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With RBG Gone, What’s Next For The Supreme Court?

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On Sept. 18, 2020, the country lost Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. As millions mourn her passing, we ask: What’s next for the highest court in the land?

Justice Ginsburg was a champion of women’s rights and a liberal icon of the Supreme Court. The Trump administration promises to nominate Ginsburg’s replacement, and Senator Mitch McConnell is resolved to bring Trump’s choice to the Senate floor for a confirmation vote. Democrats are accusing Republicans of hypocrisy — it wasn’t that long ago that McConnell refused to consider President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, citing the then-upcoming 2016 election. And with the likelihood of another Trump justice joining the court, some liberals have begun talking about packing the Supreme Court, in other words, simply adding more justices. We’ll talk about what all means this week on RadioWest.


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.