In an August faculty lounge tradition, Professors Epstein & Yoo are taking listener questions — and it’s an eclectic bunch. Tune in as the professors debate everything from the limits of stare decisis to whether Barack Obama could be Vice President; from whether there should be more politicians on the Supreme Court to the legal problems with Dred Scott (yes, it involves Roman law); from the lack of intellectual diversity on college campuses to the radicalism in Seattle’s city government

On the 75th anniversary of World War II’s conclusion, Victor Davis Hanson looks at how the war continues to shape international affairs, and points listeners towards some of the war’s underappreciated figures.

Richard Epstein analyzes a trio of policy mistakes in California: the renewable energy mandates that have led to rolling blackouts, the restrictions on contractors that have Uber and Lyft looking for the exits, and a proposed wealth tax that would hit citizens even if they move out of state.

Richard Epstein analyzes the legality of President Trump’s recent executive orders on COVID relief and explains how executive orders fit into the constitutional order.

Victor Davis Hanson explains the philosophical underpinnings of the Trump Administration’s foreign policy — and explains how it’s affected America’s relationships with China, Iran, Russia, and North Korea.

Richard Epstein considers the complaints lodged against major tech firms at a recent congressional hearing: Everything from anti-competitive practices to allegations that they attempt to censor conservative voices.

Richard Epstein analyses the legal and political propriety of the Trump Administration’s decision to deploy federal forces to Portland, analyzes the factors behind increasing lawlessness in major cities, and puts America’s current struggle with urban unrest in historical context.

Victor Davis Hanson describes how professional athletes and franchise owners have embraced the language of revolution while getting rich off of the status quo.

Victor Davis Hanson proposes a policy agenda — and a strategic posture — for the Trump campaign to take up in the presidential election.

Richard Epstein weighs in on a federal judge’s recent order to temporarily shut down the Dakota Access pipeline; explains how government regulations have crippled the country’s ability to build critical energy infrastructure; and makes the case that dreams of an economy fueled by renewable energy are a delusion.

There’s a full docket in the faculty lounge as Professors Richard Epstein and John Yoo tackle the Roger Stone case and review the Supreme Court term that was: How did John Roberts justify taking both sides of the abortion regulations case within just a few years? Why does the Court get so many religious liberty cases these days — and is Antonin Scalia to blame? Has the pursuit of President Trump’s tax records seen SCOTUS open up a pandora’s box? And did the Court just give a huge chunk of Oklahoma back to Native Americans? All that plus the profs head to the suburbs, and we answer the question “Is it time to start worrying about Justice Gorsuch?” Also, remember to submit your questions for the upcoming Law Talk Q&A in the comments or to troy@ricochet.com

What will bring the wave of radical protests and cancel culture to an end? It would help if the leadership of America’s elite institutions grew a backbone.

Richard Epstein describes why reparations are unworkable, inadvisable, and represent a misdiagnosis of the problems facing African-Americans.

Victor Davis Hanson explores the historical, political, and economic aspects of the rural-urban divide — and its implications for American culture.

Richard Epstein examines the Supreme Court’s recent ruling preventing the Trump Administration from ending the DACA program — and criticizes Chief Justice Roberts for what he regards as an indefensible decision.

Victor Davis Hanson puts the efforts to uproot confederate iconography into historical perspective, examines the revolutionary zeal currently in fashion amongst progressive activists, and compares & contrasts this moment of American instability with otGeorge Floydhers in the nation’s past.

Summer school is starting early in the faculty lounge. On this episode, Professors Epstein and Yoo have a full agenda: Are Minnesota prosecutors setting themselves up for a fall in the Derek Chauvin case? Should the Supreme Court have taken a case that could have allowed it to pare back qualified immunity? What should we make of Justice Gorsuch’s surprising turn in the LGBT discrimination case? Or Chief Justice Roberts siding with the court’s liberals in subjecting California churches to strict COVID protocols? Does President Trump have the power to stop John Bolton’s book from being released? And, finally, can we find eternal truths about intellectual property law in the battle between a couple of authors of wolf-themed erotica? At least one professor thinks so!

John Cochrane provides a critical examination of Modern Monetary Theory — and explains why an innovative financial instrument known as a perpetual bond may improve America’s ability to manage its debt load.

Richard Epstein parses some of the most prominent recent proposals for criminal justice reform and analyzes the shift in American race relations over the past decade.

Victor Davis Hanson looks at how the protest movement inspired by the death of George Floyd has morphed from a legitimate lament of tragedy into a dangerous, revolutionary crusade.