The American Contest

Historical context for the conservative project to capture the courts.

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Episode Notes

Regardless of the outcome of the election, the Supreme Court has already entered a new era. Dahlia Lithwick is joined by Heather Cox Richardson for a big-picture conversation about what that means: minority rule and the court’s role, past and present, in changing visions of democracy.

In our Slate Plus segment, Mark Joseph Stern updates us on all the election-law cases. OK, not all of them—there are more than 300 cases going on in 46 states—but Mark brings us up to speed on the key cases and the worrying signals they send about what happens if the election results are contested.

Podcast production by Sara Burningham.


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A show about the law and the nine Supreme Court justices who interpret it for the rest of America.

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