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What you need to know about this season's Supreme Court docket

River to River, hosted by Ben Kieffer

A legal expert walks through the big cases before SCOTUS as we await rulings on everything from gun rights and abortion access to prayer in public school sports and crimes on American Indian reservations.

After a draft opinion was leaked to the public, the Supreme Court of the United States has remained in the headlines as pundits and politicians react to the likelihood of a post-Roe v. Wade country, a case that protected access to legal abortion without excessive government restriction. With so much attention on the court and its conservative majority, it's a good time to talk about the cases before them this year.

On this episode of River to River, host Ben Kieffer picks through the cases with legal scholar Todd Pettys in preparation for the coming opinions.


  • Todd Pettys, professor of law at the University of Iowa College of Law, where he holds the H. Blair and Joan V. White Chair in Civil Litigation
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Zachary Oren Smith is a reporter covering Eastern Iowa