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While controversy continues over Brett Kavanaugh's nomination for the Supreme Court, the 2018 term starts Monday. Our Legal scholars join us to talk about the docket and the state of SCOTUS.

Brothers Mike Lee and Thomas Lee are both on President Trump's list for potential nominees to replace Supreme Court Justice

Anthony Kennedy official SCOTUS portrait
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Monday, we’re talking about what happened in the Supreme Court this term. There are a lot of decisions to discuss. And of course, Justice Kennedy announced his retirement. So, what does it all mean?

Sundance 2018: RBG

Jan 25, 2018
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Thursday we’re talking RBG, aka Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, with filmmakers Betsy West and Julie Cohen. Their new documentary is part of this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the case of the Colorado baker who refused to make a custom wedding cake for a gay couple. Court observers Amy Wildermuth and RonNell Andersen Jones join us to talk about what happened.

The first Monday in October marks a new term for the U.S. Supreme Court, and we’ve got University of Utah legal scholars Amy Wildermuth and RonNell Andersen Jones in studio. We’ll talk about the dynamics of the bench and the effect of President Trump’s appointment Neil Gorsuch. We’ll also break down some of the cases that are on the docket like gerrymandering, cake baking, and cell phone privacy. We'll also throw in a few procedural questions for you SCOTUS nerds.

Exit polls from November’s election found that 1 in 5 people said Supreme Court appointments were “the most important factor” in casting their Presidential vote. Well, this week President Donald Trump announced his nominee for the Court’s empty seat, and Neil Gorsuch is the potential justice Republicans have been waiting for. Thursday, Doug sits down with University of Utah law professors Amy Wildermuth and RonNell Andersen Jones to talk about what the appointment heralds for the Court.

President-elect Donald Trump could potentially appoint enough Supreme Court justices to create a conservative majority unmatched in 80 years. Law professor RonNell Andersen Jones says that leaves Justice Clarence Thomas poised to be the “granddaddy of the conservative wing of the court.” So Wednesday, Jones joins us, along with scholar Amy Wildermuth, to talk about Thomas’ personality, his jurisprudence, and the contradictions Jones says make him one of the most interesting justices in generations.

Legal journalist Elie Mystal says the Supreme Court is our least transparent branch of government and people are very uninformed about it. That’s where WNYC’s Radiolab is stepping in. They’ve created their first spin-off series and it’s focused on the court and what its rulings mean for “we the people.” Mystal is legal editor of More Perfect, and Monday, he and host Jad Abumrad join Doug to talk about getting past the wonkiness and bringing the stories of our highest court to life.