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Friday, June 19, 2015

Myths abound about the Supreme Court's imminent ruling on the Affordable Care Act.   

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Not In The Supreme Court's Backyard

Friday, October 17, 2014

Bob speaks with New York Times Supreme Court correspondent, Adam Liptak, about the Supreme Court's commitment to keeping protesters off its plaza. 

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Cellphone Searching, Tiny Antennas, and the High Court

Friday, June 27, 2014

This week, the Supreme Court ruled on two media technology cases, one that may save the bacon of Big Broadcast and Cable, and another that privacy advocates are heralding as a win. Bob talks with Slate's Dahlia Lithwick about the impact of these decisions.


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The Re-Birth of the First Amendment

Friday, March 14, 2014

Fifty years ago, the Supreme Court made a decision in the case New York Times v Sullivan that would forever alter the way journalists practiced journalism. Brooke speaks with Andrew Cohen, contributing editor at The Atlantic and fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice, about the decision's impact on the First Amendment.

Supreme Court audio courtesy of Oyez®, a multimedia judicial archive at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law

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In the Battle Over Aereo, CBS Explores the Nuclear Option

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

CBS Chief Executive Les Moonves has reportedly suggested the network would stop broadcasting if the streaming service Aereo wins a forthcoming Supreme Court case.

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New Frontiers in Child Porn Law

Friday, January 24, 2014

The Supreme Court is weighing how much defendants convicted of possessing images of child pornography should have to pay in restitution to the victims depicted in those images. The case involves a woman known as “Amy,” whose uncle raped her when she was a young girl and circulated photographs of the abuse online. He eventually went to jail, but those photos became among the most widely viewed child porn in the world. Karen Duffin reports on Amy’s quest for restitution.


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The Messages Behind the Gay Marriage Battle

Friday, June 28, 2013

The next battles over gay marriage will happen in the states where each side has changed and refined their messaging over the past few years. Brooke talks with Amy Mitchell from the Pew Research Project for Excellence in Journalism about the growing acceptance of gay marriage. Also, gay marriage advocate and researcher David Dodge explains that pro-gay marriage campaigns have only recently found messages that work. 

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Behind a Big Supreme Court Case

Friday, March 22, 2013

In the next couple of months the Supreme Court will issue a decision in the case of Fisher vs. University of Texas at Austin. The case may determine the future of Affirmative Action, but news coverage that centers on the sympathetic plaintiff in the case misses a fascinating back story. Bob talks with ProPublica reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones about the case.

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How Questioning "Obamacare's" Constitutionality Went Mainstream

Friday, March 30, 2012

When "Obamacare" first debuted, opponents of the legislation criticized its cost and reachnot the possibility that it might be unconstitutional. But this week the Supreme Court spent three days hearing arguments on the mandated health care law. Brooke speaks to Politico's Josh Gerstein about how challenging Obamacare on constitutional grounds went from a zany fringe idea to a mainstream conversation.

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The Supreme Court on GPS Tracking

Friday, January 27, 2012

This week the Supreme Court decided a case called US v Jones about the constitutionality of warrantless GPS tracking. Bob talks to Orin Kerr, George Washington University law professor and blogger for The Volokh Conspiracy about what the Supreme Court's decision means for the future of GPS tracking by law enforcement.

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Montana Goes Its Own Way on Citizens United

Friday, January 20, 2012

There’s been lots of critique of the Citizens United decision, but a few weeks ago came a surprising rebuke.  The Montana Supreme Court decided that because of the state’s unique history of money influencing politics, Citizens United shouldn’t apply in Montana.  Even the dissenting judges didn’t spare the U.S. Supreme Court their scorn.  New York Times Supreme Court reporter Adam Liptak tells Brooke the case is very likely to reach the U.S. Supreme Court.

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New Supreme Court Session Begins

Friday, October 14, 2011

The latest session of the Supreme Court began on October 3rd, and, as usual, the court will be hearing cases on the First Amendment, surveillance, copyright - all topics we regularly cover at On the Media. Brooke talks to The New York Times Supreme Court correspondent Adam Liptak about some of the cases on the Supreme Court docket, and their potential ramifications.

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Is Warrantless GPS Tracking Legal?

Friday, October 08, 2010

If the police want to search your house, they need a warrant. If they want to follow you around in an unmarked car, they don't. But what about GPS technology? It's highly accurate, virtually effortless and law enforcement are using it like never before. But the courts are divided on the legality of GPS and the issue seems destined for the Supreme Court. Law professor Orin Kerr explains.

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