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The Roberts Court and the Constitution

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From Citizens United to rulings regarding Obamacare and gay marriage, the Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts has profoundly affected American life. In the Court’s most momentous decisions, the public sees nine men and women justices narrowly split along ideological or political lines. But the legal scholar Laurence Tribe says it isn’t quite as simple as that. He’s co-written a new book that explores the complexity and fluidity of the Roberts Court and he joins us Tuesday to talk about it.

Laurence Tribeteaches constitutional law at Harvard Law School. He has argued dozens of cases before the Supreme Court, including the first argument in Bush v. Gore. Along with Joshua Matz, Tribe co-authored the new book Uncertain Justice: The Roberts Court and the Constitution [Amazon|Indiebound].

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.