Friday, August 21, 2020
Yesterday, having recommended the Promises, Promises podcast, I listened to my first episode. I thought it was the first episode, because it is the earliest one on the podcast's homepage, but it didn't feel like a first episode, so maybe there are more episodes that I haven't found yet. The hosts clearly had already hit their stride. Dave Hoffman has now clarified to me that there is no "first episode." The podcast mimics asynchronous teaching: contracts profs can plug the episodes into their syllabi wherever they like.
The episode discusses Hanford v. Connecticut Fair Association, which is a case about traveling baby beauty pageants. A dispute arose over whether an outbreak of polio in 1916 provided legal grounds for the entity that was to host the pageant to cancel the event. I know, I had you at traveling baby beauty pageant. If they still existed in 2001, I definitely would have entered my daughter. Then we could pay for her college tuition with her winnings!
Given the times, this sleeper of a case is now a must-teach case.