prisoner who wants to grow a beard.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Oct 11, 2014