Voting Rights Act

Emma hosts Alex Keyssar, Professor of History and Social Policy at the Kennedy School at Harvard University, to discuss his recent book Why Do We Still Have the Electoral College?, on the consistent pushback to our system of Presidential Election since the start of the 19th Century. Professor Keyssar begins by situating the Electoral College as without […]
Sam and Emma host Mark Joseph Stern, staff writer at Slate, to discuss the potential nominees for Biden’s SCOTUS pick. Then, Sam and Emma are joined by Annelle Sheline, Middle East research fellow at the Quincy Institute, to discuss the ongoing situation in Yemen. Mark Joseph Stern begins by situating Breyer’s brief moment as the leader of the Liberal […]
Sam and Emma Anna Della Subin, senior editor at Bidoun Projects, to discuss her recent book Accidental Gods: On Men Unwittingly Turned Divine, on the pervasive and frequently overlooked figure that began popping up at the dawn of “New World” imperialism, and has since emerged, both through oppression and resistance, countless times in the face of a singular […]
Journalist Ari Berman, author of Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America and Sam take a deep dive into the history and full policy implications of the Voting Rights Act. Nixon’s Southern Strategy and the rebranding of discrimination. Where in the Constitution voting rights come from. The evolution of the counterrevolution against […]
Political strategist Cliff Schecter explains the nature of President Obama’s proposed NSA reforms, what Obama didn’t say in his NSA address, why Obama always trusts the establishment, will Congress will restore the Voting Rights Act? The Chris Christie scandal keeps growing, all the agencies investigating the Christie Administration and why its hilarious that Bruce Springsteen […]
Cliff Schecter, explained the politics of the Supreme Court, Scalia’s laughable dissent on DOMA, why tv has played a major role in the advancement of Gay Rights, the evolution of support for Marriage Equality and why women’s rights will continue to drive progressive politics. On The Better Half: how Obama positioned himself on Keystone XL, […]
The Nation’s Richard Kim, explained what DOMA did legally, the equal protection and state rights component of the decision ending DOMA, the strategy moving forward for national marriage equality, the incredible heroism of Edith Windsor, Bill Clinton’s record on DOMA, what happened with in the Prop 8 ruling and the role popular culture has played […]
Salon contributing writer, Rebecca Traister explained Texas’s draconian new reproductive laws, Wendy Davis’s unexpected and amazing filibuster and how galvanizing will this moment be? Ari Berman, explained how the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act, why the ruling helps southern states recreate segregation in Congressional districts, how Justice Roberts “imagined” his way to a ruling and […]
The Nation’s Ari Berman, reported from the Supreme Court on the fate of the Voting Rights Act, explained what Justice Roberts doesn’t like about the Voting Rights Act, the conservative “Wall Street approach” to voter suppression, why overwhelming political support for the Voting Rights Act is being used as a means to overturn it and […]
Ari Berman, explained the history of voter disenfranchisement, what states are covered by the Voting Rights Act, is there a federally guaranteed right to vote?, the collapsing bipartisan support for the Voting Rights Act and the financier behind the push to overturn the Voting Rights Act and Chief Justice John Roberts long strong opposition to […]