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Here’s what we’re listening to this week.

ABA Journal—Asked and Answered: “Are Schools That Fail to Teach Children to Read Violating Their Constitutional Rights?”

In the Detroit public school system, only 7% of its 8th-grade students are proficient in reading. Under the theory that the 14th Amendment gives children a constitutional right to literacy, a group of lawyers filed a federal civil rights claim against Detroit’s school system. This week, host Stephanie Francis Ward talks to Carter Phillips, one of the plaintiffs’ attorneys, about the case.

Legal Toolkit: Encouraging Innovation in Law School

For this week’s Legal Toolkit, host Jared Correia talks to Gabe Teninbaum, a professor of legal writing at Suffolk Law. Suffolk Law works to encourage innovation with technology courses and internships. Gabe also offers his take on access to justice and legal process innovation.

Stuff You Missed in History Class: “The Tuskegee Syphilis Study”

Stuff You Missed in History Class covers the greatest and strangest stuff that your history class never did. Last week, they discussed the Tuskegee Syphilis study, one of the worst incidents of unethical medical research. African-American men participating in the study were told that they would receive treatment for their illness, but they didn’t, even when penicillin, which is highly effective at treating syphilis, became widely available. (h/t Greg Siskind)

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