The Imperfect Plaintiffs

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I was lukewarm at first on More Perfect, Radiolab’s new podcast about the Supreme Court, until this episode, which focuses on plaintiffs in civil rights “test cases,” who may want nothing to do with becoming famous. I was fascinated by the backstories of Lawrence v. Texas (2003), which banned sodomy laws, and Plessy v. Ferguson (1896), which legitimized segregation. Sometimes, civil rights gains are heavily orchestrated.

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