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  1. It's final exam season for law students and that means it's final exam botching season for professors and administrations. A couple of T14 schools have already stumbled out of the gate. Joe and Kathryn also take a deep dive into whether or not it's ever appropriate for a J.D. to call themselves "Doctor" -- and it isn't. Finally, we discuss holiday shopping for lawyers. Special thanks to our sponsors, Paper Software, LexisNexis® InterAction® and Lexicon.
  2. Election challenges continue, Krakens are released, Rick Schroder provides a critical look at America's cash bail system, and Bill Barr has some explaining to do. But beyond all that, a new study takes a comprehensive look at the legal licensing process and the value of the status quo bar examination regime. It may not surprise anyone that the existing system does a poor job of providing the assurances of "minimum competence" that the public and the profession need, but this study does the hard work of backing that feeling up with data and, more importantly, outlining alternative licensing programs that would do better. AccessLex funded the study, and Aaron Taylor, Executive Director of the AccessLex Center for Legal Education Excellence joins the show to talk about it. Special thanks to our sponsors, Paper Software, and LexisNexis® InterAction®.
  3. As pressure mounts on Trump's election attorneys, Jones Day has doubled down on the sinking effort. While declaring that it is not representing Trump per se, the firm is behind the Pennsylvania "stop the count" effort and with advocacy groups urging corporations to pull business and reports emerge of internal strife, the firm seems willing to stay the course. It worked for the Titanic after all. Meanwhile, a family law attorney pursuing the case makes an interesting complaint about the size of Kirkland & Ellis. In more heroic news, a lawsuit takes aim at Confederate monuments and we talk about the state of annual bonuses. Special thanks to our sponsors, Paper Software, and LexisNexis® InterAction®.
  4. Baseball scrapped its winter meetings, which were scheduled for Dallas last week, because of COVID-19. But that doesn’t means teams haven’t been busy ... and the Royals have been among the most active. This week they announced the signing of reliever Greg Holland. Last week, it was Carlos Santana, who had a terrific career with Cleveland — and against Kansas City. Before that, pitcher Mike Minor and outfielder Michael Taylor were signed. In this episode of our daily sports podcast, KC Star beat writer Lynn Worthy stops by to break down the moves and catches us up on other Royals news with SportsBeat KC host Blair Kerkhoff. Story links: Royals re-sign veteran relief pitcher Greg Holland as anchor for young bullpen Royals’ Salvador Perez adds AL Comeback Player of the Year to his list of honors Royals projected 2021 Opening Day lineup after the Carlos Santana signing Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
  5. Lets flash back to the time Charalamagne gave "Donkey of the Day" to a man that begun watching porn and doing a little more things while on a work call. Learn more about your ad-choices at
  6. A first draft of history for 2020, told through three very personal efforts to find -- and keep -- human connection amid a pandemic.  We hear from 13-year-old Adiva Kaisary about how 2020 has complicated her relationships with her school friends and new neighborhood. Producer Veralyn Williams brings us a story from WNYC’s own reporter Cindy Rodriguez who faced COVID-19 head-on this year - while living alone as so many have. Finally, reporter Jenny Casas checks in with Chicagoan Niky Crawford, following a social experiment they crafted to bring strangers in isolation together. COMPANION LISTENING: “An Invitation to Dream” (11/2/2020)An exercise in radical imagination for a post-Trump world, with some of our favorite guests.  “Rage, Grief, Joy” (6/18/2020)Stories about catharsis -- and the ways we gather to fight, to grieve, and to show up for each other.  “The United States of Anxiety” airs live on Sunday evenings at 6pm ET. The podcast episodes are lightly edited from our live broadcasts. To catch all the action, tune into the show on Sunday nights via the stream on or tell your smart speakers to play WNYC.
  7. Michael Lewis needs little introduction. He’s the author of Liar’s Poker, Moneyball, The Big Short, The Blind Side, The Fifth Risk. He’s the host of the new podcast “Against the Rules.” He’s a master at making seemingly boring topics — baseball statistics, government bureaucrats, collateralized debt obligations — riveting. So how does he do it? What I wanted to do in this conversation was understand Lewis’s process. How does he choose his topics? How does he find his characters? How does he get them to trust him? What is he looking for when he’s with them? What allows him to see the gleam in subjects that would strike others, on their face, as dull? Lewis more than delivered. There’s a master class in reporting — or just in getting to know people — tucked inside this conversation. As in the NK Jemisin episode, Lewis shows how he does his work in real time, using me and something I revealed as the example. Sometimes the conversations on this show are a delight. Sometimes they’re actually useful. This one is both. Book recommendations: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain A Collection of Essays by George Orwell The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe Credits: Producer/Audio engineer - Jeff Geld Researcher - Roge Karma Please consider making a contribution to Vox to support this show: Your support will help us keep having ambitious conversations about big ideas. New to the show? Want to check out Ezra’s favorite episodes? Check out the Ezra Klein Show beginner’s guide ( Want to contact the show? Reach out at Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
  8. Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska was in the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday when rioters attacked. As Congress was preparing to reconvene, Sasse issued remarks saying that "lies have consequences" and that the attack on the Capitol was "the inevitable and ugly outcome of the President's addiction to constantly stoking division." And then Sasse voted to affirm the election results. "I think it's obvious that the president's conduct wasn't merely reckless and destructive. It was a flagrant dereliction of his duty to uphold and defend the Constitution," Sasse said in an interview Friday with NPR's Morning Edition. Sasse also criticized Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri, who was the first Senate Republican to announce publicly that he would vote to object to the Electoral College results. "Sen. Hawley was doing something that was really dumbass" that helped incite the crowd that mobbed the Capitol, Sasse said. Below are highlights of the interview, edited for length and clarity. Interview Highlights What did this week's events say about the state of democracy? Well, we're not very healthy right now, but I want us to be sure we focus on the fact that we're going to get healthy again. But obviously, Americans are angry right now and our country is mourning. ... The loss of life is gut-wrenching. But on Wednesday, the people's Capitol, which is the greatest symbol of freedom and liberty and representative self-government anywhere in the world ... was ransacked by a mob that was incited by the president of the United States. Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri. He was the first senator to say that he would join the objections to the election results. He raised his fist to the mob before they stormed the building. He continued his objections afterward and said he was just raising some concerns about ballot security. Is there any doubt, though, that your colleague knew what he was inciting? Well, let's begin by laying the blame first and foremost on those who actually committed the acts of violence at the Capitol and then on the president of the United States as well, because he was the one pouring gasoline on these fires of division. But a big part of the problem with our polarized politics at this moment is that there's a massive demand for it. This isn't just a supply problem. We have a big chunk of voters. They're not a majority, but they're really loud and they're growing. There is a large group that is hopped up on on rage-clicks and they're demanding nonsense stunts like the objection to the Electoral College vote. So Sen. Hawley was doing something that was really dumbass. And I have been clear about that in public and in private since long before he announced that he was going to do this. This was a stunt. It was a terrible, terrible idea. And you don't lie to the American people. And that's what's been going on. The American people have been lied to chiefly by Donald Trump. And lies have consequences. And those consequences are now found in five dead Americans in a Capitol building that's in shambles. And there's a lot of work that has to be done to rebuild, and legislators should not be aiding and abetting those kinds of lies. David Humphreys, who's a Missouri businessman who spent $2 million to support Hawley's election in 2018, now tells the Missouri Independent that Hawley is "a political opportunist willing to subvert the Constitution." And he would like the Senate to censure Sen. Hawley, which would take a simple majority vote. Would you vote for that? I have not been shy in my criticisms of Josh Hawley, either in public or in private. This was a terrible, terrible idea. The mechanism of how the Senate handles it next is something that we'll obviously need to talk about. But the most fundamental issue for any individual senator is their conscience to their oath of office, to the Constitution and their relationship with citizens of the state that they serve. So Missourians are the most important people in that conversation. But obviously, I think lots of deliberation needs to be had on the perverse incentives inside [Congress] right now. The way people raise funds, the way they raise money during legislative debates is disgusting. ... We have somewhere between 4% and 14% of Americans who are identifying their political tribe as their most important community. And it's not a community of love, they're anti-communities, they're communities of hate. Hawley sent out a fundraising message shortly before the storming of the Capitol, according to The Kansas City Star. Should the Senate be disciplining its own members for doing this sort of thing? I think we need to change rules that allow people to be fundraising while the Senate is in session. You know, I'm a fan of term limits. I don't think the idea of constantly trying to get these feedback loops and make politics the center of kind of horse race rage, addiction, social media stuff, I don't think any of that is healthy. So the fundraising is gross. I want to ban cameras in committee rooms. Not audio — I want the American people to have transparency. But I want to end the constant grandstanding that drives so much of our politics at present. I want to ask about the president of the United States and what happens to him now. I know there's talk of urging the 25th Amendment. There is talk in the House of impeachment, which would take a while. And we had Jeh Johnson on this program, the former homeland security secretary, who said he thought the best option was for people around the president to urge him to leave town. What would you have the president do in the final 12 days of his term? I think that the less the president does over the next 12 days, the better. Mike Pence fulfilled his obligations on Wednesday while blood was being shed at the people's Capitol. The president was actively rage-tweeting against his vice president because the vice president was fulfilling his oath of office to the Constitution to affirm the fact that Joe Biden won. ... We were in the Senate chamber and the Secret Service had to rush in and grab the vice president from the dais and rush him out of the room and the president of the United States was rage tweeting against him at the same time. So, frankly, I think it's obvious that the president's conduct wasn't merely reckless and destructive. It was a flagrant dereliction of his duty to uphold and defend the Constitution. And we need to know more about why the National Guard wasn't deployed when calls were sent out for it. Copyright 2021 NPR. To see more, visit
  9. [Explicit Content] The Georgia Runoff; Red Hat insurrectionists invaded the U.S. Capitol building; Trump made this; Rudy called for "trial by combat"; Josh Hawley is a ringleader; Pipe bombs found on Capitol grounds; The FBI is pursuing the culprits; The racial injustice of it; Where were the cops?; Joy Reid's rant; Joe Scarborough's rant; Chuck Schumer and other officials call for Trump's removal; Facebook suspended Trump indefinitely; Some Capitol Police history; Merrick Garland's back; With Jody Hamilton and TRex David Ferguson; and music by Freekbass and Luke LeBlanc; and more!
  10. This episode of course we had to discuss the chaos and terrorism that errupted yesterday at the Capitol. We opened the phone lines for our listeners to hear their thoughts on the Trump supporter better known as the terrorist taking over the Capitol. Also, Charlamagne gave "Donkey of the Day" to America for their action and reactions. Also, Angela helped some listeners out during "Ask Yee" with one having hard time dealing with his brother having relations with his girlfriend. Learn more about your ad-choices at
  11. The name Jerry Stackhouse is synonymous with basketball. One of the greatest players to ever wear the North Carolina Tar Heels jersey, he went on to play 18 seasons in the NBA - yes, 18! With a resume that’s parallel to none, it's easy to see why he was recently chosen to be the head coach of the Vanderbilt Men’s Basketball team. Coach Stackhouse talks to Jensen about leading an impressive young roster during these challenging times and what recruiting is like in a socially distanced world. They also talk about the possible racial bias he saw against teammate Allen Iverson, the difference between LeBron James and Michael Jordan’s leadership approach, and why the De La Soul music video for “Stakes Is High” was the real sign he “made it”. This episode and series supports For more of The Sports Bubble, visit Learn more about your ad-choices at
  12. Vanderbilt coach Jerry Stackhouse - an 18-year NBA veteran - joins The Woj Pod to remember a young Kobe Bryant as a teenage kid playing pickup with this 76ers (13:50), playing with an aging Michael Jordan with the Wizards (29:01), waiting in tunnels post-game to finish on-court skirmishes with opponents, why he didn't think Dwane Casey was comfortable with him as an assistant coach in Toronto and the challenge of recruiting and coaching at Vandy in the SEC.
  13. While Jerry Stackhouse's stint with the 76ers was ultimately brief, his career in basketball has proven to be enduring. From a few All-Star seasons in Detroit, to his current role as the head coach of men's basketball at Vanderbilt, the no. 3 pick in the 1995 NBA Draft joins Sixers radio announcer Tom McGinnis on this edition of TOM's Talks to reflect on his life in the game. New episodes of TOM's Talks premiere each weekend on the 76ers Podcast Network. --- Send in a voice message:
  14. On Wednesday afternoon supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol building, overwhelming police and forcing the representatives inside into hiding just as they prepared to certify Joe Biden's election victory. Matt Fuller of Huffpost and Jon Farina of Status Coup, who were at the capitol as events unfolded, join Ryan Grim to discuss.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
  15. When a mob attacked the Capitol building on January 6th in an attempt to stop the certification of Joe Biden’s election victory, Rep. Pramila Jayapal, the Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, found herself like many other lawmakers forced to flee the chamber and take cover. While congress was locked down, several Republicans refused to wear masks. Three Democratic lawmakers, Jayapal among them, later tested positive for Covid-19. Ryan Grim talks to the Congresswoman about her ordeal and her hopeful recovery.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
  16. The long awaited best-of shows are finally here! On this Shaqcast retrospective we take a look back at our first show ever, the origins of the White Sitcom Challenge, Shaq's feet on Instagram, the Kim Kardashian and Jimmy Fallon saga, the birth of Borderline and crazy competitions... and we close it out with the biggest moment from the first six months of the show, as Shaq and Kobe Bryant sit down to talk for the first time in 12 years back in 2015, an interview that was worldwide news.
  17. Last year, Rany Jazayerli and Joe Sheehan, former hosts of the Rany and Joe baseball podcast and Baseball Prospectus legends and co-founders, previewed the baseball season ... right before the pandemic hit. So let's hope that doesn't happen this year. It's a tradition unlike any other: It's Rany and Joe, looking toward baseball in 2021. We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
  18. After months of revisions, Dan thinks he’s got his shape. But he’s been working on this for so long, he’s not sure he knows what’s good anymore. So he brings in an all-star panel of taste testers, including Sohla El-Waylly, Francis Lam, Dorie Greenspan, Christopher Kimball, Claire Saffitz, Jet Tila, and Bill Nye the Science Guy. Then J. Kenji López-Alt, Justin Warner, and Samin Nosrat help Dan pick a name for his shape before, finally, it’s production day!  The shape is on sale right now! Get it at Sfoglini, and use promo code SPORKFUL for 15% off your whole order.  Want to see photos and videos from Dan’s journey? Follow @thesporkful on Instagram! // Get 500+ more great Sporkful episodes from our catalog and lots of other Stitcher goodness when you sign up for Stitcher Premium: (promo code: SPORKFUL). Transcript available at
  19. The first test batch of Dan’s pasta rolls off the presses, but problems crop up almost immediately. In order to save his shape, Dan has to make some big decisions that come with a high price tag. Then just as things start coming together, a die redesign goes very wrong.  Want to see photos and videos from Dan’s journey? Follow The Sporkful on Instagram! // Get 500+ more great Sporkful episodes from our catalog and lots of other Stitcher goodness when you sign up for Stitcher Premium: (promo code: SPORKFUL). Transcript available at
  20. Dan dusts himself off and goes on the hunt for a pasta company to partner with. Plus, he edges closer to a design for his shape. But the real challenge is convincing pasta industry insiders to take him seriously.  Want to see photos and videos from Dan’s journey? Follow The Sporkful on Instagram! // Get 500+ more great Sporkful episodes from our catalog and lots of other Stitcher goodness when you sign up for Stitcher Premium: (promo code: SPORKFUL). Transcript available at
  21. Dan seeks inspiration for the design of his new pasta shape, a process that includes an epic pasta tasting and a chat with an architect who points him to a very radical concept. But after a meeting with a pasta maker, Dan learns exactly how much these big ideas will cost him. Want to see photos and videos from Dan’s journey? Follow The Sporkful on Instagram! // Get 500+ more great Sporkful episodes from our catalog and lots of other Stitcher goodness when you sign up for Stitcher Premium: (promo code: SPORKFUL). Transcript available at
  22. Spaghetti doesn’t hold sauce. Angel hair goes from zero to mush. Wagon wheels are gimmicks. These are just a few of Dan’s many frustrations with classic pasta shapes. Three years ago he set out to do better when he embarked on a quest to invent a new pasta shape, actually get it made, and actually sell it. And things have not gone as planned. Starting today, we’re telling the story of Dan’s quest in a five-part series; part 2 is also up now. Will the world have a new pasta shape? Or will Dan’s dreams fall as flat as an overcooked rigatoni? Want to see photos and videos from Dan’s journey? Follow The Sporkful on Instagram! // Get 500+ more great Sporkful episodes from our catalog and lots of other Stitcher goodness when you sign up for Stitcher Premium: (promo code: SPORKFUL). Transcript available at
  23. We continue to bring you the best-of version of The Big Podcast with Shaq - and this week it takes off with Borderline audio from every direction. We enjoy Pacman Jones, the first appearance of Mr. Turner, the bug-in-the-mouth reporter, Ram It, and so much more. Plus the hilarious and now infamous Black History Month quiz where John gets shown up by Shaq in a "fair and balanced" challenge.

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