“Liberal” Hollywood, and now the “liberal” media, help shape the image of the current occupant of the White House. This is something that’s pretty obvious to many of us, but it’s interesting to hear how it was done.
You may have seen video of UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi’s floor routine the past week. Beyond just being a great routine, Ohashi’s performance is notable for her clear expression of joy and her teammates cheering and dancing on the sideline. Rebecca Schuman explains why the attitude of collegiate gymnastics is so different from elite gymnasts in the Olympics.
People were shocked to see in a recent report that gun violence is the second largest killer of children in the United States. What was overlooked is that the #1 killer of children in the United States is – and has been for a long time – car crashes. The War on Cars panelists discuss American gun culture and car culture, their many similarities, and how they both allow so many preventable deaths to occur.
The United States federal government is shutdown again. Planet Money looks back in history to find the first government shutdown in 1879 as Congress fought with President Rutherford B. Hayes. The reason is shocking. Not only were former Confederates allowed to return to serving in the federal government, but enough of them were elected that they were able to take control of Congress (they were Democrats back then). And to prevent the Hayes administration from enforcing African American voting rights, they shut down the government. Just in case you ever wondered who really won the Civil War.
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