Monthly Archives: March 2013

“When Contraception Was a Crime”

Constitutional Law Professor Geoffrey Stone (University of Chicago) discusses the history of the legal battles in the US regarding contraception.  The talk lasts 58:04 minutes. However, Professor Stone’s lecture runs approximately 30 minutes (the rest being questions from the audience) and was part of the Chicago’s Best Ideas lecture series.

 

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March 31, 2013 · 11:49 pm

Mackelmore, Ryan Lewis, and Sexual Oreintation

MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS – SAME LOVE feat. MARY LAMBERT

In light of the fact that my last post provides an  abstract and intellectual take on the same-sex marriage debate, here is a video that captures the emotional, visceral aspects of the debate.

Special thanks to Andrea Kao for bringing this video to my attention.

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March 29, 2013 · 12:23 pm

Moral Maze: Same-Sex Marriage

This week, same-sex marriage dominated the news with the Supreme Court cases of United v. States v. Windsor and Hollingsworth v. Perry. The same-sex marriage debate is not unique to the United States, however.  Across the pond, the topic is just as controversial.  Recently, the British House of Commons approved gay marriage with the support of conservative Prime Minister David Cameron.  

If you are passionate about gay rights, this episode  (43 minutes) of the Moral Maze is a must.  It is dry (*cough* British), but it is also the most intelligent debate about same-sex marriage that I have ever heard.  

Finally, if you are interested in being part of the SLACE podcast next year.  Aside from interviews and recorded events, the podcast will also include debates in this format.  Students will encompass the panelists, who will question “experts” (probably mostly professors) advocating various positions.  Ideally, there would be one of these debates per semester.  Members of Moot Court would make ideal panelists.  

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March 29, 2013 · 11:42 am

Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!… That’s interesting  an sentence

On last week’s episode of Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, the panel discusses an unorthodox sentence. I won’t say too much because I don’t want to ruin the game. This segment of “Bluff The Listener” runs 7:37 minutes.

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March 28, 2013 · 7:39 pm

United States v. Windsor: Oral Argument Audio

Today, the Supreme Court heard arguments in United States v. Windsor which will determine the constitutionality of DOMA.  Here is a link to Oyez, which provides the full  audio of the oral arguments synced with a searchable transcript.  For wall-to-wall coverage and commentary on the case, check out the SCOUTSblog.

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March 27, 2013 · 7:05 pm

Demographics of Gun Violence

Washington Post reporter Dan Keating recently wrote an article describing the victims of gun violence.  Keating found that the victims of gun homicide in the United States are overwhelmingly black men, while the victims of gun suicide are overwhelmingly white men.  Keaten discusses his article on Talk of the Nation (30:19) along with Mark Rosenberg, epidemiologist and president and CEO, The Task Force for Global Health. 

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March 27, 2013 · 11:32 am

Hollingsworth v. Perry: Oral Argument Audio

Today, the Supreme Court heard arguments in Hollingsworth v. Perry which will determine the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8.  Here is a link to Oyez, which provides the full  audio of the oral arguments synced with a searchable transcript.  For wall-to-wall coverage and commentary on the case, check out the SCOUTSblog.  

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March 26, 2013 · 7:37 pm