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The Leonard Lopate Show

Jeffrey Toobin on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Jeffrey Toobin discusses his article “The Heavyweight,” about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s lasting influence. “The Heavyweight” appears in the March 11 issue of The New Yorker.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Justice Sandra Day O'Connor

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about the history of the high court and her place in it as the first female Supreme Court Justice. She also told us about what she's been reading, watching, eating, and playing recently!

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the Supreme Court

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Justice Sandra Day O’Connor talks to Leonard Lopate about being the first woman to sit on the United States Supreme Court, and discusses the history and evolution of the highest court in the land. Out of Order: Stories from the History of the Supreme Court traces the transformation of the Supreme Court from its uncertain beginnings into the institution that thrives and endures today.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, People in the Amazon, the Rise of Big Data

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor talks about the history of the high court and her place in it. Mark Plotkin discusses the isolated tribes that still live deep in the Amazon forest, with little or no contact with the outside world. Elizabeth Graver talks about her latest novel, The End of the Point. And we’ll look at big data and how it will affect our economy, scientific discovery, and revolutionize our daily lives.

The Takeaway

How the Voting Rights Act Came to Be

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Supreme Court is set to decide whether an important part of the Voting Rights Act is still necessary. Judy Richardson and Charles Cobb, both of whom fought for voting rights on the front lines, explain how the act came to be.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Voting Rights Revisited

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Linda Greenhouse, former Supreme Court reporter for the New York Times, lecturer at Yale Law School, most recent book is The U.S. Supreme Court: A Very Short Introduction, discusses the stakes of the Voting Rights Act case being argued before the Supreme Court today. 

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaway | February 27, 2013

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Supreme Court Hears Challenge to Voting Rights Act | The History Behind the Voting Rights Act | Sequester Cuts Felt in American Classrooms | Church Seeks to Win Back Long-Lapsed Catholics | The Pros and Cons of Telecommuting | Lessons from the Civil Rights Movement About "Failing Up"

The Takeaway

Supreme Court Will Hear Case on Money in Politics

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Another big scene is coming up in the next term of that nine voice ensemble called the U.S. Supreme Court. The court agreed on Tuesday to hear a case on the limits of campaign contributions made directly to candidates and some political committees.

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WNYC News

High Court Limits Detention Powers in Searches

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Supreme Court has limited the power of police to detain people who are not at home when their residence is to be searched. By a 6-3 vote Tuesday, the justices sided with a Long Island, N.Y., man who was picked up about three-quarters of a mile away from his apartment as police searched it for a gun.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Teachers, Professors, and Academic Freedom

Monday, February 18, 2013

Marjorie Heins, civil liberties lawyer and founding director of the Free Expression Policy Project, talks about how, in the early 1950s, New York City’s teachers and professors became the targets of massive investigations into their political beliefs and associations. Those who refused to cooperate in the questioning were fired. Her book Priests of Our Democracy tells of the teachers and professors who resisted the witch hunt, those who collaborated, and those whose battles led to landmark Supreme Court decisions. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

New Challenges to the Voting Rights Act

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Ari Berman, a contributing writer for The Nation and the author of Herding Donkeys: The Fight to Rebuild the Democratic Party and Reshape American Politics, previews an upcoming Supreme Court challenge to section five of the Voting Rights Act, which calls for specific parts of the country to obtain Justice Department approval before changing their voting laws or districts.

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New Jersey News

Ongoing Questions in Menendez Saga

Monday, February 11, 2013

WNYC

Questions continue to dog New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez about his relationship with his friend and campaign donor, Doctor Salomon Melgen.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Ask Me Another Takes on the Supreme Court

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

WNYC's newest show is Ask Me Another. Host Ophira Eisenberg and house musician Jonathan Coulton disuss the program and lead a Supreme Court themed quiz. Listeners: Are you a Supreme Court expert? We're looking for two SCOTUS nerds to take the quiz. If you want to play along, call 212-433-9692!

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Justice Sotomayor in the House

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, fresh off her role in the inauguration of President Obama's second term, joins Brian Lehrer to talk about her new memoir and her life on the bench.

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The Takeaway

University of Texas Students Weigh in on Affirmative Action

Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Supreme Court is currently considering the case of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, which centers on whether affirmative action should play a role in student admission. The case has led to debate across the country and on the University of Texas at Austin campus. Three diverse University of Texas students share their opinions on whether affirmative action is necessary or outdated.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Supreme Court Takes on Controversial AZ Voter ID Law

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The justices are considering whether the state can require proof of citizenship when people register to vote.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Too Tired to Talk About Affirmative Action

Thursday, October 11, 2012

I am tired of explaining why it is  still necessary in the 21st Century. I am tired of the  divisiveness of the discussion. I am tired of having to justify my  place at the table. Just tired. 

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The Takeaway

Civil Rights, the Courts, and Public Opinion: The Case of Gay Marriage

Thursday, October 11, 2012

While Supreme Court decisions like Brown v. Board of Education can change the course of American history, they can also engender serious political backlash. Is litigation the best way to secure rights for minority groups?

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The Takeaway

Supreme Court Could Overturn Affirmative Action

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

On June 23, 2003, the Supreme Court upheld the affirmative action policy at the University of Michigan Law School. Today, just nine years after Justice O'Connor issued the Court's decision in Grutter, the Supreme Court will hear Fisher v. University of Texas, Austin, a case that has the potential to overturn affirmative action in higher education.

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WNYC News

As Supreme Court Weighs Race and Admissions, Area Schools Watch and Wait

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments Wednesday on whether the University of Texas at Austin wrongly discriminated against a white woman who sought admission in 2008. The decision could have broad implications, and a wide range of interested parties in New York City are watching the case closely.

Is affirmative action racism? See what WNYC viewers thought.

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