Radiolab Presents: More Perfect

  
Publisher
WNYC Studios
Website
http://www.wnycstudios.org/shows/radiolabmoreperfect
Genre
Government & Organizations   Podcasts   News & Politics  
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Title
One Nation, Under Money
Description

An unassuming string of 16 words tucked into the Constitution grants Congress extensive power to make laws that impact the entire nation. The Commerce Clause has allowed Congress to intervene in all kinds of situations — from penalizing one man for growing too much wheat on his farm, to enforcing the end of racial segregation nationwide. That is, if the federal government can make an economic case for it. This seemingly all-powerful tool has the potential to unite the 50 states into one nation and protect the civil liberties of all. But it also challenges us to consider: when we make everything about money, what does it cost us?

 

The key voices:

- Roscoe Filbrun Jr., Son of Roscoe Filbrun Sr., respondent in Wickard v. Filburn
- Ollie McClung Jr., Son of Ollie McClung Sr., respondent in Katzenbach v. McClung
James M. Chen, professor at Michigan State University College of Law
Jami Floyd, legal analyst and host of WNYC’s All Things Considered who, as a domestic policy advisor in the Clinton White House, worked on the Violence Against Women Act
Ari J. Savitzky, lawyer at WilmerHale 

 

The key cases:

- 1824: Gibbons v. Ogden
- 1942: Wickard v. Filburn
- 1964: Katzenbach v. McClung
- 2000: United States v. Morrison
- 2012: National Federation of Independent Businesses v. Sebelius

 

Additional production for this episode by Derek John and Louis Mitchell.

Special thanks to Jess Mador, Andrew Yeager, and Rachel Iacovone.                                                                                                                   

Leadership support for More Perfect is provided by The Joyce Foundation. Additional funding is provided by The Charles Evans Hughes Memorial Foundation.

Supreme Court archival audio comes from Oyez®, a free law project in collaboration with the Legal Information Institute at Cornell.

Published
2018-01-30 05:00:00 UTC
http://www.wnycstudios.org/shows/radiolabmoreperfect


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