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Supreme Court Landmark Cases: Korematsu v. United States
Peter Irons and Karen Korematsu talked about the 1944 U.S. Supreme Court case Korematsu V. United States, in which the court ruled 6-3 that Japanese internment camps were necessary for the protection of all citizens during World War II.
November 9, 2015 : 1 hr. 31 min.

Supreme Court Landmark Cases: Schenck v. United States
Beverly Gage and Thomas Goldstein talked about the 1919 Supreme Court case Schenck v. United States, in which the Court unanimously ruled that the Espionage Act of 1917 was constitutional, even when used to punish speech that would be permissible in times of peace, establishing that the First Amendment was not absolute.
November 2, 2015 : 1 hr. 31 min.

CLIP: President Obama Remarks on Oregon College Shootings
President Obama made a statement on the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. Ten people are believed to have died and more than 20 were injured. The 26-year old male shooter also died in the attack. In his statement, President Obama called on the need for more gun control measures.
October 2, 2015 : 5 min. 57 sec.

CLIP: Texas 9th Grader Suspension
A discussion on the Texas ninth grader's suspension over a homemade clock he brought to school, and whether the actions of the school and the police were justified.
September 18, 2015 : 3 min. 32 sec.

Trailer: C-SPAN’s Landmark Cases Series
C-SPAN's Landmark Cases series will explore the human stories and constitutional dramas behind some of the most significant and frequently cited decisions in the Supreme Court’s history. This 12-part series delves into cases that represent some of the tipping points in our nation’s story and in our evolving understanding of rights in America. Produced in cooperation with the National Constitution Center, each 90 minute program will air on Monday nights at 9pm ET, beginning October 5, 2015.
September 15, 2015 : 2 min. 52 sec.

CLIP: Supreme Court Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage
Jess Bravin talked about the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling the previous day that same-sex marriage was a right. In Obergefell v. Hodges the Court ruled 5-4 that the Fourteenth Amendment requires all states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and recognize marriages from other states.
June 29, 2015 : 7 min. 32 sec.

CLIP: PATRIOT Act Provisions Expire
The expiration of provisions of the PATRIOT Act related to government surveillance as well as possible replacements were discussed. Comments from Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) were included.
June 1, 2015 : 5 min. 31 sec.

CLIP: Pending Supreme Court Cases
Kimberly Robinson talked about pending Supreme Court rulings on issues including same-sex marriage, health care subsidies, and lethal injection drugs.
May 26, 2015 : 8 min. 10 sec.

CLIP: Reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act
Neema Singh Guliani and Steven Bradbury talked about the reauthorization of parts of the PATRIOT Act and its effectiveness since its passage shortly after September 11, 2001.
May 18, 2015 : 7 min.

CLIP: Guantanamo Bay Prison Detainees
Charles Stimson talked about the status of prisoners held in Guantanamo Bay and the Defense Department’s efforts to move dozens of detainees out of the detention facility.
May 4, 2015 : 8 min. 51 sec.
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