Mid-life crises are embarrassing and all-too-common...but surely not among the prudent judges of nation's highest court? On today’s show, a former court clerk's new novel imagines a Supreme Court justice going off the rails.
Then, we'll hear about how today's gyms are building personal bathrooms and shower stalls for body shy millennials -- one writer thinks it's absurd for adults to fear getting undressed in front of others.
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Jay Wexler, is a Boston University law professor and mastermind behind the @SCOTUSHUMOR twitter handle. Tuttle in the Balance is Wexler's new novel about the unhinged justice who may just be the vote that decides cases on school prayer, the establishment clause, and in the central case of the book's fictional term: Texas vs Sexy Slut Magazine.
A recent article from the New York Times reveals that modern gyms are catering to the whims of adult millennials – building personal bathroom and shower stalls for those who grew up with amenities and privacy and are uncomfortable un-dressing in front of others. Mark Joseph Stern is a writer for Slate. He thinks that body insecurity is something to be overcome, not accommodated. "Locker Room Nudity is Healthy and Normal. Fear of it is Irrational."
We tend to think about preserving the planet's natural resources as something you do with legislation - with changes in behavior, or maybe with processes with recycling. But some natural resources can only be preserved with a microphone. This story, about the importance of natural sound, comes to us from Kerry Klein.
This story is part of The Stem Story Project - distributed by PRX and made possible with funds from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
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