Friday, June 17, 2016

Radiolab Presents: More Perfect

You may have noticed that the DJ has been presenting a Weekly Appellate Report Podcast, with various guest speakers discussing recent cases of note and occasional appellate tidbits. (The most recent installment includes Chemerinsky on the 9th Circuit en banc concealed-carry case, Moskovitz on the art of oral argument, etc.)

But there's another new podcast out there worth your attention...

Radiolab has launched a podcast this month called More Perfect, about the Supreme Court. Specifically, it explores "how cases deliberated inside the rarefied world of the Supreme Court affect our lives far away from the bench." (Think: This American Life meets SCOTUS.)
The most recent episode The Political Thicket explains the connection between Baker v. Carr and Bush v. Gore. It's appellate edutainment catnip, and at about 40 minutes, it's perfect for a SoCal commute.

Image result for i'm just a caveman[To anyone out there thinking, "oh, that's nice, but I don't 'do' podcasts, whatever they are," it's time to enter the 21st Century. That sentiment is like not listening to the radio in 1945, not watching TV in 1975, or not using the Internet in 2005. Don't fall into the trap of thinking, "I'm just an appellate lawyer..." If e-filing hasn't upped your tech-game, you're going to be left in the cyberdust.]

For a discussion of Justice Thomas and stare decisis, see: Thomas Sweeps Precedents Aside in Indian Law Case