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Lawyers, Guns & Money podcast: Game of Thrones, Season 4, Episode 3: “Breaker of Chains”

[ 11 ] April 21, 2014 |

SEK & Steven Attewell on the new episode of Game of Thrones. Enjoy!

Audio available here.

Purchase Steven Attewell’s Race for the Iron Throne: Political and Historical Analysis of “A Game of Thrones” at that link. You know you want to!

Lawyers, Guns & Money podcast – Game of Thrones, Season Four, Episode Two – “The Lion and the Rose”

[ 10 ] April 14, 2014 |

In which Steven Attewell and I discuss how boring tonight’s episode of Game of Thrones was:

Listen to the audio here.

LG&M podcast: Game of Thrones, Season 4, Episode 1: “Two Swords”

[ 28 ] April 6, 2014 |

Watch the podcast below, whenever YouTube starts behaving, which should be an hour after I post this, if last night is any indication:

Listen to it here.

As per the post below, you can read my re-cap of it, if you’d like.

Steven’s written two pieces at some little outlet called Esquire, which are available here and here.

A link to his book will be available in this post tomorrow morning, once Amazon gets its shit together. right now, actually.

(Also, we’ll resume Season One podcasts as soon as YouTube begins cooperating. We apologize for the delay.)

LG&M podcast — Game of Thrones, Season One, Episode Eight — “The Pointy End”

[ 23 ] April 5, 2014 |

Here is SEK and Steven Attewell discussing “The Pointy End”:
Audio available here.

Works discussed by Attewell include (warning: these links contain spoilers for all books):

  • Arya IV (why Syrio Forel is dead and would be offended if you said he wasn’t)
  • Sansa IV (why people dislike Sansa, the interview with the Queen, Cersei’s gambit, and more)
  • Sansa V (Joffrey the instant tyrant, Sansa’s plan to save her father wasn’t bad)
  • Tyrion VII (meeting Tywin, the Lannister Campaign of the War of Five Kings, the mountain clans as a comment on democracy and modernity, why Bolton marched)
  • Catelyn VIII (why you don’t need Robb to be dumb to make Catelyn smart, and vice versa, the Lannisters’ opening move and Robb’s choice)
  • Jon VII (ZombieTalk and some other stuff, but mostly ZombieTalk)
  • Daenerys VII (the cost of rightful heirs, Dothraki racism, and more)

LG&M podcast: Game of Thrones, Season One, Episode Seven — “You Win or You Die”

[ 13 ] April 4, 2014 |

Watch SEK and Steven Attewell discuss the seventh episode of the first season of Game of Thrones below:

Audio available here.

Works Attewell discusses (warning these contain spoilers for all books):

  • Jon VI (institutional politics of the Night’s Watch, Mormont’s vision, the limits of meritocracy)
  • Dany VI (the Varys/Illyrio Conspiracy, assassination attempts, false flag operations, and more)
  • Eddard XII (why both Eddard and Cersei were acting crazy)
  • Eddard XIII (the will, Renly and Littlefinger’s offers, the war was going to happen anyway)
  • Eddard XIV (why paper matters, Littlefinger’s nessun dorma, and more)

LG&M Game of Thrones podcast: “The Wolf and the Lion”

[ 24 ] October 18, 2013 |

Audio available here.

Posts SEK discusses in this episode:

Posts Attewell discusses in this episode:

  • Eddard VII (Part II of the Ser Hugh Assassination Theory, caring about the bros, Eddard nearly breaks the investigation wide open, return to the Lannister Conspiracy, and much more)
  • Tyrion IV (Tyrion as evidence that Catelyn is good at politics, the real mistake in taking Tyrion is failing to inform, history of the vendetta)
  • Arya III (going through the looking glass on the Varys/Illyrio Conspiracy, history of medieval espionage)
  • Eddard VIII (badge on the table moment, why Eddard actually resigned, political thought on the Small Council, and more)
  • Catelyn VI (the Vale as defense in depth, the Blackfish as a political observer, Lysa as the ultimate victim of patriarchy, historical parallels of the Eyrie)
  • Eddard IX (Eddard as noir detective, how the fight could have gone very differently)


Amusing and related videos:

LG&M Podcast: Game of Thrones, “Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things” Part 2

[ 9 ] October 8, 2013 |

Here’s the second part of the podcast, about which Steven feels quite adamant, as evidenced by his vehement fist-pumping:

The first part’s available here.

Audio available here.

LG&M Podcast: Game of Thrones, “Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things” Part 1

[ 14 ] October 4, 2013 |

This is the first of a two part podcast. The second part will be available on Monday.

Works Attewell discusses (warning, all of these posts contain spoilers for all five books):

  • Bran IV (introducing the law of hospitality, the history of prosthetics, and StupidRobb)
  • Jon IV (Jon gets over his privilege, Alliser Thorne as a sign of institutional dysfunction, problems with primogeniture)
  • Dany IV (Vaes Dothrak as cultural artifact, how did the historical parallels for the Dothraki fare against knights?)
  • Eddard V (Pycelle is the worst conspirator in the series, a major step forward in the Littlefinger Conspiracy, and the history of poison plots)
  • Eddard VI (institutional power and the Goldcloaks, tourneys as trickle-down economics vs. the 99 percent, noir detective Eddie Stark’s investigation catches a break, checking in with the Littlefinger and Renly/Tyrell Conspiracies, history of trade guilds, police forces, and royal bastards)
  • Sansa II (the deconstruction of romantic medievalism and the problematic allure of war, my grand conspiracy theory of the assassination of Ser Hugh of the Vale, and Victorian jousting)
  • Catelyn V (assessing Catelyn as a political actor, contingency and inevitability in the meeting of Catelyn and Tyrion, GRRM as a Greek god)



Our Nixon Podcast

[ 7 ] September 19, 2013 |

About a month ago I had the opportunity to sit down with Brian Frye, professor at the University of Kentucky College of Law and producer of the documentary Our Nixon.

Here’s the video:

And here’s the audio.  Profuse apologies for the poor audio quality, for which the fault lies entirely with me.

An LGM podcast: Life is “The Kingsroad,” they want to ride it all night long

[ 18 ] July 18, 2013 |

Steven Attewell and I decided that we didn’t want to wait until next February to continue talking about Game of Thrones, and so we decided to start over. Here’s our take on “The Kingsroad,” the series’ second episode.

Works Attewell discusses (warning, all of these posts contain spoilers for all five books):

  • Daenerys III (learning the dothraki way, cultural assimilation as a source of strength)
  • Tyrion I (slapping princes, having breakfast with his siblings, Tyrion as Richard III/Claudius)
  • Jon II (making his goodbyes,  his complicated family dynamics)
  • Catelyn III (the attack on Bran,  the ahistorical nature of “always a Stark in Winterfell,” Bran as Fisher King)
  • Sansa I (Sansa as a critique of romantic medievalism within fantasy genre)
  • Eddard III (Robert’s trial, Cersei’s political skills or lack thereof, royal justice)




An LG&M Podcast: Game of Thrones, “Winter Is Coming,” though not soon enough

[ 29 ] July 9, 2013 |

Steven Attewell and I decided that we didn’t want to wait until next February to continue talking about Game of Thrones, and so we decided to start over. Here’s our take on “Winter Is Coming,” the serie’s inaugural episode. I’m including links to the works I referenced and will have Steven do the same.

Works SEK discusses:

Works Attewell discusses (warning, all of these posts contain spoilers for all five books):




LGM Podcast: Not Game of Thrones Edition!

[ 5 ] July 8, 2013 |

In our latest podcast, I interview George Lovell, author of the fantastic new book This Is Not Civil Rights. In addition to his new book, which examines the letters ordinary citizens wrote to the fledgling civil rights section of FDR’s Department of Justice, we discuss the recently completed Supreme Court term and a little baseball.

Since even my new office computer doesn’t have a webcam, the podcast is designed for the classic podcast format.  But it’s available on YouTube as well:

Other works cited:

  • Legislative Deferrals, George’s now-classic first book on Congress, the courts, and American labor.
  • George mentioned Mark Tushnet’s Taking the Constitution Away From the Courts.  I forget if I cited it directly or not, but I’ll add that a lot of my thinking about judicial power here was strongly informed by Tushnet’s The New Constitutional Order.
  • I also mention Emily Zackin’s new book Looking For Rights In All the Wrong Places.  Zackin argues that the idea that “positive” rights are absent from American constitutionalism vanishes if you look at state constitutions.   As George says, this insight shouldn’t be confused with the (obviously false) argument that states are better at protecting fundamental rights — the forces hostile to civil rights have generally preferred decentralized government for a reason.  But as I read it this isn’t Zackin’s argument, and her important book is a useful corrective to the idea that American constitutionalism is uniquely focused on “negative” rights.


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