This Valentine's Day, we're joined by Melissa Murray, NYU Law professor and expert on the legal regulation of sex and sexuality. Professor Murray and host Emerson Sykes discuss the legal institution of marriage as it has been used by and against marginalized people, and consider the victories and setbacks in the fight for marriage — and nonmarriage — equality.
At Liberty Live! Kwame Anthony Appiah on Identity and the Law (Episode 32)
As part of the "Night of Philosophy and Ideas," renowned philosopher and NYT Ethicist columnist Kwame Anthony Appiah joined host Emerson Sykes — and a live audience! — to discuss identity, ethics, and the law. The event was hosted by the Brooklyn Public Library and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.
Adam McKay on Dick Cheney's Legacy (Episode 31)
In his new Oscar-nominated film "Vice," Adam McKay(Saturday Night Live, "The Big Short") tells the story of Dick Cheney's journey from college dropout to becoming the most powerful — and probably the most controversial — vice president in American history. McKay joins At Liberty to discuss Cheney's legacy and why he chose to tell this story now.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Stamp on the ACLU (Episode 30)
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has become a cultural icon, inspiring internet memes, popular biographies, documentaries, and a new feature film called On the Basis of Sex. This week, we reflect on her impact on the ACLU, where she founded the Women’s Rights Project in 1972. We’re joined by Lenora Lapidus, the project’s current director, to discuss the fight for women’s rights then and now.
A Wave of Laws Target Boycotts of Israel (Episode 29)
A raft of new state and federal laws are seeking to stop people from participating in political boycotts aimed at the state of Israel. ACLU attorney Brian Hauss has challenged these laws across the U.S., and just this month argued against one in Arkansas. He joins Emerson Sykes — At Liberty’s new host! — to discuss what exactly this all means and why it's a major threat to the First Amendment.
Update (1/18/19): After this episode was released, J Street clarified that the organization does not, in fact, support or engage in settlement boycotts.
At Liberty is a weekly podcast from the ACLU that explores the biggest civil rights and civil liberties issues of the day. Join host Lee Rowland, a former ACLU attorney, as she and guests try to make some sense of what’s going on in our country.
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