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The Leonard Lopate Show

David Boies on Prop 8

Thursday, July 11, 2013

David Boies, the co-lead counsel—along with Ted Olson—in the legal challenge to California’s Proposition 8, discusess last month’s Supreme Court decision, which allows same-sex marriages to resume in the Golden State. David Boies is also the chairman of Boies, Schiller & Flexner.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Why Are There Cameras in Courtrooms Anyway?

Monday, July 08, 2013

Nancy S. Marder, Professor of Law and Director of the Jury Center at IIT Chicago Kent College of Law, discusses the live broadcast of the Zimmerman trial, the lack of cameras in the Supreme Court, and whether televised proceedings are good for the justice system

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On The Media

The Messages Behind the Gay Marriage Battle

Friday, June 28, 2013

The next battles over gay marriage will happen in the states where each side has changed and refined their messaging over the past few years. Brooke talks with Amy Mitchell from the Pew Research Project for Excellence in Journalism about the growing acceptance of gay marriage. Also, gay marriage advocate and researcher David Dodge explains that pro-gay marriage campaigns have only recently found messages that work. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

SCOTUS: Good for Business

Thursday, June 27, 2013

The affirmative action and gay marriage rulings got most of the headlines, but several of this year's smaller Supreme Court rulings had a decidedly pro-business bent. New York Times Supreme Court reporter Adam Liptak discusses how the Chamber of Commerce pulled off a "clean sweep", and why the Roberts court is so friendly to corporate America.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

More Supreme Court; City Politics; Dear Prudence Advice

Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Supreme Court struck down DOMA and same-sex marriage is legal again in California. Troy Stevenson from the group Garden State Equality is here to sort out what that means for New Jersey, a state that currently allows same-sex civil unions, but not marriage. Plus: Adam Liptak of The New York Times on how the business community will benefit from recent Supreme Court decisions; Chilean playwright Antonio Skarmeta; and the next installment of our advice series with Slate’s Emily Yoffe

The Brian Lehrer Show

Marriage Equality in New Jersey

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Troy Stevenson, executive director of Garden State Equality, discusses what Wednesday's Supreme Court rulings on marriage equality mean for civil unions in New Jersey.

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The Takeaway

SCOTUS Decisions Bring Landmark Change

Thursday, June 27, 2013

It may be hard to believe, but just one month ago, the United States was a very different place to live. There were historic Supreme Court decisions out on affirmative action, voting rights and same-sex marriage, but there were also other decisions issued that some may have missed. Contributing their thoughts are Ron Christie, Republican political strategist, Farai Chideya, distinguished writer in residence at New York University’s Journalism Institute, and Jeffrey Rosen, professor of law at George Washington University, and President of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

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WNYC News

7 Benefits For Gay Married Couples Because of Supreme Court's DOMA Ruling

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The Supreme Court's decision to strike down section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act means same-sex married couples in states where gay marriage is legal are now eligible for more than 1,000 federal benefits previously available only to husbands and wives.  

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Emily Bazelon on Wendy Davis; SCOTUS Impact

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

After key rulings on gay marriage, voting rights, and affirmative action (not to mention adoption, employee discrimination, and gene patenting) -- what will be the lasting legacy of this season's Supreme Court opinions? Slate's Emily Bazelon discusses what we've learned and how our legal landscape has changed. Plus: why we were so riveted by Texas State Senator Wendy Davis's all-night filibuster.

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The Takeaway

The Changing Demographics of American Communities

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

If Congress were to come up with a new formula in the wake of the Supreme Court's Voting Rights Act decision, what factors would it take into account? On today's show, we examine the regions that look almost nothing like they did in 1965, and what places might change even more in the next five to 10 years. To help walk us through this we welcome Dante Chinni, director of the American Communities project.

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The Takeaway

Supreme Court Strikes Down Defense of Marriage Act, Rules on Prop. 8

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

In a landmark decision, the United States Supreme Court has struck down the U.S. Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) on the grounds that it violates the equal protection clause. The ruling says same-sex spouses are entitled to the same federal benefits and protections as opposite-sex couples. The case, United States Vs. Windsor, invalidates the act with a 5-4 decision. "DOMA’s principal effect is to identify a subset of state-sanctioned marriages and make them unequal," writes Justice Anthony Kennedy in the majority opinion.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Supreme Court Decisions: DOMA Struck Down; Prop 8 Vacated

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Today is the last day the Supreme Court will issue opinions this summer, and two key rulings on gay marriage are expected. We provide the breaking news and analysis all morning with William Eskridge of Yale Law School, author of Dishonorable Passions: Sodomy Laws in America.

  • In a 5-4 vote, Supreme Court rules that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. Here is the opinion.
  • On California's Prop 8, the court has vacated the case, making gay marriage legal once again (for now) in California.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Today's Landmark Gay Rights Ruling

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Lanae Erickson Hatalsky, director of social policy and politics at Third Way, discusses today's Supreme Court ruling in the Proposition 8 case and its decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act.

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The Takeaway

Voting Rights Act: Can Congress Act to Save It?

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

In a 5–4 decision yesterday, the Supreme Court struck down Section Four of the Voting Rights Act. Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL), a Congressional black caucus member from Alabama’s Seventh District, is on the program to explain what this decision means to voters in her district, and her hopes for Congressional action. Sharyn O'Halloran is a professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University. She also joins us to discuss to decision along with her research that suggests that the minority districts created by the Voting Rights Act have serious drawbacks.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Voting Rights Act and New York City

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the way the Voting Rights Act determines which parts of the country need extra scrutiny in their election law. Wendy Weiser, Director of the Democracy Program at NYU's Brennan Center for Justice, explains why three New York City counties (New York, Kings, and the Bronx) were covered by the Voting Rights Act, and what yesterday's decision means for those counties.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Supreme Court Decisions; Sal Albanese; Obama’s Climate Plan

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The Supreme Court struck down the part of the Voting Rights Act that determined which states get extra scrutiny for voting procedures. Wendy Weiser, director of the Democracy Program at NYU's Brennan Center for Justice, is here to explain how it applied to New York State historically and what it means for the future. Plus: Mayoral candidate Sal Albanese; New York Magazine's Jonathan Chait on President Obama’s climate change plan; and Slate’s Emily Bazelon has more reactions and analysis of the major Supreme Court decisions. 

The Leonard Lopate Show

Ari Berman on the Supreme Court's Voting Rights Ruling

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Ari Berman, a contributing writer for The Nation magazine and an Investigative Journalism Fellow at The Nation Institute, discusses the Supreme Court's ruling on the Voting Rights Act.

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WNYC News

Explainer: The Supreme Court, Voting Rights and New York

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx are all covered by the Voting Rights Act - which might surprise you. Here's what today's Supreme Court decision means for the city.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Supreme Court Decisions: Voting Rights, Baby Girl

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Supreme Court has ruled in several key cases, including most notably an opinion striking down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act as unconstitutional. Slate's Emily Bazelon provides analysis on The Brian Lehrer Show at 11:30. Plus: Radiolab's Tim Howard on the "Adoptive Couple vs. Baby Girl" ruling.

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The Takeaway

Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Provision of Voting Rights Act

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

In a 5-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court issued a ruling on Tuesday that strikes down key parts of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Section 4 was struck down, which had established a formula to identify states that may require extra scrutiny by the federal government and Justice Department when it comes to changing its voting laws.

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