We’re going patriotic for this month’s episode of the Legal Current podcast as we bring you two interviews with people who have had unique experiences with some aspect of the U.S. government. To start things out, we bring you an interview with freelance journalist and frequent contributor to the Super Lawyers publication Martin Kuz. We talk to Martin about his recent experience taking an in-depth look at the Constitution as part of the Peter Jennings Project for Journalists and the Constitution.

Then later in the episode, we take you behind the scenes of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission created by President Obama to explore the causes of the 2008 financial collapse. We talk with Gary Cohen, partner at Sidley Austin LLP and former general counsel to the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, to learn more about his experience conducting this investigation.

We’ve got those interviews, plus our regular segments, including “On the Blawgs,” where we feature a post by Simple Justice on how a proposed law in Florida is causing quite the discussion around First Amendment rights.

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Show notes for April 1, 2011:

0:00-0:55 Open
1:55-11:50 Interview/Martin KuzPeter Jennings Project for Journalists and the Constitution
12:05-13:30 “On the Blawgs” featuring a post from Simple Justice
13:40-14:40 “Chaos in the Court” with FindLaw’s Legally Weird Blog
15:45-22:00 Interview/Gary CohenFinancial Crisis Inquiry Commission
22:10-22:35 “Headnote History
22:45-23:10 Closing comments
23:10-24:00 Closing song Queen of the Hipsters from The Nancy Boys