Radiolab Presents: More Perfect

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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.


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Object Anyway

July 16th, 2016

At the trial ofJames Batson in 1982, the prosecution eliminatedall the black jurors from the jury pool. Batson objected, setting offa complicated discussion about jury selection that would make its way all the way up to the Supreme Court. On this episode of More Perfect, the Supreme Court ruling that was supposed to prevent race-based jury...

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We tend to think of the Supreme Court justices as all-powerful guardians of the constitution,issuing momentous rulings from on high. They seem at once powerful, and unknowable; all lacy collars and black robes. But they haven’t always been so, you know, supreme. On this episode of More Perfect, we go all the way back tothe case that, in a lot of...

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The Imperfect Plaintiffs

June 28th, 2016

Lastweek, the court decidedone of this term’s blockbuster cases — a case that could affect the future of affirmative action in this country. The plaintiff was Abigail Fisher, a white woman, who said she was rejected from the University of Texas because the university unfairly considered race as one of many factors when evaluating applicants. And...

This is the story of a three-year-old girl and the highest court in the land. The Supreme Court case Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girlwasa legal battle that entangled a biological father, a heart-broken couple, and the tragic history of Native American children taken from their families. When producerTim Howardfirst read about this case, it struck...