WNYC's Radiolab recently a weekly series of podcasts called More Perfect.
About the show says:
How does an elite group of nine people shape everything from marriage and money, to safety and sex for an entire nation? Radiolab's first ever spin-off series, More Perfect, dives into the rarefied world of the Supreme Court to explain how cases deliberated inside hallowed halls affect lives far away from the bench.
The first program, Cruel and Unusual (posted June 2, 2016, 40 minutes) deals with cruel and unusual punishment, covering cases including:
- Furman v. Georgia, 408 U.S. 238 (1972)
- Gregg v. Georgia, 428 U.S. 153 (1976)
- Baze v. Rees, 553 U.S. 35 (2008) and
- Glossip v. Gross, 135 S.Ct. 2726 (2015).
[Links go to the Cornell Legal Information Institute.]
The program's webpage includes links to documents mentioned during the podcast.
The second program, The Political Thicket (posted June 10, 2016, 42 minutes), covers Baker v. Carr, 369 U.S. 186 (1962). Chief Justice Earl Warren said that this case was the most important case during his tenure on the Court. As the program summary says, Baker was so important that
it pushed one Supreme Court justice to a nervous breakdown, brought a boiling feud to a head, put one justice in the hospital, and changed the course of the Supreme Court--and the nation--forever.You can subscribe to More Perfect via iTunes, Stitcher, or RSS feeds.