JUSTICE RUTH BADER GINSBERG IN CONVERSATION

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg opens up about life on the bench and bouncing back after cracking three ribs this past November.  We’ll preview “Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg In Conversation,” coming to public television beginning January 2.

Aired on December 17, 2018. 

TRANSCRIPT

HAS IS YOUR HEALTH?

IT'S FINE, THANK YOU.

AND THOSE RIBS YOU BUSTED?

ALMOST REPAIRED.

THE SUPREME COURT'S OLDEST SITTING JUSTICE IS BACK, AND GOING STRONG.

RUTH BADER GINSBURG APPEARING BEFORE A SOLD-OUT AUDIENCE FOR THE MUSEUM OF THE CITY'S NEW YORK SERIES, 'AN EVENING WITH JUSTICE RUTH BADER GINSBURG.'

IN AN HOUR-LONG CONVERSATION THAT WILL AIR ON PUBLIC TELEVISION STATIONS, THE 85-YEAR-OLD SITS DOWN FOR 'JUSTICE RUTH BADER GINSBURG IN CONVERSATION.'

THE TWO DISCUSS HER QUARTER CENTURY ON THE NATION'S HIGHEST BENCH, HER 2016 BOOK, AND HER COMMITMENT TO PRINCIPLED DISSENT.

AND MORE THAN A MONTH AFTER FALLING AND FRACTURING THREE RIBS, THE BROOKLYN NATIVE EXPLAINS WHAT IT TOOK TO GET HER BACK INTO FIGHTING FORM.

HERE'S A SNEAK PEEK.

HOW'S YOUR HEALTH?

IT'S FINE, THANK YOU.

AND THOSE RIBS YOU BUSTED?

ALMOST REPAIRED.

THAT'S GOOD.

[ APPLAUSE ] AND HAVE YOU GONE BACK TO YOUR TRAINER?

YES.

WE WENT BACK IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE FALL, WE COULD DO LEGS ONLY.

BUT YESTERDAY, WE DID THE WHOLE ROUTINE.

THE WHOLE ROUTINE?

YES.

THE WHOLE ROUTINE THAT MOST 35-YEAR-OLDS CAN'T DO WHEN THEY WOULD GO AND SEE IF THEY COULD JUST DO THAT ROUTINE.

WE ARE BY FAR THE MOST COLLEGIAL INSTITUTE IN TOWN.

WE ALL RESPECT AND EVEN GENUINELY LIKE EACH OTHER.

I THINK YOU CAN SEE THAT IN SO MANY WAYS.

ALL THE THINGS THAT WE DO TOGETHER.

IN JANUARY, THERE WILL BE A DINNER IN HONOR OF THE NEW JUNIOR JUSTICE.

THAT'S A TRADITION.

THE PERSON WHO HAS JUST GIVEN UP THE JOB BEING UP THE JUNIOR POSITION DOES THIS FOR THE LATEST ARRIVAL.

AFTER LIVING IN WASHINGTON FOR, I GUESS NIGH UNDER 40 YEARS, DO YOU STILL CONSIDER YOURSELF A NEW YORKER?

AND NOT ONLY A NEW YORKER, BUT A BROOKLYNITE.

[ APPLAUSE ] YOU KNOW, WHEN I LEFT NEW YORK TO COME TO D.C., I THOUGHT THERE WAS NO OTHER CITY IN THE WORLD FOR ME BUT THIS ONE.

BUT INSIDE OF SIX MONTHS, I FOUND MANY TREASURES IN D.C., INCLUDING ALL THE MUSEUMS THAT ARE FREE AND THE CONCERTS THAT ARE FREE.

MY DAUGHTER MADE A COMMENT.

SHE SAID, IF YOU HAD MOVED WHEN YOU WERE IN YOUR 30s RATHER THAN IN YOUR LATE 40s, YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN SO CONTENT WITH THE CHANGE.

SO WHAT IS IT THAT YOU MISS ABOUT NEW YORK?

WELL, THE TREMENDOUS VARIETY.

ANYTHING YOU WANT, YOU CAN FIND IN THIS CITY.

THE MUSEUMS, THE METROPOLITAN OPERA.

I LOVE THE WASHINGTON NATIONAL OPERA, BUT I DON'T THINK THE M.E.T. HAS ANY RIVAL IN THE WORLD.

I'VE GONE TO THE M.E.T. EVERY FIVE YEARS ON A NOTABLE BIRTHDAY, STARTING WITH MY 70th AND NOW MY 85th.

AND I GET MY CHILDREN TO ATTEND, AND IT'S A FANTASTIC EVENING.

JUSTICE RUTH BADER GINSBURG IN CONVERSATION WILL AIR ON JANUARY 2 MD ON WLIW AT 9:00 P.M.

JANUARY 7th ON 13 AT 9:00 P.M.

AND THEN JANUARY 10th, ALSO AT 9:00 P.M.

Funders

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