Law October 27, 2020

Unborn Human Life and Fundamental Rights

Leading Constitutional Cases Under Scrutiny

William L. Saunders

Hosted by Hope J. Leman
What is “unborn human life” and what kind of court cases, not only in the US but abroad, illuminate the matter from the standpoint of the many fields in which …
Southeast Asian Studies October 20, 2020

The Constitution of Myanmar

A Contextual Analysis

Melissa Crouch

Hosted by Nick Cheesman
The tail end of the twentieth century was a good time for constitutional lawyers. Leapfrogging around the globe, they offered advice on how to amend, write or rewrite one state …
American Studies October 16, 2020

Bush v. Gore

Exposing the Growing Crisis in American Democracy

Charles L. Zelden

Hosted by Siobhan Barco
In this episode, Siobhan talks with Charles L. Zelden about the new expanded edition of his book, Bush v. Gore: Exposing the Growing Crisis in American Democracy (University Press of …
Chinese Studies October 15, 2020

China’s National Security

Endangering Hong Kong’s Rule of Law?

Cora Chan and Fiona de Londras

Hosted by Jane Richards
On July 1, 2020, China introduced a National Security Law into Hong Kong partly in an attempt to quell months of civil unrest, as a mechanism to safeguard China’s security …
American Studies October 14, 2020

The President and Immigration Law

Adam B. Cox and Cristina M. Rodríguez

Hosted by Jaime Sánchez
Who truly controls immigration law in the United States? Though common sense might suggest the U.S. Congress, legal scholars Adam B. Cox and Cristina M. Rodríguez argue that the president …
Anthropology October 14, 2020

Kinship, Law and Politics

An Anatomy of Belonging

Joseph E. David

Hosted by Renee Garfinkel
Why are we so concerned with belonging? In what ways does our belonging constitute our identity? Is belonging a universal concept or a culturally dependent value? How does belonging situate …
Intellectual History October 13, 2020

The Possibility of Religious Freedom

Early Natural Law and the Abrahamic Faiths

Karen Taliaferro

Hosted by Hope J. Leman
Religious freedom debates set blood boiling. Just consider notable Supreme Court cases of recent years such as Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission or Little Sisters of the Poor …
European Studies October 13, 2020

Sex in an Old Regime City

Young Workers and Intimacy in France, 1660-1789

Julie Hardwick

Hosted by Jennifer J. Davis
Young women and men sought out each other’s company in the workshops, cabarets, and streets of Old Regime Lyon, and evidence of these relationships lingers in documents and material objects …
European Studies October 12, 2020


A Modern History

Mira L. Siegelberg

Hosted by Steven Rodriguez
In her book, Statelessness: A Modern History (Harvard University Press, 2020), Mira L. Siegelberg traces the history of the concept of statelessness in the years following the First and Second …
American Studies October 9, 2020

I Ain’t Marching Anymore

Dissenters, Deserters and Objectors to America’s Wars

Chris Lombardi

Hosted by Colin Mustful
Before the U.S. Constitution had even been signed, soldiers and new veterans protested. Dissent, the hallowed expression of disagreement and refusal to comply with the government's wishes, has a long …
African American Studies October 8, 2020

Mobilized by Injustice

Criminal Justice Contact, Political Participation, and Race

Hannah L. Walker

Hosted by Lilly Goren
Hannah Walker’s new book, Mobilized by Injustice: Criminal Justice Contact, Political Participation, and Race (Oxford UP, 2020), brings together the political science and criminal justice disciplines in exploring how individuals …
Intellectual History October 6, 2020

Human Dignity in the Judaeo-Christian Tradition

Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican and Protestant Perspectives

John Loughlin

Hosted by Yakir Englander
Dignity is a fundamental aspect of our lives, yet one we rarely pause to consider; our understandings of dignity, on individual, collective and philosophical perspectives, shape how we think, act …
Film October 5, 2020

Feeding the Dragon

Inside the Trillion Dollar Dilemma Facing Hollywood, the NBA, and American Business

Chris Fenton

Hosted by Nick Pozek
For seventeen years, Chris Fenton served as the president of DMG Entertainment Motion Picture Group, a multi-billion-dollar global media company headquartered in Beijing. He has produced or supervised twenty-one films …
World Affairs October 1, 2020

No Refuge

Ethics and the Global Refugee Crisis

Serena Parekh

Hosted by Robert Talisse
Discourse in wealthy Western countries about refugees tends to follow a familiar script. How many refugees is a country morally required to accept? What kinds of care and support are …
American Studies September 30, 2020

Policing the Womb

Invisible Women and the Criminalization of Motherhood

Michele Goodwin

Hosted by Jane Richards
Policing the Womb: Invisible Women and the Criminalization of Motherhood (Cambridge University Press, 2020) a brilliant but shocking account of the criminalization of all aspects of reproduction, pregnancy, abortion, birth …
African American Studies September 24, 2020

Hands Up, Don’t Shoot

Why the Protests in Ferguson and Baltimore Matter, and How They Changed America

Jennifer Cobbina

Hosted by Christina Gessler
Following the high-profile deaths of eighteen-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and twenty-five-year-old Freddie Gray in Baltimore, Maryland, both cities erupted in protest over the unjustified homicides of unarmed black …
History September 23, 2020


An Unruly History

Annelien de Dijn

Hosted by Yorgos Giannakopoulos
We tend to think of freedom as something that is best protected by carefully circumscribing the boundaries of legitimate state activity. But who came up with this understanding of freedom …
American Studies September 22, 2020

These People Have Always Been a Republic

Indigenous Electorates in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, 1598–1912

Maurice S. Crandall

Hosted by David Dry
Spanning three hundred years and the colonial regimes of Spain, Mexico, and the United States, Maurice S. Crandall’s These People Have Always Been a Republic: Indigenous Electorates in the U.S.-Mexico …
Education September 22, 2020

How to Be Sort of Happy in Law School

Kathryne M. Young

Hosted by Ian J. Drake
Kathryne M. Young, an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, has written a combination of a sociological study and self-help book about and for American law …