Oral Argument

About the show

A podcast about law, law school, legal theory, and other nerdy things that interest us.

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  • Episode 194: Topoi

    March 24th, 2019  |  59 mins 58 secs

    On narrative topoi, with Zahr Said and Jessica Silbey.

  • Episode 193: A Giant Thunderstorm

    March 17th, 2019  |  1 hr 19 mins

    On corpus linguistics, with Carissa Hessick.

  • Episode 192: Precisification

    March 3rd, 2019  |  1 hr 23 mins
    constitutional law, interpretation, judges, jurisprudence, originalism, philosophy, psychology, supreme court, theory

    On originalism, with Larry Solum.

  • Episode 191: Dynasty

    February 24th, 2019  |  1 hr 17 mins
    economics, history, labor, law and economics, politics, property, scholarship, tax

    On wealth inequality and perpetuities, with Eric Kades

  • Episode 190: Why We Write

    February 10th, 2019  |  1 hr 26 mins
    federal courts, judges, legal practice, writing

    Just Joe and Christian on the late Judge Wald's views on judicial rhetoric and practice

  • Episode 189: Repugnance

    January 27th, 2019  |  1 hr 17 mins
    bodies, economics, ethics, health law and policy, law and economics, morality

    On repugnant transactions, with Kim Krawiec.

  • Episode 188: Common Law Crimes

    January 20th, 2019  |  57 mins 10 secs
    common law, criminal law, judges, plea bargaining, prosecutors

    On the virtues and non-extinction of common law crimes, with Carissa Hessick.

  • Episode 187: Both Sides of the V

    January 12th, 2019  |  1 hr 16 mins
    administrative law, criminal law, juries, police, prisons, regulation

    On public participation in criminal prosecution, with Jocelyn Simonson

  • Episode 186: Ephemeral

    December 22nd, 2018  |  1 hr 12 mins
    feedback, podcasts, regulation, scholarship, transportation

    Just Joe and Christian, on the fifth anniversary of the first episode.

  • Episode 185: Embassy Suites

    December 4th, 2018  |  1 hr 26 mins
    brexit, europe, international law, trade, trump

    On Brexit, trade, and Trump, with Tim Meyer.

  • Episode 184: Bleep that Bleep

    November 19th, 2018  |  1 hr 49 mins
    administrative law, climate change, coffee, design, mailbag, movies, podcasts, statutory interpretation

    Just Joe and Christian on many topics, including the AG controversy.

  • Episode 183: West Coast Model

    November 10th, 2018  |  1 hr 33 mins
    administrative law, election law, land use, property, voting

    On the housing crisis, with Chris Elmendorf.

  • Episode 182: An Editorial Board of Dodsonians

    October 24th, 2018  |  1 hr 29 mins
    ethics, law schools, scholarship

    On law review submission norms, with Scott Dodson.

  • Episode 181: The Dragon

    October 10th, 2018  |  1 hr 14 mins
    criminal law, empirical, police, prisons, race, regulation, technology

    On algorithms and bias, with Sandy Mayson.

  • Episode 180: Spectral

    September 23rd, 2018  |  2 hrs 10 mins
    feedback, legislatures, politics, scholarship, supreme court, technology

    Just Joe and Christian, on SCOTUS confirmation battles, feedback, Apple, and assorted nonsense.

  • Episode 179: Snowglobe

    September 9th, 2018  |  1 hr 26 mins
    empirical, judges, supreme court, technology

    With guest host Mike Madison, we talk with guest guest Joe Miller about citation networks.