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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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Exclusive to Slate Plus members, Dahlia Lithwick’s January interview with Ruth Bader Ginsburg about the women of Harvard Law School’s class of 1959.  Sign up for Slate Plus now to listen to the full interview and support our show. Go to Slate.com/RBG for more on all the women of the class. Find the print version of this interview here.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
When Ruth Bader Ginsburg became the second woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, the women who went to law school with her knew something of what it had taken to get there. In the second part of this special series, Dahlia Lithwick talks to Justice Ginsburg’s classmates about their lives in the law after Harvard, and to Justice Ginsburg herself about what women in the law today can take from their stories.  Read Slate’s full interview with Ruth Bader Ginsburg about her own time at Harvard Law School and her memories of her female classmates here. Read the full stories of each woman’s life here.  Archive of President Bill Clinton announcing his intent to nominate Ruth Bader Ginsburg to the Supreme Court courtesy; William J. Clinton Presidential Library. Podcast production by Sara Burningham. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dahlia Lithwick goes back to where one of the most influential legal careers in US history began—Harvard Law School, September 1956—to find out what we can learn from the other women of the class of 1959, and their notorious classmate.  Read Slate’s full interview with Ruth Bader Ginsburg about her own time at Harvard Law School and her memories of her female classmates here. Read the full stories of each woman’s life here.  Podcast production by Sara Burningham. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Coming Soon

Coming Soon

2020-07-1801:32

Who were the nine other women of Harvard Law School's class of 1959? Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg remembers them all. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Roberts vs. Trump

Roberts vs. Trump

2020-07-1052:034

Dahlia Lithwick is joined by Dean Erwin Chemerinsky of Berkeley Law, associate law professor Zephyr Teachout of Fordham University, and Slate’s own Mark Joseph Stern to rake over the end of the Supreme Court term, taking a close look at the Trump financial records cases, the ministerial exception cases, and a landmark decision about tribal lands in Oklahoma.   Podcast production by Sara Burningham. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dahlia Lithwick is joined by Professor Melissa Murray of NYU School of Law and Jeffrey Toobin of the New Yorker for a round table discussion of the big abortion case of the term, why Chief Justice John Roberts chose to strike down the Louisiana abortion law in June Medical Services LLC v Russo, and why opinion about Roberts’ opinion seems to be divided along very gendered lines. In the Slate Plus segment, Dahlia and Mark Joseph Stern break down the other big opinions of the week and their implications for executive power and the separation of church and state. Finally, they look ahead to what remains of the term. Sign up for Slate Plus now to listen and support our show. Podcast production by Sara Burningham. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dahlia Lithwick is joined by Luis Cortes Romero, the attorney and DACA recipient who was part of the team that prevailed in this week’s DACA ruling. He will restore some of your faith in the American courts. And then Dahlia talks to Professor Pam Karlan about this week’s landmark LGBTQ employment rights case, in which she argued successfully for Title VII protections to apply to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender employees. In the Slate Plus segment, Mark Joseph Stern tries to help Dahlia figure out who this new Chief Justice John Roberts is and what that can tell us about the remaining (huge) opinions still to be issued this term. Sign up for Slate Plus now to listen and support our show. Podcast production by Sara Burningham. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dahlia Lithwick is joined by Dean Angela Onwuachi-Willig of Boston University School of Law to share the feelings and thinking behind her letter to her students reflecting on recent protests and killings. (Also mentioned, the letter from the Washington State Supreme Court and the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.) Next, Vanita Gupta of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and former head of the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department in the Obama administration discusses America’s overpolicing problem and what’s needed for real change. In the Slate Plus segment, Mark Joseph Stern on the midnight decision in a case brought by churches who objected to state lockdown orders, and why the GOP strategy to block voting by mail has a big swing state problem.  Sign up for Slate Plus now to listen and support our show. Podcast production by Sara Burningham. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
A big show for the long weekend. First, Dahlia Lithwick is joined by Leah Litman of the University of Michigan Law School to discuss oral arguments in the Trump financial records cases, and to get granular with the question of who gets interrupted most in oral arguments over the phone. (Guess what? It’s gendered.) Next, a big picture conversation about the rule of law and global justice before, during, and after COVID-19, with David Miliband of the International Rescue Committee.  In the Slate Plus segment, Mark Joseph Stern takes us through arguments in the faithless electors case, the big religious freedom case that most people missed, and why you shouldn’t read too much into the Supreme Court’s latest order regarding the Mueller Report.  Sign up for Slate Plus now to listen and support our show. Podcast production by Sara Burningham. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Big Days for Justice

Big Days for Justice

2020-05-0901:04:142

Dahlia Lithwick is joined by Susan Hennessey, national security analyst and executive editor of Lawfare to discuss the ramifications of the Justice Department’s decision to drop the case against Michael Flynn. Later in the show, Lithwick is joined by veteran Supreme Court watcher Linda Greenhouse to unpack the new format for Supreme Court arguments: a teleconference carried live on C-SPAN, with a close look at the birth control case you might have missed.  In the Slate Plus segment, Mark Joseph Stern on how Flushgate could affect post-pandemic openness at the Supreme Court and which justice is crushing the conference calls. Sign up for Slate Plus now to listen and support our show. Podcast production by Sara Burningham. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
States’ Rights

States’ Rights

2020-04-2542:031

Dahlia Lithwick is joined by Colorado State Attorney General Phil Weiser to talk about how states’ rights fit into the picture of America that’s emerging in this pandemic.  In the Slate Plus segment, Mark Joseph Stern joins Dahlia to talk about the big decisions that came down from the high court this week and what they mean for other, even bigger, decisions yet to come this term. Sign up for Slate Plus now to listen and support our show. Podcast production by Sara Burningham. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Why, Wisconsin?

Why, Wisconsin?

2020-04-1153:043

Dahlia Lithwick is joined by Marc Elias, chair of Perkins Coie’s Political Law Group, he represents the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. Together, they reconstruct how the Supreme Court stepped into Wisconsin’s April election, and what the path to that decision—and the fallout from it—can teach us ahead of November.  In the Slate Plus segment, Mark Joseph Stern talks about Mitch McConnell’s continued campaign to stack the judiciary, the dissonance between conservative positions on election law and reproductive rights in the time of COVID, and the piece he wishes he and Dahlia had written together this week, but didn’t. Sign up for Slate Plus now to listen and support our show. Podcast production by Sara Burningham. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dahlia Lithwick is joined by Ian Bassin, former associated White House counsel from 2009-11 and co-founder of Protect Democracy for a look at the pain points, tensions, and glimmers of hope in how this constitutional democracy is handling the unprecedented challenges presented by COVID-19.  In the Slate Plus segment, Mark Joseph Stern on why Justice Elena Kagan is voting with the conservatives, the unanimous decision in Comcast Corp. v. National Association of African American Media and what it means for future civil-rights cases, and the crisis unfolding in the immigration courts. Sign up for Slate Plus now to listen and support our show. Podcast production by Sara Burningham. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Law of Public Health

The Law of Public Health

2020-03-1456:182

Dahlia Lithwick is joined by Professor Michele Goodwin, Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy at the University of California Irvine School of Law. Professor Goodwin unpacks the oral arguments in this term’s big reproductive health case, June Medical Services, and delves into the history of racism and civil-rights trampling in the name of public health.  For plus members, Mark Joseph Stern joins Dahlia with what to expect from a SCOTUS closed to the public, the Obamacare case, and which record was met at the Supreme Court this week.  Podcast production by Sara Burningham. Sign up for Slate Plus now to listen and support our show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dahlia Lithwick asks the new president of the American Constitution Society, Russ Feingold, if it’s too late for progressives to respond to the conservative steamroller that is the Federalist Society.  Slate Plus members have access to a bonus segment in which Slate’s Mark Joseph Stern breaks down the headlines, cases, cert grants, and conundrums from the Supreme Court and federal appellate courts. To start your free two-week trial go to slate.com/amicusplus Podcast production by Sara Burningham. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Brendan Nyhan is a political science professor at Dartmouth College who focuses on misinformation and so-called fake news. His views on how fake news affects election outcomes might surprise you.  Try Slate Plus free: slate.com/amicusplus Podcast production by Sara Burningham. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Election Meltdown, Part 5

Election Meltdown, Part 5

2020-02-2201:10:484

In the fifth and final part of this special series of Amicus, Dahlia Lithwick is joined live on stage in Washington by former Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, MacArthur fellow Professor Danielle Citron of Boston University law school, director of the ACLU’s voting-rights initiative Dale Ho, and election law professor Rick Hasen of the University of California, Irvine. Together, they pick themselves up from the rug of despair with a pile of can-do fixes for the stress points threatening the integrity of U.S. elections.  Rick Hasen’s new book Election Meltdown forms the basis for this special series of Amicus.  Podcast production by Sara Burningham. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In the fourth part of this special five-part series of Amicus, Dahlia Lithwick is joined by election law professor Rick Hasen and Professor Carol Anderson, Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies at Emory University and author of  One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy. Together, they try to sort through the rhetoric and the reality of “stolen” elections.  Rick Hasen’s new book Election Meltdown forms the basis for this special series of Amicus.  Join Slate for the Election Meltdown live show on Feb. 19 in Washington.  Podcast production by Sara Burningham. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In the third part of this special five-part series of Amicus, Dahlia Lithwick is joined by election law professor Rick Hasen to unpack the bag of dirty tricks that may be deployed in 2020’s election, and to examine the debris of the Iowa caucus debacle to find clues to what’s coming.  Rick Hasen’s new book Election Meltdown forms the basis for this special series of Amicus.  Join Slate for the Election Meltdown live show on Feb. 19 in Washington.  Podcast production by Sara Burningham. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In the second part of a special five-part series of Amicus, Dahlia Lithwick is joined by election law professor Rick Hasen to take a close look at what happened with Michigan’s failed recounts in 2016, exploring how small mistakes can cause big problems in elections, and why democratic areas seem much more prone to incompetence in election administration.  Rick Hasen’s new book Election Meltdown forms the basis for this special series of Amicus.  Join Slate for the Election Meltdown live show on Feb. 19 in Washington.  Podcast production by Sara Burningham. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Comments (31)

Alex Mercedes

excellent episode!! so much truth and passion and intelligence packed into 56 minutes. I wept. I took notes. I took some deep, full breaths. knowing that these two brilliant women are alive and awake and engaged in the struggle -- the struggle brave citizens are waging in the streets of America even as I write these words -- gives me something like hope.

Jun 13th
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Alex Mercedes

clearly your guest is hugely talented and knowledgeable. which makes her nervous laughter at IMO inappropriate times during the interview all the more unsettling. perhaps she means it as an expression of frustration or irony. I'd feel better served without the laughter but appreciate immensely her expertise.

Mar 14th
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Alex Mercedes

outstanding episode!!!

Mar 6th
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Alex Mercedes

terrifying. just completed an application online to be an election worker in my county. Americans need to be moving on this immediately.

Feb 3rd
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Tatyana Noyb

Yikes. I normally write substantive comments. Yikes.

Jan 25th
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Tatyana Noyb

Heartbreaking. Terrified little persons. How sad American children are also forced to think about 'war'.

Dec 19th
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Tatyana Noyb

Remarkably educational and kind exchange, thank you so much.

Nov 30th
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Accordionbabe

Emoluments episode was so clear for today and for the future. That we're discussing it because of Trump's loosey-goosey adherence is a wake up call for ALL Americans, esp. those with hands in the till. Keep them coming please.

Nov 16th
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Alex Mercedes

as for "white fragility": I encourage your guest to take a closer look at the meaning of term and the reason Dr. DiAngelo coined it.

Oct 30th
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Alex Mercedes

identifying "mansplaining" when it occurs is not an attempt to silence men. it's an attempt to discontinue a wasteful conversation style and encourage a more productive and egalitarian style of communication. everybody wins.

Oct 30th
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Accordionbabe

Urgent episode for in depth understanding of just what the impeachment means for each of us Americans. A MUST LISTEN episode.

Sep 28th
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Alex Mercedes

Goodwin's laughter during this conversation about grave topics was scary.

Aug 27th
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Tatyana Noyb

That's . 87% off the real number of 46%? :) so so sad. Thank you for sharing information.

Aug 19th
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Tatyana Noyb

Thank you, truly informative and like most truthful podcasts entirely depressing. Change is too slow..

Aug 19th
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Alex Mercedes

excellent show!! ordered the book today.

Jul 21st
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Alex Mercedes

thank you. I learned a lot. I won't be able to reiterate in the next informal debate but I know now I am not the only one who feels the country is on a dangerous precipice.

Jul 7th
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rich holmes

lsfonht

Jul 3rd
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Peter Lansdale

lols let's advertise the competition right off the bat

Jul 1st
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Alex Mercedes

44:26...OMG is he kidding?! his white male privilege is showing. he can't imagine erosion of women's rights? after what happened in Alabama last week?! after what happened to Voting Rights Act?

Jun 10th
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Terri Hunt

an add for WalMart? really?

May 26th
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