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.

May 15, 2020

DOJ Tries to Drop Flynn Case: What Happens Next? (with Ken White)

Renato and Patti discuss the recent DOJ motion to dismiss the charges against former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, as well as Trump’s allegations about the origin of the Flynn investigation. They are joined by former federal prosecutor Ken White, who frequently comments on legal issues under the moniker “Popehat.”

May 2, 2020

Trump’s Tax Returns: Will the Supreme Court Allow For Congressional Oversight? (with Kate Shaw)

Renato and Patti discuss the Supreme Court’s consideration of cases regarding subpoenas for Trump’s tax returns. They are joined by law professor and ABC News Supreme Court Contributor Kate Shaw.

April 23, 2020

Voting During a Pandemic: How Can We Ensure Everyone Can Vote Without Endangering Their Health? (with Trevor Potter)

Renato and Patti discussed the recent election in Wisconsin and how we can ensure that everyone can vote safely in November without putting their health at risk. They were joined by Trevor Potter, the former Chairman of the Federal Election Commission and the founder of the Campaign Legal Center, a non-profit that fights to protect voting rights.

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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.