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 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.

  • Episode 162: Wealth Gap (live at Georgia Law)

    February 19th, 2018  |  54 mins 7 secs
    banking, economics, history, live, race, regulation, slavery

    On black banking and the racial wealth gap, with Mehrsa Baradaran.

  • Episode 161: Meta

    February 4th, 2018  |  1 hr 25 mins
    jurisprudence, morality, philosophy, scholarship, theory, writing

    On general jurisprudence (and other things), with Scott Shapiro.