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27: The Most Perfect Album

Release date: 9.18.18

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August 23, 2018

More Perfect’s “27: The Most Perfect Album” out September 18th from WNYC Studios

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Supreme Court decisions shape everything from marriage and money to public safety and sex. We know these are very important decisions we should all pay attention to – but they often feel untouchable and even unknowable. Radiolab's first ever spin-off series, More Perfect, connects you to the decisions made inside the court's hallowed halls, and explains what those rulings mean for "we the people" who exist far from the bench. More Perfect bypasses the wonkiness and tells stories behind some of the court's biggest rulings.


Bio Jad Abumrad

The son of a scientist and a doctor, Jad Abumrad did most of his growing up in Tennessee, before studying creative writing and music composition at Oberlin College in Ohio. Following graduation, Abumrad wrote music for films, and reported and produced documentaries for a variety of local and national public radio programs, including On The Media, Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen, Morning Edition, All Things Considered and WNYC's "24 Hours at the Edge of Ground Zero."

While working on staff at WNYC, Abumrad began tinkering with an idea for a new kind of radio program.  That idea evolved into one of public radio’s most popular shows today – Radiolab.  Abumrad hosts the program with Robert Krulwich and also serves as one of its producers.  The program won the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award and explores big questions in science, philosophy and mankind.  Under Abumrad’s direction, the show uses a combination of deep-dive journalism, narrative storytelling, dialogue and music to craft compositions of exploration and discovery.  Radiolab podcasts are downloaded over 5 million times each month and the program is carried on more than 500 stations across the nation and internationally. 

Abumrad is also the Executive Producer and creator of Radiolab's More Perfect, a podcast that explores how cases deliberated inside the rarefied world of the Supreme Court affect our lives far away from the bench.

Abumrad was honored as a 2011 MacArthur Fellow (also known as the Genius Grant).  The MacArthur Foundation website says:  “Abumrad is inspiring boundless curiosity within a new generation of listeners and experimenting with sound to find ever more effective and entertaining ways to explain ideas and tell a story.” 

Abumrad also produced and hosted The Ring & I, an insightful, funny, and lyrical look at the enduring power of Wagner's Ring Cycle.  It aired nationally and internationally and earned ten awards, including the prestigious 2005 National Headliner Grand Award in Radio.



(Note: each song is inspired by one of the amendments)

1st Amendment: Cherry Glazerr; Joey Stylez

Guarantees the right to the freedoms of speech, press, and religion. Protects the right to petition the government.

2nd Amendment: Sateen; Michael Richard Klics; Flor de Toloache

Guarantees the people’s right to own and bear arms for their defense.

3rd Amendment: Palehound; They Might Be Giants

Citizens cannot be forced to quarter soldiers during times of peace.

4th Amendment: Briana Marela

Citizens cannot be forced to subject themselves to seizure and search without a search warrant and probable cause.

5th Amendment: Torres

Prohibits abuse of governmental authority in legal procedures. Establishes rules for indictment by eminent domain and grand jury. Guarantees the due process rights. Protects citizens from self-incrimination and double jeopardy.

6th Amendment: Sons of an Illustrious Father

Guarantees fair and speedy jury trial and the rights to know the accusation, the accuser, and to find counsel and witnesses.

7th Amendment: Adia Victoria; Nana Grizol

Reserves individuals’ rights to jury trial depending on the civil case and cases already examined by not be re-opened by another court.

8th Amendment: High Waisted

Forbids exorbitant bails and fines and punishment that is unusual or cruel.

9th Amendment: The Kominas

Reserves the rights of citizens which are not specifically mentioned by the U.S. Constitution.

10th Amendment: Lean Year

Reserves powers that are not given to the U.S. government under the Constitution, nor prohibited to a State of the U.S., to the people and the States.

11th Amendment: Field Medic

State sovereign immunity. States are protected from suits by citizens living in another state or foreigners that do not reside within the state borders.

12th Amendment: The Octopus Project

Modifies and clarifies the procedure for electing vice-presidents and presidents.

13th Amendment: Kash Doll; Bette Smith

Except as punishment for criminal offense, forbids forced-slavery and involuntary servitude.

14th Amendment: Poet Sarah Kay

Details Equal Protection Clause, Due Process Clause, Citizenship Clause, and clauses dealing with the Confederacy and its officials.

15th Amendment: Aisha Burns; Nnamdi Ogbonnaya

Reserves citizens the suffrage rights regardless of their race, color, or previous slave status.

16th Amendment: Post Animal

Reserves the U.S. government the right to tax income.

17th Amendment: Stef Chura; Donny Dinero (of Mail The Horse)

Establishes popular voting as the process under which senators are elected.

18th Amendment: The Slants

Denies the sale and consumption of alcohol.

19th Amendment: Dolly Parton

Reserves women’s suffrage rights.

20th Amendment: Huey Supreme

Also known as the “lame duck amendment,” establishes date of term starts for Congress (January 3) & the President (January 20).

21st Amendment: The Slants

Details the repeal of the Eighteenth Amendment. State laws over alcohol are to remain.

22nd Amendment: Pavo Pavo

Limits the terms that an individual can be elected as president (at most two terms). Individuals who have served over two years of someone else’s term may not be elected more than once.

23rd Amendment: The Mellow Tones, from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C.

Reserves the right of citizens residing in the District of Columbia to vote for their own Electors for presidential elections.

24th Amendment: Kevin Morby; Caroline Shaw

Citizens cannot be denied the suffrage rights for not paying a poll tax or any other taxes.

25th Amendment: Devendra Banhart

Establishes the procedures for a successor of a President.

26th Amendment: Suburban Living

Reserves the right for citizens 18 and older to vote.

27th Amendment: Kevin Devine

Denies any laws that vary the salaries of Congress members until the beginning of the next terms of office for Representatives.



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