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Tim Russert Interviews Supreme Court Judges (04/21/05)

Tim Russert, host of NBC's Meet the Press, moderates a panel with three members of the U.S. Supreme Court. Justices Stephen Breyer, Sandra Day O'Connor, and Antonin Scalia join in a conversation hosted by the National Constitution Center, The National Archives and the Aspen Institute.
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Tim Russert, host of NBC's Meet the Press, moderates a panel with three members of the U.S. Supreme Court. Justices Stephen Breyer, Sandra Day O'Connor, and Antonin Scalia join in a conversation hosted by the National Constitution Center, The National Archives and the Aspen Institute.

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    Marc Redmond, WA, USA 06-12-05
    Marc Redmond, WA, USA 06-12-05
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    "Don't pass up this listen!"

    What a rare opportunity! Here you?ll listen to three distinguished members of this secretive body talk about such subjects as: constitutional originalism versus expansionism, constitutional education, recent political rhetoric concerning the court, etc. And if you could only interview three of the justices at once, how perfect to choose these three representing all points in the political spectrum: the liberal Justice Stevens, the moderate Justice O?Connor, and the conservative Justice Scalia.

    Informative, entertaining, educational ? and for a price that just can?t be beat!

    The only drawback is that in a few places the audio becomes garbled and incomprehensible.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 06-30-14
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 06-30-14 Member Since 2010

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "Educational"

    The National Archives have an educational component to it duties. As part of the education it sponsored a first time in history discussion by three U. S. Supreme Court Justices on the Constitution and their jobs. Tim Russert, host of NBC’s Meet the Press moderated the panel with Justice Stephen Breyer, Sandra Day O’Connor and Antonin Scalia. It was great to listen to the three Justices discuss their views on the Constitution and various famous cases. Tim Russert who is also an attorney asked some key questions about the separation of powers. O’Connor expressed her desire to see civics to be taught in high schools again. She and Scalia pointed out most people did not understand the role of the legislature, the executive branch and the court. Scalia told of standing in line and asking the people around him “what is the bill of rights” no one knew. In response to a question by Russert Scalia explained the case of Cherokee Nation v Georgia. He said the Supreme Court up held the Federal treaties. Then the Southern states went to President Jackson and the Congress and had the Indian Removal Act of 1830 passed. Then the Southern tribes were removed to Oklahoma. He used this to say the Courts interpret the laws and Constitution but the Congress makes laws. I was amazed at how witty the Justices are. I laughed at some of their stories. Breyer told of how the Chief Justice removed the title Mister Justice to just Justice when O’Connor came on the court. They described a typical day and how they work. Russert asked O’Connor what she did all day and the court. She said I read, read, read, then think and write.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Neil Phoenix, AZ, USA 10-24-09
    Neil Phoenix, AZ, USA 10-24-09
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    "Hilarious and captivating"

    I guess it shouldn't surprise me Justices Scalia, O'Connor and Breyer have such sharp wits and senses of humor, but it did. The selection of the late Tim Russert as moderator was ideal, not only given his knack for asking tough questions but also given his background as a lawyer. The result of all this was a highly entertaining, stimulating talk among the justices with a sprinkling of good-humored ribbing of one another and interesting anecdotes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Los Angeles, CA, United States 09-27-13
    Tim Los Angeles, CA, United States 09-27-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Like enjoyable company at a dinner party"
    What did you love best about Tim Russert Interviews Supreme Court Judges (04/21/05)?

    It was a pleasant half hour in the company of intelligent articulate people..


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Unfortunately Mr Russert missed the opportunity to challenge Justice Scalia on his opinions. Scalia put forward his view that the Constitution does not evolve, and that because the death sentence was not at that time considered "cruel and unusual punishment" then there is no reason to think it might be considered as such today.
    This, of course, could lead to some interesting questions regarding slavery, but the tone of the evening was that of a social event and perhaps more serious questions might have seemed impolite.


    Any additional comments?

    Miss out the 1st ten minutes of boring introductions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Huntsville, AL, United States 09-11-13
    Joseph Huntsville, AL, United States 09-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent and informative"
    Would you listen to Tim Russert Interviews Supreme Court Judges (04/21/05) again? Why?

    This is great once, but I would probably have to wait a few years to listen to it again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was amazing to hear the Justices talking about how they actually do their work, and hear about their backgrounds and perspectives.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Everything was at least interesting or entertaining, and most of it was both. My favorite part might have been where they were talking about the difference between what the media reports on (1% of the cases and often only a small portion of the verdict), versus what the Justices would like people to know about (including how important it is to understand the entire verdict).


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    More than anything else, I want more of this sort of thing. Get Tim Russert and the National Archives, or anyone else for that matter, to interview more Justices, or Court of Appeals judges, or others to create excellent panel interviews like this!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Dallas, TX, United States 07-18-12
    Amanda Dallas, TX, United States 07-18-12
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    "a great short listen"

    This interview was impressive, not only because of the folks involved (all four of whom are impressive in their own right), but also because of the humanizing effect it has on the Justices for the audience. The serious discussion about the constitution and constitutional law is broken up with moments of easy teasing and tidbits about what the Supreme Court is really like behind the scenes. Despite their differing politics, it is clear that these Justices have a great respect for one another as colleagues and human beings. A great listen if you have any interest in American politics or constitutional law. This would be great for young people to hear, too.

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    tdg 06-15-12
    tdg 06-15-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Interesting listen"
    What made the experience of listening to Tim Russert Interviews Supreme Court Judges (04/21/05) the most enjoyable?

    At times funny and always insightful. An enjoyable education in how the court behaves and interacts.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tnafbrat 06-04-12
    Tnafbrat 06-04-12 Member Since 2009

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    "Justices are Humans"
    Would you listen to Tim Russert Interviews Supreme Court Judges (04/21/05) again? Why?

    Yes, there were so many nuances and a few asides that I did not catch the first time


    What other book might you compare Tim Russert Interviews Supreme Court Judges (04/21/05) to and why?

    Anton Scalia's speech on constitutional interpretation


    Which character – as performed by the narrator – was your favorite?

    na


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The differing points of view between the justices were interesting. I especially appreciated the personal give and take between the justices themselves. It really made them human, real people in my mind. I could see them in a group teasing each other like most co-workers do. I have always seen them as political figures but never really as co-workers to each other.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Seattle, WA, United States 12-24-10
    Linda Seattle, WA, United States 12-24-10
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    "Informative and Enjoyable"

    I very much enjoyed this recording. It is not really "interviews;" instead, several of the justices sit together on a panel, in front of an audience, and interact with Tim Russert and each other in response to questions and topics proposed by Mr. Russert. I found the interactions between the justices at least as interesting as their actual answers to questions.

    This recording was made in 2005. I suspect it would sound very different - and much less collegial - if an attempt were made to set up a similar panel discussion with the current members of the Court.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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