Freedom 101

Freedom 101.3, Ep. 17: States’ Rights & Voting Rights After Shelby County

In 2013, a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was struck down by the Supreme Court. The reasons and the consequences are examined, and the prospects for restoration are discussed.   <iframe w...

Freedom 101.3, Ep. 16: The Progressive Era and Constitutional Change

In the last phase of what is traditionally known as the Progressive Era (roughly 1890-1920), in the years between 1913 and 1920, four amendments to the Constitution were passed—the 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th.  On the s...

Freedom 101.3, Ep. 15: The Search for Equality in the Ivory Tower

In the early twentieth century, the country's best universities began to limit their Jewish populations.  Professor Porwancher connects that history of discrimination to today's system of higher education, revealing a...

Freedom 101.3, Episode 14: The Legacy of Lawrence v. Texas

In a decision that extends the blessings of privacy and equal protection to gay and lesbian human beings, Justice Kennedy offered a controversial and problematic explanation that is still questioned even by advocates ...

Freedom 101.3, Ep. 13: Cohen v. California

A profane example of a protest of the draft in the Vietnam era led to an influential opinion by one of the unsung heroes of the Supreme Court’s long struggle to give definition and reality to the constitutional promis...

Freedom 101.4 Ep. 3: Constitutional Constraints on Police Interrogation

In a series of cases from the early to mid-1900s, the Supreme Court articulated constitutional limitations upon police interrogation, aiming not only to produce reliable confessions but also to regulate the morality o...

Freedom 101.3, Ep. 12: John Brown’s Raid

In 1859, the militant abolitionist John Brown and his ragtag militia seized a federal arsenal in Harpers Ferry in the hopes of inciting a massive slave insurrection.  Although his endeavor failed, Brown's eloquent def...

Freedom 101.4 Ep. 2: The Miranda Warnings: Why a Right to Remain Silent?

All Americans, and indeed people all around the world, know the four famous warnings that now proceed custodial police interrogation.  But where did they come from, and why do we have them?  Professor Stephen Henderso...

Freedom 101.4, Ep.1: Jim Crow Returns? Mass Incarceration in America

The United States is home to approximately 5% of the world's population and 25% of its prison population.  People of color—especially African Americans and Hispanics--are incarcerated at a far higher rate than white A...

Freedom 101.3, Ep. 11: The South & Representation

A State, A Person, Three-Fifths of a Person, One Vote: The South & Representation The problem of how to create fair, equal representation is not new. Thomas Jefferson and James Madison wrangled over it and disa...

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