Tonight at 8:30 p.m. EST on LinkTV, you can watch U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor sit down with actress Eva Longoria and talk about her life leading up to the judge's bench. It's a 90-minute look into one of the most powerful judges in the nation and the first Hispanic person ever to serve in the nation's highest court. But it's not a discussion about legal theory. It's a frank and often informal look at Sotomayor's life as she described it in her book, "My Beloved World." And here are seven reasons why you should tune in.
1. She's composed, but she's also appropriately dazzled at the fact that she was the first Hispanic person to administer the oath of office, which she did to Vice President Biden at last month's inauguration.
A quote: "I walked out with my fellow justices, I stood in the front for a few seconds looking out at this massive crowd, and all I could think is, 'Is this real?' It's impossible to describe to anyone: the improbability that little Sonia from the projects in the South Bronx would ever experience a moment like that."
2. She effectively answers that cliché question about women having it all, to the point where we don't really need to ask it anymore.
Here's how: "This constant conversation about 'Can women have it all?' -- my book says, 'What a silly conversation.' Who can ever have it all at every single minute? Whether you're a woman or a caring father, if you're at work and your child is doing something you want to be at, you're feeling guilty."
3. She appreciates how unlikely it is that she made it to the Supreme Court, but it's funny to hear her admit which accomplishment she thought was even less likely.
Watch the below clip to hear her explain what recent feat she thought would never happen.
4. She explains her ideal man.
She says very straightforwardly, "I want a man to be as independent as I am, as caring and giving as I hope I am, and to share in the housework." In the below clip, she also explains what it means to be a therapist, and it's very much along the same lines.
5. You get an idea of how mentally taxing it can be to work as a criminal court judge.
As Sotomayor explains it, "People can be horrible to people they love, and I'm not talking about the crimes that are horrific among strangers, but what relatives can do to each other, what friends can do to each other can just make you shudder." But she also explains her method for not letting the worst of the job drive her to cynicism. Watch the clip to find out.
6. You hear a Supreme Court justice speak the words "brick sh-thouse."
By which I mean that you won't, because the audio is bleeped so as to be primetime-friendly, but it's nonetheless obvious what Sotomayor is saying and it's all the more interesting when you know the phrase is used to describe her physical appearance as a teenager. It's easy to think about the Supreme Court justices as being black-robed models of composure and forget that some of them -- all of them, probably -- went through awkward phases. Now it doesn't matter: They're Supreme Court justices.
7. You find out about what riles her up more than anything else.
It's pretty good. What sets Sotomayor off more than anything else is a backhanded compliment, in particular one given to her by a friend: "You know what I love about you, Sonia? You argue like a guy." And if you don't understand why that would be good reason to make her or most women angry, maybe that's the best reason of all to tune in.
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