Smarty Pants Podcast

Out of the Closet and Into the Courts


How sex met the law, plus the coolest queen in Africa

Fairness, engraving by Hendrick Goltzius, 1558–1617 (Rijksmuseum)

By Stephanie Bastek

April 7, 2017



Geoffrey R. Stone tells the epic story of how sex came to be legislated in America; Linda Heywood introduces us to an African queen cooler than Cleopatra; and John Dvorak gives us a lesson in the total eclipse of the heart. Er, sun.

Mentioned in this episode:

• Geoffrey R. Stone’s Sex and the Constitution
• Linda M. Heywood’s Njinga of Angola
• The upcoming solar eclipse on August 21st, with an interactive map from NASA
• And, below, a map of where the moon’s shadow will be crossing the continental United States (courtesy Pegasus Books)


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Stephanie Bastek is the associate editor of the Scholar and the producer/host of the Smarty Pants podcast.

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