Oral Argument

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

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  • 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.

  • Episode 178: Dear Bushrod

    August 26th, 2018  |  1 hr 16 mins
    common law, federal courts, history, judges, legislatures, state courts, statutory interpretation

    On judges, legislatures, and statutory interpretation in the early 1800s, with Farah Peterson.

  • Episode 177: The Hard Drive Has Always Been the Enemy

    August 7th, 2018  |  2 hrs 15 mins
    constitutional law, federal courts, fourth amendment, judges, movies, podcasts, politics, property, supreme court, technology

    On searches of cell tower records for location data and on many other things, with Ian Samuel.