The Nine is Jeffrey Toobin’s reveals the lives of post-WWII Supreme Court Justices. He explores the notion of ideology and politics within the role of the judicial branch. We’ve chosen this 2007 title as a general look at the Supreme Court in order to discuss rule of law, personal politics, and the judicial branch more broadly.
The next President will shape the course of the Supreme Court – both sides of the isle agree that the Supreme Court is one of the most important issues in the election. The Nation describes issues of SCOTUS nominations as “the most important civil-rights issue of our time.” The Weekly Standard said of Justice Scalia that he “did more than any other member of the judicial branch over the past three decades to exercise judgment instead of will, thereby becoming one of our finest-ever ‘bulwarks of a limited Constitution’—makes the upcoming presidential election even more important.”
Links to things we talk about:
Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka
Justice for All: Earl Warren and the Nation He Made by Jim Newton
Roe v. Wade
Scalia and “original intent”
median voter theorem
L.A. Riots, 1992 (see also Twilight, Los Angeles: 1992)
Ricky Ray Rector
“Seeing Black: Race, Crime, and Visual Processing” by Jennifer L. Eberhardt, Phillip Atiba Goff, Valerie J. Purdie, and Paul G. Davies
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, by Irin Carmon, Shana Knizhnik
Next Month …
Read Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine along with us, and listen to our discussion on August 29, 2016.
Rankine’s piece is a revolution. A political, a poetic, complex revolution in 169 pages. The Los Angeles Review of Books recently held a roundtable to discuss this important work. We’ll look at it through a different lens – what should we take away from works of art as we think about governance in America?
This podcast was produced by Aubrey Hicks and Jonathan Schwartz, recorded and mixed by Corey Hedden, intro and outro voiced by Kristen DesCombes.