Justice Breyer’s retirement, Awkwardness and cringe

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The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court gather for a formal group portrait on Nov. 30, 2018. Seated from left: Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Associate Justice Samuel Alito Jr. Standing behind from left: Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice Elena Kagan and Associate Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh. J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo

We look at what is next for the U.S. Supreme Court after the impending retirement of Justice Steven Breyer with the help of a political science professor. Then, an author helps us better understand what makes us cringe or feel awkwardness.

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    Justice Stephen Breyer is retiring from the Supreme Court ahead of the midterm elections, giving Senate Democrats the ability to confirm a justice and secure longer-term liberal influence in the Court. We discuss Breyer’s retirement, President Biden’s pledge to nominate a Black woman, and more.

  • What makes us feel awkward and cringe?

    Internet culture is becoming more obsessed with pictures, videos, stories and ideas that make you cringe. We explore what that cringe feeling is, how it relates to awkwardness and what role it plays in our lives.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Lee Rayburn Technical Director
  • Colleen Leahy Producer
  • Lorin Cox Producer
  • Kimi King Guest
  • Melissa Dahl Guest