Could this podcast be any More Perfect?
Did you know that there is a U.S. Supreme Court case that physically and mentally broke two justices and paved the way for the creation of the “activist” judiciary? Have you heard of the fascinating and emotional rollercoaster of a case known as Adoptive Couple v Baby Girl? (That is the actual name of the case). Would it surprise you to know that the original U.S. Supreme Court justices were a bunch of powerless basement-dwellers and that the story of their rise to power is the stuff television political drama writers could only dream of?
If your curiosity is piqued, I suggest you listen to Radiolab presents: More Perfect. It’s a podcast that focuses on stories about the U.S. Supreme Court. Now, I know what you’re thinking. Why would I ever want to listen to this? I’m sick of courts and constitutions. To this I say, give the first episode a try before you judge. My friends told me that I had to listen to this amazing podcast. They are also law students. You would think that they would be sick of law-related things too, and yet, they were riveted. They gushed and whispered and chatted about the episodes the way most people do about This is Us or Game of Thrones. I decided to listen to an episode. Two days later, I had caught up and I joined my friends in their gushing and whispering and agonizing about waiting for the next season of the podcast to begin.
The production value is excellent, and they do a fantastic job of building tension and presenting each episode in a genuinely entertaining way. You’ll hear voice recordings from historical figures intermingle with the insightful analyses of modern legal scholars. The narrators carefully guide the listener through the cases and decisions in the form of a gripping legal drama. There are interviews with the actual parties involved in the cases which highlights the human dimension to each of these high-level decisions. The podcast is meant for a broad audience, so they are careful to explain everything in a way that an average listener can understand. They give you all the information you need to follow along.
Sometimes, I’m infuriated by what I hear and other times, I become conflicted about a topic where I had always felt certain, but I always end an episode feeling a bit smarter and a little more in love with the law. Getting people to listen to a podcast about the US Supreme Court is a hard sell, but I encourage everyone to give it a try. I never thought that a podcast centered on U.S. constitutional law would make me listen on the edge of my seat, or gasp out loud in an empty apartment, but it did that and more. For those who decide to give this amazing podcast a listen, feel free to join me and my friends in our “OMG! -Right? -OMG!” feedback loop once you’re all caught up.
Ashley Bissnauth is a 1L Staff Writer