In Episode 65, Wendy Sheridan speaks with Professor David S. Schwartz about the two centuries-old Supreme Court case, McCulloch v. Maryland. The case has reverberated through the decades with the continual tension between where U.S. federal powers end and states’ rights begin. Professor Schwartz teaches and writes in the areas of Constitutional Law, Evidence and Civil Procedure. His work includes articles published in the Georgetown, Notre Dame, and University of Pennsylvania law reviews. His most recent book, The Spirit of The Constitution: John Marshall and the 200-Year Odyssey of McCulloch v. Maryland, was published in September 2019 by Oxford University Press. He locates the origins of the states’ rights position in the slave trade and warns that much is currently at stake as a new wave of conservative justices attempt to interpret the case ruling narrowly to roll back federal regulations designed to help alleviate economic inequality.
At the start of the show, Wendy and Robin Renée are happy to welcome Mary McGinley back to the mic after an unexpected hospital stay. In the All the News We Can Handle segment, the co-hosts highlight the mysterious case of an individual hiding anti-Trump and progressive books in an Idaho library, the award-winning girls of the Broadcom Masters STEM Competition, and the troubling new YouTube terms of service. In Why Is This Awesome?, Robin sings the praises of her favorite artists performing classic albums in their entirety.
The week in celebrations includes: National Absurdity Day, Universal Children’s Day, National Stuffing Day, the Great American Smokeout, National Adoption Day, National Blasé Day, and the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The birthday people of the week are Joe Biden, Robert F. Kennedy, Goldie Hawn, Björk, Billie Jean King, Scarlett Johansson, Miley Cyrus, Scott Joplin, John F. Kennedy, Jr., DJ Khaled, and Robin’s brother Ted Jones.
The Leftscape – the shape of progressive conversation: “David S. Schwartz on the Spirit of the Constitution (Episode 65)”