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Sonia Sotomayor [TEASER]

Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor is undoubtedly one of our faves. But "no robes, no masters" still applies.The full version of... more

06 Dec 2022 · 5 minutes
Glossip v. Gross

This episode contains graphic depictions of an execution. Please take care while listening.If you're not a 5-4 Premium member, you're... more

22 Nov 2022 · 48 minutes
Utah v. Strieff

The Fourth Amendment protects you from unreasonable search and seizure by the government. Unless the government wants to unreasonably search... more

15 Nov 2022 · 44 minutes
Public Defenders: "Incarceration Doesn't Make Us Safe" [TEASER]

The full version of this episode is available now to our 5-4 Premium supporters. To join, visit www.fivefourpod.com/support5 to 4 is... more

11 Nov 2022 · 6 minutes
Samuel Alito [TEASER]

Justice Samuel Alito is deeply contemptuous of those who don't share his worldview, where abortion is murder, and the cops... more

08 Nov 2022 · 4 minutes
Bowers v. Hardwick

This episode quotes outdated language about homosexuality that maybe painful to hear. Please take care while listening.If you're not a... more

01 Nov 2022 · 45 minutes
Independent State Legislature Theory

The first time the Supreme Court flirted with Independent State Legislature doctrine, George W. Bush wound up in the presidency.... more

25 Oct 2022 · 52 minutes
Rhiannon Resigned and Peter Got Fired [TEASER]

The hosts have some ~personal~ news.The full version of this premium episode is available exclusively to our Patreon supporters. To... more

21 Oct 2022 · 2 minutes
Legal Discourse and Our Discontents [TEASER]

The state of legal discourse is bad. There's an entire ecosystem of talkers that need the Court to exist so... more

18 Oct 2022 · 5 minutes
Tanner v. United States

Fun party idea: convene 11 strangers, get zooted at lunch, deal some weed, do a little coke in the bathroom... more

11 Oct 2022 · 47 minutes
2022-2023 Supreme Court Term Preview

Having accomplished their big goals of overturning Roe and giving a praying football coach back a job he never actually... more

04 Oct 2022 · 50 minutes
Ketanji Brown Jackson [TEASER]

The Supreme Court term begins next week and for the first time in American history, a Black woman will sit... more

27 Sep 2022 · 4 minutes
Minor v. Happersett

Welcome to citizenship in the United States of America - you knew that you weren't guaranteed to get health care,... more

20 Sep 2022 · 45 minutes
Vega v. Tekoh

Cops have to read you your Miranda rights. If they don't … nothing happens, according to this recent Supreme Court... more

13 Sep 2022 · 39 minutes
Welcome to Law School (Again)

Oh my god, MORE of you decided to go to law school? Even after we released this episode last year?... more

30 Aug 2022 · 58 minutes
Harriet Miers Gets Wrecked [TEASER]

Harriet Miers was a lawyer and advisor in the Bush Administration. But what she was NOT was reliably conservative enough... more

23 Aug 2022 · 3 minutes
New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen

The United States has a long, complex, and often contradictory history of firearm regulation. Clarence Thomas reached into that history,... more

16 Aug 2022 · 52 minutes
Oklahoma v. Castro-Huerta

Continuing its trajectory of abandoning tests that don't pass the vibe check, the Supreme Court ruled that states can prosecute... more

09 Aug 2022 · 41 minutes
Free Speech, Cancel Culture, and the Court [TEASER]

Live from the People's Parity convening in Washington, DC, we're talking about free speech and the right's obsession with cancel... more

02 Aug 2022 · 6 minutes
"We can make Roe the law everywhere" - An Interview with Senator Elizabeth Warren

Senator Elizabeth Warren, we can only assume against the advice of counsel, agreed to come on 5-4. We talked about... more

28 Jul 2022 · 34 minutes
WTF Are The Dems Doing? with Jamelle Bouie

Imagine you are given a month and a half head start on a race. Do you A) start running, B)... more

26 Jul 2022 · 56 minutes
West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency

John Roberts has decided that the standard for whether or not something is a "major question" is whether or not... more

19 Jul 2022 · 50 minutes
Kennedy v. Bremerton School District

In this case from the most recent term, the Court once again says we should look to history and tradition... more

12 Jul 2022 · 42 minutes
Shinn v. Ramirez

This episode contains descriptions of violence against a child that may be challenging for some listeners. Please take care while... more

28 Jun 2022 · 41 minutes
Emergency Episode: Roe Is Overturned

The Supreme Court has released the long-awaited Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization decision. The news is bad. Ruling in... more

25 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Egbert v. Boule

In this case the Court holds that you have no right to sue a federal official, even if a border... more

21 Jun 2022 · 46 minutes
5-4 x Know Your Enemy: "Overturning Roe, Part One"

The hosts were recently guests on Know Your Enemy, talking about the origins of the conservative legal movement, and its... more

14 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 24 minutes
Federal Election Commission v. Ted Cruz for Senate

This week, the hosts use a variety of film and television references to try and capture the pure villainy of... more

07 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
Brett Kavanaugh - Unlocked Premium Episode

The hosts pound some brewskis with Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.Normally there would be no episode in the free feed... more

31 May 2022 · 59 minutes
Whren v. United States

This unanimous decision holds that cops who don't deal with traffic enforcement are allowed to tail you until you commit... more

24 May 2022 · 42 minutes
WTF Are The Dems Doing? with Jamelle Bouie

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