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Welcome to Law Talk with Richard Epstein and John Yoo. Our show is hosted by Troy Senik. You can find all episodes, new and old, here.

Welcome to Law Talk with Richard Epstein and John Yoo. Our show is hosted by Troy Senik. You can find all episodes, new and old, here.
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Welcome to Law Talk with Richard Epstein and John Yoo. Our show is hosted by Troy Senik. You can find all episodes, new and old, here.






Ep. 111: Have Your Cake

Sponsored by Lending Club, Quip, RXBAR It may be graduation season, but the faculty lounge is still open for business and professors Richard Epstein and John Yoo are holding court. This time around: What does the Inspector General's report really tell us about James Comey's tenure at the FBI? Was the North Korea summit a diplomatic breakthrough or an unforced error? What on earth does the Masterpiece Cakeshop case mean for religious liberty? Is Texas about to undo Obamacare? And could a...


Ep. 110: Craps

Sponsored by Casper, RXBAR, Quip Professors Richard Epstein and John Yoo are back from Memorial Day and the holiday's been good to them: John's got dispatches from Hawaii (tune in for the spam coverage) and Epstein's got big news on the Roman law front. Then they turn to the burning issues: pardons for Dinesh D'Souza, Martha Stewart, and Rod Blagojevich? Did the FBI overreach by putting an informant in the Trump campaign? Is the deep state real (and is Chester Arthur to blame)? What are...


Ep. 109: Pardon Us

Sponsored by RXBAR, Quip The faculty lounge has reopened -- and just in time to mark a landmark birthday for one of our esteemed instructors. After the festivities, the professors weigh in on a gaggle of issues: the Trump travel ban goes before the Supreme Court; another legal smackdown over DACA; the prospects for progress in North Korea; Syria and war powers; and a presidential pardon for Jack Johnson. All that plus our annual World Series picks and the first ever Law Talk shout-out to...


Ep. 108: The Asparagus Problem

Sponsored by Away Travel, Quip, RXBAR Professors Richard Epstein and John Yoo are reopening the faculty lounge, and this month things are getting lively. First up: is a member of the Law Talk team headed for the White House? Then, do talks with North Korea have a chance of working? Will the Trump Administration stop California's plans to thwart immigration enforcement? Should Jeff Sessions be pursuing legal action against opioid manufacturers? Is there a libertarian case for the war on...


Ep. 107: Lawyers, Guns, and Russians

Sponsored by Away Travel, Casper, Quip It may be Presidents Day (it's not, actually -- more on that later), but the faculty lounge is still open for business. In this months' session, Professors Richard Epstein and John Yoo are tackling the latest revelations from the Mueller investigation, what can be done about gun violence consistent with the Second Amendment, and whether restrictions on free speech have gone too far on college campuses. Plus they're weighing on the most overrated and...


Ep. 106: Something Fishy

Sponsored by Away Travel, RXBAR, Quip It's the first Law Talk of the new year and Professors Richard Epstein and John Yoo are starting off 2018 with verve. On this installment: who looks worse in the Mueller investigation, President Trump or the FBI? Is trading DACA for a border wall a grand bargain or a big mistake? Can California prosecute business owners for working with federal immigration authorities? Can blue states sue their way out of the new tax law? Will the Supreme Court...


Ep. 105: Resolutions

Sponsored by Away Travel, Casper, RXBAR On the final Law Talk of 2017, Professors Richard Epstein and John Yoo are taking a look back at the year that was. First, an assessment of President Trump's first year in office, on matters both foreign and domestic. Is it possible that our dynamic duo is warming to The Donald? Then, what do the Kate Steinle verdict and recent terrorist attacks in New York tell us about the shortcomings of American immigration policy? What does the future hold for...


No Fighting In The Faculty Lounge

Sponsored by Casper, Away Travel, RXBAR It's a pre-Thanksgiving session in the faculty lounge, and Professors Richard Epstein and John Yoo have prepared a feast of legal analysis. On the menu: Can the military really overrule President Trump in the event of a nuclear strike? Will the Supreme Court force crisis pregnancy centers to promote abortion? Is a new plan to expand the federal judiciary just GOP court-packing? And is Donald Trump violating the constitution by blocking people on...


Ep. 103: No Knees Here

Sponsored by Away Travel, Casper, RXBAR October in the faculty lounge means two things: Supreme Court previews and baseball talk. On this episode we’re serving up both. First, a look at the big cases before the high court this term: Will the justices step in to end gerrymandering? Can a Christian baker be forced to provide a cake for a gay wedding? And are public-sector unions in for a major loss of political power? Then, is it time to blow up senators’ ability to put judicial...


Ep. 102: Law Talk Live: Techology and The Law

Sponsored by Casper, RXBAR This special, live edition Law Talk with Epstein & Yoo recorded at the Federalist Society in New Yourk City on September 14th, 2017 with Mary Kissel sitting in for Troy Senik. It’s a rousing hour of talk on technology and the law (read John’s new book Striking Power: How Cyber, Robots, and Space Weapons Change the Rules for War ) and stick around the for Q & A session after the show. Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode:...


Ep. 101: Live At Columbia Law School

Sponsored by Away Travel, Casper, RXBAR This week, a very special Law Talk recorded at Columbia Law School with special guest Columbia Law Professor Eric Talley sitting in for Troy Senik. The primary topic: robots and the law, which coincidentally is a topic of John’s new book Striking Power: How Cyber, Robots, and Space Weapons Change the Rules for War. We also discuss the legalities of DACA, labor troubles at Uber, and more. The faculty lounge is now open — for real! Join the...


Ep. 100: 100

Sponsored by Casper, Away Travel, RXBAR Law Talk has hit the century mark! And as Professors Richard Epstein and John Yoo open up the faculty lounge for their 100th episode, they’re taking listener questions. After a brief analysis of the situation in Charlottesville, they tackle everything from the Necessary and Proper Clause to the best Chinese food in Connecticut. Along the way, they relitigate the Civil War, explore the secrets to Richard’s marital success, debate judicial review,...


Ep. 99: Monkey Business

Sponsored by Away Travel, RXBAR This week on Law Talk, the professors (ably herded by Troy Senik) talk about collusion — what it is, what it isn’t, who’s in danger and who isn’t. Then, activist judges make things for the Trump administration’s travel ban and Richard and John explain why. Also on the docket: gun laws in California are amongst the toughest in the country. Does the Heller decision give the state more leeway in regulating guns even more? And we re-visit the Supreme Court’s...


Ep. 98: Obstruction of Bachelorhood

Sponsored by Casper, Zip Recruiter It’s Comeypalooza on this installment of Law Talk, as Richard Epstein and John Yoo react to the former FBI director’s congressional testimony. We won’t give it away here, but the professors’ diagnosis is sure to surprise you. Then: Was Robert Mueller’s appointment as independent counsel necessary?; a disagreement on the proper use of the impeachment power; Which cabinet secretary should be packing his bags?; Understanding the 25th Amendment; and the...


Ep. 96: Immunity, Taxes, and Poutine

There’s no such thing as spring break in the faculty lounge. In the newest installment of the Law Talk podcast, Professors Richard Epstein and John Yoo are analyzing the controversies over the Trump Administration’s alleged ties to Russia (including real-time reaction to breaking news about Michael Flynn), exploring the Trump/Obama wiretap controversy, reacting to new […] Ricochet.


Ep. 81: Super Bowl of Law

As the first elections of 2016 approach, Professors Epstein and Yoo are talking politics in the faculty lounge. Is a President Trump or President Hillary the more menacing idea? Is Ted Cruz eligible to be president (the answer’s not as clear as you might think)? Is Hillary more likely to end up in a courthouse than the White House? And… The post Super Bowl of Law appeared first on Ricochet.


Ep. 80: Yoo Shot First

Welcome to a Law Talk set long ago in a galaxy far, far away. But even from a distance, Professors Yoo and Epstein cover legal issues concerning this planet. This week: the San Bernardino terrorist attack and Trump’s immigration policy — specifically, would it be constitutional to prohibit Muslim immigration? Also,theSCOTUS Affirmative Action case and a defense of Justice Scalia,… The post Yoo Shot First appeared first on Ricochet.


Ep. 78: Back to the Future

It’s Back To The Futureday on Law Talk andProfessors Epstein and Yoo are in postseason form as we open up the faculty lounge for our October session. In this installment: Can the House really pick a non-member as Speaker? Is a new case out of Wisconsin going to upend gun law? Has China fallen afoul of international law with its… The post Back to the Future appeared first on Ricochet.


Ep. 77: Back to School Days

With Labor Day come and gone, the faculty lounge reopens for the autumn session. On this episode: Professors Epstein and Yoo debate whether the Fourteenth Amendment mandates birthright citizenship for the children of illegal aliens; Discuss whether Rowan County, Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis can cite conscience protections to keep from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples; explain what Congress can… The post Back to School Days appeared first on Ricochet.


Ep. 76: To Tell The Truth

It’s an eclectic week in the faculty lounge, as Epstein and Yoo take your questions on a wide variety of topics: Should the courts be able to prevent the release of the Planned Parenthood videos? Is the law finally going to catch up with Hillary Clinton? What would the professors change about the U.S. Constitution? And is John Yoo distressed… The post To Tell The Truth appeared first on Ricochet.