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Walking-to-Work Stories: Heartwarming or Harmful? | On the Media | WNYC Studios
We begin this week's transit-oriented theme show with a story of Good Samaritans and gratitude. Specifically, the beloved, "heartwarming" media trope of the person who walks miles and miles and miles to work — usually out of heartbreaking necessity — and is rewarded for their perseverance with a car, or a bike, or at least an appearance on the 5 o'clock news. Uplifting as these tales may sometimes be, they are also "terrible," as Streetsblog national reporter Angie Schmitt explained to Brooke.
story  race  class  car  sociology  inequalities  NPR  Podcast  radio  Media 
november 2018 by oripsolob
When Cooperation Doesn’t Get You What You Want
As a teenager he saw himself as an historical figure, then that ended up becoming true. Producer Zoe Chace tells the story of the man who either reinvented politics or broke it. (34 minutes)

NEWT GINGRICH, a guy who, with sheer force of will, utterly changed our politics and created the political world we live in today, alongside a second man (Rush Limbaugh) who helped him. Zoe Chace tells the tale.

ULTIMATE CAUSES of Political Tribalism:
1) Newt Gingrich
2) Rush Limbaugh (and right-wing radio)
3) 40 years of a "permanent" Democratic majority (and institutional corruption)

1) Social media
2) Trump
3) Obama
Podcast  history  politics  radio 
november 2018 by oripsolob
Reflecting on Darkness | BackStory: Lynching and the Holocaust
Historian Kidada Williams studies lynching. For years, she read accounts of lynching in newspapers and public documents. But how she thought about lynching victims changed when she discovered letters written by a man named Gainer Atkins. Atkins wrote the NAACP seeking justice for his son, Charlie, who was murdered by a mob in Davisboro, Georgia.
history  radio  Podcast 
may 2018 by oripsolob
The Myth of Meritocracy | On The Media | WNYC Studios
Martin Luther King, 1968, National Cathedral speech / relates to The Color of Law and westward expansion and federal subsidies

"It's all right to tell a a man to 'lift himself by his own bootstraps', but it is a cruel jest to say to a bootless man, that he ought to 'lift himself by his own bootstraps'..."

References study of differences in resume callbacks based on (black vs white) names

Rich are more likely to say that "hard work" matters more.
radio  NPR  inequalities  Podcast  sociology  race  class  mythology  prisons  Money  story 
may 2018 by oripsolob
The Blunder Years
Molly Ringwald revisits the Breakfast Club with her daughter. Start at 38:16 for a 16 minute clip.
sociology  movies  gender  inequalities  radio 
may 2018 by oripsolob
Does “Early Education” Come Way Too Late? (Rebroadcast) - Freakonomics Freakonomics
The gist: in our collective zeal to reform schools and close the achievement gap, we may have lost sight of where most learning really happens — at home.

Thirty Million Words Initiative
sociology  education  mcp  inequalities  class  radio  children  brain 
march 2018 by oripsolob
The Traffic Stop
On July 6, 2016, Philando Castile was pulled over by Officer Jeronimo Yanez for a broken brake light. 74 seconds later, Yanez fired seven shots. Winner of the TC/RHDF 2017 Best Documentary: Gold Award.

How did a routine traffic stop turn fatal in less than two minutes? We break down what happened that night, second by second.
radio  NPR  race  inequalities  constitution  ferguson 
november 2017 by oripsolob
Without Native Americans, Would We Have Chicago As We Know It?
Curious City: In this special Curious City presentation, we explore how Native Americans used trade, intermarriage, and their knowledge of the region’s geography to help lay the foundation for the city of Chicago. And we’ll consider an even bigger question: Would Chicago exist as we know it today — as a key Midwestern metropolis — without the Native Americans (Potawatomi, mostly).
NPR  radio  chicago  history 
november 2017 by oripsolob
Lifestyles of the Rich and Hidden - On The Media - WNYC
A year and a half after the Panama Papers, the Paradise Papers have again thrown back the curtain on the vast world of wealth that exists in offshore tax havens. But even after the two largest data leaks in history, those in the know say that we have still barely glimpsed the extent of this ecosystem. And according to Brooke Harrington, Professor of Economic Sociology at Copenhagen Business School and author of Capital Without Borders, if we really want to understand the situation, we need to look beyond the wealthy themselves and toward the industry devoted to keeping them rich and hidden. Bob talks to Harrington about the profession of "wealth management," why it's a threat to democracy and what can be done.
NPR  radio  Podcast  inequalities  sociology  class  Money 
november 2017 by oripsolob
Swedish Cowboys & Syrian Refugees - On The Media - WNYC
In the middle of nowhere southern Sweden, there’s a popular Wild West theme park called High Chaparral, where Scandinavian tourists relive the action of the old American cowboy films. For over a year, the park served another function: a refugee camp for some 500 of the 163,000 migrants – many from Syria – who applied for asylum in Sweden in 2015.

That Syrians would find refuge here actually jibes with High Chaparral’s interpretation of the Old West, which emphasizes the new life that the frontier offered to beleaguered pioneers, and the community that was required to survive there. Americans tend to ignore this history, instead lionizing the gritty traits of the cowboy, the cultural basis for our obsession with rugged individualism.

OTM producer Micah Loewinger traveled to High Chaparral last summer, where he met Abood Alghzzawi, a Syrian asylum-seeker, who embarked on an incredible journey to the Wild West of Sweden. This piece explores how politicians seized the cowboy image to further their agendas, and how questioning the narrative of the Old West might influence immigration policy.
photos  NPR  radio  Podcast  race  history  west  mythology 
november 2017 by oripsolob
I Can't Breathe - On The Media - WNYC
"Ultimately it's a story about segregation."

Would Eric Garner be alive today if those condominiums had not been built?
In a lot of these communities, Broken Window Theory is just another version of Jim Crow -- keeping black people out of white neighborhoods.
race  inequalities  NPR  Podcast  radio  sociology  history  ferguson 
october 2017 by oripsolob
Be The Change : NPR
A couple tries to break the norm of raising their child in a gendered manner.
NPR  radio  Podcast  sociology  gender  inequalities 
october 2017 by oripsolob
Shrinking Families And America's Future
Our kids are our future, so what happens when we start having fewer of them? Dowell Myers (demographer) and Fariborz Ghadar explain. Immigration rates (also on the decline). Not enough people to replace the Baby Boomers for capitalism and tax base. "We need to start treating other people's children as a precious asset".
sociology  NPR  radio  Podcast  children  education  Health 
july 2017 by oripsolob
Don't Be Fooled: 'Generation Wealth' Is More About Wanting Than Having : NPR
Greenfield says, now, decades after she started taking these pictures, projecting wealth is more important than ever.

"I think the backdrop of these 25 years is that we've never had more inequality and we've never had less social mobility," she says. "So, in a way, fictitious social mobility — bling and presentation — has replaced real social mobility ... because it's all you can get."

Greenfield believes there's been a shift in values — from "hard work, and thrift, and frugality and modesty" to "bling and showing off and narcissism."

Materialism, she says, is the new spirituality.
money  class  inequalities  sociology  radio  npr 
may 2017 by oripsolob
How Talking About Trump Makes Him Normal In Your Brain - On The Media - WNYC
According to George Lakoff, a cognitive linguist and author of Don’t Think Of An Elephant! Know Your Values and Frame the Debate, the very fundamentals of journalism should be redefined in order to stave off normalizing Trump.
brain  radio  politics  election  psychology  npr  fb  media 
december 2016 by oripsolob
The "Corrupt Bargain" That Started It All - On The Media - WNYC
Brooke talks to Daniel Feller, professor of history at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, about how that election, and the "corrupt bargain" that decided it, laid the groundwork for our modern two-party system and the notion that the people, not the politicians, should get to pick the president.
radio  npr  history  election  politics 
april 2016 by oripsolob
America's Long (Unaddressed) History of Class - On The Media - WNYC
Nancy Isenberg, author of the forthcoming book, White Trash: The 400-Year Untold Story of Class in America, argues that the myth of America as a classless nation has obscured an ugly truth: that this country was founded on a disdain for the poor that has never been fully addressed.
class  radio  race  inequalities  sociology  books  history  ais 
march 2016 by oripsolob
Color Lines - Racial Passing in America: BackStory with the American History Guys
BLOOD BROTHERS Historian Annette Gordon-Reed illustrates the fluidity of race with the stories of two sons of Thomas Jefferson and his slave Sally Hemings, one of whom passed into white society while the other lived his life as an African-American.
history  sociology  race  inequalities  radio  npr 
january 2016 by oripsolob
NPR Tries New Underwriting Voice, Again |
I've been in the radio business for 45 years. You're wrong!!! Hansen is AWFUL!!! 1 • Reply•Share › Avatar Sibylle Frnka Hank • 4 months ago Thank you for saying that. Why is this woman laughing? Why is she emoting over neutral copy? 1 • Reply•Share › Avatar Sibylle Frnka Sibylle Frnka • 4 months ago Her voice is fine. It's the interpretation, the mannerisms that are annoying. • Reply•Share › Avatar Hank Sibylle Frnka • 4 months ago I really think that she's being badly directed. The approach is over compensating for the lack of interest from the previous announcer. She neads to be pulled back and read with a more neutral approach. Her diction is often over cautious and it makes for a self conscious delivery. I detect in her more recent reads, a more appropriate direction. Am I wrong? − Avatar Sibylle Frnka Hank • 4 months ago No, you're absolutely correct. I've noticed that lately as well.
women  radio  gender  inequalities  npr 
december 2015 by oripsolob
Counting the Uncounted - On The Media
In the wake of last year's events in Ferguson, Missouri following the death of Michael Brown, many journalists were surprised to learn that the federal government doesn't keep a reliable record of how many people are killed by police each year. This week, the Washington Post and the Guardian US both published databases of their own, attempting to account for every incident in the US since the beginning of 2015. Just days after their publication, senators Cory Booker and Barbara Boxer introduced legislation that would require the federal government to keep a similar database. Brooke speaks to the Washington Post's Kimberly Kindy and the Guardian US's Jon Swaine about their efforts to fill the vacuum left by the government.
race  radio  media  inequalities 
august 2015 by oripsolob
#1531 – Life Sentence - Latino USA
In this Latino USA episode: life before, during and after prison. We meet a group of lifers trying to slow down the school-to-prison pipeline. We hear the story of Suave (SWAH-vey), who has gone from illiteracy and a life sentence, to finding meaning behind organizing behind bars. We learn about the trouble former inmates have re-entering society, and what they can do to succeed. Also, how one inmate has turned skills learned in prison into his business. And, how freedom can surprise you.
prisons  inequalities  history  sociology  radio 
august 2015 by oripsolob
Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Bearing Witness Edition - On The Media
On Monday, Michael Slager was arrested in April for shooting and killing Walter Scott, an unarmed Black man, after a routine traffic stop. On Tuesday, Texas police officer Eric Casebolt, who last weekend assaulted one teen and pointed his gun at others at gated community pool, quit the force. On Thursday, a Cleveland judge finds probable cause to charge officers in the shooting death of a 12-year-old with a pellet gun. Also Thursday, a grand jury indicted a Norwalk policeman in the death of a mentally-ill man holding a knife in his doorway. The pool party tape. A man hammered by police batons in Salinas on June 5th,  Walter Scott gunned down on the run in April, a homeless man shot by LA police on Skid Row in March. I watched the death of Oscar Grant in San Francisco’s Fruitvale Station in 2009. And the beating of Rodney King in 1991.
photography  race  radio  npr 
june 2015 by oripsolob
Note to Self: There's Just Something About Paper
Researchers at Princeton and UCLA say taking notes by hand is actually better for retaining information. In three studies, they found that students who took notes on laptops had more trouble answering conceptual questions than those who took notes longhand in a class. Laptop note takers, it turns out, tend to transcribe lectures rather than processing the facts and reframing them in their own words.
radio  books  npr  podcast  shallows  technology  education 
june 2015 by oripsolob
5 Great Teachers On What Makes A Great Teacher : NPR Ed : NPR
Ken Bain is president of the Best Teachers Institute and author of What the Best College Teachers Do. He taught U.S. history on the college level for nearly 50 years — at the University of Texas, Vanderbilt University, Northwestern University, New York University and elsewhere.
education  npr  radio 
november 2014 by oripsolob
The Great War - BackStory with the American History Guys
World War I was sometimes called “the war to end all wars.” But a hundred years after the fighting began, it’s become a war that’s often forgotten in American history, or viewed as a prelude to WWII. In this episode, we explore some of the ways the conflict affected Americans far beyond the battlefields of Europe — from debates about the meaning of free speech (featuring Geoffrey Stone), to the fight over how the war would be remembered. Special attention to the struggles of African-Americans and the legacy of the Progressive Movement.
radio  npr  history  ais  speech  constitution  race  women 
august 2014 by oripsolob
America, Inc. - A History of Corporations
Virginia Company, colonies as corporations, How corporations became "persons" due to one reporter and one questionable SC Justice.
radio  ais  npr  corporation  history  constitution 
june 2014 by oripsolob
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