Texas v Johnson

This podcast is about the outlawing of the ability to burn the flag, and the fight to keep this action as a right protected under freedom of speech. This case has been decided, but we’re going to share our thoughts and ideas about it. Also, we will be touching on some hot-button issues in the process.

Special thanks to https://www.oyez.org/cases/1988/88-155 for useful information and audio from the court.

Hazelwood v Kuhlmeier

It’s Hazelwood East High School. 1987. The student newspaper, The Spectrum, is about to be published. Then, out of nowhere, the principal takes it upon himself to be an editor. The students take this to the courts on the grounds of censoring their freedom of speech. When it’s taken to the Supreme Court, the result is shocking. The group that wins will be revealed when you listen to this episode of Teens be Talkin’.


We used the Oyez article ( https://www.oyez.org/cases/1987/86-836 ),  which is an unbiased fact checker about supreme court cases.

United States Courts- http://www.uscourts.gov/educational-resources/educational-activities/facts-and-case-summary-hazelwood-v-kuhlmeier is an informational website about the facts and information on the case.

United States Courts Podcast- http://www.uscourts.gov/about-federal-courts/educational-resources/supreme-court-landmarks/hazelwood-v-kuhlmeier-podcast is a podcast about this case.

A firsthand account video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuTVtokDYhY which is from a student who was at Hazelwood at the time.

And a c-span video (https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4387692/hazelwood-v-kuhlmeier) which is a news broadcast about this case from 1987.

Bethel v Fraser

In this episode, Noah, Phoenix, and Huyen-Tram discuss the Bethel v. Fraser Supreme Court case about regulating student speeches, and whether that regulation violates the students’ First Amendment rights. Gregory interviews special guest SAMI co-director Ms. Hall. 

https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/478/675/case.html  was a good site for finding the opinions of all of the Justices. Justia is a good cite for finding lawyers and reviewing court decisions. 

 https://www.britannica.com/topic/Bethel-School-District-No-403-v-Fraser was where we found all the information from how it started to the court’s final decision. Britannica is one of the best sites for finding information.

 https://www.oyez.org/cases/1985/84-1667 was the site that we used to listen to the oral arguments. Oyez is good for finding all of the essential information about the case and listening to the oral arguments.  

Tinker v Des Moines

In 1965, the Vietnam War was an ongoing issue. A group of high school students chose to exercise their right to free speech and wore armbands to protest the war. They were told their protest was distracting, and they sued the school district in response. This episode discusses the Tinker v Des Moines Independent School District case and students’ right to free speech.


Case summary:


An ACLU article with more info:


Supreme Court Hearing Audio:




Coates vs Cincinnati

This episode is about the Coates V Cincinnati case. It’s about a law which is extremely unfair and can be easily abused – that if anyone is annoying they can be arrested. We will discuss in what unjust ways they can abuse it. We talk about Coates, who was involved with several other individuals in a demonstration in a labor dispute. And we want to share who, what, when, and why it happened in the past of the U.S.A, and how it was fixed.