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Join former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara for a podcast about justice and fairness.
98 Episodes
Doing Justice Live (with Preet Bharara)
Preet was interviewed about his new book “Doing Justice” by CBS This Morning’s Bianna Golodryga at a live taping of Stay Tuned at NYU’s Skirball Center.Taped on 3/19/19REFERENCES & SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALSThe Q&AAn article from the NYT, “Will We Ever See Mueller’s Report on Trump? Maybe,” plus an article from NBC News reporting on Trump’s comments that the report should be made public.An article from the NYT about the college admissions schemeThe documents related to Michael Cohen’s search warrant, including analysis from the NYT on the released materialsAn article from the Washington Post about imposing term limits on Supreme Court JusticesA report from the Washington Post on Roger Stone’s upcoming trial in DC, set for November 2019Rick Gates’ status report, submitted by Mueller’s team on 3/15/19A report from NBC News that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will delay his departure from the Department of JusticeThe Interview“Doing Justice”Reviews & Features: Washington Independent Review of Books, 03/18/19: “Preet Bharara writes that you will not find God or grace in legal concepts or in formal notions of criminal justice. But be assured that you’ll find God and grace in this fascinating book.”The Guardian, 03/15/19:”At its most powerful, Doing Justice works as a metaphorical survival guide for the Trump era. As with everything Bharara does, he writes in a tone that is calm and considered, a warm bath after the outrage of Trump’s daily tweets.”Lawfare Blog, 03/12/19: (From Stay Tuned guest Chuck Rosenberg) “Doing Justice” is a consistently compelling and important tale, well written and well worth reading.New York Times, 02/28/19: (12 New Books to Watch for in March): “The former chief prosecutor of the Southern District of New York, Bharara was fired by President Trump in 2017. In this book, he outlines how the justice system works, and makes a case for why those bedrock principles are critical to society.”Publisher’s Weekly, 02/12/19: (Starred Review) “With its approachable human moments, tragic and triumphant cases, heroic investigators, and depictions of hardworking everyday people, this book is a rare thing: a page-turning work of practical moral philosophy.”Kirkus Review, 01/06/19: (Starred Review) “The former federal prosecutor for the Southern District of New York skillfully explains how he approached his job, offering a mixture of guiding principles and compelling anecdotes”Media AppearancesPBS Newshour, 3/20/19: Watch Preet's interview with Judy Woodruff on PBS Newshour.Live with Katy Tur, 03/20/19: Watch Preet’s interview on Live with Katy Tur.Morning Joe, 03/19/19: Watch Preet’s interview on Morning Joe with Joe Scarborough, Jonathan Lemire, Susan Del Percio, and Willie Geist.The View, 03/19/19: Watch Preet’s interview on The View with co-hosts Joy Behar, Meghan McCain, Sunny Hostin, and Abby Huntsman.Ari Melber, 03/19/19: Watch Preet’s interview on The Beat with Ari Melber.CBS This Morning, 03/18/19: Watch Preet’s interview on CBS This Morning with co-hosts Gayle King, Norah O’Donnell and Bianna Golodryga.Face the Nation, 03/17/19: Watch Preet’s interview with Margaret Brennan on the latest news and his book, Doing Justice. Read the transcript here.Do you have a question for Preet? Tweet it to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, email, or call 699-247-7338 and leave a voicemail.
Manafort & The Retreat of Western Liberalism (with Ed Luce)
Ed Luce is the Washington columnist and commentator for the Financial Times.This interview was taped on 3/12REFERENCES AND SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALFrom Q&A:ManafortAn article from the NYT on Manafort’s sentencing by Judge Amy Berman Jackson in D.C.A comment from Manafort’s lawyer, Kevin Downing, suggesting his client was selectively prosecutedAn indictment of Paul Manafort by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office; plus an article from the NYT on the DA’s chargesCollege Admissions Scandal Listener question from Still PaulThe college admissions scandal indictment, and a report from NPR about the scandal The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) statute, plus an article from the NYT about RICO lawsuitsDOJ policy on indicting a presidentThe 1973 and 2000 Office of Legal Counsel memosFrom the interview:Luce Luce’s most recent book, The Retreat of Western LiberalismLuce’s Financial Times op-ed, “America’s unexpected socialist dawn,” plus Luce’s op-ed pageTrump An article from Vox on Michael Cohen’s closing statement from his 2/27 testimony before Congress, including his remarks on 2020A list from NPR of strongmen Trump has praisedNegative partisanship An op-ed from the Washington Post about negative partisanship and Newt GingrichA paper by Emory political scientists Alan Abramowitz and Steven Webster, “All Politics is National: The Rise of Negative Partisanship and the Nationalization of U.S. House and Senate Elections in the 21st Century” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC)An article from the Washington Post comparing AOC and DJT’s social media strategyThe most recent resolution outlining the Green New Deal, and a report from NPR on the Deal and its originInstitutional TrustAn article in The Atlantic on declining levels of trust in institutions across the globeBritain A brief explanation of Britain’s constitutional monarchyAn update from the NYT on Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit PlanBritain’s Attorney General Geoffrey Cox’s tweet, “Bollocks,” in response to a critiqueA procedural explanation of the Prime Minister’s Questions, which you can watch here. Plus, an article in the Guardian recounting its history (including Harold Macmillan’s queasiness)An op-ed from the NYT imagining a Prime Minister’s Questions session in the U.S.HungaryAn article in the NYT about Hungary’s eroding democracyIndia An article from Bloomberg on India’s upcoming election, the largest exercise of democracy on the planetChinaAn article in Foreign Affairs on communist China’s capitalist developmentSocialismAn article from The Atlantic on Trump’s application of the term “socialist”An article from the NYT on Teddy Roosevelt’s crusade for the inheritance taxAn article in the NYT about Sweden’s response to the banking crisisMediaAn article from Bloomberg on the decline of local news, and the subsequent consequencesVocabulary Bollocks = nonsenseSui generis = constituting a class alone; uniqueDo you have a question for Preet? Tweet it to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, email, or call 699-247-7338 and leave a voicemail.
Nadler's Requests & The Youngest Contender (with Pete Buttigieg)
Pete Buttigieg is the Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and a possible candidate for president in 2020. A Rhodes Scholar and U.S. Navy Reserve veteran, Buttigieg was elected at age of 29. He’s the author of a new book, Shortest Way Home: One Mayor’s Challenge and a Model for America’s Future.REFERENCES AND SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIAL:Q&A and buttonThe House Judiciary Committee’s Document Requests, issued on 3/4/19, to 81 recipientsRepresentative Jerry Nadler’s interview on This Week (3/3/19), where he says impeachment is “a long way away”An article in the NYT on Bill Clinton’s 1998 impeachmentA report from CNN on the two gerrymandering cases coming before the Supreme Court later this month Mapmaker: The Gerrymandering Game, and their kickstarterAn article from NBC News on the origin of the MapMaker GameArnold Schwarzenegger tweets about the MapMaker GameThe Interview – Buttigieg’s political profileAn article from the NYT on the launch of Buttigieg’s Presidential exploratory committeeFrank Bruni’s 2016 op-ed, The First Gay President?An article in the New Yorker from 2016 when Obama identifies Buttigieg as a rising Democratic starButtigieg’s 2015 op-ed, South Bend mayor: Why coming out mattersButtigieg’s 2000 winning essay for “Profiles in Courage” on Bernie SandersPhilosophers and philosophies An overview of John Rawls’ philosophies, plus his 2002 obituaryA history of utilitarianismAn overview of Immanuel Kant’s moral philosophy, plus a chapter by Professor Michael Sandal, who helps break down Kantian ethics (and how it compares to a utilitarian perspective)Labels and etymologyA fact check from the Washington Post about the application of the word “socialism,” and its shifting usage in politics (historical and present); Plus analysis from Gallup polls on Americans’ perception of socialismAn explanation from Merriam-Webster Dictionary on the origin and etymology of the word “liberal”A definition of “progressive” plus an article from the NYT Magazine analyzing the use of the word “progressive” in politicsPresidential politics and policyPresidential candidate Amy Klobuchar’s announcement, in the middle of a snowstormAn op-ed in the Washington Post about presidents and military serviceThe Intermediate-Range Treaty, plus an explanation from the NYT on the INF Treaty, and what it means that the U.S. is withdrawing from itA video from Ted-Ed on the Electoral College and Congressional Research Service report on its history, plus an article from Politico on the prospect of electoral college reformAn article from NBC Chicago on Obama’s Indiana win in 2008Do you have a question for Preet? Tweet it to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, email, or call 699-247-7338 and leave a voicemail. 
Cohen Testimony & Just Mercy (with Bryan Stevenson)
Bryan Stevenson is a a civil rights attorney who represents prisoners on death row. Described as “America’s Nelson Mandela,” his Equal Justice Initiative, a non-profit law firm based in Alabama, is dedicated to challenging racial injustice and ending mass incarceration. Stevenson is also the author of the New York Times best-selling memoir Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. REFERENCES AND SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIAL Q&AMichael Cohen’s prepared opening statement before the House Oversight CommitteeMichael Cohen’s testimony before the House Oversight CommitteeAn article from the Washington Post about Representative Matt Gaetz’s tweet and the Florida Bar’s investigation Rule 35 - Correcting or reducing a sentenceStevenson & EJIStevenson’s book, Just MercyThe movie adaptation of Just Mercy (2020)The Equal Justice InitiativeEJI’s The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass IncarcerationEJI’s The National Memorial for Peace and Justice (and efforts to create memorials in Berlin and South Africa)Supreme Court Brown v. Board of Education, 1954SCOTUS decisions concerning the death penalty: Furman v. Georgia (1972), Gregg v. Georgia (1976), McCleskey v. Kemp (1987)An article in the Washington Post on the McCleskey opinion and dissent (“fear of too much justice”)A 1994 paper by David Baldus and co. addressing to the “inevitability doctrine”SCOTUS decisions concerning life sentences without parole for juveniles: Graham v. Florida (2010), Miller v. Alabama (2010), Sullivan v. Florida (2010), Jackson v. Hobbes (2012)The SCOTUS decision that struck down the death penalty for juveniles: Roper v. Simmons, 2005 (and an article from the NYT analyzing the court opinion)The SCOTUS decision that struck down the death penalty for mentally ill folks: Atkins v. Virginia, 2002The SCOTUS decision that justified Japanese internment: Korematsu v. United States ,1944An article in the Washington Post on court nominees refusing to answer questions about Brown v. Board of EducationThe Scottsboro Boys case and the ultimate pardon of the wrongfully accusedCongressAn article from the Asia Society on the history of Asian exclusion actsHistory of The Klu Klux Klan ActConstitutional AmendmentsEighth AmendmentThirteenth AmendmentAlabamaAn article in the New Yorker about Alabama judges’ power to “override” jury rulings and impose the death penaltyArticles in Slate about Alabama’s Confederate Memorial Day and Robert E. Lee DayArticles in the Washington Post about Goodloe Sutton’s editorial calling for the return of the KKK and his subsequent resignation and replacement. Plus, Senator Jones and Representative Sewell’s reactions to SuttonJudicial electionsAn article by Adam Liptak in the NYT on judicial elections, and analysis from The Brennan Center on how judicial elections impact sentencingA 2012 article from the Yale Law Journal, “The Origins of the Elected Prosecutor”Recently elected District Attorneys in Philadelphia, Chicago, Brooklyn, BaltimoreRelevant newsAn article from the NYT about Virginia officials wearing blackface in the pastA timeline from the NYT on Jussie Smollett, plus an update on his role on the TV series, “Empire.” Do you have a question for Preet? Tweet it to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, email, or call 699-247-7338 and leave a voicemail. 
Truthful Not Neutral (with Christiane Amanpour)
Christiane Amanpour is an award-winning journalist and Chief International Correspondent for CNN. She is also the host of Amanpour & Company, a CNN, PBS and WNET collaboration that features conversations with leaders and influencers across the globe. Christiane and Preet discuss: Her career as an international correspondent covering war zonesThe difference between being truthful and neutral How to prepare for an interview with a dictatorReporting on the trial of Saddam Hussein in 1995References and supplemental materialsThe Q&A and the ButtonThe National Emergencies ActTrump’s press conference where he declares a National EmergencyMulti-state lawsuit challenging Trump’s National Emergency declarationAn article in the Washington Post on the origin of the National Emergencies Act and its previous uses.An article from The Atlantic on eminent domainChris Wallace interview with Stephen Miller The NYT article, Intimidation, Pressure and Humiliation: Inside Trump’s Two-Year War on the Investigations Encircling Him Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker’s testimony before the House Judiciary Committee An article in Washington Post on Trump’s (*not Preet’s) $50,000 golf simulatorPresident Reagan’s remarks at the Ceremony for the Medal of Freedom (1/19/89), and transcript. From the interview Amanpour’s show, Amanpour & Co.Amanpour’s pinned tweet, “Truthful, not neutral” Amanpour’s interview with Pres Erdogan and transcript Amanpour’s interview with President Mugabe, and transcript  Amanpour’s interview with President Obiang, and transcriptAmanpour’s report on Saddam Hussein’s trial in 2005 Amanpour’s Sex and Love Around the World seriesAmanpour reflects on reporting in Bosnia in the 1990sAmanpour’s reflection on working in the Gulf War pool systemCNN’s rise during the Gulf WarThe Hollywood Reporter article where Anthony Bourdain calls Amanpour a “badass” A profile of Anthony Bourdain in The New Yorker Bourdain’s show, Parts Unknown Do you have a question for Preet? Tweet it to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, email, or call 699-247-7338 and leave a voicemail. 
The Paradox of Dick Cheney (with Adam McKay)
The interview was taped on 2/5/19. Adam McKay is an Oscar award-winning director and screenwriter. He was a writer for Saturday Night Live and one of the earliest members of Upright Citizens Brigade, a renown improvisational and sketch comedy group. McKay’s films include The Big Short, Anchorman I and II, and Stepbrothers. His most recent film is Vice, a biopic of Dick Cheney. Preet and McKay discuss: McKay’s extensive research into Dick and Liz Cheney’s psychology and presentation The lasting effect of the Bush presidency on American politics and policyHow Cheney carved out an unprecedented role for the Vice President, using his subordinate status to command control McKay’s background in comedy, and how it influences his craft From the Q&A portion of the episode: Jeff Bezos’ post in Medium, “No thank you, Mr. Pecker.”The non-prosecution agreement between American Media, Inc. (AMI) and SDNY.An article in The Daily Beast reporting that Michael Sanchez, the brother of Bezos’ mistress, is the leaker.A report from NBC News on Senator Burr’s comments concerning the possibility of collusion between Trump campaign and Russia, plus Senator Warner’s dispute.An article in NYT on El Chapo’s trial and verdict.  Presiding Judge Cogan’s response to the El Chapo jury verdict. From the interview:McKay’s movies: Vice (2018), Anchorman (2004), Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006), Bad Blood (upcoming)Michael Bay’s movie, Pearl Harbor (2001)Alfonso Cuarón’s, Roma (2018) Fox’s Tucker Carlson 2018 segment on “Sex-Crazed” Pandas Jane Mayer’s book, The Dark Side: The Insider Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American IdealsBarton Gellman’s book, Angler: The Cheney Vice PresidentMichael Isikoff and David Corn’s book, Hubris: The Insider Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq WarRon Suskind’s three books on the Bush yearsGarrett Epps' analysis in the Atlantic on the Unitary Executive Theory originChristian Bale’s 2019 Golden Globes speech where he thanked Satan An article in NBC News on Cheney embracing his Darth Vader nicknameAn article in The Atlantic on the relationship between Presidents and think tanksStay Tuned with Preet interviews: Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and journalist John CarreyrouFRD’s 1936 speech announcing the Second New Deal, where he famously said, “I welcome their hatred.” Read his full remarks here. George W. Bush dancing on Ellen (watch the opening) Documentary, The Act of Killing (2012)An article in The Atlantic recounting George H.W. Bush’s and Ford’s respective criticisms of Cheney and Rumsfeld An article in The Hill reporting that Cheney still has not apologized to the man he shot (though the survivor has apologized to Cheney)An article in NYT recounting Cheney’s proposal to bomb Syria in 2007 An article in Time on President Bush’s decision to not pardon Scooter Libby Shakespeare’s King LearA retrospective on the history of the Upright Citizens Brigade An article in NYT on Director Mike Leigh’s unconventional method of screenwritingAn article in NYT on the different phrasing used by political parties, i.e. “estate tax” vs. “death tax” Do you have a question for Preet? Tweet it to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, email, or call 699-247-7338 and leave a voicemail.
CAFE Insider: Bezos, AMI, and TMI
In this clip from the latest episode of the CAFE Insider podcast, Preet and his co-host Anne Milgram discuss whether American Media, Inc.’s threat to publish Jeff Bezos’ intimate texts and photos constitutes as extortion.To listen to the full episode, become a member of CAFE Insider at Supplemental materials and references made in the episode:Jeff Bezos’ post in Medium, “No thank you, Mr. Pecker”Bezos’ hired investigator, Gavin De Becker, comments on AMI’s possible “political motive” to leak.  The extortion statute, 18 U.S.C. 875(d)The September 2018 non-prosecution agreement between American Media, Inc. (AMI) and SDNY.An interview on ABC’s “This Week” with Elkan Abramowitz, the attorney representing AMI CEO David Pecker. Transcript here.Jeffrey Toobin’s analysis in the New Yorker of Gawker’s collapse and its implications for the First Amendment.The Daily Beast article reporting that Michael Sanchez, the brother of Bezos’ mistress, Lauren Sanchez, gave the couple’s intimate texts to the National Enquirer. Preet and Anne also discuss Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker’s testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, the House Intelligence Committee’s new expansive investigation into Russia and Trump’s financial dealings, and a clue about “the Heart” of Mueller’s investigation revealed in Paul Manafort’s latest hearing. To listen to the full episode, become a member of CAFE Insider at
Master of the Senate (with Harry Reid)
HARRY REID SHOW NOTESInterview taped on 2/1/19.Harry Reid is the former Democratic Senate Majority Leader. His decades long career in public service includes two terms as a Congressman for Nevada, city attorney for Henderson, Nevada’s Lieutenant Governor, and a stint as the chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission. In a wide ranging conversation, Sen. Reid reflects on his upbringing, career milestones, the five presidents he has served, his former colleagues, and this political moment in history. He also looks forward to 2020, offering guidance to presidential candidates. Various references made in the episode:Reid’s book, The Good Fight: Hard Lessons from Searchlight to WashingtonThe nail-biting 2006 night when the Democrats took the SenateFormer Senator Daniel Inouye’s funeral Reid’s description of Trump as amoral and the spike in dictionary searches for ‘amoral’Intelligence chiefs' testimony before the Senate on 2/6/19 Bill Moyer’s program comparing President Carter to President ReaganSpeaker Pelosi and Senator Schumer’s scrutinized visit to the Oval Office Former Senator Arlen Specter switches parties Former Senator Jim Jeffords’ switches partiesThe dedication of the Mike O’Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial BridgeIn the Q&A portion of the episode, Preet answers your questions about the subpoena issued to Trump’s Inaugural Committee, why some judges retire early, and why a defendant may waive his or her right to a speedy trial. NYT article, Trump Inaugural Committee Ordered to Hand Over Documents to Federal InvestigatorsA NYT article referring to Cohen’s meetings with SDNY prosecutorsThe Special Counsel’s motion in the Roger Stone case asking the court to exclude time from the speedy trial clock.Former Senator Ted Stevens request for a speedy trialA Bloomberg report that prosecutors have “several terabytes” of Stone’s information to sort thoughDo you have a question for Preet? Tweet it to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, email, or call 699-247-7338 and leave a voicemail
Comments (36)

Grant Walmer

I would love for these descriptions to always say when things were recorded. News moves fast and if I have a backlog of podcasts to listen to I like to listen to them in order.

Mar 7th

Paula Behrmann

hi Preet, who determines whether a hearing before Congress or one of it's committees, is open to the public or behind closed doors? and does a subpoenaed witness have any say in the decision? thanks for your wonderful and succinct podcast. Paula

Mar 5th

Marcy Cox

Everyone should listen to this. Very powerful.

Feb 28th

Rosihan Hadi

this is the lame david cole, not the cool one.

Feb 14th

Pam Wilson

excellent interview.

Feb 8th

Susan Cowley


Jan 12th


What a tremendous interview. Great guest who clearly knows his shit.

Jan 11th

Gordon Tanner

X. )1.

Dec 21st

Nicole Everwine

"drain the swamp' to 'open an ocean of corruption'"..well said

Dec 2nd

Jeremiah Thomas

I liked the show when you weren't forced to pay for the other half. gl with this model moving forward

Nov 21st

dabney stack

trump once said he could shoot someone and no one would care. hypothetically, if a serving president did actually shoot and kill someone, would he be arrested? what would happen?

Nov 16th

Frances McGarry

you're even better in person! So glad I went!

Nov 3rd

Holly Brunner


Oct 22nd

Les Reiss

A Great intelligent discussion show with Preet

Oct 21st

Les Reiss

Love Preet

Oct 19th

Jesse Dooley

Great episode! I admire conservatives who haven't sold their soul by enabling Trump.

Oct 14th

Sunni Rae

No, sorry Preet. Centrism is not the holy Grail to solve our problems. It's not sexy and it can't be made to be sexy. There is a party which is clinging to the rules, laws and norms of democracy (with a few outliers like Corey Booker) and another that has mostly abandoned those values under McConnell's leadership. To meet in the middle is to abandon truth.

Oct 11th


Sunni Rae the extremes are where bigotry, fanaticism and ideology reign supreme, centrism is where pragmatism, cooperation and common goals can ahieved and differences worked out for the common ggod

Oct 15th

Pam Wilson

Great special edition.

Sep 29th


Hi Preet! Pls hv Ambassador McFaul back sometime soon, (and often!) we need his POV to update us on his taje on All Things Russia. His voice (AND YOURS!) help to even out the absolute insanity of our current political climate. Thanks for your podcast!

Sep 25th


Hi Preet- I'd like you to know that if I *really* like the episode, I do hit the heart for "I like this!" If I could, I'd note that this ep in particular, w/ Mr Rosenberg, would get likes times three! Actually, *several* of the episodes would earn the higher level of appreciation. I appreciate Mr R's thoughtful, edifying & clarifying comments and hope that you'll have him back on at some point! These long form discussions of your and your guests' thoughts are great! They help to balance the insanity in the news and serve to help to teach us ALL something new each week. Cheers/ keep up the great work.

Sep 25th
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