Episode #199: Death On The Strip, Deja Vu On The Hill

The horror of the mass shooting in Las Vegas has led to the predictable call for gun control legislation on Capitol Hill.  Mike DeBonis, who covers Congress for the Washington Post, talks about some of the proposals that have been suggested — but may not be enacted — to curtail such violence.

One of the biggest issues being tackled by the Supreme Court this session is partisan redistricting.  Rick Pildes, a constitutional law professor at New York University, reviews the history of gerrymandering and takes a look at how the Court might rule this term.

And we go back to 1991, during the dramatic confirmation hearings of Clarence Thomas and how an easy path to the Supreme Court became complicated by the accusatory testimony of Anita Hill.  Two journalists who covered the hearings, Edwin Chen and Tim Phelps, remember those days and how they changed the understanding of race, gender, and power in the workplace.

Washington Post Photo by Salwan Georges

Music used in this podcast:

Monster by Steppenwolf

I Won’t Back Down  by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

Master of the House Les Miserables Original London Cast

New Year’s Day by U2

Roar by Katy Perry

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