More Perfect Season 2 Launch

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Deanna Koestel, Peter Isajiw, and the New York Public Radio Amps invite you and a guest to celebrate the Second Season of the podcast from WNYC Studios:



More Perfect
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
6:30 – 9:00 PM
NYU School of Law, Lipton Hall and Faculty Club|
D’Agostino Hall, 108 West Third Street
Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served


*Please contact Anna Petsching ( if interested*



As the Supreme Court begins their fall term on October 2, WNYC Studios will launch Season 2 of More Perfect, the podcast that explains what the Court’s rulings mean for “we the people” who exist far from the bench.


At the heart of the evening’s discussion will be the examination of the commerce clause. This unassuming string of 16 words gives our government the power to make laws that affect the entire nation. It’s been used to stop a guy from growing too much wheat in his backyard, to end segregation, and was at the center of the Supreme Court’s health care decision. We will explore the questions: how much power should the federal government have to interfere with the lives of private citizens? Big government, or small? Federalism or states’ rights? Surprisingly, liberals and conservatives don’t always take the sides you’d expect.


The evening will also include a special preview of an upcoming episode about the commerce clause. And, we’ll hear from Ollie McClung Jr., whose father and his restaurant, Ollie’s BBQ, were at the center of the court’s decision to uphold the Civil Rights Act in Katzenbach v. McClung.


Come have a drink and a bite, and be prepared to take sides!




He’s been called a “master of the radio craft” for his unique ability to combine cutting edge sound-design, cinematic storytelling, and a personal approach to explaining complex topics, from the stochasticity of tumor cells to the mathematics of morality. Radiolab has received multiple Peabody Awards, the highest honor in broadcasting. In 2011, Jad was named a MacArthur “Genius.”


Jami Floyd is WNYC’s local host of All Things Considered. In a journalism career that spans two decades, Jami has won numerous awards and been named a Public Scholar by the New York Council for the Humanities for a two year term. She received her JD from Berkeley Law School. Her broadcast career began when she appeared on a prime time ABC special “The Trouble with Lawyers.” She then served as a legal analyst for KPIX Radio in San Francisco during the OJ Simpson murder trial. At ABC News in 1998 she served as Law & Justice Correspondent – the youngest person ever to hold the post. Over the years, she has reported from the Supreme Court, Ground Zero and Tallahassee, Florida during the contested presidential election of 2000. She has interviewed newsmakers, from Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump and celebrities from Lenny Kravitz to Dave Matthews to civil rights icon Congressman John Lewis.


Linda Hirshman, JD and PhD (Philosophy) is the author of several books about social change movements, most recently the New York Times best seller, “Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World”. Linda was for many years a labor lawyer and a law and philosophy professor. When practicing law, she represented clients in three Supreme Court cases, arguing two herself. One win, one loss and one draw.


Trevor Morrison is the Dean of New York University School of Law, where he is also the Eric M. and Laurie B. Roth Professor of Law. He was previously on the faculties of Columbia Law School and Cornell Law School. His research and teaching interests lie principally in constitutional law, especially separation of powers, presidential power, and the law of the executive branch. He previously served as associate counsel to President Barack Obama and as a law clerk to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the American Law Institute and the Council on Foreign Relations.


Elie Mystal has been an editor at Above the Law (ATL) since 2008. Prior to joining ATL, Mystal wrote about politics and popular culture at City Hall News and the New York Press. He received a degree in Government from Harvard University and a JD from Harvard Law School. He was formerly a litigator at Debevoise & Plimpton but quit the legal profession to pursue a career as an online provocateur.