Today the Supreme Court opens its doors for the 2013-14 term and it's promising to be an eventful one. Campaign contributions, abortion rights, affirmative action and public prayer are just a few of the extraordinary cases slated to make the court's agenda. They are also issues that defined former justice Sandra Day O'Conner's time on the court. Slate writer Dahlia Lithwick said this term could mark "the final demise of the O'Conner legacy." Steve Scher talks with Lithwick about the court's upcoming term.
Weekday's“News in Review” roundtable comes together to talk over the week’s news.
It was a big week at the Supreme Court. The justices struck down provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and decided the federal Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional. A filibuster by Wendy Davis rocked the Texas legislature, stopping a vote on an abortion bill. The bill will be revisited in the second special session Gov. Rick Perry called.
Washington's own legislature's second session budget problems still divide the floor; but issues will need to be resolved soon to avoid a government shut down on July 1.
What stories caught your attention? What hasn’t been covered enough? What story made your blood boil? Share your thoughts with the panel right now by emailing Weekday.
SCOTUS, DOMA And Proposition 8 The Supreme Court is due to make a decision soon on two major cases effecting marriage equality. Law professor at the University of Washington,Peter Nicolas explains what we can expect from SCOTUS in the coming days.
The Center Holds Jonathan Alter has spent more than two decades covering national politics in Washington, D.C. In his new book “The Center Holds,” he examines the challenges President Obama faced in his 2012 reelection campaign, from a Republican Party determined to retake control of Congress and millions in unregulated campaign spending, to Obama’s own distaste for politics.
Radio Retrospective: Radio Expert Frank Buxton Frank Buxton is an expert on the Golden Age of Radio and a voice talent to be reckoned with.
Recommended Eating Food writer Sara Dickerman joins us with a lunch recommendation. This time she recommends Shanik. Prefer to cook for yourself? She reviews "Mr. Wilkinson's Vegetables."
Don't Patent Human Genes In a unanimous vote the United State Supreme Court has said you may not patent human genes. The biotech company Myriad Genetics patented BRCA 1 and BRCA 2, the genes that have been found to be linked to breast and ovarian cancer. Dr. Mary-Claire King first found evidence of the existence of the BRCA 1 gene while working at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. King will explain what the Supreme Court’s decision means for the science and research community.
Science News, It's Not Just Nobel Anymore Many have heard of the Nobel Prize, but it is no longer the only big prize scientist receive. There has been a rise in scientific awards that come with a million dollar bonus. Science journalist Zeeya Merali explains how these new awards can benefit and hurt the scientific community.
Letters From Famous Fathers What would you put in a letter to your son or daughter? How do you transcend the moment and pen words of advice or love that they can carry with them all their lives? Paul Stetler asked himself those question when he sat down to write a letter to his son. He was inspired by a letter his dad had written to him years ago. It became the subject of a new play Stetler has curated called "Dear Dad." The play features the intimate letters of famous American fathers, from John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan to John Steinbeck and Jackson Pollock.