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 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.

  • Episode 176: Ultimate Monday

    July 31st, 2018  |  1 hr 3 mins
    constitutional law, judges, jurisprudence, philosophy, psychology, theory

    Joe and Christian, all pre-roll.

  • Episode 175: The Law Should Not Kick Down

    July 21st, 2018  |  1 hr 20 mins
    common law, contract, economics, equal protection, jurisprudence, politics, private ordering, technology

    On the rule of law, equality, and technology, with Paul Gowder.

  • Episode 174: Podcast of Record

    July 7th, 2018  |  2 hrs 11 mins
    animals, jurisprudence, religion, supreme court, trump

    Just Joe and Christian with nonsense and sense on bears and law.

  • Episode 173: Faithful Execution

    June 29th, 2018  |  1 hr 36 mins
    common law, constitutional law, history, originalism, trump

    On the President's fiduciary duties, with Ethan Leib and Jed Shugerman.

  • Episode 172: Apex Criminality

    June 22nd, 2018  |  1 hr 15 mins
    constitutional law, criminal law, design, federal courts, legislatures, politics, trump

    On constitutional design concerning crimes of apex officials, with Aziz Huq.

  • Episode 171: Garbage Gut

    June 12th, 2018  |  1 hr 47 mins
    constitutional law, federal courts, immigration, morality, politics, supreme court, trump

    On the Supreme Court at this moment, with Steve Vladeck.

  • Episode 170: The Starters

    May 27th, 2018  |  1 hr 36 mins
    ethics, interpretation, judges, jurisprudence, philosophy, theory, trump

    On legal pragmatism, with Charles Barzun.

  • Episode 169: Terrible Enough for Two Weeks

    May 11th, 2018  |  1 hr 25 mins
    law schools, school, teaching

    Just Joe and Christian on exams and other things.

  • Episode 168: Galaxy-Sized Diamond

    April 21st, 2018  |  1 hr 23 mins
    administrative law, constitutional law, first amendment, history, legislatures, originalism, regulation, standing

    On the shockingly central role of petitioning Congress, with Maggie McKinley.

  • Episode 167: Fingerprint

    April 15th, 2018  |  1 hr 8 mins
    constitutional law, feedback, international law, interpretation, legislatures, morality, politics, trump, war

    Just Joe and Christian, from the mezzanine of world headquarters.

  • Episode 166: Brooding Omnipresence

    April 1st, 2018  |  1 hr 32 mins
    common law, federal courts, interpretation, judges, jurisprudence, theory

    On finding law, with Stephen Sachs.

  • Episode 165: Raging Fire

    March 24th, 2018  |  1 hr 36 mins
    ethics, feedback, internet, journalism, media, morality, privacy, regulation, technology

    On conversation, mental models, Facebook, and Mr. Rogers.

  • Episode 164: Post-Marks-Regime World

    March 10th, 2018  |  1 hr 22 mins
    constitutional law, federal courts, interpretation, judges, legal practice, supreme court

    On the viability of finding narrowest grounds, with Richard Re.

  • Episode 163: Woodshed

    March 5th, 2018  |  1 hr 41 mins
    criminal law, election law, interpretation, judges, podcasts, professionalism, statutory interpretation, voting

    Just Joe and Christian, into the mailbag and another topic.