Law Talk With Epstein, Yoo, & Senik
Episode 52: The Middle Seat

Richard Epstein, John Yoo, & Troy Senik
Nov 26, 2013
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This week on Law Talk: the nuclear deal with Iran, the nuclear option in the Senate, 3-D printing and intellectual property concerns, and a special Law Talk holiday travel advisory: avoid getting caught on a flight when Professor Epstein is in the middle seat. 

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  1. Fred Cole

    Best phrase of the episode:

    “When Betamax was still a thriving technology…”

  2. EJHill
    Fred Cole: Best phrase of the episode:

    “When Betamax was still a thriving technology…” 

    I wouldn’t cry for Sony. They took everything they had in Betamax, improved it and turned it into Betacam, the single most successful format in professional video history (along with its successor, DigiBeta).

     

  3. Fred Cole

    I love how happy Richard looks in that picture.

  4. KC Mulville

    Obama likely doesn’t have to submit it to the Senate for approval. I still think that’s why the end of the filibuster matters so much now. Not only do we lack an official method of opposing the president, but now there isn’t even an unofficial method.

    How do we thwart the president now? Elections and what else?

    May I also suggest that the audience that a judge ought to write to is the guy who doesn’t know what the law is. 

  5. SMatthewStolte

    I think that if Richard believes that President Obama is (or is likely) the worst president in history, he should write an essay defending this view. What measures is he using? Who are other likely candidates for the worst of the 44 presidents? Etc. 

    When he made that comment, I was really surprised, because he isn’t in the habit of partisan hyperbole. So I take his words seriously. 

  6. Vermonster

    The MIDDLE SEAT is the choice seat when riding in a pickup truck in Vermont.  It means you won’t have to keep getting out to open the gates!

  7. EJHill

    Anybody want to caption that photo?

  8. Peter Fumo

    SMatthewStolte, I had the exact same reaction on hearing Richard say that. Not used to hearing such strong opinions from him regarding Presidential politics.

  9. I. raptus

    Don’t mean to be the difficult one here, but it’s really essential that if you’re going to fiddle with your microphone, that you put yourself on mute.  There were really quite loud scratching and bonking noises coming from someone’s microphone for long stretches (several minutes, not just seconds) at a time.

    Better yet, treat it like any kind of conference call, if you’re not talking, you should be muted.

  10. Scott R
    EJHill: Anybody want to caption that photo? · November 26, 2013 at 1:28pm

    “Flatus” would have to be in there somewhere.

  11. James Stack

    Kudos to Richard!  I have lived in MN (flyover country) and take no offense to Richard’s friendly open-minded approach, no pun intended, to chatting w/his seatmates on airplanes. I too find the people I meet, the things they know or careers they hold to be fascinating. I have many business cards or airline napkins with websites, names, ideas, book titles etc that I’ve glommed during in-flight repartee with other fliers. I even received a post flight package in the Mail in which was the document showing that my seat-mate’s expensive pedigreed race horse had the same name as mine: Jimmy Stack.

    Well done Richard. A man of the people I say, never mind the time in ORD and NYC. 

  12. Duane Oyen

    Upgrade for who?  Richard is in the narrow middle seat of a 3-across.

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