No Absolute Immunity: Is Trump Above the Law? (with Joyce Vance)

Renato and Patti discuss the recent Supreme Court decisions regarding Trump's tax returns and whether courts can hold Trump accountable. They were joined by MSNBC Legal Analyst Joyce Vance, former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama.


June 29, 2020

Politicizing the Justice Department: What Can We Do About It? (with Jennifer Rodgers)

Renato and Patti discuss the politicization of the Justice Department, including recent testimony by a federal prosecutor that he was directed to give Roger Stone favorable treatment. They were joined by CNN Legal Analyst Jennifer Rodgers, former federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York.

June 16, 2020

Landmark LGBTQ Rights Decision: What Does It Mean? (with Suzanne Goldberg)

Renato and Patti discuss the Supreme Court's recent landmark decision, which found that Title VII outlaws workplace discrimination against LGBTQ people. They were joined by Professor Suzanne Goldberg, the founding director of Columbia Law School’s trailblazing Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic, who previously worked on two cases that became cornerstone gay rights victories at the U.S. Supreme Court: Lawrence v. Texas, the landmark decision that struck down Texas’s sodomy law, and Romer v. Evans, which overturned an anti-gay Colorado constitutional amendment.

June 6, 2020

Black Lives Matter: How Should the Criminal Justice System be Reformed? (with Maya Wiley)

Renato and Patti discuss criminal justice and race in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd. They were joined by MSNBC Legal Analyst Maya Wiley, former board chair of the NYC Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB).

June 3, 2020

Soldiers in Cities: Can Trump Use Our Military Against Americans? (with Stephen Vladeck)

Renato and Patti discuss whether Trump has legal authority to use the U.S. military domestically against citizens in response to violence and looting. They were joined by Stephen Vladeck, A. Dalton Cross Professor in Law at the University of Texas School of Law.

May 23, 2020

Unmasking Flynn: What Should We Make of the Republican Investigation of the Russia Probe? (with Asha Rangappa)

Renato and Patti discussed recent GOP allegations about the unmasking of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and other allegations about the origins of the Russia investigation. They were joined by former FBI counterintelligence agent Asha Rangappa, who is also a CNN Legal and National Security Analyst and a professor at Yale University.

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“On Topic” is a podcast that provides a weekly in-depth look at a topic that helps us understand the week’s news.  Our topics can’t be covered properly in a five-minute television segment or a 280-character tweet, so we bring in experts to explain the topic in a dialogue with hosts Renato Mariotti & Patti Vasquez.