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At Liberty is a weekly podcast from the ACLU that explores the biggest civil rights and civil liberties issues of the day. A production of ACLU, Inc.

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Organizer LaTosha Brown on Building the New South

February 25th, 2021


This country watched as the people of Georgia helped deliver both the presidency and the Senate to the Democrats this past election cycle, defying …

Google This: Algorithmic Oppression

February 18th, 2021


Imagine you’ve forgotten once again the difference between a gorilla and a chimpanzee, so you do a quick Google image search of “gorilla.” But instead of finding images of adorable banana-obsessed animals, photos of a …

How To Build Systemic Equality Post Trump

February 11th, 2021


The riot on the Capitol building in the last days of Trump’s presidency was a powerful inflection point in an era of racial reckoning. In its wake, …

Filmmaker Garrett Bradley on Time in the Criminal Justice System

February 4th, 2021


This month, in honor of Black History Month, we’ll be featuring a slew of incredible Black leaders who are tackling issues that impact their communities. This week, we’re speaking with Garrett Bradley, a filmmaker …

What Does Free Speech Mean Online?

January 28th, 2021


Weeks ago, President Trump was banned from nearly every social media platform because of his role in the events at the Capitol Building on January …

An End to the Muslim Ban Is Just the Beginning

January 21st, 2021


Yesterday, Joe Biden was inaugurated as President of the United States. And today, as part of his day one agenda, he has rescinded one of the Trump administration’s most incendiary orders: the Muslim Ban. The Muslim …

Why the ACLU Called for Trump's Impeachment

January 14th, 2021


This past weekend the national board of the ACLU convened an emergency meeting to respond to the events at the Capitol building on January 6th. After …

Special Edition: ACLU Responds to Events at the U.S. Capitol

January 8th, 2021


On Wednesday, pro-Trump loyalists stormed the U.S. Capitol in an effort to prevent Congress from certifying the electoral college decision to elect …

For Muslims, Even Prayers Aren't Private

January 7th, 2021


We generate droves of personal data every time we use the apps on our phones, make a call, make an online purchase. We all hope that data is kept private, hidden away from people or entities that might want to surveil …

A Holiday Movie Marathon

December 31st, 2020


This week, we’re revisiting one of our year-end favorites, a conversation about ACLU staffers’ favorite holiday movies. So grab some popcorn and …

The Songs That Helped ACLU Staffers Survive 2020

December 22nd, 2020


How to sum up 2020? Stressful? Uncertain? Hard? If you’re like some ACLU staffers, one note of help came quite literally from listening to music. For …

The Winner of the 2020 Election: Drug Legalization

December 17th, 2020


The 2020 election was notable for a lot of reasons, but one winner really stood out: drug legalization. Five states legalized either medicinal or …

Glennon Doyle on Telling Loved Ones Hard Truths

December 10th, 2020


The holidays can be a challenging time for many. One of the reasons for the extra anxiety we may feel is due to the kinds of conversations and …

Camonghne Felix on Abolition as a Sexual Violence Survivor

December 3rd, 2020


Please note that this episode contains conversation around sexual violence.

Calls to “defund the police” or even “abolish the police” are often met …

Reframing and Re-learning American History With Nikole Hannah-Jones

November 26th, 2020


Thanksgiving is a holiday framed by our history books as a joyful celebration between those who arrived on the Mayflower to Plymouth, Massachusetts …

New Court, New President: What's Next for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

November 19th, 2020


As of now, we know the status of two of the three branches of the federal government. We have President-elect Joe Biden in the executive and an even more conservative majority in the Supreme Court with the appointment …

How COVID-19 Is Setting Working Women Back

November 12th, 2020


In early October, the United States Labor Department reported that women were leaving the workforce at four times the rate of men. A few months earlier, a report from McKinsey Global revealed that while women made up …

Racial Justice Demands That Every Vote Is Counted

November 6th, 2020


The Trump campaign is pursuing legal challenges in battleground states as the pathways to President Trump’s reelection narrow. These challenges …

Know Your Voting Rights - At the Polls Series

November 2nd, 2020


Tomorrow's the big day: Election Day! The last day to vote. Here at the ACLU, we have just one closing argument: Everyone should be able to vote, and …

What Will End Police Violence?

October 29th, 2020


It’s almost half a year since George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer and the country erupted in protest demanding change. It felt …

Why Do We Take Voting Rights Away in America? - At the Polls Series

October 27th, 2020


Over 5 million Americans are kept from the polls by laws that prohibit people with felony convictions from voting. While the intricacies of these …

The Supreme Court Case That Could Jeopardize LGBTQ Rights

October 22nd, 2020


The city of Philadelphia learned in March 2018 that two of the agencies it had hired to provide foster care services would not, based on religious …

You Asked, We Answered - At the Polls Series

October 20th, 2020


For the last few months, we've been gathering your voting questions. Hundreds of you have sent in voice messages, videos and emails with your most …

Photographer Josue Rivas on Indigenous Representation

October 15th, 2020


This week on Monday, October 12th, a growing number of states and cities across the country celebrated Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

It comes as an important corrective after decades of celebrating the, quote, “discovery” of …

Why Is It so Hard for 25% of Americans to Vote? - At the Polls Series

October 13th, 2020


One in four American adults lives with a disability. And that doesn’t even include the fact that about 45% of Americans live with a chronic illness. …

Why Are Police the Wrong Response to Mental Health Crises?

October 8th, 2020


Over the last months, we’ve explored different conversations on the subject of policing: abolition, violence and accountability, protest and …

How Do We Get Young People to Vote? - At the Polls Series

October 6th, 2020


American voting rates have hovered in the mid-50s for most of recent history. As these things go, that is not great. But it’s even worse with younger voters. In the 2014 midterms, less than 20 percent of voters under 30 …

The Supreme Court Rulings You're Not Hearing About

October 1st, 2020


This past June, many breathed a sigh of relief when the U.S. Supreme Court rose above partisanship in controversial cases involving abortion, LGBTQ+ …

Will Litigation Decide the 2020 Election? - At the Polls Series

September 29th, 2020


Ahead of this year’s election, we have seen an unprecedented amount of election litigation between both political parties. The Republican National …

Chase Strangio on the New Frontier of Attacks on Trans Youth

September 24th, 2020


September is in full swing, and millions of students across the US are returning to school, though for many, this year looks like none other. As …

Will the Fate of the USPS Affect Voter Access? - At the Polls Series

September 22nd, 2020


It’s no secret that the postal service has been under attack. Earlier this year, President Trump appointed one of his supporters to serve as Postmaster General. Then, just a few months from the election, that appointee, …

The Psychology of Social Isolation

September 17th, 2020


As many Americans stare down the end of their sixth month of social distancing, we are re-running a conversation we recorded back in April, that still has relevance to our lives today.

For some people, the advent of …

What Will Election Night Look Like in a Global Pandemic? - At the Polls Series

September 15th, 2020


For the launch of our podcast series, At the Polls, we are answering your questions about voting in the lead up to the election. Our first question …

The Myth of the "Bad" Immigrant

September 10th, 2020


Immigrant communities are often asked to “get right with the law,” but is the law right in the first place? That’s what our guest Alina Das asks in her new book No Justice in the Shadows. She taps her experience as the …

Why Evicting Millions During a Pandemic is Bad for Our Democracy

September 3rd, 2020


As the COVID-19 pandemic stretches on, people across the country face the economic devastation left in its wake. Along with staggering unemployment numbers, millions of renters now face eviction — a situation made even …

A Not So Happy Meal: McDonald's Can't Fix America's Race Problem

August 27th, 2020


The golden arches. The happy meal. These are phrases that immediately mean something to most Americans. In fact, with more than 36,000 restaurants in …

College Athletes and the Systems that Silence Them

August 20th, 2020


Sports have long been an arena where civil rights and civil liberties questions have taken center stage: Track and field star Tommie Smith raised his fist for racial justice on the 1968 Olympic podium. Tennis great …

The Black Women Behind the Ongoing Fight for Suffrage

August 13th, 2020


We’re coming up on the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment which was ratified on August 18th, 1920 and then certified eight days later. The 19th …

The Constitutional Crisis Wrought by Trump's Federal Troops

August 6th, 2020


In the last month, we’ve seen the Trump administration deploy federal law enforcement officers to Portland, Oregon. Those agents have been documented using sharpshooters to maim protesters, sweeping people away in …

"Crip Camp" Directors on the Overlooked Disability Rights Movement

July 30th, 2020


July 26th marked the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, or the ADA. The ADA is a federal law that requires businesses, …

Should We Abolish The Police?

July 23rd, 2020


Since the protests decrying the murder of George Floyd began in May, the institution of American policing has taken center stage. Activists are …

Padma Lakshmi on Immigration, Food, and Authorship

July 16th, 2020


Recently, we've seen a reckoning in the culinary world around the whitewashing and co-opting of ethnic food. The industry has long been controlled by …

The Supreme Court Term No One Expected

July 10th, 2020


The Supreme Court term just came to a dramatic close. We saw wins for LGBTQ plus rights, DACA recipients, abortion rights, Native American tribal …

How Reproductive Justice Is Part of an Anti-Racist Agenda

July 9th, 2020


The calls of activists have forced a national reckoning with the legacy of white supremacy in our country. That reckoning has led us to an …

Activist Brittany Packnett Cunningham on Building a Lasting Movement

July 2nd, 2020


In the last month, protests have erupted across the country calling for justice for Black lives, a wholesale restructuring of policing, and a greater …

Supreme Court Decision Undermines the Rights of Asylum Seekers

June 26th, 2020


The Supreme Court decided in a 7-2 decision to deny certain asylum seekers their right to have their day in court. This decision follows the Trump …

All the President's Subpoenas

June 25th, 2020


President Trump’s financial records and tax returns have been a recurring focal point since his election. Both the Manhattan District Attorney and various House Committees are asking to see these records in order to …

A Trans Organizer on the Movement to Decriminalize Sex Work (ep. 105)

June 18th, 2020


Public opinion and the law of the land aligned this week to affirm trans equality in America: Thousands of people took to the streets of New York City over the weekend to remind their community and the nation: Black …

A Landmark Supreme Court Decision Affirms LGBTQ Rights

June 16th, 2020


It’s been over 50 years since Black and Brown trans women led the revolutionary Stonewall Riots, fighting back against police brutality and …

Policing the Press: A Journalist on the Frontlines

June 11th, 2020


Journalists covering protests against police brutality across the country are facing an influx of violence, suppression efforts, and arrests by …

Why Is It So Hard to Hold Police Accountable?

June 4th, 2020


Police are supposed to “protect and serve” the community, but that’s a far cry from what modern-day policing often looks like in our country. The …

Anthony Romero on Leading in Times of Crisis

May 28th, 2020


Anthony Romero has been the Executive Director of the ACLU for nearly 20 years. He’s seen the organization through periods of massive growth and numerous national crises. Romero started the job just seven days before …

100 episodes, Two Years, and One Pandemic Later

May 21st, 2020


Over the last two years, we've talked with civil rights leaders, organizers, journalists, artists, ACLU lawyers and people whose lives have been affected by the civil rights and liberties issues of our day. We've …

DeRay McKesson on the Threat to Protesters' Rights

May 14th, 2020


Over the last few weeks, various protests have erupted across the country in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some are related to the virus: …

Poetry, Prison, and the Pandemic

May 7th, 2020


Our guest today is Reginald Dwayne Betts, a poet, memoirist, and legal scholar. Loyal listeners will remember our conversation from March of 2019. …

A COVID-19 Balancing Act: Public Health and Privacy

April 30th, 2020


Over the next month, states will start to loosen their COVID-19 stay-at-home restrictions. Some of us will return to work, gather in small groups, and maybe even dine at a neighborhood restaurant. But what will it take …

Centering Racial Equity in the Fight to Legalize Marijuana

April 23rd, 2020


Public opinion on marijuana legalization has shifted in recent years—roughly two-thirds of all Americans are now in favor of national legalization, according to a recent Pew Research Study. However, a new ACLU report …

What it's like in ICE Detention During a Pandemic

April 16th, 2020


The Coronavirus has spread quickly through communities around the world, prompting physical distancing measures to keep people safe and “flatten the curve.” But people in custody are especially at risk because they are …

Isolation, Before and During a Pandemic

April 9th, 2020


As many Americans stare down the end of their first month of social distancing, it’s clear that the toll of “stay at home” orders during the COVID-19 …

COVID-19 Response: Shrink the Criminal Justice Footprint

April 2nd, 2020


As the coronavirus continues to spread across the country, the nation’s jails and prisons have become ripe breeding grounds for COVID-19. Millions of people who interact with our criminal justice system are at risk. …

How the ACLU is responding to COVID-19

March 26th, 2020


With the recent spread of COVID-19 in the United States, we now face a public health emergency unlike any we’ve seen in our work at the ACLU. Across …

Megan Rapinoe on Gender Discrimination, Athlete Activism, and LGBTQ Equality

March 19th, 2020


Megan Rapinoe is a superstar soccer player who has become a global icon for her breathtaking play, her purple/pink hair, and her bold activism. She’s …

Stacey Abrams Wants to Make Your Vote Count

March 12th, 2020


In 2018, Stacey Abrams ran for Governor of Georgia and lost by just 54,723 votes to Republican Brian Kemp, who was then serving as Georgia’s Secretary of State. Before Kemp entered the governor’s race, he purged 1.4 …

Supreme Court Dispatch: The Latest Threat to Abortion Access

March 5th, 2020


Abortion access is yet again under attack. Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard arguments in June Medical Services LLC v. Russo, a case that threatens to chip away at the constitutional right to a safe and legal abortion. …

The Supreme Court Case Threatening Asylum

February 27th, 2020


Since President Trump took office, his administration has waged a series of attacks on asylum in the United States. They are restricting the number of asylum cases heard in a given day, sending asylum seekers to other …

"Your hair is okay. You are okay."

February 20th, 2020


This year, Hair Love, a story about a black girl and her dad navigating natural hairstyles, won the Oscar for animated short and three beauty pageant winners wore natural hairstyles under their crowns. But as more and …

The Regulation of Marriage and Sex

February 13th, 2020


This Valentine's Day, we're re-running one of our favorite episodes. Melissa Murray, NYU Law professor and expert on the legal regulation of sex and …

Land, Language, and Lifeways: What Native Americans Lost

February 6th, 2020


The Supreme Court will soon hear arguments in a case that will decide whether nearly half of Oklahoma is legally an Indian Reservation. The Court’s …

Harnessing History and Solidarity to Stop Migrant Detention

January 30th, 2020


The U.S. has a long history of detaining and incarcerating communities of color under the auspice of protecting its national security. Today, on …

Fighting for Justice After Execution

January 23rd, 2020


In 2017, Arkansas announced a plan to execute eight people in 10 days because the state’s lethal injection drugs were about to expire. The first person executed was Ledell Lee. He was convicted of the 1993 murder of …

Ayelet Waldman on the ACLU’s 100 Year Fight

January 16th, 2020


This weekend, we celebrate the ACLU’s 100th birthday. To commemorate the centennial, novelist and essayist Ayelet Waldman and her husband Michael …

Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Stamp on the ACLU

January 9th, 2020


This week, we are bringing back a very special episode from 2019 featuring our former director of the Women’s Rights Project, Lenora Lapidus. Lenora passed away just a few months after the interview, having fought a …

How To Stop Your City from Spying on You

January 2nd, 2020


Surveillance technology is slowly encroaching on every part of our lives. With regulation at the federal level slow to materialize, local governments …

What We Do At The ACLU, Told By Our Kids

December 23rd, 2019


For a special year-end holiday episode, we decided to ask some ACLU staff to have a conversation with their kids about the work they do. On this …

A Case for Religious Liberty

December 19th, 2019


At the ACLU, we receive lots of holiday mail, and not all of it brings tidings of comfort and joy. In this episode, we share a few letters that …

Pregnancy Discrimination a Mile High

December 12th, 2019


This week, the ACLU's Women's Rights Project filed a pair of federal lawsuits against Frontier Airlines for discriminating against pregnant and breastfeeding employees. We talked to flight attendant Melissa Hodgkins and …

Why Incarceration Doesn't Reduce Violence

December 5th, 2019


Mass incarceration in the U.S. is an indisputable fact, but most reforms focus on nonviolent offenses. As uncomfortable as it may be, we can't …

Sergio de la Pava on Literature and Law

November 27th, 2019


Sergio de la Pava is a critically acclaimed novelist (A Naked Singularity, Personae, Lost Empress) and a full-time public defender who has …

Fighting for Civil Liberties, and Tofurky, in Arkansas

November 21st, 2019


This year, the ACLU of Arkansas celebrates 50 years of protecting civil liberties. From challenging voter ID laws, to protecting the right to boycott, to defending the First Amendment rights of Tofurky, the ACLU of …

Why the FBI Ignores White Supremacist Violence

November 14th, 2019


The FBI is supposed to keep us safe, protect our rights, and defend the rule of law. Yet for more than a century, the FBI has aggressively targeted …

Monitoring Facebook for Ad Discrimination

November 7th, 2019


Facebook has come under a lot of scrutiny lately, for everything from its policy on political ads to its logo. But one development that's gotten less …

Marriage as a Tool of White Supremacy

October 31st, 2019


The Supreme Court struck down bans on interracial marriage in Loving v. Virginia, the landmark ACLU case decided in 1967. But the government‘s …

A Humanitarian Crisis of Our Own Making

October 24th, 2019


As a result of a Trump administration policy forcing asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while the U.S. considers their cases, tens of thousands of …

Abortion Rights: A Tale of Two States

October 17th, 2019


While abortion restrictions have left six states with only a single clinic standing, other states are finding ways to expand access. We speak with Heather Gatnarek, a staff attorney at the ACLU of Kentucky, who is …

The Most Racist Supreme Court Decisions You've Probably Never Heard Of

October 10th, 2019


Puerto Rico's U.S. citizens don't enjoy the full protections of the Constitution, thanks to a set of century-old Supreme Court decisions called the …

The Historic Trans Rights Case Before the Supreme Court

October 3rd, 2019


On October 8, the Supreme Court will hear a set of cases deciding whether LGBTQ employees are protected under federal sex discrimination laws. In one of those cases, the ACLU is representing Aimee Stephens, a trans …

Edward Snowden's Permanent Record

September 30th, 2019


In his new memoir, "Permanent Record," Edward Snowden tells the story of his evolution: A child of civil servants, he fell hard and fast for the …

What to Expect From the Coming Supreme Court Term

September 26th, 2019


Another Supreme Court session is upon us, with the court set to reconvene in October following its summer recess. On the docket for the new session …

Gavin Grimm, From Teen Activist to Trans Icon

September 19th, 2019


In 2014, Gavin Grimm was a high school sophomore in Gloucester County, Virginia. He had recently come out as transgender to school administrators who …

How the War on Terror Corrupted America

September 11th, 2019


Eighteen years after the attacks of September 11, 2001, a trial date was recently set for the men accused of plotting those attacks. But what has taken so long? And is a fair trial even possible? On this anniversary of …

The Anti-Immigration Fervor That Swept America in the Early 20th Century

September 5th, 2019


Starting with the Muslim ban, the Trump presidency has consistently unleashed a barrage of new policies designed to keep immigrants out of the …

A Former Prosecutor's 'Radical Thoughts' on the System Set Up to Control Black Men

August 29th, 2019


This week, we’re replaying an interview from earlier this year with Paul Butler, a scholar, former prosecutor and the author of "Chokehold: Policing …

Nikole Hannah-Jones on The 1619 Project’s Reframing of American History

August 22nd, 2019


Four hundred years ago this month, more than 20 enslaved Africans arrived in what was then the British colony of Virginia. To mark the anniversary of …

Comedian W. Kamau Bell on Making Sense of America

August 15th, 2019


This week's guest is W. Kamau Bell: standup comedian, prolific podcaster, and host of his own show on CNN, "United Shades of America." He's known for …

How One Woman Took on Misogyny and Sexual Violence in the Military

August 8th, 2019


Anuradha Bhagwati has long been at the forefront of the fight for gender equality within the military. She is a former Marine Corps captain, a three-time ACLU client, and founder of the Service Women's Action Network, a …

Obstacles and Opportunities in the Fight for Police Accountability

August 1st, 2019


Last month, protests erupted when the Justice Department announced it would not bring civil rights charges against the NYPD officer who put Eric …

The Constitution Gets the Broadway Treatment

July 25th, 2019


Heidi Schreck is the playwright and star of Broadway’s “What the Constitution Means to Me.” The play, which was nominated for two Tonys and was a …

Have We Reached Peak Xenophobia Yet?

July 18th, 2019


It’s been a dizzying few days in U.S. immigration policy. Earlier this week, the Trump administration issued rules to ban most refugees arriving …

How to Stop Your City From Spying on You

July 11th, 2019


Surveillance technology is slowly encroaching on every part of our lives. With regulation at the federal level slow to materialize, local governments …

The Case for D.C. Statehood

July 4th, 2019


Hundreds of thousands of Washington, D.C. residents currently lack full political representation. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, who represents …

Making Sense of the Last Supreme Court Term

July 1st, 2019


It was another dramatic year for the Supreme Court. A new justice was sworn in against the backdrop of scandal. A beloved justice got sick and recovered. And, of course, major precedent-setting decisions were handed …

What the Supreme Court's Census Decision Means

June 27th, 2019


In one of the most highly anticipated decisions of its term, the Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration cannot add a citizenship question …

The Next Frontier in Data Privacy

June 20th, 2019


This week marks the one-year anniversary of arguably the most important privacy ruling of the digital age. In Carpenter v. the United States, the …

Why It's Time to Talk About Reparations

June 13th, 2019


As discussions about racism in America gain traction, so too does the question of reparations. Broadly defined as some form of repayment for the harms inflicted on enslaved peoples and their descendants, reparations …

Paul Butler on Policing Black Men and Transforming the System

June 6th, 2019


On this week’s episode, Georgetown Professor Paul Butler, a former federal prosecutor, joins At Liberty to discuss his book, "Chokehold: Policing …

The Latest Assault on Abortion Rights

May 30th, 2019


In the last few months, six states have passed laws that essentially ban abortion, and several other states have similar bills pending. Restrictions on access to abortion have been building for decades since the …

At Liberty Live! Feat. Olivia Wilde and Katie Silberman on “Booksmart”

May 23rd, 2019


Olivia Wilde and Katie Silberman, the director and the writer of the new movie “Booksmart,” joined At Liberty to talk about storytelling, casting without bias, and why "The Big Lebowski" was an inspiration. Wilde is …

School Segregation 65 Years After Brown v. Board

May 16th, 2019


May 17 marks the 65th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the 1954 Supreme Court case that declared state laws enforcing racial segregation …

Wyatt Cenac on America’s Problem Areas

May 9th, 2019


Wyatt Cenac is an actor, writer, producer and comedian ("The Daily Show," “Medicine for Melancholy”). He joins At Liberty to discuss balancing comedy …

Abuse and Accountability at the Border

May 2nd, 2019


Mitra Ebadolahi, staff attorney with the ACLU’s Border Litigation Project, joins At Liberty to debunk misconceptions about the border and discuss the …

Discrimination in the Digital Age

April 25th, 2019


A few weeks ago, the ACLU and other civil rights organizations announced a landmark settlement with Facebook to prevent advertisers from using ad-targeting filters based on race, gender, and age on job, housing, and …

The Question of Who Gets to Count in the Census Goes to the Supreme Court

April 18th, 2019


On Tuesday, April 23, the Supreme Court of the United States will hear the case Department of Commerce v. New York, which asks whether a question about citizenship can be added to the 2020 Census questionnaire. The case …

Indigenous Justice in Montana

April 11th, 2019


At Liberty sits down with Meg Singer, the Indigenous Justice program manager at the ACLU of Montana, and Lillian Alvernaz, the ACLU’s first Indigenous Justice Legal Fellow, to discuss Indigenous justice and organizing …

At Liberty Live! Sergio de la Pava on Literature and Law

April 4th, 2019


Sergio de la Pava is a critically acclaimed novelist (A Naked Singularity, Personae, Lost Empress) and a full-time public defender who has …

The Threat of Facial Recognition

March 28th, 2019


Nicole Ozer, the Technology and Civil Liberties director for the ACLU of California, has been at the forefront of debates around privacy and …

A Poet Gives a 360 Degree View of the Criminal Justice System

March 21st, 2019


Reginald Dwayne Betts is a published poet, memoirist, and legal scholar who's currently pursuing a Ph.D. in law at Yale. His legal work, like his …

At Liberty Live from SXSW! Feat. Tom Morello

March 14th, 2019


This week, At Liberty comes to you from Austin, TX, where we recorded in front of a live audience with Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave, and The Nightwatchman. We sat down to discuss “Atlas …

The Rocky Myers Case

March 7th, 2019


Rocky Myers is one of 175 people on death row in Alabama. The devastating flaws in his case from the moment of arrest to his sentencing displays the injustice of a brutal criminal system. His attorney Kacey Keeton and …

The Racist Reality of Voter Suppression

February 28th, 2019


As Black History Month comes to an end, Professor Carol Anderson (Emory University) joins At Liberty to discuss ongoing voter suppression efforts in …

Alan Rusbridger on the Press in Times of Crisis

February 21st, 2019


Alan Rusbridger is the former editor of The Guardian and author of "Breaking News: The Remaking of Journalism and Why It Matters Now." He joins At Liberty to discuss the state of journalism in the social media age: what …

Marriage and the Regulation of Sex

February 14th, 2019


This Valentine's Day, we're joined by Melissa Murray, NYU Law professor and expert on the legal regulation of sex and sexuality. Professor Murray and …

At Liberty Live! Kwame Anthony Appiah on Identity and the Law

February 7th, 2019


As part of the "Night of Philosophy and Ideas," renowned philosopher and NYT Ethicist columnist Kwame Anthony Appiah joined host Emerson Sykes — and …

Adam McKay on Dick Cheney's Legacy

January 31st, 2019


In his new Oscar-nominated film "Vice," Adam McKay(Saturday Night Live, "The Big Short") tells the story of Dick Cheney's journey from college …

Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Stamp on the ACLU

January 24th, 2019


Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has become a cultural icon, inspiring internet memes, popular biographies, documentaries, and a new feature …

A Wave of Laws Target Boycotts of Israel

January 17th, 2019


A raft of new state and federal laws are seeking to stop people from participating in political boycotts aimed at the state of Israel. ACLU attorney …

Whither Abortion Rights?

January 10th, 2019


The Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade in 1973, establishing access to abortion care as a fundamental right. But state legislatures have been chipping away at that right ever since, passing thousands of restrictions on …

ACLU Staffers Go to the Movies

December 20th, 2018


For our final episode of 2018, we're making a slight departure from our typical format. As we wind down the year and prepare to spend more time indoors, we've asked ACLU staff to give you their movie recommendations to …

The Criminalization of Homelessness

December 13th, 2018


As homelessness steadily rises in America, so too does the willingness of state and local governments to use criminal laws against their homeless residents. Earlier this year, a federal appeals court found that laws …

Jill Lepore on the Construction of American Citizenship

December 6th, 2018


Almost 250 years after the adoption of the Declaration of the Independence, debates about founding principles like equality, rights, and representation are as fraught as ever. Jill Lepore, a Harvard history professor …

A Shifting Landscape for Transgender Rights

November 29th, 2018


The state of transgender equality is in rapid flux in state legislatures, in federal law, in the courts and at the ballot box. Progress is consistently met with backlash. In the past midterm election, Massachusetts …

A Growing Movement for Ethical Tech

November 21st, 2018


In recent weeks, hundreds of Amazon employees have spoken out to oppose the company marketing its facial recognition software for use by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. They join a chorus of voices — both in the …

What’s the Deal With Florida?

November 15th, 2018


Florida seems perpetually to be at the center of the national conversation and news cycle. The current recount to determine the results of Florida's …

In Florida, a Historic Victory for Voting Rights

November 7th, 2018


The midterm elections made a lot of news, but one result particularly stands out: Florida's vote on Amendment 4. In a historic change, Floridians …

Voting Rights and the Midterms

November 1st, 2018


With the midterm elections only a few days away, voting rights advocates have been working furiously to ensure that the result will be the product of …

Tarana Burke and Alyssa Milano on the Future of #MeToo

October 25th, 2018


One year ago this month, the first bombshell allegations against Harvey Weinstein appeared in The New York Times and The New Yorker. Shortly thereafter, #MeToo went viral on social media. But the origins of this …

Civil Liberties on the Midterm Ballot

October 18th, 2018


The 2018 midterm elections will determine the fate of governorships nationwide, the party that controls Congress, and the outcome of hugely …

Affirmative Action and the Case Against Harvard

October 11th, 2018


Harvard University is facing a lawsuit alleging that its undergraduate admissions practices unlawfully discriminate against Asian American …

Why the ACLU Opposes Kavanaugh

October 2nd, 2018


The nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court has turned into a full-blown national drama, amid credible sexual misconduct allegations …

What Happens When Prisoners Go on Strike?

September 27th, 2018


More than 2,000 firefighters battling the blaze in California this summer came from inside the state’s prison system. They were part of a national workforce of incarcerated people, paid pennies per hour and sometimes …

How the ‘War on Terror’ Corrupted America

September 20th, 2018


America’s response to the 9/11 attacks have dominated our foreign policy, military priorities, and human rights record for 17 years now. Perhaps no …

Family Separation Update: Searching for Parents in Guatemala

September 13th, 2018


More than a month ago, a federal court ordered the Trump administration to reunite immigrant children and parents it had separated at the U.S. border. Yet hundreds of children remain on their own in government custody, …

Brett Kavanaugh and the Case Against the Supreme Court

September 6th, 2018


The Supreme Court is meant to protect the rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution. Historically, however, it has repeatedly failed to live up to that promise. Can one justice change the course of the Supreme …

Criminalizing Schoolkids

August 30th, 2018


Many of the children who are presently gearing up for a new school year are also preparing to face police on a daily basis. The numbers of cops in …

Since When Is Every Immigrant A Criminal?

August 23rd, 2018


President Trump often demonizes entire immigrant groups, referring to Mexican people as “rapists” and undocumented immigrants as “animals.” Yet statistics show that immigrants, both undocumented and otherwise, are …

A Nation in Love With Locking People Up

August 16th, 2018


The United States sends more people to prison or jail than any other nation in the world. Donald Trump pledged to be tough on crime, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions has pushed to reinvigorate the war on drugs. …

Lessons From Charlottesville

August 9th, 2018


On August 12, 2017, a group of white supremacists gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia. The day was a disaster, with violence in the streets and …

How to Fight an Algorithm

August 2nd, 2018


It seems like artificial intelligence is everywhere these days — in our homes, in our cars, in our offices, and of course online. Government decisions, too, are being outsourced to computer code. In one Pennsylvania …

America’s Criminalization of Blackness

July 26th, 2018


In recent months, Black Americans have had the cops called on them for things like waiting in Starbucks, entering their own dorm rooms, moving into their own apartments, and barbecuing in a public park. Why are these …

Desmond Meade and Dale Ho on Restoring the Right to Vote

July 19th, 2018


The 14th Amendment, ratified exactly 150 years ago, promises equal protection to everyone. But it’s also used to strip the right to vote from millions of Americans who have been convicted of felonies. How did this …

Patrisse Cullors on a Lifetime of Activism and the Founding of Black Lives Matter

July 12th, 2018


On the eve of the five-year anniversary of the creation of Black Lives Matter, Patrisse Cullors discusses the life that led her to co-found one of …

ACLU Legal Director David Cole on the Supreme Court's Uncertain Future

July 5th, 2018


An eventful Supreme Court session just came to a close. This year, the court handed down major decisions on partisan gerrymandering, warrantless …

Lee Gelernt on a Major Victory for Immigrant Families

June 28th, 2018


Lee Gelernt has been fighting Trump’s family separation policy since early this year, months before it became the subject of national outrage. …

Cecile Richards on the Fight for Reproductive Rights

June 28th, 2018


After 12 years at the center of a heated national debate about abortion rights and women’s healthcare, Cecile Richards recently stepped down as the president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She joins At …

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