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74 minutes | Jul 2, 2021
You didn't forget our anniversary did you? Josh and Kristen are interrupting their summer vacations to celebrate ONE YEAR since they launched this rule of law podcast. After some anniversary thoughts, Kristen thoroughly unpacks the Supreme Court decision on student free speech rights, Brian Anderson explores the status of rule of law in Hong Kong and Canada in the context of transitional justice, Josh celebrates the emergence (and laments the swift death) of the "bipartisan infrastructure deal" announced recently, and finally they feel better thanks to Clarence Thomas calling out America's half-baked marijuana policies. Happy Independence Day to all rule of law lovers out there!
17 minutes | Jun 25, 2021
SCOTUS Summer School
You didn't think we'd let professional Supreme Court watchers have all the fun did you? While Josh and Kristen continue to enjoy their summer hiatus, they got together on the radio this week to tackle a few recent SCOTUS decisions and we wanted to share that nerdtastic gold with Civic Revival fans. Kristen explains the NCAA student-athlete benefits ruling, the unanimous decision related to religious liberty, and a strange standing argument in the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act. This is just a taste, with more SCOTUS commentary to come!
13 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
Summer is here! It's time to soak up some sun, so Josh and Kristen have an update on the summer schedule. With blockbuster SCOTUS decisions still-to-come, and rule-of-law hotspots heating up, there's no shortage of news to discuss! It's won't be too long before they're back with special hiatus episodes (including one to mark a very special anniversary), but until then, have a great summer! And to fill some of that free time, how about leaving a nice rating and review? It really does help!
58 minutes | May 28, 2021
Technology Distraction, Territorial Dispute & Trash Dollars
Get comfy! You're in for a big treat this week. Josh and Kristen begin with an emerging circuit split on Section 230 liability limits for tech platforms, then Brian Anderson returns to illuminate the context of the Israel-Palestine conflict, he sticks around for leftovers to explain the Belarusian skyjacking, and there are updates on criminal justice reform efforts and the January 6 commission, before finally feeling better over lottery winnings rescued from the garbage can. You won't find better coverage (or greater comfort) anywhere else on the web!
58 minutes | May 21, 2021
Abortion Politics, Abandoning Principles & Alien Phenomenon
Buckle up for discussion of several hot button topics from the news this week! Josh and Kristen start with the history of American abortion law following the announcement that the Supreme Court will hear a case on that topic next term, they welcome back former Wisconsin Congressman Reid Ribble to explain the "Call for American Renewal" he helped introduce to change the direction of the Republican Party, they take up leftovers on the Congressional Commission to investigate the events of January 6, and finally feel much better after learning that the U.S. Government is just as stumped about visitors from outer space as the rest of us. Do you believe we alone in the universe? You'll have to listen to find out!
70 minutes | May 14, 2021
Civil Disorder, Contraband Deception & Consuming Dinner
Sometimes rule of law is messy and heartbreaking. This week is one of those times. Josh and Kristen start with lawlessness around federal restrictions on protests during civil unrest, then welcome former capital mitigation specialist Lily Engleman to explain her horrific experience being falsely accused of a crime while doing her job and the civil rights lawsuit she just filed, then clean up leftovers around George Floyd's death, federal voting reform, and Liz Cheney's ouster, and finally they clarify and feel better about an app that keeps good food from going to waste. It was hard to "feel better" after listening to Lily's ordeal, but the fight for justice marches on!
62 minutes | May 7, 2021
Inappropriate Apparel, Intoxicated Arms & Innovative Apartments
This week Josh and Kristen go in "guns blazing" to dissect civil rights cases related to firearms. First up, Federal judges in Wisconsin reach different conclusions about students wearing shirts with guns on them at school, then attorney Raymond Dall'Osto unpacks and contextualizes the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling on limiting gun possession while under the influence, leftovers include Derek Chauvin requesting a new trial, the return of firing squads in South Carolina(?), and making new states out of existing ones, then it's time to feel better about a creative approach to building affordable housing. No political crossfire here... just legal insights that will blow you away!
79 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
Statehood Arguments, Sixth Amendment & Subway Adoption
Buckle up for a fascinating ride! This week Josh and Kristen dive deep into the history and politics around adding states and the District of Columbia debate, then welcome defense attorney Casey Hoff to discuss the vital importance of the sixth amendment right to defense counsel (for everyone!), they down leftovers related to the cursing cheerleader, census findings, and Chauvin juror (no Manchin??), and finally leave you feeling better about a ride on the subway that started a family 21 years ago. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you will surely learn something!
66 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
Sanctioning Police, Sentencing Procedures & Seeing Pyramids
This week's episode is even nerdier than usual (if that's possible)! Josh and Kristen begin by mapping the history of qualified immunity and outlining current bipartisan reform negotiations in Congress, then they welcome Outagamie County Judge Mark McGinnis to discuss the process and purpose of sentencing in criminal cases, they devour leftovers about D.C. statehood, January 6, and infrastructure, and then finally feel better about a young man making his mama's dreams come true. The kicker even includes Philly cheesesteaks and furry friends for good measure. How could you NOT feel better?!?
69 minutes | Apr 16, 2021
This week's episode is a little different... in a good way! Josh and Kristen clean up some leftovers on compromise in the U.S. Senate and President Biden's Supreme Court Commission, then it's feel better time with a series of "rule of law related" questions for you to get to know your hosts better. Favorite President? Least favorite Constitutional Amendment? Favorite Legal Movie? Some of their answers just might surprise you (and some surely will not)!
65 minutes | Apr 9, 2021
Social Platforms, Struggling Politics & Supermarket Plastic
Prepare your splash zone! This week Josh and Kristen unpack a fascinating opinion from Justice Clarence Thomas on legal frameworks for regulating social media platforms, then they tour global rule-of-law hotspots with Brian Anderson from The Everson Law Firm, they feast on classic leftovers of budget reconciliation, filibuster, and more, and finally feel better about reducing plastics at the supermarket and an environmentally-friendly way to keep yourself clean. Not only will they leave you feeling better, but you'll be feeling fresh and clean too!
63 minutes | Apr 2, 2021
Brandi Cursing, Border Control & Breeding Condors
Calling all "bird nerds!" This episode is for you. Josh and Kristen start by examining student free speech rights (to curse and "fly the bird) in a case that will go to the Supreme Court later this month, they welcome immigration attorney Cain Oulahan to help make sense of the situation at the southern border, the leftover buffet has lots of qualified immunity (and no filibuster!) and a return appearance by a naughty doggy, and finally they leave you feeling better with a story of the California Condor's resurgence in the Pacific Northwest and tales of Kristen's backyard birdwatching.
61 minutes | Mar 26, 2021
Strategic Retirement, Supreme Rights & Spiffy Rescues
This week Josh and Kristen tackle the lawless (and highly partisan) demands that Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer retire immediately, they welcome Marquette Law Professor Ed Fallone to explore the many sources of our fundamental rules and rights, they feast on another buffet of leftovers including the filibuster (duh), Capitol riot, and AUMFs, and finally feeling better about rescue dogs looking their best to find forever homes. Look sharp! It's another great episode.
70 minutes | Mar 19, 2021
Compensating Death, Changing Democracy & Charitable Dessert
Get ready for a rule-of-law feast, complete with dessert! This week Josh and Kristen examine the record-setting wrongful death settlement reached between the City of Minneapolis and the family of George Floyd, they welcome back attorney Stacie Rosenzweig to explain the election reforms proposed in Congress, they clean up leftovers on the filibuster and some special dates this week, and finally feel better with a monstrous Pi Day "piecaken" (or is that pie-kracken) Stacie baked and shared to help fight food insecurity. Your blood sugar will surge, but it's totally worth it. Dig in!
68 minutes | Mar 12, 2021
Virtual Damages, Voir Dire & Victims Drowning
What is a violation of your constitutional rights worth? That's only one of the thought-provoking question Josh and Kristen tackle this week, beginning with a somewhat surprising Supreme Court decision related to nominal damages, then defense attorney Jeff Kippa demystifies the "voir dire" (or jury selection) process, followed by more leftovers on filibuster reform (make up your mind Manchin!), and finally a feel better that will literally save lives. That's something to be excited about!
54 minutes | Mar 5, 2021
Cable Pressure, Cruel Punishments & Calcium Printing
Not sure how it's possible, but our hosts are extra excited for this week's episode! Josh and Kristen kick it off by considering Congressional pressure on cable and satellite TV companies to drop certain channels they deem 'misinformation,' then they welcome attorney Beth Wells for a powerful discussion of methods of execution and the reality of capital punishment, leftovers include reconciliation and Capitol Riot updates, and finally they feel better about advances in 3D printing of human tissues. Beyond body parts, what would you like to "print" at home?
70 minutes | Feb 26, 2021
Military Intervention, Mandatory Inoculations & Mars Invasion
It's still winter, but grab your snorkel and flippers! Josh and Kristen are diving deep into the lawlessness of Congress 'authorizing the use of military force' instead of declaring wars; attorney Nicole Marklein returns to help navigate the murky legal depths of employer vaccine mandates; they devour a buffet of leftovers on Trump's taxes, budget reconciliation and more; then they both have feel better items to warm your heart and lift your spirits to outer space! Are you ready to book your interstellar journey now?
67 minutes | Feb 19, 2021
Riot Commission, Reforming Congress & Repurposed Clothing
This week's guest knows Mike Pence and Antonin Scalia, so you know it's going to be great! But first, Josh and Kristen unpack rule-of-law implications of a "9/11 style" commission to investigate the January 6 riot at the Capitol, then they examine Congressional dysfunction and reform ideas with Kristen's high school volleyball coach (and former Congressman) Reid Ribble, after which they welcome Reid to stick around for 'dessert' to discuss Mitch McConnell's tortured position on impeachment, and finally they feel better about repurposed business attire that is helping to empower job seekers. Because "walking the walk" is easier when you're looking good!
56 minutes | Feb 12, 2021
Facing Defamation, Fragile Democracies & Frozen Desserts
Happy Valentine's Day rule-of-law lovers! This week Josh and Kristen dive deep on defamation and the massive lawsuits filed against people and networks claiming a stolen election, attorney Brian Anderson returns to examine the state of democracy and rule of law globally, they cleanup impeachment-related leftovers that could shape the future of the GOP, and finally feel better about the imminent arrival of a special seasonal treat (and of course, Kristen has rules and procedures about when and how to enjoy it). Hope you're hungry... There's a lot to chew on!
53 minutes | Feb 5, 2021
Reconciliation Rules, Impeachment Inquiry & Catching Cancer
You were just wondering: what exactly IS budget reconciliation? Luckily, Josh & Kristen are back with another explainer for you! They start by defining terms and exploring potential lawless uses of the reconciliation process, then attorney Jeff Mandell helps answer some common questions about post-term impeachment, they clean up leftovers on filibuster finagling and Congressional accountability, and finally they feel better on Wear Red Day about an important advance in diagnosing prostate cancer. Early detection saves lives!
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