What Trump Can Teach Us About Con Law
By Roman Mars
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Professor Elizabeth Joh teaches Intro to Constitutional Law and most of the time this is a pretty straight forward job. But with Trump in office, everything has changed. Five minutes before class Professor Joh checks Twitter to find out what the 45th President has said and how it jibes with 200 years of the judicial branch interpreting and ruling on the Constitution. Hosted by acclaimed podcaster Roman Mars (99% Invisible, co-founder Radiotopia), this show is a weekly, fun, casual Con Law 101 class that uses the tumultuous and erratic activities of the executive branch under Trump to teach us all about the US Constitution. Proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.
||Clean23- President Twitter and the First Amendment||Can Trump block people on Twitter? It turns out, the First Amendment has something to say about that.||6/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean22- Posse Comitatus||The Posse Comitatus Act limits the federal government’s ability to use the military to enforce domestic policy within the United States.||5/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean21- Attorney Client Privilege||When the office of Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, was raided by the FBI, Trump took twitter to express his concern. He wrote “Attorney-client privilege is dead!” Let’s see if it is.||4/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean20- Deadly Force||The Fourth Amendment includes the right to be secure from “unreasonable searches and seizure.” We have some idea of how this applies to cops, but if teachers are allowed to carry guns in school, are they also subject to the Fourth Amendment?||3/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean19- The Poisonous Tree||The Russia investigation has been called a "witch hunt" by Trump and his supporters on Twitter. And they've invoked a legal concept "the fruit of the poisonous tree" to invalidate the investigation. What does the Fourth Amendment say about tainted inves||2/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean18- The Tenth Amendment||The Tenth Amendment limits the federal government's control over the states, but the interpretation of that limit is always shifting||2/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean17- The 4th Amendment and the Border||At the border, warrantless searches are OK, even when it comes to our digital devices. With Trump's focus on the border, this is becoming a bigger deal.||1/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean16- Defamation||What the Constitution has to say about defamation and the press||1/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean15- Challenge Coin||You might not remember December 22, 2017 as a particularly notable day, but I will always remember it as the day the world first saw Donald Trump’s redesigned Presidential Challenge Coin.||12/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean14- Prosecuting a President||Two Vice Presidents have been indicted with criminal charges while serving in office, but does the Constitution allow the prosecution of a President?||12/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean13- Criminal Justice and the POTUS||Presidents don't usually weigh in on criminal cases, but Trump can't help himself||11/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean12- Right to Dissent||From "taking a knee" to refusing to salute the flag, the US has a history of public dissent, a right guaranteed by the Constitution.||11/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean11- War Powers||Can Trump declare war with a tweet?||10/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10- Impeachment||Impeachment is talked about a lot, but it is extremely rare. We talk about the procedure impeachment and why it's so hard.||10/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean9- Commerce Clause||The federal government can't pass any law it wants to. It's limited by Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution, but the executive branch can choose how to enforce those laws.||8/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean8- The Takings Clause||To build a wall, Trump is going to need to seize private land. The Constitution has something to say about that.||8/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean7- Recess Appointment Power||What power does the president have to appoint important positions when the senate is out on recess?||8/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6- The Emoluments Clauses||No 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.||7/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5- Presidential Immunity||Can you sue the president?||7/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4- The Spending Clause||When the federal government grants money to local governments, what kind of strings are attached?||6/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3- Pardon Power||What does the Constitution say about the president's power to pardon? Could Trump pardon someone with a tweet?||6/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2- The Appointments Clause and Removal Power||When can the president hire and fire people in the executive branch?||6/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1- Judicial Legitimacy||Why does the president have to listen to the courts and "so-called judges"?||6/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean0- Intro to What Trump Can Teach Us About Con Law||UC Davis Law professor Elizabeth Joh describes what we're going to be learning and what it's like teaching Con Law in the age of Trump||6/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Roman Mars never disappoints
As a huge fan of 99% Invisible, I was stoked when a blurb about this new podcast come across my newsfeed. Thank you so much for finding beauty in the mundane and currently hair pulling-difficult reality we currently live in. Thank you for helping us become educated instead of bogged down and depressed with the constant news and tweets. Can't wait to hear more.
Love the podcast. But why call the podcast "Trump" anything? As a citizen, my job is to pay attention to all that is going on now in political news, especially with an incompetent president. Thus, I'm sick of new products and services sprouting out with his namesake. He doesn't deserve such fanfare or honor. But I'll still subscribe, cause it's a Roman Mars podcast!