Briefly 5.2 – The Role of the Public Defender

Appointed as Cook County public defender in March 2021, Sharone Mitchell, Jr. took office with a vision to serve as “an engine for progressive systems change.” Host Dylan Platt speaks with Cook County Public Defender Sharone Mitchell, Jr. and Professor Judith Miller (U. Chicago Law) on the evolving role of public defenders at the state and federal level.

Briefly 5.1 – Federalism and Elections

A mere six votes determined the outcome of the 2020 election in Iowa's 2nd congressional district, revealing the delicate balance of power over elections shared between states and the federal government. For the inaugural episode of season five, hosts Kyra Cooper and Rachel Smith discuss the role of the federal government in state-run elections with Professors Derek Muller (University of Iowa Law) and Franita Tolson (USC Gould Law).