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 inside the rarefied world of the Supreme Court affect our lives far away from the bench. WNYC Studios is a listener-supported producer of other great podcasts including Radiolab, Death, Sex & Money, On the Media, Nancy and Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin. © WNYC Studios
||CleanThe Gun Show Reprise||Last year in the wake of the attack in Las Vegas, reporter Sean Rameswaram took a deep dive into America's twisty, thorny, seemingly irreconcilable relationship with guns. It's a story about the Second Amendment, the Black Panthers, the NRA, and a guy||9/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Most Perfect Album: Episode 1||This season, More Perfect is taking our camera lens off the Supreme Court and zooming in on the words of the people: the 27 amendments that We The People have made to our Constitution. We're taking on these 27 amendments both in song and in story.||9/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWe've Got a Surprise For You||This fall, More Perfect is doing something brand new: We’re making an album! It’s called 27: The Most Perfect Album. We’ve partnered with some of the best musicians in the world— artists like Dolly Parton, Kevin Morby, Devendra Banhart, A||9/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAmerican Pendulum Reprise||What happens when the Supreme Court, the highest court in the land, seems to get it wrong? Korematsu v. United States upheld President Franklin Roosevelt’s internment of American citizens during World War II based solely on their Japanese heritage,||6/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOne Nation, Under Money||An unassuming string of 16 words tucked into the Constitution grants Congress extensive power to make laws that impact the entire nation. The Commerce Clause has allowed Congress to intervene in all kinds of situations — from penalizing one man for g||1/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJustice, Interrupted||The rules of oral argument at the Supreme Court are strict: when a justice speaks, the advocate has to shut up. But a law student noticed that the rules were getting broken again and again — by men. He and his professor set out to chart an epide||12/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Architect||On this episode, we revisit Edward Blum, a self-described “legal entrepreneur” and former stockbroker who has become something of a Supreme Court matchmaker: he takes an issue, finds the perfect plaintiff, matches them with lawyers, and helps the||12/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMr. Graham and the Reasonable Man||On a fall afternoon in 1984, Dethorne Graham ran into a convenience store for a bottle of orange juice. Minutes later he was unconscious, injured, and in police handcuffs. In this episode, we explore a case that sent two Charlotte lawyers on a quest fo||11/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSex Appeal||“Equal protection of the laws” was granted to all persons by the 14th Amendment in 1868. But for nearly a century after that, women had a hard time convincing the courts that they should be allowed to be jurors, lawyers, and bartenders, just the sa||11/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Hate Debate||Should you be able to say and do whatever you want online? And if not, who should police this? More Perfect hosts a debate at WNYC's Jerome L. Greene Performance Space about online hate speech, fake news, and whether the First Amendment needs an upd||11/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCitizens United||Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission is one of the most polarizing Supreme Court cases of all time. So what is it actually about, and why did the Justices decide the way they did? Justice Anthony Kennedy, often called the “most powe||11/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEnemy of Mankind||Should the U.S. Supreme Court be the court of the world? In the 18th century, two feuding Frenchmen inspired a one-sentence law that helped launch American human rights litigation into the 20th century. The Alien Tort Statute allowed a Paraguayan woman||10/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||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||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 insis||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 o||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.||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 Fr||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||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||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||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||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 cou||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 p||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 in||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...