Radiolab Presents: More Perfect
By WNYC Studios
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Radiolab's More Perfect is a series about the Supreme Court. More Perfect explores how cases deliberated inside the rarefied world of the Supreme Court affect our lives far away from the bench. Produced by WNYC Studios, home of other great podcasts such as Death, Sex & Money, Freakonomics Radio, On the Media, and Here’s the Thing.
||CleanThe Heist||The Supreme Court may not have been conceptualized as a co-equal branch of the federal government, but it became one as a result of the political maneuvering of Chief Justice John Marshall. The fourth (and longest-serving) chief justice was "a great lo||10/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Gun Show||For nearly 200 years of our nation’s history, the Second Amendment was an all-but-forgotten rule about the importance of militias. But in the 1960s and 70s, a movement emerged — led by Black Panthers and a recently-repositioned NRA — that insiste||10/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWho’s Gerry and Why Is He So Bad at Drawing Maps?||“It is an invidious, undemocratic, and unconstitutional practice,” Justice John Paul Stevens said of gerrymandering in Vieth v. Jubelirer (2004). Politicians have been manipulating district lines to favor one party over another since the founding of||10/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAmerican Pendulum II||In this episode of More Perfect, two families grapple with one terrible Supreme Court decision. Dred Scott v. Sandford is one of the most infamous cases in Supreme Court history: in 1857, a slave named Dred Scott filed a suit for his freedom and lost. In||10/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAmerican Pendulum I||What happens when the Supreme Court, the highest court in the land, seems to get it wrong? Korematsu v. United States is a case that’s been widely denounced and discredited, but it still remains on the books. This is the case that upheld President Fran||9/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWe're Back||More Perfect, the show that takes you inside the United States Supreme Court, is back on October 2, 2017. Sex, race, guns, executive orders: Season two has it all. We'll see you in court.||9/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanObject Anyway||At the trial of James Batson in 1982, the prosecution eliminated all the black jurors from the jury pool. Batson objected, setting off a complicated discussion about jury selection that would make its way all the way up to the Supreme Court. On this e||7/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKittens Kick The Giggly Blue Robot All Summer||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 kn||6/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Imperfect Plaintiffs||Last week, the court decided one of this term’s blockbuster cases — a case that could affect the future of affirmative action in this country. The plaintiff was Abigail Fisher, a white woman, who said she was rejected from the University of Texas b||6/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMore Perfect presents: Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl||This is the story of a three-year-old girl and the highest court in the land. The Supreme Court case Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl was a legal battle that entangled a biological father, a heart-broken couple, and the tragic history of Native American ch||6/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Political Thicket||When Chief Justice Earl Warren was asked at the end of his career, “What was the most important case of your tenure?”, there were a lot of answers he could have given. After all, he had presided over some of the most important decisions in the court||6/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCruel and Unusual||On the inaugural episode of More Perfect, we explore three little words embedded in the 8th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution: “cruel and unusual.” America has long wrestled with this concept in the context of our strongest punishment, the death pen||6/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanComing Soon: More Perfect||How does an elite group of nine people shape everything from marriage and money, to safety and sex for an entire nation? From the producers of Radiolab, More Perfect dives into the rarefied world of the Supreme Court to explain how cases deliberated insi||5/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
If this is as good as radio lab, this will be an interesting listen
Can't think of anything more perfect than Nina Totenberg's coverage of the Supreme Court. Period.
Looking forward to it!
A new podcast from Radiolab about the Supreme Court... What a treat! Will judge once I hear the evidence. ;-) Except that the Supreme Court doesn't itself hear evidence...