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5-4 is a podcast about how much the Supreme Court sucks. It's a progressive and occasionally profane take on the ideological battles at the heart of the Court's most important landmark cases; an irreverent tour of all the ways in which the law is shaped by politics. Listen each week as hosts Peter, Michael, and Rhiannon dismantle the Justices’ legal reasoning on hot-button issues like affirmative action, gun rights, and campaign finance, and use dark humor to reveal the high court's biases. Presented by Slow Burn co-creator Leon Neyfakh, 5-4 is a production of Prologue Projects. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

5-4 is a podcast about how much the Supreme Court sucks. It's a progressive and occasionally profane take on the ideological battles at the heart of the Court's most important landmark cases; an irreverent tour of all the ways in which the law is shaped by politics. Listen each week as hosts Peter, Michael, and Rhiannon dismantle the Justices’ legal reasoning on hot-button issues like affirmative action, gun rights, and campaign finance, and use dark humor to reveal the high court's biases. Presented by Slow Burn co-creator Leon Neyfakh, 5-4 is a production of Prologue Projects. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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5-4 is a podcast about how much the Supreme Court sucks. It's a progressive and occasionally profane take on the ideological battles at the heart of the Court's most important landmark cases; an irreverent tour of all the ways in which the law is shaped by politics. Listen each week as hosts Peter, Michael, and Rhiannon dismantle the Justices’ legal reasoning on hot-button issues like affirmative action, gun rights, and campaign finance, and use dark humor to reveal the high court's biases. Presented by Slow Burn co-creator Leon Neyfakh, 5-4 is a production of Prologue Projects. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Episodes

NFIB v. Department of Labor

1/25/2022
In this ongoing case, the Court holds that requirements that employees mask and test weekly, or get vaccinated, cannot be enforced while a challenge makes its way through the judiciary. It's good news for … I don't know, hermits living in caves who never interact with humans, or people who are already dead? For everyone else, it's not so great. Follow Peter (@The_Law_Boy), Rhiannon (@AywaRhiannon) and Michael (@_FleerUltra) on Twitter. If you're not a Patreon member, you're not hearing...

Duration:00:55:13

Florida v. Riley

1/18/2022
Go-go-gadget surveillance state! In this case the Court holds that cops can hover a helicopter over your house and peer into it without a warrant. That set a new standard for the Fourth Amendment - namely that it doesn't really exist, and if you wanted privacy then you should have been richer. Follow Peter (@The_Law_Boy), Rhiannon (@AywaRhiannon) and Michael (@_FleerUltra) on Twitter. If you're not a Patreon member, you're not hearing every episode! To get exclusive Patreon-only episodes,...

Duration:00:42:37

5-4 Presents: Scene on Radio - "Pachamama"

1/11/2022
This week, 5-4 is inviting you to check out an episode of Scene on Radio, from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Scene on Radio asks big, hard questions about who we are, and how we got this way. This season, "The Repair," they're focusing on the climate crisis, and in this episode they're looking at the creative ways we can use the law to protect nature and fend off climate change. If you like Scene on Radio, you can find it wherever you get your podcasts. See...

Duration:00:40:13

The Return of the Rise and Fall of Roe v. Wade, Pt. 1

1/4/2022
Welp, 2021 wasn't a banner year for reproductive rights, and 2022 is looking worse. That's why it's worth revisiting this episode about Roe v. Wade. In this first episode of a two-part series, the hosts look at the legal and factual origins of Roe v. Wade. They also discuss how Roe was weaponized by the conservative legal movement to rally against an interpretation of the Constitution that allows for flexibility in favor of a far more rigid approach. Follow Peter (@The_Law_Boy), Rhiannon...

Duration:00:59:37

The Return of the Rise and Fall of Roe v. Wade, Pt. 2

1/4/2022
In the second part of this two-episode series on abortion rights, the hosts discuss Planned Parenthood v. Casey, a 1992 case in which the Supreme Court made it easier for states to restrict abortion access so long as abortion regulations don't create an "undue burden." The vague standard set lawmakers on a new path of attacking abortion access, and fueled anti-abortion groups' efforts to spread stigma and misinformation, setting up Roe v. Wade for a death by a thousand cuts. Follow Peter...

Duration:01:01:28

The 5-4 Giving Guide: How to Help

12/24/2021
We're sorry for bumming you out all year - but the antidote to a crumbling democracy is mutual aid! In this episode we've got some organizations that you can share your resources with, to help take the edge off of 2021's agony. Happy New Year! Better luck next year! Here are links to the organizations that we talk about in this episode: The Legal Aid Society of New York City - https://legalaidnyc.org/ (Peter) International Refugee Assistance Project - https://refugeerights.org/...

Duration:00:16:04

5-4 Presents: The Politics of Everything on "the New Right"

12/21/2021
This week, 5-4 is inviting you to check out an episode of The Politics of Everything, from The New Republic: Today’s youth are overwhelmingly left-wing. So who are the young conservatives? On this episode of The Politics of Everything, hosts Laura Marsh and Alex Pareene talk to Sam Adler-Bell, a writer and the host of the podcast Know Your Enemy, about an energetic cohort who call themselves the New Right. They differ in many ways from the median right-wing voter. They hate the Republican...

Duration:00:29:14

The Warren Court: 5 Out of 5 Stars [TEASER]

12/14/2021
On the 12th day of Christmas, the Warren Court gave to us: Loving Day on June 12th; 11 December 1952 - final day of argument in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka; Nationalization of the first ten amendments; Nine concurring justices; (8-1 in Reynolds v. Sims); Seven birth control pills a week; Sixth Amendment right to counsel; Five Miranda rights; Fourth Amendment protections; Three expansions of due process; Brown v. Board of Education II; And one man, one vote. The full...

Duration:00:05:05

Town of Greece v. Galloway

12/7/2021
Let us now bow our heads in observance of this episode about why the Supreme Court thinks it's OK for a government to have prayer before public meetings, but NOT OK for the town to manage who gives that prayer or what they pray about. Amen. Follow Peter (@The_Law_Boy), Rhiannon (@AywaRhiannon) and Michael (@_FleerUltra) on Twitter. Learn more about how you can help get the Judiciary Act passed at https://demandjustice.org/podcast. If you're not a Patreon member, you're not hearing every...

Duration:00:40:28

The Failed Nomination of Robert Bork [TEASER]

11/23/2021
Robert Bork, a Regan nominee to the Supreme Court, showed the depth of his reactionary views during his confirmation hearings, and as a result, was voted down. That kicked off three decades of conservative whining and moaning and retribution, which continues to haunt us today. This is why we drink. The full version of this premium episode is available exclusively to our Patreon supporters. To join, visit www.patreon.com/fivefourpod. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:04:58

Michigan v. Environmental Protection Agency

11/16/2021
What's the return on investment on not having an asthma attack? If you can't count it, it doesn't count, according to the majority in this 5-4 ruling, which turned back EPA rules on mercury emissions from power plants. As a result, the power industry won't be burdened by those costly regulations, so you can breathe easy. LOL. Follow Peter (@The_Law_Boy), Rhiannon (@AywaRhiannon) and Michael (@_FleerUltra) on Twitter. Learn more about how you can help get the Judiciary Act passed at...

Duration:00:44:41

"This Is A Captured Institution" - An Interview with Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

11/9/2021
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) joins us to talk dark money, judicial nominations, and whether the Democrats have any hope of getting things done without filibuster reform. Follow Peter (@The_Law_Boy), Rhiannon (@AywaRhiannon) and Michael (@_FleerUltra) on Twitter. ERRATUM: At 17:10 Senator Whitehouse refers to a study of 78 Roberts court era decisions. He incorrectly states that 72 of the cases advance Republican and/or corporate interests. The number is 73 cases, or 92...

Duration:00:51:22

Hamdi v. Rumsfeld

11/2/2021
A foreign "prisoner of war" can communicate with their family. An American "traitor" can argue their case in court. An American "enemy combatant" can do neither, according to the Supreme Court, creating a third category of prisoner with very few legal rights. America immediately post-9/11 was very chill and normal. Follow Peter (@The_Law_Boy), Rhiannon (@AywaRhiannon) and Michael (@_FleerUltra) on Twitter. Learn more about Expand the Court Lobby Day at...

Duration:00:53:08

Younger v. Harris

10/26/2021
Oof, this is a tough one: Protect the Constitutional rights of actual people, or clutch the vague concept of "federalism" in my grubby little hands like Gollum with that ring. TBH probably gonna go with my precious. Follow Peter (@The_Law_Boy), Rhiannon (@AywaRhiannon) and Michael (@_FleerUltra) on Twitter. Learn more about Expand the Court Lobby Day at https://demandjustice.org/podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:45:07

The Justices Are Getting Defensive [TEASER]

10/19/2021
When a Supreme Court Justice tells you he's totally legitimate and not part of a secret cabal 🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩. The full version of this premium episode is available exclusively to our Patreon supporters. To join, visit www.patreon.com/fivefourpod. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:05:18

2021-2022 Supreme Court Term Preview

10/12/2021
The 2022 Supreme Court term is shaping up to be pretty gnarly. We brought on The Nation's justice correspondent, Elie Mystal, to walk us through the cases he's watching. Patreon subscribers get ad-free case episodes, premium episodes, invitations to exclusive events, merch discounts, and more. Jealous? Join at patreon.com/fivefourpod. Follow Elie on Twitter @elieNYC. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:59:04

Nieves v. Bartlett

10/5/2021
This case originates out of an incident at opposite Burning Man, a ski race in Alaska called Arctic Man. The ruling is about opposite free speech, wherein the justices vote to protect cops' First Amendment right to accidentally say the quiet part out loud when they're doing a retaliatory arrest. Patreon subscribers get ad-free case episodes, premium episodes, invitations to exclusive events, merch discounts, and more. Jealous? Join at patreon.com/fivefourpod. Follow Peter (@The_Law_Boy),...

Duration:00:57:33

Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl

9/21/2021
A treaty or law not honored by the United States? It's more likely than you think! In a rare child custody case, the Supreme Court rules on the Indian Child Welfare Act, and finds that when you squint your eyes and look at the law kinda sideways in the dark, Congress must not have meant for the law to actually keep Native families together. Land back. Listen to This Land with Rebecca Nagle, so that Rachel can get that $50. And for more about Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, check out this...

Duration:00:46:59

Eviction Moratorium: A Perfect Storm of Conservative Bullshit [TEASER]

9/14/2021
Liberty and the pursuit of justice for landlords and landlords only. In this episode, the hosts talk about how the Supreme Court contorted its reading of the law to deny the Centers for Disease Control the ability to ban eviction during the pandemic. The full version of this premium episode is available exclusively to our Patreon supporters. To join, visit www.patreon.com/fivefourpod. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:04:25

SB8: Whole Woman’s Health v. Jackson

9/3/2021
In this emergency episode, the hosts discuss Whole Woman’s Health v. Jackson, the case where the Supreme Court declined to stay SB8. SB8 is the monstrous Texas law that allows anyone to sue anyone who even intends to help someone get an abortion after 6 weeks of pregnancy. The effect is that while very early term abortions are still legal in Texas, private individuals have been deputized to bounty hunt abortion providers, activists, and even Uber drivers. you can donate to this ActBlue...

Duration:00:45:52