The fall semester is under way in the faculty lounge as Professors Richard Epstein and John Yoo take us through the latest legal controversies. On the syllabus: The many twists and turns of the FBI’s investigation into Donald Trump — Was the raid justified? Can the president declassify documents at will? And what’s a special master anyway? Then, we turn to the Biden Administration’s plan to forgive college debt. Does the president really have the authority to make such sweeping policy unilaterally? And, if not, does anyone actually have standing to challenge the move in court? Finally, a look at some of the legal complexities of a post-Roe world. Can the White House force states to allow certain abortions that are otherwise prohibited under state law? A lawsuit in Idaho and a new policy from the VA will put that question to the test.

In a special episode of Law Talk, professors Richard Epstein and John Yoo do a deep dive into Dobbs v. Jackson, the Supreme Court case overturning Roe v. Wade — and take listener questions while they’re at it. They analyze the logic of Justice Alito’s decision, the controversial concurrence of Clarence Thomas, the uncomfortable middle ground occupied by Chief Justice Roberts, and the blistering dissent from the Court’s liberal justices. Plus, what’s next: can Congress write Roe back into law — or, conversely, impose nationwide abortion restrictions? Can states limit the ability of citizens to cross state lines in pursuit of an abortion? All that, plus a brief look at the Court’s noteworthy gun rights case out of New York and the professors’ answer to the question: what’s this year’s most important Supreme Court case that no one is talking about?

Professors Richard Epstein and John Yoo come together for an emergency session in the faculty lounge, wherein they break down the consequences of the leaked Supreme Court abortion decision, the strengths and weaknesses of Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion, and what the decision could mean for the future of the Court and the country.

The faculty lounge has been closed for repairs, and after a long absence the men of Law Talk are back with a super-sized episode. On the agenda: the rise of KBJ and the legacy of Justice Breyer; the fallout from the end of the mask mandate; the January 6 Commission’s new effort to hem in executive power; Florida tries to undo Disney World’s legal privileges; Justice Gorsuch sounds a controversial note over the treatment of American territories; and should the government give legal personhood to … bodies of water? All that plus Yoo becomes a rock star, Epstein fends off troublesome tuba players, and Senik’s got an innovative new proposal about American statehood.

The faculty lounge moves west, as Professors Richard Epstein and John Yoo both check in from sunny California (while resident cat-herder Troy Senik stays behind in frigid New York). On this installment: Did the Supreme Court’s parsing of the vaccine mandate pass muster? Have we figured out Justices Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and Barrett yet? Can Donald Trump be held civilly liable for the January 6 riots? Did the Supreme Court sell the former president’s claims of executive privilege short? Is reforming the Electoral Count Act the most essential element of election reform? Is higher education a cartel (there’s a split in the faculty lounge)? And why did a Georgia sheriff trying to keep trick-or-treaters safe fall afoul of the First Amendment?

It’s a festive year-end session in the faculty lounge, as Professors Richard Epstein and John Yoo dissect the latest drama before the Supreme Court. Is Roe v. Wade headed for annihilation? Is California’s attempt to use the logic of the Texas abortion law to go after guns, the beginning of 50-state chaos? And speaking of firearms, is SCOTUS about to upend restrictive gun control laws in blue states?

Then we leave the court behind for other legal controversies: why are lawsuits against opioid manufacturers failing around the country? Is the Biden Administration obligated to compensate immigrant families who were separated at the border? And, most important of all: exactly how many laws is Santa breaking every year? All that, plus Richard breaks down the economics of marriage, John reveals that he wants a Christmas gift from Vladimir Putin, and we get an after-action report on the professors’ joint trip to Italy.

The faculty lounge is open for visitors as Professors Richard Epstein and John Yoo tackle the latest legal controversies: will the Supreme Court open the door to challenges to the controversial Texas abortion law? Can Donald Trump use executive privilege to keep the January 6 commission away from his White House records? Will Steve Bannon’s defiance of the commission lead to federal prosecution? Is congressional Democrats’ idea of a wealth tax unconstitutional? Is a woke controversy at Yale Law School representative of a bigger problem in legal academia? And, for your listening pleasure, a Law Talk tutorial: how would a prosecutor think about Alec Baldwin’s accidental shooting of a crew member on a New Mexico movie set? All that plus tips on airline etiquette and NFT investing from your favorite professors.

Hoover Institution fellow John Cochrane talks with Casey Mulligan about what’s in the reconciliation bill. They focus on how the programs will work, or fail to work as well as what incentives and disincentives do they give.

Professors Richard Epstein and John Yoo are kicking off the fall semester with a bang, as they invite classroom participation in the form of questions from Law Talk listeners. On a wide-ranging episode, they cover the controversies over the Texas and Mississippi abortion laws, the crisis on the southern border, vaccine mandates, and a smattering of questions on everything from long-dead Supreme Court justices to the possibility of a new constitutional convention to revising the Declaration of Independence. You’ll hear all the wisdom and insight you’ve come to inspect from the professors plus a potentially career-ending gaffe from our intrepid moderator, who assures us he will submit to the Montreal Cognitive Assessment.

The faculty lounge has been closed for renovations, but Professors Richard Epstein and John Yoo are back to break down the biggest legal stories of the summer: What will come of the Biden Administration’s decision to defy the Supreme Court over the eviction moratorium? Who can (or can’t) mandate vaccines? Will a recent ruling from the Court buttress Republican states trying to change their voting laws? Is a Mississippi case the long-awaited culmination of the fight over Roe v. Wade? Why did antitrust efforts against Facebook get smacked down in federal courts? Is there any hope for Donald Trump’s class-action suit against the big tech companies? And finally, the professors reveal what they’d do if given the chance to amend the Constitution.

Summer school is in full-swing in the faculty lounge, where Professors Richard Epstein and John Yoo are breaking down the latest from the Supreme Court: Is college sports about to be turned on its head? Was the Court right to side with a foul-mouthed Pennsylvania cheerleader? Was the Court’s decision about Catholic adoption services in Philadelphia a Pyrrhic victory for religious liberty? Is a ruling about farmworkers in California the ultimate vindication of Richard Epstein? Plus, are states within their rights to clamp down on Critical Race Theory in schools — or are they running afoul of First Amendment protections? All that plus Epstein goes postal on Amazon, Yoo settles the great Philadelphia cheesesteak debate, and we get a handy tip as to how to determine when a piece of legislation is no good.

The men of Law Talk are getting Memorial Day weekend off to an early start with a spirited session in the faculty lounge. On the agenda: does a new Mississippi case mean Roe v. Wade is living on borrowed time? Does international law provide a remedy for a journalist’s imprisonment in Belarus? Or a potential lab leak in China? Will Florida get laughed out of court for attempting to regulate big tech on its own? And is the Supreme Court on the cusp of revolutionizing college sports? All that plus Professor Yoo has a gripe with President Biden that could go all the way to the Supreme Court, and Professor Epstein is … doing impressions of British economists?

Richard Epstein traces the history of the Supreme Court on abortion, from the day before Roe v. Wade to today, when a new case out of Mississippi raises the prospect that the landmark ruling may be overturned. Also, stay tuned to the end of the podcast for a special announcement.

On this, the final episode of The Classicist Podcast, Victor Davis Hansons answers listener questions on everything from farming to war movies to which books he’s always wanted to write but never gotten around to. Tune in for a jam-packed episode featuring VDH like you’ve never heard him before.

It has been an honor to carry this show since its inception 6 years ago, and we are sorry to see it go, but excited for Victor to explore news ways to get his thoughts out to a new audience. Victor will still make appearances on our other shows and we may even start a new show with him in the future. Until then, we wish him much success in his new venture.

Richard Epstein analyzes the recent outbreak of violence between the Israelis and the Palestinians, the future of American foreign policy in the Middle East, and the viability of Palestinian claims based on the “right of return.”

Victor Davis Hanson analyzes the recent conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians, how it reflects on the foreign policy of the Biden Administration, and what the consequences may be for the future of the Middle East.

Richard Epstein examines the economic issues coming to the fore with the end of the COVID pandemic: a sluggish labor market, inflation fears, tax increases, and the future of American infrastructure.

Victor Davis Hanson analyzes the decline of California — and a few hopeful signs that it may not be permanent.

Richard Epstein dissects the recent proposal to remove patent protection for COVID vaccines as a way to make them more affordable for the developing world — and explains why the patent system is one of the most underappreciated sources of American dynamism.

Victor Davis Hanson explains how today’s campus radicalism is different to that of the 1960s, analyzes the factor that led to higher education’s decline, and provides a blueprint for what a more enlightened university might look like.