NPR’s Nina Totenberg has reported on the Supreme Court for more than 40 years. In this extended interview with FRONTLINE, she talks about how she broke the story of Anita Hill’s allegations of sexual harassment by then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, how the Robert Bork saga changed the nomination process, the increased influence of the Federalist Society on the American judiciary, and how the politicization of the court has impacted its perceived legitimacy to the public.
This interview was conducted by FRONTLINE on January 10, 2019 during the making of “Supreme Revenge.”
It is being published as part of the FRONTLINE Transparency Project, an effort to open up the source material behind FRONTLINE’s reporting. View a version of this interview that includes an interactive text transcript, and explore dozens of other interviews shedding light on three decades of Supreme Court confirmation battles, on FRONTLINE’s website: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/interview-collection/supreme-revenge/
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