What’s “really” going on?
It could all be completely innocuous, but it does not change the fact that a Virginia State Senator’s resignation has caused the balance of power to shift to the GOP, who have promised not to expand health care to potentially 400,000 low income residents in Virginia.
Unintended or not, it’s still not pretty.
Awww…I remember Gopher and Veronica…sort of..;) I’m pretending not to know what a “memo” was..;)
A memo from 20 years ago, today.
Key quote: “The internet is a collection of computer networks that is connected around the world…A code of ‘netiquette’ exists among users and within user groups, but otherwise, you pay your money, find your niche and take your chances.”
via Johnny Kauffman at NPR
No, it’s not just you. We’ve had a glitch with our podcast but our tech wizards at NPR are on it. In the meantime, we’ve been adding our podcasts manually every day so you can still get them. Just be sure to check back and refresh and they should be coming in, albeit slowly.
Sorry for the inconvenience, and thanks for listening!
ps. Emma Thompson is deeeelightful.
- Molly, Fresh Air
Ok, so I”m not alone! I was wondering what had happened to miss Emma. Thanks for letting us know! Addicted to the podcast, and have to remember that they are available online as well ;))
Well she sounds like a breath of fresh air…;))
Sasheer Zamata is joining the cast of Saturday Night Live, making her the first African American woman to join the cast in six years, since the departure of Maya Rudolph.
The NBC program was under fire recently after cast member Kenan Thompson made a comment about black female comedians not being “ready” for the show, from what he could see in auditions.
Zamata honed her comedy skills at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade in New York and will debut on January 18th.
In the Fresh Air interview with Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, of the Comedy Central sketch series Key & Peele, they discussed the lack of diversity on SNL:
Peele: Keegan and my race has really played to our advantage in the improv/sketch world. It’s also a bit of a special power. We can do characters that other people would feel uncomfortable doing. We can play black characters and explore the comedy of black characters. There’s a whole world of characters and impressions that black women can do that other people — just on the social level, disregarding the practice and skill that goes into perfecting these things, but just on the social level — people would feel uncomfortable doing. They should hire some black women. Not a black woman — black women.
Photo taken by Robyn Von Swank, courtesy Sasheer.com
Thinking this is a Must Read. Interview was very interesting.
Masha Gessen is a prominent journalist who is also a lesbian and an outspoken LGBT rights advocate in Russia. She and her partner and children left for New York following the anti-gay laws that affect LGBT families. Today on Fresh Air she discusses consequences of these laws:
What [the anti-gay propaganda law] means is that any portrayal of LGBT people, LGBT relationships and LGBT families is now illegal in Russia if it’s accessible to minors, which of course is a problem for LGBT families because we are ourselves examples of LGBT families and are by definition accessible to minors who live in our own homes.
So the natural consequence of these laws is a campaign against LGBT parents which began with the second law, … which is a ban on adoptions by same-sex couples or single people from countries where same-sex marriage is legal. … It’s not just new adoptions, it can be used retroactively to annul adoptions that have already taken place.
… It’s Putin’s effort to shore up his constituency around this very vague but very potent idea of traditional values — the Russian family, the orthodox religion — and against the West. Nobody represents the alien West in Russia better than LGBT people do.
Part of the reason for that is because there was never any conversation about sex and sexual orientation in Russia. While the Western world was having the sexual revolution, we were having the Soviet Union. So this is really the first time that issues of sexuality, as absurd as that sounds, have been brought up in the public arena in Russia.
image via the huffinton post
Read the article in the New Yorker. Just totally sympathize with the women who aren’t allowed to DO ANYTHING.
It’s just like Macklemore says:
"But we paraphrase a book written thirty-five hundred years ago"
"I don’t know"….
I know I would go insane.
The View From Riyadh: Working Women in Retail
This week the New Yorker writes about women in Saudi Arabia and their inroads into the country’s traditionally male-dominated workforce. Historically prohibited from driving as well as from working, women in Saudi Arabia have built a movement to loosen female-labor laws. As Zoepf writes, “For the first time, they are interacting daily with men who are not family members, as cashiers in supermarkets and as salesclerks selling abayas and cosmetics and underwear.”
Source and Image Source: The New Yorker
Help a reporter out!
Friends, we need your help.
Last week, Gregory Warner and David Kestenbaum reported on the afterlife of American clothes. Lots of t-shirts from used clothes bin in the U.S. eventually make their way to sub-Saharan Africa.
Including the one above. From Jennifer’s bat-mitzvah from November 20, 1993. We want to find Jennifer.
What we Know: Jennifer’s bat mitzvah was on November 20, 1993. The theme may have been cartoons. And there’s a nametag in the shirt labeled Rachel Williams.
That’s all we know. Which is where you come in.
Do you know Rachel? Do you know Jennifer? Help us solve the mystery. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and put “that’s my shirt” in the subject line. And please share this as much as you can. It would be really awesome to find Jennifer and talk to her about her bat mitzvah t-shirt’s journey.