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Jessica Mason Pieklo and Imani Gandy help you stay on top of everything happening at the intersection of sex, the law, and your body. You will never have more fun learning about the courts and our government, even in the middle of the dumpster fire known as 2020. Produced by Rewire News Group.
 
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This week, Joshua Holland kicks off the show with a look at how the right has completely dropped the mask and is openly saying that we would be better off if fewer people voted. Then we're joined by Glenn Kirschner, a former federal prosecutor and legal analyst for NBC, to talk about how corporate America is pushing back on Republican efforts to ma…
 
Jess and Imani explain three of the most alarming pieces of legislation introduced anywhere in the United States: -The voter suppression legislation in Georgia, which might be even more outrageous than most folks realize. -A new abortion ban in Texas, which goes even farther than your typical effort to criminalize health care. -The anti-trans bill …
 
This week, Joshua Holland kicks off the show with a look at how conservative dark money groups are running scared at the thought of Democratic electoral reforms. Then we're joined by The Washington Post's Paul Waldman to talk about Joe Biden's big infrastructure and jobs bill, and the rapidly changing politics in Congress. Finally, we welcome Kaili…
 
President Joe Biden's recent slate of judicial nominees are more than a breath of fresh air—they represent a serious step forward in building a more just legal system. And we need good judges now more than ever because state legislatures around the country are trying to pass some terrible laws. For example, an alarming new bill in Arkansas could st…
 
This week, we're joined by Alex Shephard, a staff writer at The New Republic, to talk about why the legacy media fell so hard for a demonstrably false conservative narrative about the Biden administration's policies creating a "crisis" at our southern border. Are they just trying to demonstrate to Trump's supporters that they're going to be tough o…
 
This week, Joshua Holland warns that Democrats had better get to the bottom of a disturbing report that suggests Customs and Border Protection officials are intentionally creating a border "crisis" to hurt Joe Biden's presidency. Then we check in with Eric Boehlert, who writes PressRun, for his insights about the legacy media's early coverage of th…
 
On this episode of Boom! Lawyered, Imani and Jess talk about the increasing violence against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, the importance of allyship in its wake, and how racist stereotypes against the AAPI community are also fueling new anti-choice legislation. In a bit of good news, the Biden administration's getting s…
 
Joshua Holland kicks off this week's show lamenting the fact that the same people who insist on opening everything up and rail against wearing masks are now threatening to keep America from achieving herd immunity by refusing to get vaccinated against Covid-19. Then we are joined by Ryan Enos, a professor of government at Harvard University, to tal…
 
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed a bill Tuesday that would ban all abortions in the state except those deemed a “medical emergency.” If it takes effect in August as planned, it'll be the most restrictive abortion ban in the country. Fortunately, legal challenges should be on the way. But is that what they want? In better news, the COVID-19 stimu…
 
This week, right-wingers were outraged over an inaccurate report that Hasbro was making Mr Potato Head gender-neutral, furious that Dr. Suess's estate decided to stop publishing a handful of his books and offended by Joe Biden claiming that Republican governors who rejected public health officials warnings and lifted their states' mask mandates wer…
 
One year ago today, Jess Pieklo and Imani Gandy were on the steps of the Supreme Court for the oral arguments in June Medical Services v. Russo. Since then, everyone's lives—and the Supreme Court itself—have been turned completely upside down. On this episode of Boom! Lawyered, Jess and Imani reflect on everything that's changed and what lies ahead…
 
Ari Berman, a reporter at Mother Jones and author of Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America, joins us to talk about how Republicans are capitalizing on Donald Trump's lies about the 2020 election being stolen to redouble their efforts to make it more difficult to vote-- and why those efforts might just fail. Then we we…
 
Justice Clarence Thomas has gone full election truther. And if that's not enough to make you sweat, the most conservative Supreme Court of our lifetimes just took on its first abortion rights case of 2021. Oh, and a Virginia school district is going back to court because apparently they're that desperate to discriminate against trans kids. On this …
 
We kick off this week's show with a look at the immigration reform bill Democrats unveiled this week, which will likely be a key test of Joe Biden's belief that he can get legislation passed through the Senate with bipartisan support. Then we're joined by Leah Greenberg, co-founder of Indivisible, to talk about the vitally important fight for democ…
 
The impeachment trial was going so well! Alas, the Democrats managed to tie themselves into knots and fumble away the narrative. But all is not lost, thanks to a creative lawsuit that invokes the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871. Meanwhile, the Biden administration took some bold steps to rescue the Affordable Care Act from a Supreme Court disaster while 3…
 
We kick off this week's show with a look at what should be another blockbuster story of corruption during the Trump regime, when senior political appointees at William Barr's Department of Justice allegedly obstructed justice to protect Rudy Giuliani even as he sought to overturn Trump's loss. Then we're joined by Adam Jentleson, a former staffer f…
 
This week, we kick things off with Republicans in disarray, as the vestigial traditionalists struggle to prevent Marjorie Taylor Greene from becoming the leader of their party. Then we're joined by Rewire News Group's Imani Gandy to talk about the second impeachment of Donald Trump and the unusual feeling that Democrats have learned from recent yea…
 
This week, the nation reckoned with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's terrifying account of the insurrection at the Capitol. Democrats also discussed plans to un-bleep the courts, but will they go far enough? And the Department of Justice signaled a major sea-change on immigration. Imani Gandy and Jessica Mason Pieklo help you make sense of all of these t…
 
This week, we're joined by David Neiwert, the author of Red Pill, Blue Pill: How to Counteract the Conspiracy Theories That Are Killing Us, to talk about the heartbreak of losing a loved one to the QAnon cult--or down similar rabbit holes--and why it's so difficult to bring them back to the real world. This is something that social psychologists re…
 
This week, Joshua Holland kicks off our first show after the curtain fell on Donald Trump's failed presidency with a rant about the right's maddening weaponization of Joe Biden's promise to promote healing and unity. Then we're joined by Slate's Jordan Weissmann to talk about what the new administration can and probably can't achieve with an evenly…
 
On day one of his White House term, President Joe Biden made big moves to protect LGBTQ and undocumented folks, called out the dangers of white supremacy, and more. It was a helluva start! But there was one minor kerfuffle at the end of the day. On this episode of Boom! Lawyered, Imani Gandy and Jessica Mason Pieklo break down the moments to celebr…
 
There's one one story that matters this week. First, we're joined by Crooks and Liars Managing Editor Karoli Kuns to talk about the second impeachment of Donald Trump, and where the MAGA insurgency might go from here. Then we speak with Nicholas Grossman, a professor of international relations at the University of Illinois and senior editor at Ars …
 
Last week, President-elect Joe Biden announced his key nominees for the Department of Justice. And those nominees—Merrick Garland, Vanita Gupta, and Kristen Clarke—talked a big game about dismantling fascism and advancing progressive justice. It was exciting stuff! But who exactly are these folks? Can we trust them to back up their words with actio…
 
Welcome to the re-release of We’ll Hear Arguments, a mini-series from the Boom! Lawyered team that dives into the dramatic arguments of the most important Supreme Court cases in history. To honor the absurd shenanigans of the Roe v. Wade arguments, we complete our mini-series with a reality tv-style reunion episode that will leave you with all the …
 
Joshua Holland kicks off this week's show marveling at the emotional rollercoaster of winning two Senate runoffs in Georgia just before Trump incited a violent insurgency that shook the country. Then we are joined by Adele Stan, director of Rightwing Watch, to talk about what went down in DC, and some of the likely ramifications of what Senator Chu…
 
Welcome to the re-release of We’ll Hear Arguments, a mini-series from the Boom! Lawyered team that dives into the dramatic arguments of the most important Supreme Court cases in history. When is a case not a case? When the plaintiff doesn't have a right to sue! And would you believe that Texas tried to argue that Jane Roe didn't even have a right t…
 
Welcome to the re-release of We’ll Hear Arguments, a mini-series from the Boom! Lawyered team that dives into the dramatic arguments of the most important Supreme Court cases in history. Our third episode on Roe v. Wade puts the ol’ magnifying glass on a simple but messy question: what gives a state the right to regulate what kind of medicine someo…
 
Welcome to the re-release of We’ll Hear Arguments, a mini-series from the Boom! Lawyered team that dives into the dramatic arguments of the most important Supreme Court cases in history. Today, our two legal heroines embark on part 2 of their five-part dive into Roe v. Wade to answer the age old question: what's more important, a living pregnant pe…
 
Welcome to the re-release of We’ll Hear Arguments, a mini-series from the Boom! Lawyered team that dives into the dramatic arguments of the most important Supreme Court cases in history. You see, our greatest courtroom dramas aren’t streaming on Netflix or Hulu or even HBOMax! They happened in the hallowed halls of the U.S. Supreme Court. And We’ll…
 
Last year, we made a thing we love: a mini-series all about the surprisingly dramatic Supreme Court arguments of Roe v. Wade. The show is called We’ll Hear Arguments, and we originally released it as its own podcast. But now that the Boom! Lawyered community has grown so much, we decided to re-release it here and unite the feeds. If you’ve never he…
 
Liz Preza and Joshua Holland kick off our final show of 2020 with a look at what may be the single most outrageous thing Donald Trump has done as president. Then we're joined by Mike Rothschild, a writer and researcher tracking the increasingly mainstream far-right conspiracy complex, to talk about how the QAnon movement became so widely distribute…
 
This week, we're joined by David Dayen, executive editor at The American Prospect, to talk about how the Biden administration could interpret existing laws to get around GOP obstruction in the Senate and deliver real progress on healthcare, wages, the environment and a host of other problems facing the American people.…
 
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