The Waves

Amy Coney Barrett Is Following in the Footsteps of John Roberts

The newest Supreme Court justice wants to be seen as a deeply academic thinker, but her shadow docket rulings reveal her long game.

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Episode Notes

On this week’s episode of The Waves, Slate Supreme Court reporters Dahlia Lithwick and Mark Joseph Stern join forces to dissect Amy Coney Barrett’s first term on the bench. They talk about how her confirmation hearings were shaped by Democrats’ desire to paint her as an enemy of health care, and how her recent decision upholding the Affordable Care Act has gotten her outsized praise. Then, they dissect her desire to be seen as an academic rather than a conservative, and unpack what we can expect from her in the years to come.

In Slate Plus, Mark reveals how Mama Bear getting overlooked in The Berenstain Bears series made him a feminist, and Dahlia gives a deep dive on another overlooked icon, Pauli Murray.


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