22: Nine Brains in a Vat
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We talk about the Supreme Court with writer and reporter, Dahlia Lithwick. How should one report on the Court, at a time when analysis of opinions is expected within hours or even minutes? What is the role of the Court press: middle men, translators, or something else? And come to think of it, what’s the role of the Supreme Court? Oracles, politicians, teachers? Should judges give speeches like politicians do? Politics, policy, religion, guns. And, of course, speed traps. This show’s links: Dahlia Lithwick’s latest articles on Slate Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments (pdf) and wikipedia summary Slate Plus Derek Muller, The Five Law-Related Podcasts You Should Listen To Jack Shafer, Serving up the Supreme Court Dough Before It’s Baked Tom Goldstein, We’re Getting Wildly Different Assessments (a deep look into what went wrong with the reporting on the Obamacare decision) RonNell Andersen Jones, U.S. Supreme Court Justices and Press Access Jesse Wegman, (Supreme) Court TV and the Magically Disappearing…