5 legal podcasts helping us weed through the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade opinion and what a potential ruling could mean

News May 5, 2022

A Supreme Court draft opinion was leaked earlier this week indicating that the highest court in the land might strike down Roe v. Wade. The landmark decision from 1973 ruled that the Constitution of the United States protects the right to an abortion without excessive government restriction.

As the United States continues to reel from this leaked initial draft obtained by POLITICO, legal experts have begun to weigh in. We’re sharing some legal podcasts discussing what reversing Roe v. Wade means, the precedent it sets for future Supreme Court decisions or reversals, and what this means for the usually secretive decision-making of Supreme Court Justices.

Check out these five podcasts helping us keep up with the fate of Roe v. Wade.

Cases and Controversies

Listen to ‘Cases and Controversies’

From Bloomberg Law, “Cases and Controversies” is always bringing us the latest news and decisions from the Supreme Court. Hosts Kimberly Robinson and Jordan Rubin examine critical issues with Supreme Court advocates, judges, lawyers, law professors, and legal journalists. They released an episode the day after the leak pondering if this leak could usher in a new, less-secretive era for the Supreme Court.

Strict Scrutiny

Listen to ‘Strict Scrutiny’

“Strict Scrutiny” is another legal podcast strictly about the United States Supreme Court. Hosted by law professors Leah Litman, Kate Shaw, and Melissa Murray, they ensure that their podcast is accessible to everyone from Supreme Court regulars to law students to the general public. This Crooked Media podcast posts weekly episodes on Mondays and even had an emergency episode released after the draft leak, so we’re sure they’ll keep us in the loop.


Listen to ‘#SistersInLaw’

Politicon’s “#SistersInLaw” is hosted by Joyce Vance, Jill Wine-Banks, Barb McQuade, and Kimberly Atkins. A group of legal and political masterminds, they’re pulling back the curtain on how all branches of the government actually work. They typically post 75-minute long episodes on Saturdays, but like many other people, they posted an emergency episode on May 3rd after news of the leak.

PBS NewsHour - Supreme Court

PBS Newshour – Supreme Court

Listen to ‘PBS NewsHour – Supreme Court’

This PBS NewsHour offshoot is giving listeners updates on all of the key cases and critical arguments that appear before the Supreme Court – and the impending Roe v. Wade decision is no different. Recent episodes cover conversations around the issue and the implications of a potential ruling.

Bloomberg Law

Listen to ‘Bloomberg Law’

June Grasso speaks with veteran attorneys and legal scholars to analyze the major legal issues of today and the cases dominating the headlines in “Bloomberg Law.” This podcast posts episodes multiple times a week and has already spoken about the SCOTUS draft leak with UCLA Law School professor Adam Winkler.

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