Episode 56 – The US Supreme Court from Taney to Plessy v Ferguson

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Welcome to part two of our three-part series on the history of the U.S. Supreme Court. In this episode we discuss the Taney court (1836-1864) through the Fuller court (1888-1910). We break down two of the most landmark decisions of these courts with a discussion of Dred Scott vs. Sandford (1857) and Plessy vs. Ferguson (1896). Join us for a discussion of judicial overreach, precursors to Civil War, and the codification of racial segregation in the Jim Crow era.

Episode 55 – The US Supreme Court – Jay to Marshall

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The justices that sit on the US Supreme Court may be nine of the most powerful unelected officials in the world. Join us for the first of a multi-part deep dive into the story of the US Supreme. We’ll cover that origins of the court as well as critical people and cases that fundamentally shaped the contemporary legal, political, economic, and social landscape of America.

This week we discuss the origin of the court and the tenures of John Jay, the first Chief Justice, and John Marshall, arguably the most importandt Chief Justice in the history of the court.

Episode 24 – The Third Amendment

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After a fairly lengthy hiatus, our series on Constitutional Amendments is back! While the Third Amendment may seem irrelevant to the 21st century, join us as we discuss how it could potentially be used in the future. We also cover different ways to interpret the Constitution.