JUSTICE RUTH BADER GINSBERG IN CONVERSATION

December 18, 2018 at 4:45 am

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. 

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>> 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.

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