Thursday, September 18, 2014
By John Epstein
Monday, September 01, 2014
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
A Los Angeles judge has ruled that California's teacher tenure and teacher dismissal laws are unconstitutional. Michelle Rhee, founder and CEO of Students First, the organization that funded the challenge to California's teacher tenure laws, discusses the possible national implications of the case.
Tuesday, June 03, 2014
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
In a 6-to-2 decision issued Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a Michigan state ban on affirmative action in public higher education. Kareem Crayton, a professor of law at the University of North Carolina Law School, explains the ramifications of this ruling.
Friday, March 21, 2014
By Annmarie Fertoli : Associate Producer at WNYC
The group filed an appeal Friday to a decision that condoned police monitoring mosques and other locations in New Jersey.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Thursday, October 24, 2013
A new book looks at how the principles of our Constitution interact with our divided government. Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute and Thomas Mann of the Brookings Institution explain how our government and governance seem at odds. Then, 30 Issues in 30 Days continues with a look at housing for the middle class. Plus: Brandon Stanton talks about his Humans of New York project; mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio; and a look at Creative Time and the role of art in our cities.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Ohio Senator Rob Portman has announced that he changed his mind and now supports gay marriage because his son is gay. We open the phone lines to hear about how personal empathy shapes public policy opinion. Then, the details of the Stop and Frisk federal trial and what to expect in the weeks ahead; a Constitutional scholar says we should neglect parts of that clunky founding document; anthropologist Robin Nagle digs into garbage collectors and makes the case that they do the city’s most essential job; and how do you share your family story about resilience?
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The argument over the Constitution is typically between the "strict constructionists" and the "living Constitution" school of thought. Louis Michael Seidman, professor of Constitutional Law at Georgetown University Law Center and the author of On Constitutional Disobedience (Oxford University Press, 2013), offers the contrarian view that the Constitution is outdated and that instead of re-interpreting it to fit current issues, it should be ignored altogether.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
As Yale Law School professor Akhil Reed Amar notes in the introduction to his new book, "America's Unwritten Constitution: The Precedents and Principles We Live By," our founding documents consist of only 8,000 words. Therefore, our country's Founding Fathers, Amar writes, purposefully structured our Constitution with an invitation to interpretation using outside texts.
Wednesday, June 06, 2012
Daily Show writer Kevin Bleyer talks about rewriting the United States Constitution to improve upon the one we have, which has triggered more than two centuries of arguments about what it actually says. In Me the People: One Man's Selfless Quest to Rewrite the Constitution of the United States of America he argues that while we think of the Constitution as a well-designed blueprint that laid the foundation for the strongest republic ever created, it’s actually more of a haphazard series of blunders shaped by petty debates, drunken ramblings, and desperate compromise.
Friday, April 06, 2012
Yesterday Attorney General Eric Holder issued a memo, assuring the Supreme Court that President Obama respects the authority of the court to overturn federal laws they find unconstitutional. This memo came after Republican challengers to the Affordable Care Act accused the President of pressuring the Court during deliberations. We discuss the controversy with Jeffrey Rosen, Professor of Law at George Washington University, and Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington correspondent.