Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun was born in the small town of Nashville, Illinois, grew up around St. Paul, and later graduated from Harvard University. Blackmun was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Richard Nixon in 1970, and spent 24 years on the court, rendering important opinions on Roe v. Wade and other influential decisions. Blackmun passed away in 1999, and recently, NPR's Nina Totenberg was granted access to his papers, which are housed at the Library of Congress. Drawing on revelations in these papers and various interviews, this site offers a number of recent radio programs from NPR that hone in on various aspects of Justice Blackmun's time on the court and his various opinions on different cases. A couple of the more recent programs made available here deal with the humor of various fellow judges and the deliberations over the constitutionality of prayer at public school graduations. There are also a number of nice video clips, including one of Blackmun giving a tour of his Supreme Court chambers and another featuring him speaking about Roe v. Wade.


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