Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearings Recap

September 13, 2018


Nina Totenberg and Neal Katyal join host Jeffrey Rosen to unpack Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings and evaluate his testimony. Totenberg and Katyal recap what we learned about Kavanaugh’s judicial philosophy and his views on everything from the role of precedent to presidential power, and forecast how Kavanaugh, if confirmed, might shape the Supreme Court in years to come.

Note: A transcript of the podcast is linked here. This text may not be in its final form and accuracy may vary, and it may be updated or revised in the future.



Neal Katyal is a partner at Hogan Lovells in D.C. where he specializes in appellate and complex litigation. He was Acting Solicitor General under President Obama and has served as a professor for two decades at the Georgetown University Law Center. He has argued 37 cases before the Supreme Court and numerous cases in front of Judge Brett Kavanaugh on the D.C. Circuit.

Nina Totenberg is NPR's legal affairs correspondent and one of our nation’s most prominent and prolific legal commentators. Her reports air regularly on NPR's critically acclaimed newsmagazines All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition. Totenberg anchored NPR’s Peabody Award-winning coverage of Justice Thomas’ confirmation hearings and she has covered over 20 Supreme Court confirmation hearings.

Jeffrey Rosen is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Constitution Center, the only institution in America chartered by Congress “to disseminate information about the United States Constitution on a nonpartisan basis.” 

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