The ACLU’s David Cole on his book, Engines of Liberty.

What the NRA Can Teach Us About Citizen Movements

What the NRA Can Teach Us About Citizen Movements

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Nov. 15 2017 8:05 PM

People Power Beats the Courts

There have been three big constitutional changes in our lifetime. How did they happen?

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Robert Oliver and Mark Heller celebrate the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage on June 26, 2015, in West Hollywood, California.

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Listen to Episode 871 of Slate’s The Gist:


How can savvy activism topple decades of legal precedent? The ACLU’s David Cole tells us about three issues in which like-minded citizens advanced their agenda: marriage equality, gun ownership, and checking George W. Bush’s war on terror. Cole’s book is Engines of Liberty: The Power of Citizen Activists to Make Constitutional Law.

In the Spiel, Mike considers Brett Talley, President Trump’s odd pick for federal district judge.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.