Interviews with lawyers and scholars of law about their new books.

Andreas Fulda, "Germany and China: How Entanglement Undermines Freedom, Prosperity and Security" (Bloombury, 2024)

June 22, 2024

Germany and China

Andreas Fulda
Hosted by Jane Richards

Germany and China: How Entanglement Undermines Freedom, Prosperity and Security (Bloomsbury, 2024) is a groundbreaking book, of which the findings hav…

Postscript: The Supreme Court’s Decisions on Bump Stocks and Mifepristone

June 20, 2024

The Supreme Court’s Decisions on Bump Stocks and Mifepristone

Susan Liebell and Lilly Goren

In this episode of our occasional series, Postscript, we focus on the Supreme Court’s recently published decisions in two cases, about guns and aborti…

Rhodri Davies, "What Is Philanthropy For?" (Bristol UP, 2023)

June 19, 2024

What Is Philanthropy For?

Rhodri Davies
Hosted by Nick Pozek

In recent years, philanthropy, the use of private assets for the public good, has come under renewed scrutiny. Do elite philanthropists wield too much…

Aziz Rana, "The Constitutional Bind: How Americans Came to Idolize a Document That Fails Them" (U Chicago Press, 2024)

June 19, 2024

The Constitutional Bind

Aziz Rana
Hosted by Vatsal Naresh

In a pathbreaking retelling of the American experience, Aziz Rana shows that today’s reverential constitutional culture is a distinctively twentieth-c…

Qian Wei, "The Governance of Philanthropic Foundations in Authoritarian China" (Routledge, 2022)

June 18, 2024

The Governance of Philanthropic Foundations in Authoritarian China

Qian Wei
Hosted by Nick Pozek

Chinese philanthropic foundations navigate a uniquely challenging terrain shaped by authoritarian governance. The Governance of Philanthropic Foundati…

Alex V. Barnard, "Conservatorship: Inside California's System of Coercion and Care for Mental Illness" (Columbia UP, 2023)

June 18, 2024


Alex V. Barnard
Hosted by Michael Johnston

Is involuntary psychiatric treatment the solution to the intertwined crises of untreated mental illness, homelessness, and addiction? In recent years,…

Julia Wojnowska-Radzińska, "Implications of Pre-Emptive Data Surveillance for Fundamental Rights in the European Union" (Brill Nijhoff, 2023)

June 12, 2024

Implications of Pre-Emptive Data Surveillance for Fundamental Rights in the European Union

Julia Wojnowska-Radzińska
Hosted by Caleb Zakarin

In Implications of Pre-Emptive Data Surveillance for Fundamental Rights in the European Union (Brill Nijhoff, 2023) Julia Wojnowska-Radzińska offers a…

Robert G. Boatright, "Reform and Retrenchment: A Century of Efforts to Fix Primary Elections" (Oxford UP, 2024)

June 10, 2024

Reform and Retrenchment

Robert G. Boatright
Hosted by Susan Liebell

Until 1900, most political parties in the United States chose their leaders – either in back rooms with a few party elites making decisions or in conv…

Sharrona Pearl, "Do I Know You?: From Face Blindness to Super Recognition" (Johns Hopkins UP, 2023)

June 8, 2024

Do I Know You?

Sharrona Pearl
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

In Do I Know You? From Faceblindness to Super Recognition (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2023), Dr. Sharrona Pearl explores the fascinating category…

Michele Goodwin, "Policing the Womb: Invisible Women and the Criminalization of Motherhood" (Cambridge UP, 2020)

June 8, 2024

Policing the Womb

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 cr…

Judith Lewis Herman, "Truth and Repair: How Trauma Survivors Envision Justice" (Basic Books, 2023)

June 7, 2024

Truth and Repair

Judith Lewis Herman
Hosted by Renee Garfinkel

Judith Herman is renowned for her groundbreaking work with survivors of trauma, including sexual trauma. Her earlier books include Trauma and Recover…

Vivien Marsh, "Seeking Truth in International TV News: China, CGTN, and the BBC" (Routledge, 2023)

June 4, 2024

Seeking Truth in International TV News

Vivien Marsh
Hosted by Jane Richards

In Seeking Truth in International News: China, CGTN and the BBC (Routledge, 2023) Dr Vivien Marsh analyses the differences between journalistic tradit…

Benjamin Balint, "Kafka's Last Trial: The Case of a Literary Legacy" (Norton, 2019)

June 3, 2024

Kafka's Last Trial

Benjamin Balint
Hosted by Yakir Englander

When Franz Kafka died in 1924, his loyal friend Max Brod could not bring himself to fulfill Kafka’s last instruction: to burn his remaining manuscript…

Weh Yeoh, "Redundant Charities: Escaping the Cycle of Dependence" (Koan Press, 2023)

June 2, 2024

Redundant Charities

Weh Yeoh
Hosted by Nick Pozek

Weh Yeoh's Redundant Charities: Escaping the Cycle of Dependence (Koan Press, 2023) presents a transformative approach to charitable work. Drawing on …

Aya Gruber, "The Feminist War on Crime: The Unexpected Role of Women’s Liberation in Mass Incarceration" (U California Press, 2020)

June 2, 2024

The Feminist War on Crime

Aya Gruber
Hosted by Ian Drake

Aya Gruber, a professor of law at the University of Colorado Law School, has written a history of how the women’s movement in America has shaped the l…

Adam Goodman, "The Deportation Machine: America’s Long History of Expelling Immigrants" (Princeton UP, 2020)

June 2, 2024

The Deportation Machine

Adam Goodman
Hosted by Jaime Sánchez

Many of us know that immigrants have been deported from the United States for well over a century, but has anyone ever asked how? In The Deportation M…

Benjamin A. Schupmann, "Democracy Despite Itself: Liberal Constitutionalism and Militant Democracy" (Oxford UP, 2024)

May 30, 2024

Democracy Despite Itself

Benjamin A. Schupmann
Hosted by Tim Jones

Seeking a second term as US president in November, Donald Trump joins a roster of politicians whose declared aim is to use legal means to bend democra…

Gary J. Bass, "Judgement at Tokyo: World War II on Trial and the Making of Modern Asia" (Knopf, 2023)

May 30, 2024

Judgement at Tokyo

Gary J. Bass
Hosted by Nicholas Gordon

In December 1948, a panel of 12 judges sentenced 23 Japanese officials for war crimes. Seven, including former Prime Minister Hideki Tojo, were senten…

Jeffrey Reiman and Paul Leighton, "The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison" (Routledge, 2023)

May 24, 2024

The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison

Jeffrey Reiman and Paul Leighton
Hosted by Stephen Pimpare

For 40 years, this classic text has taken the issue of economic inequality seriously and asked: Why are our prisons filled with the poor? Why aren't t…

Sarah Cassella, "Global Risks and International Law: The Case of Climate Change and Pandemics" (Brill/Nijhoff, 2023)

May 20, 2024

Global Risks and International Law

Sarah Cassella
Hosted by Daniel Lucas

Global risks present formidable challenges to international law. Although they have long been identified in many other scientific disciplines, they ar…