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Judge Clarence Thomas voted by majority in last month’s abortion decision, but he issued a separate and concurring opinion expressing an extreme view that other rights derived from privacy, such as contraception and intimacy between people of the same sex are not constitutional rights at all. Professor of Constitutional Law and New Yorker Contributor Jeannie Suk Gersen talks to David Remnick about the Thomas deal and how the judge’s once fringe views are now central to the Court’s legal philosophy. Plus, Emily Nussbaum talks to comedian Hannah Gadsby and Patricia Marx tries flotation therapy, formerly known as a sensory deprivation tank. His microphone was the only thing that found peace.
What precedents would Clarence Thomas overturn next?
The judge was once an outlier for his “outside” legal opinions. Now, says Jeannie Suk Gersen, he is the heart of a conservative bloc that is just getting started.
Comedian Hannah Gadsby on “Nanette”
The New Yorker Emily Nussbaum spoke with the comedian about her breakout moment, a critique of stand-up in the form of a stand-up show called “Nanette.”
Relaxing is stressful
“Floatation therapy,” also known as sensory deprivation, is a trending way to tune out. But Patricia Marx has found relaxing is just too stressful.
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