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Kittens Kick The Giggly Blue Robot All Summer

Kittens Kick The Giggly Blue Robot All Summer

Update: 2020-10-0826
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With the recent passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, there's been a lot of debate about how much power the Supreme Court should really have.



We tend to think of the Supreme Court justices as all-powerful guardians of the constitution, issuing momentous rulings from on high. They seem at once powerful, and unknowable; all lacy collars and black robes.


But they haven’t always been so, you know, supreme. On this episode of More Perfect, we go all the way back to the case that, in a lot of ways, is the beginning of the court we know today.


Also: we listen back to a mnemonic device (and song) that we created back in 2016 to help people remember the names of the justices. Listen, create a new one, and share with us!



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The key links:


- Akhil Reed Amar's forthcoming book, The Constitution Today: Timeless Lessons for the Issues of Our Era
- Linda Monk's book, The Words We Live By: Your Annotated Guide to the Constitution


The key voices:


- Linda Monk, author and constitutional scholar
- Akhil Reed Amar, Sterling Professor of Law at Yale
- Ari J. Savitzky, lawyer at WilmerHale


The key cases:


- 1803: Marbury v. Madison
- 1832: Worcester v. Georgia
- 1954: Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka (1)
- 1955: Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka (2)


Additional music for this episode by Podington Bear.


Special thanks to Dylan Keefe and Mitch Boyer for their work on the above video.


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Comments (5)

Ryan Dunn

That song at the end may have been the whitest thing i've ever heard...

Nov 19th
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Philly Burbs

Why oh why didn't you folks name this "History of Supreme Court" or "Why the Sup. Court has So much power?" Kittens kicking ....robot, no one wants to listen to that. Kittens are cute to watch, who listens to a kitten? Nice day.

Oct 18th
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Wendy P

I really forgot how much I despised that song. gd

Oct 9th
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majopareja

I miss More Perfect. I hope new episodes will come soon. I can't think of a better time than the present for its great insight on how the Supreme Court works.

Oct 9th
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Kittens Kick The Giggly Blue Robot All Summer

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