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The Political Orphanage

Aug 12, 2022

In Kennedy v. Bremerton the Supreme Court revisited–and reversed–long-standing precedents on public teachers and administrators leading prayers in school and at events.

Paul Townsend, of “In Summation - The Final Word” joins to assess its impact and diagnose the decision.

Aug 11, 2022

What happens when a law affecting public safety or basic governance comes into conflict with someone’s deeply-held religious beliefs?

In this episode we explore religious exemptions, and how the court addresses carveouts from otherwise applicable laws.

Aug 10, 2022

The Constitution guarantees freedom of religion, but also forbids the establishment of religion. What happens when the two come into conflict?


In Judge Week 2: Separation of Church and State, we investigate the First Amendment, and how the courts balance its competing clauses.

Aug 3, 2022

Civilization has made warfare more indirect, streamlined, technological, and distant.

What if making warfare nicer makes us less hesitant to begin conflicts, and slower to stop them?

Samuel Moyn is the author of “Humane: How the United States Abandoned Peace and Reinvented War.”

Jul 27, 2022

The Founding Fathers were all children of the Enlightenment, and they agreed on kicking King George out, but they never agreed on how to run the country.

Seth Radwell, author of American Schism: How the Two Enlightenments Hold the Secret to Healing Our Nation joins on to discuss these two halves of our Founding, and how...