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Special: SCOTUS After Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Emily Bazelon on the justice’s legacy, the looming Senate fight, and what could happen with a conservative SCOTUS.

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Episode Notes

Emily Bazelon joins Mike for a special episode on the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. After discussing Ginsburg’s history as a justice and legacy on the court, they begin to unpack the future political ramifications. She and Mike talk through the ways a nomination could quickly slip through the Senate before January, the impact a conservative court could have on issues besides abortion rights, and if Ginsburg should have stepped down under President Barack Obama.

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Correction, Sept. 19, 2020: This page originally misspelled Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s last name.


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  • Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.