Government power in a global pandemic

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US Capitol building. Photo credit: Martin Falbisoner/Wikicommons.

How much power does the government have over our lives in the time of a pandemic? 

In the debut episode of The Legal Eagle Files, KCRW host and journalist Madeleine Brand talks with law professor Jessica Levinson about how much the government can limit individual rights during a pandemic, and how the actions the government takes now might change our relationship with it.

Other topics discussed:

Can the government declare martial law as a result of COVID-19?

Can states force their own residents to stay at home? 

What about out-of-state residents? Can states force them to quarantine?