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Radiolab Presents: More Perfect

33 EpisodesProduced by WNYC StudiosWebsite

From the producers of Radiolab, a series about how the Supreme Court got so supreme.

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33 Episodes | 2016 - 2018

The Most Perfect Album: Episode 9

December 4th, 2018

23:48

This season, More Perfect is taking its camera lens off the Supreme Court and zooming in on the words of the people: the 27 amendments that We The People have made to our Constitution. We're taking on these 27 …

The Most Perfect Album: Episode 8

November 30th, 2018

30:53

This season, More Perfect is taking its camera lens off the Supreme Court and zooming in on the words of the people: the 27 amendments that We The People have made to our Constitution. We're taking on these 27 …

The Most Perfect Album: Episode 7

November 20th, 2018

41:27

This season, More Perfect is taking its camera lens off the Supreme Court and zooming in on the words of the people: the 27 amendments that We The People have made to our Constitution. We're taking on these 27 …

The Most Perfect Album: Episode 6

November 14th, 2018

26:16

This season, More Perfect is taking its camera lens off the Supreme Court and zooming in on the words of the people: the 27 amendments that We The People have made to our Constitution. We're taking on these 27 …

The Most Perfect Album: Episode 5

October 24th, 2018

29:53

This season, More Perfect is taking its camera lens off the Supreme Court and zooming in on the words of the people: the 27 amendments that We The People have made to our Constitution. We're taking on these 27 …

The Most Perfect Album: Episode 4

October 12th, 2018

42:34

This season, More Perfect is taking its camera lens off the Supreme Court and zooming in on the words of the people: the 27 amendments that We The People have made to our Constitution. We're taking on these 27 …

The Most Perfect Album: Episode 3

October 2nd, 2018

33:31

This season, More Perfect is taking its camera lens off the Supreme Court and zooming in on the words of the people: the 27 amendments that We The People have made to our Constitution. We're taking on these 27 …

The Most Perfect Album: Episode 2

September 25th, 2018

28:22

This season, More Perfect is taking its camera lens off the Supreme Court and zooming in on the words of the people: the 27 amendments that We The People have made to our Constitution. We're taking on these 27 …

The Gun Show Reprise

September 19th, 2018

1:09:24

Last year in the wake of the attack in Las Vegas, reporter Sean Rameswaram took a deep dive into America's twisty, thorny, seemingly irreconcilable relationship with guns. It's a story about the Second Amendment, the …

The Most Perfect Album: Episode 1

September 18th, 2018

39:03

This season, More Perfect is taking our camera lens off the Supreme Court and zooming in on the words of the people: the 27 amendments that We The People have made to our Constitution. We're taking on these 27 …

We've Got a Surprise For You

September 11th, 2018

2:31

This fall, More Perfect is doing something brand new: We’re making an album!

 

It’s called 27: The Most Perfect Album. We’ve partnered with some of …

American Pendulum Reprise

June 26th, 2018

46:18

What happens when the Supreme Court, the highest court in the land, seems to get it wrong? Korematsu v. United States upheld President Franklin Roosevelt’s internment of American citizens during World War II based …

One Nation, Under Money

January 30th, 2018

52:13

An unassuming string of 16 words tucked into the Constitution grants Congress extensive power to make laws that impact the entire nation. The Commerce Clause has allowed Congress to intervene in all kinds of situations …

Justice, Interrupted

December 19th, 2017

24:17

The rules of oral argument at the Supreme Court are strict: when a justice speaks, the advocate has to shut up.  But a law student noticed that the …

The Architect

December 7th, 2017

34:14

On this episode, we revisit Edward Blum, a self-described “legal entrepreneur” and former stockbroker who has become something of a Supreme Court matchmaker: he takes an issue, finds the perfect plaintiff, matches them …

Mr. Graham and the Reasonable Man

November 30th, 2017

1:08:09

On a fall afternoon in 1984, Dethorne Graham ran into a convenience store for a bottle of orange juice. Minutes later he was unconscious, injured, …

Sex Appeal

November 23rd, 2017

55:48

“Equal protection of the laws” was granted to all persons by the 14th Amendment in 1868. But for nearly a century after that, women had a hard time …

The Hate Debate

November 6th, 2017

36:19

Should you be able to say and do whatever you want online? And if not, who should police this? More Perfect hosts a debate about online hate speech, …

Citizens United

November 2nd, 2017

1:00:36

Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission is one of the most polarizing Supreme Court cases of all time. So what is it actually about, and why …

Enemy of Mankind

October 24th, 2017

54:36

Should the U.S. Supreme Court be the court of the world? In the 18th century, two feuding Frenchmen inspired a one-sentence law that helped launch …

The Heist

October 16th, 2017

21:03

The Supreme Court may not have been conceptualized as a co-equal branch of the federal government, but it became one as a result of the political …

The Gun Show

October 12th, 2017

1:09:43

For nearly 200 years of our nation’s history, the Second Amendment was an all-but-forgotten rule about the importance of militias. But in the 1960s …

Who’s Gerry and Why Is He So Bad at Drawing Maps?

October 3rd, 2017

21:12

“It is an invidious, undemocratic, and unconstitutional practice,” Justice John Paul Stevens said of gerrymandering in Vieth v. Jubelirer (2004). …

American Pendulum II

October 2nd, 2017

31:56

In this episode of More Perfect, how two families grapple with one terrible Supreme Court decision. Dred Scott v. Sandford is one of the most infamous cases in Supreme Court history: in 1857, a slave named Dred Scott …

American Pendulum I

October 1st, 2017

46:10

What happens when the Supreme Court, the highest court in the land, seems to get it wrong? Korematsu v. United States is a case that’s been widely denounced and discredited, but it still remains on the books. This is …

We're Back

September 28th, 2017

1:23

More Perfect, the show that takes you inside the United States Supreme Court, is back on October 2, 2017. 

Sex, race, guns, executive orders: Season two has it all.

We'll see you in court. 

 

 

 

 

Object Anyway

July 16th, 2016

48:16

At the trial of James Batson in 1983, the prosecution eliminated all the black jurors from the jury pool. Batson objected, setting off a complicated …

Kittens Kick The Giggly Blue Robot All Summer

July 1st, 2016

36:31

With the recent passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, there's been a lot of debate about how much power the Supreme Court should really have.

We think of …

The Imperfect Plaintiffs

June 28th, 2016

1:04:12

On this episode, we visit Edward Blum, a 64-year-old “legal entrepreneur” and former stockbroker who has become something of a Supreme Court …

More Perfect presents: Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl

June 17th, 2016

42:21

On this episode, a three-year-old girl and the highest court in the land. From the Radiolab archives, Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl is the story that …

The Political Thicket

June 10th, 2016

42:22

The question of how much power the Supreme Court should possess has divided justices over time. But the issue was perhaps never more hotly debated …

Cruel and Unusual

June 2nd, 2016

40:11

On the inaugural episode of More Perfect, we explore three little words embedded in the 8th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution: “cruel and unusual.” The Supreme Court has continually grappled with what these words mean, …

Coming Soon: More Perfect

May 24th, 2016

1:02

How does an elite group of nine people shape everything from marriage and money, to safety and sex for an entire nation? From the producers of …

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