1. A few weeks ago, a few of us headed over to the Supreme Court to retrieve a suitcase. It belonged to Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and it contained, effectively, her family history in photographs. We sat in the kitchen in her chambers over her lunch break. She ate a bowl of soup and told us stories about the photos.

    NPR’s Nina Totenberg went back a few weeks later to get Sotomayor’s full story (airing throughout the week): a childhood in tenement housing in the Bronx; a diagnosis with diabetes; her father’s death to alcoholism; her cousin’s death to drugs; and her divorce.

    She also shares memories of huge family parties, cooking with her grandmother and receiving a scholarship to Princeton (and her corollary thoughts on affirmative action).

    Without further delay, check out the presentation, in which Sotomayor shares her photos and stories.

    (P.S. Hey, other justices: We’re currently accepting suitcases of photos.)

    Photo Credit: Courtesy of Justice Sotomayor and Kainaz Amaria/NPR

  2. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is open about how she benefited from affirmative action, how she came to terms with her diabetes and the “out-of-body experience” of being appointed to the high court. Sotomayor spoke with NPR just before the release of her new autobiography.

    A Justice Deliberates: Sotomayor On Love, Health And Family

    Photo Credit: Kainaz Amaria/NPR and Becky Lettenberger/NPR