31 July 2014

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Jul 16, 2014 — Sarah Posner & Kara Loewentheil
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The Posner Show
On The Posner Show, Sarah and Kara discuss a letter urging President Obama not to include a religious exemption in a forthcoming executive order barring federal contractors from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Kara explains why she signed the letter, and why she doesn’t believe there should be a new religious exemption. They discuss how the proposed order would interact with existing rules granting religious exemptions to religiously-affiliated contractors. And they reflect on how the Hobby Lobby case might affect provider refusals in the areas of abortion, contraception, and assisted reproductive technology. Plus: How did the boss’s religious rights come to take precedence over those of his workers?
Jul 12, 2014 — Robert Farley & Charli Carpenter
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Foreign Entanglements
On Foreign Entanglements, Rob talks to Charli about international politics and pop culture. They begin with a discussion of Charli’s new book, Lost Causes, which investigates how some political issues fail to gain public attention. Rob and Charli then talk about killer robots, which leads into a discussion of policy and science fiction. They review the fourth season of HBO’s Game of Thrones, and finish by discussing “the most important scene of the whole season.”
Jul 8, 2014 — Sarah Posner & Caroline Mala Corbin
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The Posner Show
In a follow-up to last week’s discussion of the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, Sarah talks with Caroline about the Court’s unusual order on Thursday in Wheaton College v. Burwell. Does this injunction contradict the ruling in Hobby Lobby? Caroline makes the case against Wheaton College’s “facilitation argument” that filling out a form that triggers the insurance company to provide contraception coverage creates a substantial religious burden. How will the lower courts now rule on the raft of similar cases? If non-profits refuse to fill out the form, will sending the government an e-mail suffice? Plus: How the Court got Congress’s intention with the Religious Freedom Restoration Act wrong.