Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Westwood One Launches '5-4' Supreme Court Podcast

CUMULUS MEDIA’s Westwood One and Slow Burn co-creator and host of the FIASCO podcast Leon Neyfakh’s Prologue Projects announce the arrival of 5-4, a new podcast offering an irreverent take on the U.S. Supreme Court’s past. Each episode focuses on a pivotal case in which the Justices make one of the most important decisions in recent memory – dissecting it from every angle and tearing it apart. 5-4 is already charting in the Top 10 on the Apple Podcasts Government chart.

The first episode, available now, tackles Bush v. Gore. Future episodes take on the Supreme Court's decisions on campaign finance, affirmative action, voting rights, and stop and frisk. Neyfakh and Andrew Parsons -- executive producer at Prologue Projects -- are producing the show, which will be released weekly. Neyfakh narrates the facts and historical context around the case-of-the-week before handing off the discussion to progressive legal commentators Peter (better known as Twitter’s @The_Law_Boy, Rhiannon (@AywaRhiannon), and Michael (@_FleerUltra).

Leon Neyfakh
"I'll be honest, I've been nervous to play 5-4 for my mom because I think she'll be mad at me. That said, I feel like once she actually listens to Peter, Rhiannon, and Michael, and hears how smart they are about the law, she'll see past their belligerence, vulgarity, and total lack of respect for institutions, and perhaps even find them charming,” said Neyfakh. “I know listeners will too, and I don't just mean the army of followers that Peter — or as I still call him, Law Boy — has amassed on Twitter."

“The best podcasts educate and entertain and 5-4 does both, blending humor with analytical rigor as the hosts dissect the legal reasoning and practical outcomes of the U.S. Supreme Court’s most controversial decisions,” said Suzanne Grimes, EVP Marketing, CUMULUS MEDIA and President, Westwood One. “Regardless of personal political opinion, we can all agree it’s a pivotal time in American history, a moment when the influence of the highest federal court in the country has never been more obvious.”

5-4 is a production of Prologue Projects in partnership with Westwood One Podcast Network. It is available at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts.

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