The FedSoc Films Podcast

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The FedSoc Films Podcast gives audiences a deeper dive into the issues and stories featured in FedSoc Films, bringing you even more of the engaging debates, thoughtful commentary, and expert analysis from world-class scholars, legal professionals, and policymakers that you’ve come to expect from the Federalist Society. read less

Pennsylvania’s Populist Constitution | The Drafting of America’s First Constitutions
Jul 27 2022
Pennsylvania’s Populist Constitution | The Drafting of America’s First Constitutions
As one of the most radically democratic constitutions in American history, the Pennsylvania Constitution of 1776 sought to ensure government “by the people” rather than by a king. In this Cutting Room Floor episode of the FedSoc Films Podcast, we feature three experts from our film “The Drafting of America’s First Constitutions,” which explores the development of state constitutions in revolutionary America. Professor John Dinan of Wake Forest College, Judge Jeffrey Sutton of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and Prof. Robert Williams of Rutgers Law School had lots to say about Pennsylvania’s first constitution and its impact on the development of constitutional thought.Thanks again for listening to the FedSoc Films Podcast! Be sure to rate and review us on your favorite podcast platform.Watch the full film, The Drafting of America’s First Constitutions, here: https://youtu.be/zKdNHlFGXuw As always, the Federalist Society takes no position on particular legal or public policy issues; all expressions of opinion are those of the speakers.Learn more about Prof. John Dinan here:https://politics.wfu.edu/faculty-and-staff/john-dinan/ Learn more about Judge Jeffrey Sutton here:https://www.ali.org/members/member/287895/ Learn more about Prof. Robert Williams here: https://law.rutgers.edu/directory/view/rfw Visit https://fedsoc.org/ to learn more!Follow us on Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter:https://www.instagram.com/fedsoc/https://www.youtube.com/thefederalistsocietyhttps://twitter.com/FedSoc
Overturning Poletown: County of Wayne v. Hathcock  | Taking Poletown
Apr 5 2022
Overturning Poletown: County of Wayne v. Hathcock | Taking Poletown
For over 20 years, the Michigan Supreme Court ruling in Poletown Neighborhood Council v. Detroit, often referred to simply as Poletown, set the precedent for how and why eminent domain can be used. This was a controversial decision that was preceded by protests & holdouts, but eventually the Court’s decision allowed for the City of Detroit to use eminent domain to acquire land for General Motors to expand a car plant—land where a neighborhood existed. Part of what was at issue was what does “public use” mean? The Michigan Court found that the economic benefits that the plant promised to create sufficed as “public use,” regardless that the land was to be transferred to a private party, GM. But the story didn’t end there. In 2004, another eminent domain case, County of Wayne v. Hathcock, made its way to a new Michigan Supreme Court, and that court ended up overturning the precedent set in Poletown.Today’s episode of the FedSoc Films Podcast features Robert P. Young, one of the Justice’s on the Michigan Court in 2004, to give key insights into why he was in favor of overturning Poletown.This episode is inspired by our film Taking Poletown: A Community’s Fight Over Economic Justice & Eminent Domain, a short documentary that explores the battle that took place over 30 years ago between homeowners, government officials, and General Motors. Watch the full film Taking Poletown: A Community’s Fight Over Economic Justice & Eminent Domain on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaoessbpIIcAs always, the Federalist Society takes no position on particular legal or public policy issues; all expressions of opinion are those of the speaker.Visit https://fedsoc.org/ to learn more!Follow us on Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter:https://www.instagram.com/fedsoc/
Section 230 & the First Amendment | Leave A Decent Comment
Jan 31 2022
Section 230 & the First Amendment | Leave A Decent Comment
When politicians and big tech clash over political bias, fake news, and content moderation, who wins? How best do we preserve free speech online?At the heart of this battle is a once-obscure section of an unpopular law from the 90s that, arguably, brought the Internet out of the wild west and made it what it is today. Section 230 of the Communication Decency Act has been in the news a lot, but what the heck is it? Why do some people argue it gives a voice to the powerless while others say it allows giant corporations to stifle free speech? And how will the outcome of this fight affect YOU?In this episode of the FedSoc Films Podcast, we talk to Congressman Chris Cox, who represented California from 1989-2005 and was the co-author of Section 230, about how Section 230 relates to the First Amendment. Congressman Cox was featured in our film, Leave a Decent Comment, where we discussed many issues around Section 230, but we wanted to give more time to the important issue of freedom of speech on the internet.Thanks again for listening to the FedSoc Films Podcast! Be sure to rate and review us on your favorite podcast platform.Watch the full film, Leave a Decent Comment: Section 230 & the Fight for the Future of the Internet, here:https://youtu.be/fe7QfpjcqMULearn more about Rep. Chris Cox at https://history.house.gov/People/Listing/C/COX,-Charles-Christopher-(C000830)/As always, the Federalist Society takes no position on particular legal or public policy issues; all expressions of opinion are those of the speaker.Visit https://fedsoc.org/ to learn more!Follow us on Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter:https://www.instagram.com/fedsoc/https://www.youtube.com/thefederalistsocietyhttps://twitter.com/FedSoc
Eminent Domain and Public Use | Taking Poletown
Dec 1 2021
Eminent Domain and Public Use | Taking Poletown
In the early 1980s, General Motors found the perfect place to build a new factory in Detroit. That meant much needed jobs, economic development, and prosperity. The only problem was an entire neighborhood stood in the way. Our film Taking Poletown explores the battle between the neighborhood known as "Poletown" and the city of Detroit, along with General Motors, over the power and purpose of using eminent domain to transfer private property for "public use." Looking back 30 years later after two Michigan Supreme Court cases and a Michigan constitutional amendment, what lessons can we learn? In this episode of the FedSoc Films Podcasts we’ll revisit some of the issues discussed in the film while diving deeper into the Court case that came after the Poletown case called County of Wayne v. Hathcock. And to do this, we’ve invited Professor John Mogk, a distinguished law professor from Wayne State University in Michigan, an expert on the topic of eminent domain—especially in Michigan, and of course, Professor Mogk was also featured in our film, Taking Poletown.Thanks again for listening to the FedSoc Films Podcast! Be sure to rate and review us on your favorite podcast platform.Watch the full film Taking Poletown: A Community’s Fight Over Economic Justice & Eminent Domain on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaoessbpIIcClick here to learn more about Professor John Mogk: https://law.wayne.edu/profile/ac4871As always, the Federalist Society takes no position on particular legal or public policy issues; all expressions of opinion are those of the speaker.Visit https://fedsoc.org/ to learn more!Follow us on Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter:https://www.instagram.com/fedsoc/https://www.youtube.com/thefederalistsocietyhttps://twitter.com/FedSoc
They Called Him Mr. President | American Cincinnatus: George Washington Lays Down His Sword
Jun 3 2021
They Called Him Mr. President | American Cincinnatus: George Washington Lays Down His Sword
In February of 1789, George Washington was unanimously elected the first president of the United States. This was the first time the people of a nation had elected a president-- but what to call him? His Highness, His Excellency?In this Cutting Room Floor episode, we feature three experts from our film, “American Cincinnatus,” which explores the parallels between George Washington, and the Roman statesman, Cincinnatus. Professor Mathew Spalding of Hillsdale College, Professor Jeffry Morrison of Christopher Newport University, and Judge Andrew Oldham from the Fifth Circuit of Appeals. We’ve saved this conversation from the cutting room floor for the first Cutting Room Floor edition of the FedSoc Films Podcast. Thanks again for listening to the FedSoc Films Podcast! Be sure to rate and review us on your favorite podcast platform.Watch the full film, American Cincinnatus: George Washington Lays Down His Sword, here:https://youtu.be/UMYaDMVbZtULearn more about Dr. Matthew Spalding at https://www.hillsdale.edu/staff/matthew-spaldinLearn more about Dr. Jeffry Morrison at: https://cnu.edu/people/jeffrymorrisonLearn more about Judge Andrew Oldham at: https://fedsoc.org/contributors/andrew-oldhamAs always, the Federalist Society takes no position on particular legal or public policy issues; all expressions of opinion are those of the speaker.Visit https://fedsoc.org/ to learn more!Follow us on Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter:https://www.instagram.com/fedsoc/https://www.youtube.com/thefederalistsocietyhttps://twitter.com/FedSoc
America’s Prohibition | American Craft: What Beer Can Teach Us About Well-Crafted Laws
May 19 2021
America’s Prohibition | American Craft: What Beer Can Teach Us About Well-Crafted Laws
One century ago, a national prohibition was legalized, lasting for 13 years. This episode is inspired by our film, American Craft: What Beer Can Teach Us About Well-Crafted Laws, a documentary short that explores the story behind the craft beer renaissance and the importance of well-crafted legislation. What, legally speaking, was prohibition, anyway? Here to provide us with a history of America’s most sober legal moment is Garrett Peck, author, historian, and tour guide, who has written numerous books on American alcohol consumption (or lack thereof), including Prohibition in Washington, D.C.: How Dry We Weren't, The Prohibition Hangover: Alcohol in America from Demon Rum to Cult Cabernet, Capital Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in Washington, D.C, and, most recently, a chapter in Prohibition’s Greatest Myths: The Distilled Truth about America’s Anti-Alcohol Crusade.Thanks again for listening to the FedSoc Films Podcast! Be sure to rate and review us on your favorite podcast platform.Watch the full film, American Craft: What Beer Can Teach Us About Well-Crafted Laws, here:https://youtu.be/shcEv3k_NZgLearn more about Garrett Peck here:https://garrettpeck.comAs always, the Federalist Society takes no position on particular legal or public policy issues; all expressions of opinion are those of the speaker.Visit https://fedsoc.org/ to learn more!Follow us on Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter:https://www.instagram.com/fedsoc/https://www.youtube.com/thefederalistsocietyhttps://twitter.com/FedSoc
George Washington: Not Just Another Founder | American Cincinnatus
Apr 7 2021
George Washington: Not Just Another Founder | American Cincinnatus
In this episode of the FedSoc Films Podcast Dr. Matthew Spalding (Hillsdale College), Dr. Jeffry Morrison (Christopher Newport University), and Dr. W.B. Allen (Michigan State University) discuss how much George Washington’s presumed role as America’s first president shaped the framing of Article II of the Constitution, as well as other fascinating facts about Washington. This episode expands on the discussion from our short film "American Cincinnatus: George Washington Lays Down His Sword" that chronicles one of the biggest decisions by America’s first president by exploring the parallels between founding farmer turned founding father George Washington, and the Roman statesman, Cincinnatus, who like Washington was a successful general and politician who gave up power and returned to life as a citizen.Thanks again for listening to the FedSoc Films Podcast! Be sure to rate and review us on your favorite podcast platform.Watch the full film, "American Cincinnatus: George Washington Lays Down His Sword", on YouTube at https://youtu.be/UMYaDMVbZtU.Learn more about Dr. Matthew Spalding at https://www.hillsdale.edu/staff/matthew-spalding.Learn more about Dr. Jeffry Morrison at https://cnu.edu/people/jeffrymorrison.Learn more about Dr. WB. Allen at http://williambarclayallen.com.As always, the Federalist Society takes no position on particular legal or public policy issues; all expressions of opinion are those of the speaker.Visit www.fedsoc.org to learn more.Follow us on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/fedsoc/, on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/TheFederalistSociety, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Federalist.Society/, and Twitter at https://twitter.com/FedSoc!#FedSoc #FedSocFilms #FederalistSociety #DocumentaryShort #Documentary