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Sidebar: Constitution crisis

This U.S. Supreme Court term is the first to feature Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, the first Black woman justice and President Joe Biden's recent appointee to the court, and will dive into some pretty weighty issues. When do racial minorities deserve extra protection? What constitutes fair use in the art world? We break down what you need to know.

While this U.S. Supreme Court term shouldn't result in as many sweeping decisions as the last, which upended nationwide abortion rights and gun control precedents, it'll be far from a lightweight season. The court's cases are varied: from redistricting to artist integrity to the legality of the Indian Child Welfare Act, which gives tribal governments jurisdiction over the adoption and foster care of Native American children.

In this episode, we break down some of the heavyweight appeals the court will hear with the help of our very own Kelsey Reichmann.

First, we delve into two cases that could affect elections for decades to come, deciding whether states should take race into account during redistricting and if legislatures should be the ones to draw those lines or if the courts have any say in the process.

The Supreme Court will also weigh in on a copyright dispute between the Warhol Foundation and Lynn Goldsmith over a photo she took of the artist Prince that Andy Warhol used as a reference in several prints. Another case rooted in the visual arts comes to the court from Colorado. A website designer is challenging the state's Anti-Discrimination Act, saying it violates her First Amendment rights by forcing her to serve LGBT couples.

Last, we lay out the Indian Child Welfare Act, what is at stake over its continued legality, and what the law means to tribal governments, courts and their people.

Special guests:

Sidebar tackles the top stories you need to know from the legal world. Join reporters Hillel Aron, Amanda Pampuro and Nina Pullano as they take you in and out of courtrooms in the U.S. and beyond and break down developments to help you understand how they affect your day-to-day life.

This episode was produced by Kirk McDaniel. Intro music by The Dead Pens. A transcript of this episode is available.

Editorial staff is Bill Dotinga, Sean Duffy and Jamie Ross. Special thanks to Kelsey Reichmann.

For more from Kelsey:

-- Alabama redistricting battle poised to gut Voting Rights Act for good

-- Supreme Court set to start new term with more opportunities to overturn precedent

-- State judges offer rare input as high court tackles redistricting case

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