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The Nine

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Featuring Raphael BosticSteve Cooley, Jody David Armour, Pamela Clouser McCann 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.” To listen to the Bedrosian Book Club discussion of The Nine click the orange arrow in the Soundcloud player at the top of this post. Or you can download it and subscribe through Soundcloud or iTunes! Follow us on Twitter! @RaphaelBostic @NiggaTheory @BedrosianCenter

Links to things we talk about:


Supreme Court Building, the symbolic accent to “justice.”

Stare decisis 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) BlackLivesMatter 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 …

Citizen cover image 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? Please read along with us. Let us know what you think of the book at Facebook or Twitter. This podcast was produced by Aubrey Hicks and Jonathan Schwartz, recorded and mixed by Corey Hedden, intro and outro voiced by Kristen DesCombes. @AubreyHi @jonHLYP @coreyhedden

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