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Civics Shorts: The Judicial Branch

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The Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.

The Supreme Court of the United States (or SCOTUS) releases a fresh batch of decisions every May and June (and sometimes into July). But how does a case get before SCOTUS? And what role do district and circuit courts play in the judicial branch?


Civics Shorts are designed with middle schoolers in mind, but they are also for anyone who wants a quick refresher.


Felix Poon first came to NHPR in 2020 as an intern, producing episodes for Outside/In, Civics 101, and The Second Greatest Show on Earth. He went to work for Gimlet Media’s How to Save a Planet before returning in 2021 as a producer for Outside/In. Felix’s Outside/In episode Ginkgo Love was featured on Spotify's Best Podcasts of 2020.

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