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The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments today in a case brought by a UPS driver who was put on unpaid leave after becoming pregnant. Then, Sony Pictures is still reeling from a devastating hacker attack; we hear about what’s been leaked, and the damage it’s done. Next, we hear from a science writer who recently devoted a week to writing about the concept of personhood: What is it, and how is being a person different from being human? Then, filmmaker Lacey Schwartz talks about her new autobiographical documentary, which chronicles her experience of finding out as a teenager that she’s actually black, not white. And finally, a look at what’s new online in our weekly web roundup, including an apology from the man who created pop-up ads.

Banner Image: "PregnantWoman" by Ken Hammond (USDA)

Producers:
Andrew Walsh
Christian Bordal
Matt Holzman
Jolie Myers
Anna Scott

SCOTUS Pregnancy Protection 9 MIN, 7 SEC

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in a case about the rights of pregnant women in the workplace. Peggy Young was a driver for UPS when she got pregnant eight years ago. Her doctor said she shouldn’t lift anything over 20 pounds. When she told UPS, she was put on unpaid leave for seven months. Young sued, and the case went before the country’s highest court this morning.

Guests:
Dahlia Lithwick, Slate

Who Hacked Sony? 7 MIN, 45 SEC

Sony Pictures is still reeling from an attack by hackers last week. The damage so far: five new or upcoming movies have been leaked to torrent sites, along with a trove of information about the company and its employees, including the salaries of top Sony executives. Was it the North Koreans, angry about Sony’s upcoming release of “The Interview,” a comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, which takes aim at North Korea’s leader? Was it an inside job? We speak to a journalist who’s been following the leaks that came out of the attack.

Guests:
Kevin Roose, Fusion (@kevinroose)

More:
MORE FROM THE SONY PICTURES HACK: BUDGETS, LAYOFFS, HR SCRIPTS, AND 3,800 SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS

What Is a Person? 9 MIN, 29 SEC

To be human and to be a person are not necessarily the same thing. While our definition of human has remained pretty constant, personhood has taken on all kinds of technical, philosophical, and legal definitions over the years. We now know that corporations are people; dogs and cats have recently won certain legal rights that hinge on the idea of personhood; and the question of when a human fetus becomes a person continues to be debated in politics and religion. We hear from a writer who recently devoted a week to exploring the concept of personhood on her blog.

Guests:
Virginia Hughes, science journalist (@virginiahughes)

More:
Personhood Week: Why We’re So Obsessed with Persons

Little White Lie 13 MIN, 22 SEC

Lacey Schwartz's new documentary, "Little White Lie" examines what happens when you've identified as white your whole life only to find out as a teenager that you're actually black. That  happened to Schwartz, who grew up in Woodstock, New York. Her parents are white, but she has darker skin and tight, curly black hair. She eventually embarked on a journey to find out the truth about her own ethnicity.


Guests:
Lacey Schwartz, director, 'Little White Lie' (@laceyschwartz)

Racism Vigilantes and the Man Who Broke the Internet 7 MIN, 29 SEC

Racism: it’s bad. And there are people on the Internet who want to put an end to it. That’s good, right? Well, it depends how you go about it. We talk about how one site went awry. Also, the inventor of online pop-up ads apologizes...and more, in our weekly Internet roundup.

Guests:
Alex Goldman, Reply All (@agoldmund)

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Reply All is a show about the internet.

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