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Ken Feinberg, perhaps America’s most renowned mediator, joins Preet for a wide-ranging discussion about his unique role in the American legal system: the Special Master of victim compensation funds set up in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, the Virginia Tech shooting, the BP oil spill, and many other disasters that pose particular challenges for the courts. Plus, Feinberg shares stories from his early career working in the Senate for the late Senator Ted Kennedy.




  • “Barr v. Mueller: Friends pitted against each other,” Politico, 4/18/19
  • “Comey: I’m ‘not friends’ with Mueller,” Politico, 12/8/18

Don McGahn

  • “Ex-White House Counsel Don McGahn Emerges as Key Obstruction Witness,” Bloomberg, 4/18/19
  • An excerpt of Rudy Giuliani’s interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” and a transcript of the interview
  • “The Trump team still maintains Trump didn’t try to fire Mueller. Mueller disagrees,” Washington Post, 4/22/19

Rod Rosenstein

  • Bill Barr and Rod Rosenstein’s press conference
  • “Internet mocks Rod Rosenstein's 'hostage stare,’” CNN, 4/19/19
  • “How Rod Rosenstein Protects the Mueller Investigation,” Lawfare, 9/27/18

Lawyers’ Lawyers


  • "Subpoena,” Legal Information Institute
  • “Testing of a President: The Overview; Clinton Agrees to Testify for Lewinsky Grand Jury; Starr Retracts Subpeona,” NYT, 7/30/98
  • “Robert Mueller Let Donald Trump Duck Direct Questions About Obstruction,” New Yorker, 4/18/19


Ken Feinberg

  • Who Gets What: Fair Compensation after Tragedy and Financial Upheaval, Public Affairs, 2012
  • “Take a Number,” Washington Post, 3/11/02
  • “Just Money,” New York Times Magazine, 12/8/02
  • “Meet Ken Feinberg, the Master of Disasters,” Observer, 3/9/16
  • “Veterans Accept $180 Million Pact on Agent Orange,” NYT, 5/8/84
  • “What do the Church’s Victims Deserve?,” NYT, 4/8/19

Senator Ted Kennedy & The Senate

  • “'The Last Great Senate: Courage and Statesmanship in Times of Crisis,’ by Ira Shapiro,” Washington Post, 4/20/12
  • “How did John McCain and Ted Kennedy find common ground? ‘They listened,’” PBS NewsHour, 8/29/18
  • “Kenneth Feinberg Oral History, Counsel, Senate Judiciary Committee; chief of staff to EMK,” Edward M. Kennedy Institute, 2016

Tort System

Judge Weinstein & Sentencing Guidelines

  • Federal Sentencing Guidelines: 2008 manual
  • “This Judge Defends ‘Unredeemable’ Even as He Sends Them to Prison,” NYT, 12/8/17
  • “From the Bench, a New Look at Punishment,” NYT, 8/26/15


  • Video from Lyra McKee’s funeral
  • “A Journalist's Killing in Northern Ireland Comes As Tensions Threaten to Boil Over,” Time, 4/24/19
  • “Member of IRA splinter group arrested over killing of Northern Ireland journalist Lyra McKee,” CBS News, 4/23/19

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