Open Culture
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Mind Shift
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Sixty-three years after the Supreme Court's ruling in Brown v. Board of Education , many schools across the country either remain segregated or have re-segregated. Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones tells Fresh Air s Terry Gross that when it comes to school segregation, separate is never truly equal. There's never been a moment in the history of this country where black people who have been isolated from white people have gotten the same resources, Hannah-Jones says. They often don't have the same level of instruction. They often don't have strong principals. They often don't have the same technology. Still, when it was time for Hannah-Jones' daughter, Najya, to attend kindergarten, the journalist chose the public school near their home in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, even though its students were almost all poor and black or Latino.
Open Culture
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Carrie Fisher, the actress who played Princess Leia in Star Wars , has died . She was only 60 years old. Last week, she suffered a massive heart attack on a flight from London to LA. News reports initially indicated that her condition was improving. But alas fate then moved things in another direction. Above, you can watch a young Carrie Fisher–only 19 years old–audition for the part that made her famous. (On YouTube, see other audition footage featuring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford , and Kurt Russell .) Last month, while promoting her brand new memoir The Princess Diarist , Fisher talked with NPR’s Terry Gross about the challenge of making that first Star Wars film. “I think I sort of felt isolated. I didnt really have anyone. I didnt confide in men. [The cast and filmmakers were all men.] I didnt confide in anyone then.” “I was so insecure.
Open Culture
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Carrie Fisher, the actress who played Princess Leia in Star Wars , has died. She was only 60 years old. Last week, she suffered a massive heart attack on a flight from London to LA. News reports initially indicated that her condition was improving. But alas those positive signs were fleeting. Above, you can watch a young Carrie Fisher–only 19 years old–audition for the part that made her famous. (On YouTube, see other audition footage featuring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford , and Kurt Russell .) Last month, while promoting her brand new memoir The Princess Diarist , Fisher talked with NPR’s Terry Gross about the challenge of making that first Star Wars film. “I think I sort of felt isolated. I didnt really have anyone. I didnt confide in men. [The cast and filmmakers were all men.] I didnt confide in anyone then.” “I was so insecure.” But she kept it well hidden.
TIME - Top Stories
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27). TIME: You've had two back-to-back animated movies out in the span of a few months . Is that a coincidence or was it intentional? McConaughey: Intentional. I had been looking to do voiceover work in animated films for years, but honestly couldnt get hired. I was letting my agent know: please get me on the market. I think having kids, turning them on to animated films, hearing them laugh and going back and looking at what is it they thought was funnyand then you end up, as a parent, watching some with them. For Kubo , they told me they heard me do an interview on NPR with Terry Gross and they were like, Thats our beetle. I always thank NPR for that, because they have the best microphonethey make everyone sound great! And then [Illumination Entertainment CEO] Chris Meledandri came to me for Sing . Director Garth Jennings said that a main reason why he cast you was for the infectious optimism youre able to express with your voice.
Mondoweiss
4 months
Ten years after Jimmy Carter was slammed for using the word, by Wolf Blitzer and Terry Gross. Apartheid is also in the Washington Post! Jesse Myerson manages to slip it in while offering the same coalition-building calculus under Trump that Goldberg does, in a piece praising Ellison: For Jews to be safe, we will need to build a resistance in partnership with other communities under threat, not prop up an apartheid state in the Middle East. In a further shattering of taboos, Myerson explains that the Israel lobby does not speak for young Jews, it speaks for rich donors who care foremost about Jewish ethno-supremacy in the Holy Land. He warns the older Jews that the young Jews are changing the community's values, with groups like IfNotNow and Jewish Voice for Peace, but the mainstream media is ignoring the young Jewish trendline, because of money: [B]ecause young Jews do not make up a wealthy donor base, mainstream media outlets dont tend to treat our organizations as spokespersons for Jews writ large, nor our policy positions as indicative of Jewish views in general.
Open Culture
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Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead agrees, telling Terry Gross that Christian “was the single greatest influence on the signature 20th century instrument, the electric guitar, even though he died at age 25 and did all his recording in under two years.” Beginning in his hometown of Oklahoma City as a ukulele player, Christian picked up many of his “slingshot rhythms” on the guitar from saxophonist Lester Young (hear him play with Young just above). “Amplified slide guitarists in white western swing bands showed Christian how electric guitar could project,” Whitehead notes. “He wasnt the first electric picker who played on the frets. He dug Chicago pioneer George Barnes. But Christian had the most imposing sound.” We have a representative sampling of the imposing sound of Christian and his ES-150 in the recordings here. At the top of the post, hear him live with Goodman (who introduces him as “our new discovery, Charles Christian”) in 1939, playingFlying Home.
NPR News
4 months
Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings perform at opening night of Celebrate Brooklyn! in New York City on June 8. Al Pereira/WireImage via Getty Images Updated at 4:59 p.m. ET Soul singer Sharon Jones, lead singer of the group The Dap-Kings, has died, her publicist announced late Friday. She was 60. Music Interviews No Music, No Headphones': Sharon Jones On Getting Through Cancer She'd been fighting pancreatic cancer since 2013, when she took a break from touring to undergo extensive surgery and chemotherapy, Fresh Air wrote earlier this year . The cancer went into remission, but returned this year. She told Terry Gross about the difficulty of her treatment: "I couldn't sing. I couldn't get air because, people didn't realize, I was cut across the diaphragm, all the way up from right under the center under my breasts, all the way down to the top of my navel, almost.
NPR News
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Sharon Jones of Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings performs during the 2012 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn. Dave Martin/AP Soul singer Sharon Jones, lead singer of the group The Dap-Kings, has died, her publicist announced late Friday. She was 60. Music Interviews No Music, No Headphones': Sharon Jones On Getting Through Cancer She'd been fighting pancreatic cancer since 2013, when she took a break from touring to undergo extensive surgery and chemotherapy, Fresh Air wrote earlier this year . The cancer went into remission, but returned this year. She told Terry Gross about the difficulty of her treatment: "I couldn't sing. I couldn't get air because, people didn't realize, I was cut across the diaphragm, all the way up from right under the center under my breasts, all the way down to the top of my navel, almost." Even after she returned to the stage, she told Terry, she didn't feel like the band's dynamic performances were the same.
NPR News
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The Huffington Post
5 months
However, the relatively low income limits make policies expensive for most. Premium subsidies are available for single people making up to $47,520 or $64,080 for a couple. Even so, the high deductibles for most of these plans make them potentially very expensive for low-income earners. You can't escape. If you fail to sign up for a plan and opt to go without coverage, the penalties have risen this year to $695 for an individual (or half that amount, $347.50 per child) or 2.5 percent of total household adjusted gross income, whichever is higher. There is a maximum penalty of $2,085. -- Deadlines : Open enrollment (or required re-enrollment in your current plan) for 2017 Obamacare coverage started Nov. 1 and continues until Jan. 31. But to make sure your coverage starts on the first day of the new year, the deadline to enroll is Dec. 15. (There are exceptions to these deadlines for life-changing events, including marriage, divorce, job loss, etc.
Washington Free Beacon
5 months
That's like an automatic indictment. Cuomo and Giuliani had a back and forth on who was responsible for the email misconduct, Clinton or her staffers Giuliani pointed out that Clinton could and should have been prosecuted under a gross negligence statute. There's a gross negligent statute under which there have been 12 or 15 prosecutions, Giuliani said. Over like a hundred years, Cuomo said. It's an old law and they usually don't prosecute it that way. When Cuomo asked again if the Clinton investigation was rigged, Giuliani mentioned the donations totaling more than $675,000 that Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a longtime Clinton supporter and friend, gave to the political campaign of the wife of a senior FBI official involved in the Clinton investigation through his political action committee and the Virginia Democratic Party.
Beijing Bulletin
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Mondoweiss
5 months
Nearly ten years ago two Zionist sociologists published a survey that showed that Israel’s destruction would be a personal tragedy to about half of Jews under 35, but to 81 percent of Jews over 65. But there's been a lot of water under the bridge, and the publication of a novel by a leading Jewish author this summer offering just that scenario, Israel's destruction, has passed with barely a whimper. In fact, I only learned about the theme in Jonathan Safran Foer's third book Here I Am the other day , when the star Jewish novelist appeared on Fresh Air , with Terry Gross. Israel's destruction barely came up in the interview, which concerned itself chiefly with the emotional and spiritual aspects of Foer's Jewish family. He did speak of the widening gap between American and Israel Jews and say: And then this earthquake in the Middle East which precipitates a war that becomes so dramatic that the prime minister of Israel asks all Jews between the ages of 15 and 55 to come to Israel to fight to defend it, and American Jews like Jacob have to suddenly not be there and there at the same time, but claim an identity.
NPR News
5 months
The president went on: "He learned quickly that change would not come overnight — that it would take many generations, more court cases, and nationwide movements to even begin realizing the dream of civil rights for all Americans. But Jack's calm temperament and intellectual approach to moral arguments perfectly suited him for the fight; he knew, after all, that history was on his side." Greenberg was interviewed by Terry Gross on Fresh Air back in 1994 after he published a memoir about his 35 years at the LDF. He was asked to look back at what Brown v. Board of Education accomplished. The country, he said, is still very much trying to live up to the promises of racial equality. African-Americans, he said, still suffer disproportionately. But Brown was "like an icebreaker that went through a frozen sea" that broke up the status quo, allowing for things like the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
DNews
6 months
One up-and-comer is China. China's space program is showing the same kind of explosive growth as its economy, said Chris Impey, an astronomy professor at the University of Arizona, during an interview with NPR's Fresh Air host Terry Gross." China: the new space superpower https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/aug/28/china-new-space-superpower-lunar-mars-missions "For a space programme that has long been shrouded in secrecy, it's a major step. The Wenchang complex has been designed with large viewing areas, and in the sultry heat of that June night, tens of thousands of spectators stood cheering as the rocket began its 394km journey above the Earth and into orbit." ____________________ DNews is dedicated to satisfying your curiosity and to bringing you mind-bending stories & perspectives you won't find anywhere else! New videos daily.
The Huffington Post
6 months
Are guys really so afraid of people with vaginas that they'd rather elect Donald Trump than an intelligent woman? I know it comes down to more than that. There's policy ( which has largely been unreported this election cycle ), but in the same way that race was so not the issue in 2008 for conservatives, I'm sure gender has no sway in this race. (If my dripping sarcasm wasn't clear, I'll be explicit: gender and race played heavily in 2008 and now in 2016, and that is wrong.) I won't claim that Hillary Clinton is without fault. She's a person. We're all flawed. What I am saying is that I'm not overly bothered by her flaws. She's smart and has spent years in public service. I'd like to see her win. I listen to a lot of radio shows, and had the chance to hear Blackish creator Kenya Barris on Fresh Air with Terry Gross. He talks about his son not knowing that Barack Obama was the first black president.
PBS
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Politico
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President Barack Obama joked Thursday that actor Morgan Freeman couldnt make it to a White House ceremony for National Medals of the Arts and Humanities recipients because he “undoubtedly is off playing a black president again.” “He never lets me have my moment,” the president added once the laughter subsided. Obama also quipped that Thursday’s medal recipients included NPR host Terry Gross “and a whole bunch of people who Terry Gross has interviewed.” Legendary comedy writer and director Mel Brooks got top billing at the ceremony, which also honored chef Jose Andres, jazz musician Wynton Marsalis and author Sandra Cisneros, amongst others. “As Mel Brooks once said to his writers on Blazing Saddles, which is a great film, ‘Write anything you want because we’ll never be heard from again. We will all be arrested for this movie,’” the president said in his introductory remarks.
Mashable
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NPR
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Woot
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But Charlie Brown's creator is on the record as to his alter ego's coiffure, and the answer may surprise you. "I don't think of it as not having hair," Charles Schulz told NPR's Terry Gross in 1990. "I think of it as being hair that is so blond that it's not seen very clearly, that's all." In other words, Charlie Brown has light-colored hair cropped close to his head, like the children's crew-cuts that were so popular in the era of his creation. The two little inked tufts are suggestive of a full head of hair, not all that's left of one. You actually thought an eight-year-old had male-pattern baldness? Good grief! Quick Quiz : Charles the Bald, the fifth Holy Roman Emperor, was the grandson and namesake of what famous ruler? Ken Jennings is the author of eleven books, most recently his Junior Genius Guides , Because I Said So! , and Maphead . He's also the proud owner of an underwhelming Bag o' Crap . Follow him at ken-jennings.com or on Twitter as @KenJennings .
Deadline
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The Huffington Post
6 months
At the time of Williams' suicide, Parkinson's organizations and my fellow Parkies used the news to raise awareness about depression, one of PD's non-motor symptoms. To me, it seemed too simple to blame his death on the depression that can be caused by PD. Despite telling NPR's Terry Gross in 2006 that he had "gotten a lot out of psychotherapy," Williams went on to claim that he didn't have clinical depression. Yet for decades, he'd struggled with cocaine and alcohol addiction and later, we learned he'd been bipolar, a disorder that no doubt enhanced his warp-speed swings from deepest dark to hilarious during performances. As he said, "A comic feels all things -- he has to." Whatever his mental health diagnosis, I believed it was his intense scrutiny of what it means to be human -- and what it meant to be Robin Williams -- that made his future with Parkinson's seem unendurable.