We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution, Level 3
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60-Second Civics, Episode 10: Judicial Review    [ audio ]
The power of judicial review.

60-Second Civics, Episode 13: Arguments Against Judicial Review    [ audio ]
Some of the arguments against judicial review.

60-Second Civics, Episode 14: Role of the Supreme Court    [ audio ]
The role of the Supreme Court in the American constitutional system.

60-Second Civics, Episode 15: Original Jurisdiction    [ audio ]
The Supreme Court?s original jurisdiction.

60-Second Civics, Episode 16: Appellate Jurisdiction    [ audio ]
The Supreme Court?s appellate jurisdiction.

60-Second Civics, Episode 17: Writs of Certiorari    [ audio ]
How the Supreme Court decides to hear a case.

60-Second Civics, Episode 18: Declining Supreme Court Caseload    [ audio ]
How the number of cases the Supreme Court decides has changed in recent years.

60-Second Civics, Episode 19: Written Opinions    [ audio ]
The Supreme Court's practice of issuing written opinions.

60-Second Civics, Episode 20: Constitutional Interpretation: Textualism    [ audio ]
An examination of textualism, the first of four common methods of constitutional interpretation.

60-Second Civics, Episode 21: Constitutional Interpretation: Original Intent    [ audio ]
An examination of original intent, the second of four common methods of constitutional interpretation.

60-Second Civics, Episode 22: Constitutional Interpretation: Fundamental Princi    [ audio ]
An examination of fundamental principles, the third of four common methods of constitutional interpretation.

60-Second Civics, Episode 23: Constitutional Interpretation: Instrumentalism    [ audio ]
An examination of instrumentalism, the final of four common methods of constitutional interpretation.

60-Second Civics, Episode 24: Self-Imposed Limits on the Supreme Court    [ audio ]
Self-imposed limits, one of several checks on the power of the Supreme Court.

60-Second Civics, Episode 25: Presidential Appointments and the Supreme Court    [ audio ]
Presidential appointments as a check on the power of the Supreme Court.

60-Second Civics, Episode 26: Executive Enforcement of Supreme Court Decisions    [ audio ]
Executive enforcement of Supreme Court decisions as a check on the power of the Court.

60-Second Civics, Episode 27: Congress and the Power of the Supreme Court    [ audio ]
The ability of Congress to check the power of the Supreme Court.

60-Second Civics, Episode 8: The Creation of the Judicial Branch    [ audio ]
Having provided context for the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for justice Sonia Sotomayor, over the span of a few weeks 60-Second Civics examined the judicial branch of the United States government.

60-Second Civics, Episode 9: Characteristics of the Federal Judiciary    [ audio ]
Some of the characteristics of the federal judiciary.

Judicial Review: Constitutional Interpretation    [ video ]
Part three of the Judicial Review series. Focuses on the "original intent" versus the "living constitution" methods of constitutional interpretation. This is referred to on pages 180-182 of the We the People text as "original intent or original history" versus "modernism or instrumentalism." From HowStuffWorks. Length: 1 min., 55 sec.

Kyllo v. United States (2001)    [ audio ]
The oral argument of the case.

Kyllo v. United States (2001)    [ audio ]
The opinion announcement of the case.

Louisiana v. Mississippi (1995)    [ audio ]
The oral argument of the case.

Our Constitution: A Conversation    [ video ]
In this video, Supreme Court justices Sandra Day O'Connor and Stephen Breyer discuss the importance of the Constitution and explain several basic principles of American constitutionalism. They answer student questions about separation of powers, the Court's modern relevance, federalism, liberty versus security, notable cases, decision-making in the Court. The link takes you to Annenberg's Sunnylands Classroom website, were the film can be watched in numerous file sizes, and where visitors can watch the film in numerous languages or read a transcript. Filmed in 2005. Length: 29 min., 7 sec.

Rapanos v. United States (2006)    [ audio ]
The oral argument of the case.

Rapanos v. United States (2006)    [ audio ]
The opinion announcement of the case.

The Constitution: Fixed or Flexible?    [ video ]
A video that examines whether the Constitution should be interpreted to meet the changing needs of the country. From Annenberg Media's Learner.org website. Registration and log-in required.

The Courts: Our Rule of Law    [ video ]
A video about the role of courts in the American system of government. From Annenberg Media's Learner.org website. Registration and log-in required.

The Role of a Supreme Court Justice    [ audio ]
An audio discussion of the qualifications required to fill the role of a Supreme Court Justice. From KQED's Forum radio show. Recorded November 4, 2005.

Lesson 25      What Is the Role of the Supreme Court in the American Constitutional System?
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