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The question of same-sex marriage landed in the Supreme Court this past week, and marriage equality supporters are hoping for a landmark ruling that will legalize same-sex marriage. If it happens, it’ll be one in a series of history-making Supreme Court rulings. But how does it work? Does the Supreme Court have the power to change the culture, or does our culture influence the decisions of the justices?NYU law professor Barry Friedman has written a book on that very question. He tells Bob that for the most part, the Supreme Court tries to shape their decisions according to what the public wants.
In early March, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul used a 13-hour filibuster to draw attention to the Obama Administration's drone programs. This week, Slate'sDavid Weigelnoticed that public opinion about drones has changed significantly since that filibuster. Bob spoke with Weigel about the connection.
Anthony Lewis passed away this week at 85 after a long and storied career covering the Supreme Court forThe New York Times. In a segment originally aired in 2008, Brooke spoke with Lewis about his bookFreedom for the Thought We Hate,an examination of the First Amendment.He explained that the amendment that governs free speech and the press might not be as familiar as we think.
With his cool rhymes and even cooler clothes, Basketball Hall of Famer Walt "Clyde" Frazier sat down with Brooke Gladstone for a live event to discuss basketball, broadcasting and the art of being cool.