1. The Death of the Senate: Senate Republicans recently changed the rules to prohibit filibusters for Supreme Court nominees -- the so-called nuclear option -- paving the way for Neil Gorsuch's confirmation. Frank and David explore the origins of the filibuster and how the Senate has changed over the past two centuries.
2. Nepotism: President Trump has recently appointed his daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner to key roles in the White House. Frank and David debate the role that nepotism has played in American history and the extent to which Trump's use of close family members is unprecedented.
Frank: Tartan Day
David: Charles Ball's Slavery in the United States and the NEH funded digitization of fugitive slave narratives