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Is the constitution in crisis? This podcast is for people who are curious about politics and the law and how the biggest political and legal issues of the moment affect you. Pull up a chair and join host Jessica Levinson, a professor at LMU’s Loyola Law School, and a rotating cast of experts. Jessica will be joined by journalists, politicians, political scientists, lawyers, and many others.

Listen to Jessica and her guests for a wry, and sometimes irreverent take on the most pressing issues o… Continue Reading >>
Is the constitution in crisis? This podcast is for people who are curious about politics and the law and how the biggest political and legal issues of the moment affect you. Pull up a chair and join host Jessica Levinson, a professor at LMU’s Loyola Law School, and a rotating cast of experts. Jessica will be joined by journalists, politicians, political scientists, lawyers, and many others.

Listen to Jessica and her guests for a wry, and sometimes irreverent take on the most pressing issues of our time. What are the laws of our democracy? How are they changing? And what does that mean for your daily life? << Show Less
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The FBI executes a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago, Trump's private residence This is a breaking news episode of Passing Judgment.
The FBI has executed a search warrant at the private residence of former President Trump.
What does this tell us about the investigation into Trump and whether he will face criminal charges?
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The FBI executes a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago, Trump's private residence This is a breaking news episode of Passing Judgment.
The FBI has executed a search warrant at the private residence of former President Trump.
What does this tell us about the investigation into Trump and whether he will face criminal charges?
Will Congress protect reproductive rights? (Guest - Rep. Judy Chu) Representative Judy Chu stops by Passing Judgment to discuss reproductive rights, marriage equality, and gun control.
Rep. Chu is the lead sponsor of the Women's Health Protection Act, and a supporter of Right to Contraception Act, the Respect for Marriage Act, and tighter gun control measures. She talks with Jessica about those proposed laws and why, in her view, it is time to eliminate the filibuster.
Will Trump face criminal charges? What is next for the Jan. 6th Committee? (Guest: Kyle Cheney of Politico) Kyle Cheney, senior legal affairs reporter for Politico, joins Jessica to talk about the January 6th Committee, Steve Bannon’s trial for criminal contempt, and whether the DOJ will bring criminal charges against Trump.
Will states be able to ban same-sex marriage, interracial marriage, or the use of contraception? (Guest: Prof. Cary Franklin) Prof. Cary Franklin, a professor at UCLA's School of Law and the Director of the Center on Reproductive Health, Law, and Policy and the Williams Institute, joins Jessica to talk through the impact of the Supreme Court's decision in Dobbs v. Jackson.
Cary and Jessica discuss the rationale behind the ruling and what it could mean for other rights, including LGBTQ rights and the ability to obtain contraception.
Has the January 6th Committee Accomplished Anything? Will Trump Face Criminal Charges? The congressional hearings investigating the events of the insurrection at the Capitol on January 6th of 2021 were supposed to end in June, but progress is being made and additional hearings have been scheduled. Like so many investigations, when you tug on one thread you discover that that thread is connected to many, many others. Why has the committee scheduled more hearings? How has Team Trump changed its strategy as the committee gains traction? Why didn't Trump administration officials reveal the information discovered in the hearings in the immediate aftermath of the deadly event? In this episode, Jessica and Joe review and analyze the latest news from the January 6th committee - where they started, where they are, and where they are going.
Abortion, Guns, & Religious Rights -- The Supreme Court Term in Review This was an epic Supreme Court term.
It is not an overstatement to say this was the most consequential term in at least half a century.
Joe joins Jessica as they walk through the biggest opinions of the term and what they mean for you.
We talk abortion rights, religious rights, gun rights, and the power of the federal government.
Is American on the brink of a civil war? (Guest: Stephen Marche) Jessica speaks with novelist, essayist and cultural commentator Stephen Marche.
Stephen is the author of The Next Civil War (2022), The Unmade Bed: The Messy Truth About Men and Women in the Twenty-First Century (2016), and The Hunger of the Wolf (2015) among other books.
Jessica interviews Stephen about whether and why America stands at the brink of civil war and what we can do about it.
The Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. States are free to ban abortions. The Supreme Court issued a legal and political earthquake today: abortion is no longer a constitutionally protected right, and this means states have a clear pathway to completely ban abortion. Jessica and Joe break down the opinion, talking through exactly how the Court made this decision which overturns half a century of legal precedent, as well as what comes next both legally and politically.
Democracy on the Brink. Why the 1/6 Select Committee Hearing Matters Hearings of the House Select Committee on the January 6th, 2021 insurrection at the Capitol took place this week. Jessica gets us started with an overview the evidence presented, the former president’s brazen disregard of the Constitution, the intended audience(s) for the hearings, and just how close America came to becoming a failed democracy.
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