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The Supreme Court announced today that it will not hear challenges to lower courts’ rulings allowing gay marriage, clearing the way for same-sex marriages to resume in five states. We also hear local reaction from Utah, one of the states affected, which has a high conservative population and a long, tangled history with marriage. Next, constitutional law scholar Erwin Chemerinsky explains why his new book argues that the Supreme Court does more harm than good and needs reform. Then we step into the world of so-called “jihadi hunters,” civilians who track Islamic extremists. Finally, in our weekly TV roundup, Twin Peaks is returning to the small screen.

Banner Image: A black flag belonging to the Islamic State is seen near the Syrian town of Kobani, as pictured from the Turkish-Syrian border near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, October 6, 2014. Islamic State militants raised their flag on a building on the eastern outskirts of the Syrian border town of Kobani on Monday after an assault of almost three weeks, but the town's Kurdish defenders said they had not reached the city centre. A black flag belonging to Islamic State was visible from across the Turkish border atop a four-storey building close to the scene of some of the most intense clashes in recent days. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Producers:
Andrew Walsh
Christian Bordal
Matt Holzman
Jolie Myers
Anna Scott

Supreme Court Gives Gay Marriage Small Victory 5 MIN, 35 SEC

The Supreme Court has cleared the way for gay marriage to resume in five states. This morning, the court announced it wouldn’t hear challenges to lower court rulings overturning gay marriage bans in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Guests:
Dahlia Lithwick, Slate

Gay Marriage Ruling in Utah 5 MIN, 36 SEC

Utah, one of the country's most conservative states, is one place where gay marriage can resume after this morning’s Supreme Court announcement. A ban was overturned late last year. We tune in to local reactions.

Guests:
Terry Gildea, KUER (@tergildea)

The Case Against the Supreme Court 12 MIN, 18 SEC

Erwin Chemerinsky is a noted constitutional law scholar and dean of the UC Irvine law school. His new book, The Case Against the Supreme Court, argues that the country’s highest court has done more harm than good. And as the Supreme Court begins its term today, he’s calling for it to change how it works.

Guests:
Erwin Chemerinsky, University of California Irvine (@UCILaw)

DIY Jihadi Hunters 13 MIN, 41 SEC

Last Friday, the militant group the Islamic State posted another video of a beheading. This time the victim was British aid worker Alan Henning. While U.S. intelligence agencies work to identify members of Islamic extremist groups, there’s also a community of civilians working to track jihadists. We visit the world of the so-called “jihadi hunters,” and hear directly from one of them.

Guests:
Thanassis Cambanis, Century Foundation (@tcambanis)
Aaron Zelin, Washington Institute for New East Policy (@azelin)

More:
The Jihadi Hunters

The Return of Twin Peaks 7 MIN, 59 SEC

Twin Peaks, David Lynch’s surreal, cult hit TV show, is coming back to the small screen in 2016, just in time for the 25th anniversary of the original finale. We hear all about it, and other television news, in our weekly TV roundup.

Guests:
Michael Schneider, Indiewire / Variety (@Franklinavenue)
Andy Greenwald, Grantland (@andygreenwald)

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