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When a law stu­dent named Mark Bold came across a Supreme Court deci­sion from the 1920s that allowed for the forced ster­il­iza­tion of peo­ple deemed unfit,” he was shocked to dis­cov­er that it had nev­er been over­turned. His law pro­fes­sors told him the case, Buck v Bell, was noth­ing to wor­ry about, that the rul­ing was in a kind of legal lim­bo and could nev­er be used against peo­ple. But he didn’t buy it. In this episode we fol­low Mark on a jour­ney to one of the dark­est con­se­quences of humanity’s attempts to mea­sure the human mind and put peo­ple in box­es, fol­low­ing him through his­to­ry, sci­ence fic­tion and a ver­sion of eugen­ics that’s still very much alive today, and watch as he cru­sades to restore a dash of moral order to the universe.