There is something deeply comforting about listening to mild-mannered legal scholars discuss the arcane workings of the Supreme Court. First Mondays makes no bones about the fact that it's a podcast aimed at lawyers, but it's surprisingly accessible for all that. Hosts Ian Samuel and Dan Epps, both former Supreme Court clerks and now law professors, dig into the nitty-gritty of the cases before the court, analyse the art of argument, and try to get into the heads of the eight judges who currently uphold, and sometimes up-end, the law of the land. We are introduced to cases as varied as Hernandez vs Mesa (the shooting of a teenager on the Mexican-US border) and Expressions Hair Design v. Schneiderman (a debate over surcharges), while recent episodes have gone deep on newly nominated justice Neil Gorsuch. Episodes drop seasonally, weekly-ish, depending on whether the court is in session.
Gateway episodes: Good Behaviour #1: Grist of a Judge's Life (2 Feb 2017) / OT2016 #11 Close to Using a Swear (16 Jan 2017) / 101 First Street #1: Ser-shee-or-RARE-eye (27 Dec 2016)