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The Takeaway

Siri Breaks Down Why Police Can't Search Cell-Phones

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

In a unanimous decision issued today, the Supreme Court ruled that police cannot search cell-phones without first obtaining a warrant. Want to know why? We asked Siri.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Supreme Court Weighs in on Digital Rights

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

We get quick reaction to this morning's Supreme Court opinions, and some of the recent notable cases, with Slate senior editor Dahlia Lithwick. The court has ruled against TV provider Aereo, and said that the police may not search an arrestee's cell phone without a specific warrant.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

David Boies and Ted Olson Make the Case for Marriage Equality

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The attorneys that argued in the Supreme Court that California's Proposition 8 was unconstitutional talk about the five-year struggle to win the right for gays to marry.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Supreme Court Cases You Weren't Paying Attention To (If You Were Paying Attention At All)

Thursday, June 19, 2014

It's Supreme Court opinion week. Emily Bazelon, Slate legal correspondent and a panelist on the Politics Gabfest, rounds up some of the cases not getting as much attention in the news -- like the ruling in support of strict "straw purchase" gun laws.

 

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The Takeaway

SCOTUS Considers Free Speech & the Internet

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

This week, the Supreme Court has agreed to consider the case Elonis v. United States in its next term, starting October 2014. The case examines the intersection between free speech and criminal behavior on the internet.

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The Takeaway

New Doc Explores LGBT Love & The Law

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Legal battles aren't often the stuff of compelling cinema, but a new documentary taking a close-up look at the fight to strike down California's Proposition 8 is a drama about love and the definition of partnership. Ben Cotner and Ryan White produced and directed "The Case Against 8."

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The Leonard Lopate Show

In the Balance: The Roberts Court and a Trauma Surgeon on Saving Lives

Thursday, June 05, 2014

On today’s show: As the Supreme Court winds up its term this month, liberal legal scholar Laurence Tribe talks about whether the Roberts Court is revising the meaning of the Constitution. The doctor who helped save Congresswoman Gabby Giffords’ life talks about his interesting road to becoming a leading trauma surgeon. Audra McDonald joins us to talk about playing Billie Holiday in the Broadway production of “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill.” We’ll find out why Americans are much more interested in our ancestry than people in other countries.

The Leonard Lopate Show

The Roberts Court and the Constitution

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Constitutional law expert Laurence Tribe looks at how the Roberts Court is revising the meaning of our Constitution and examines the court’s recent rulings.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

No to Appeal for Press Freedom

Thursday, June 05, 2014

On Monday, the Supreme Court turned down New York Times reporter James Risen's appeal, meaning he could face jail if he continues to protect his source. Adam Liptak, Supreme Court reporter at the New York Times, talks about what's next for Risen and for the issue of press freedom.

 

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Radiolab

A Decision! Kind of….

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Yesterday the Supreme Court issued their opinion in Bond v United States.

Maybe you remember a while back we made a short about this case called, "Sex, Ducks, and The Founding Feud."

If you don't remember, it’s a story about a Supreme Court case involving a ...

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The Takeaway

Inside the Classroom, 60 Years After 'Brown'

Friday, May 16, 2014

Decades after the landmark Supreme Court decision, what are the realities of public education in under-resourced schools that may not be segregated by law — but are far from the integrated ideal?

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaway: Workers, Schools & Veterans Continue to Seek Justice

Friday, May 16, 2014

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WQXR Blog

Aural Argument? Cellist Yo-Yo Ma Plays Supreme Court

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Ma entertained Wednesday at the court's annual spring musical concert in an ornate conference room beneath portraits of Chief Justices Warren Burger and William Rehnquist.

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WNYC News

Local Religious Leaders Divided Over Supreme Court Prayer Decision

Friday, May 09, 2014

The Supreme Court says that prayers before town meetings are Constitutional.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

It's Where You're From, Not What You Look Like

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Should we end race-based affirmative action in favor of helping people from certain geographic areas instead? Georgetown Law professor Sherryl Cashin makes the case that where you're from matters much more than what you look like. Plus: read an excerpt of her new book.

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The Takeaway

Supreme Court Upholds Prayer at Town Meetings

Monday, May 05, 2014

In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that public meetings can include an opening prayer, saying that the practice does not constitute a religious preference.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Justice Stevens' Six New Amendments

Friday, May 02, 2014

The retired Supreme Court justice thinks we need to make some changes to the Constitution. Big ones.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Cell Phones and Searches

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

For the police, is your cell phone like a wallet or a safety deposit box? Emily Bazelon, senior editor and court watcher at Slate, Political Gabfest regular and the author of Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy, discusses the cases being argued at the Supreme Court over the issue of whether a search warrant is required for cell phones.

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The Takeaway

Defining Unreasonable Searches in the Digital Age

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Today the Supreme Court will consider a new question surrounding search and seizure as it relates to that most modern and most ubiquitous of devices: The smartphone. At issue is whether police need a warrant before searching the mobile device of a person under arrest.

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WNYC News

Private Institutions Eye Affirmative Action Decision

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The impact of the Supreme Court decision this week regarding affirmative action is being felt in states across the country.

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