More Perfect (via RadioLab) :: Sex Appeal
How Ruth Bader Ginsburg convinced the Supreme Court to take on discrimination against women, by taking a case involving discrimination against men.
On the Media :: Rethinking MLK Day
The downside of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy in the African-American is how his idea of masculinity is used against women and anyone who doesn’t fit into the perception of respectability.
Hidden Brain :: How Science Spreads: Smallpox, Stomach Ulcers, And ‘The Vegetable Lamb Of Tartary’
This episode focuses on the way in which scientific ideas spread and how they are accepted within communities. It focuses on the dissemination of misinformation, but also how it is a necessity that we accept scientific ideas without having individually tested them. I was particularly intrigued to learn about Mary Wortley Montagu, who spread the idea of smallpox inoculation in 18th century England, around the same time Cotton Mather was doing so in Boston. Rather unfairly, I hadn’t heard her story before.
Running tally of Podcast of the Week appearances:
The Story Collider :: The Bats and the Bees
A reluctant field researcher finds purpose in showing drunk 17-year-olds how to tag bats with microchips, and a bee researcher who is allergic to bees. Science!
Radiolab :: Stereothreat
Research into the effects of negative stereotypes and the difficulty of replicating that research.
Hit Parade :: The Queen of Disco Edition
Things I learned about Boston’s own Donna Summer: 1. she got her start in the Munich production of Hair where she became fluent in German, 2. she wrote or co-wrote most of her songs, 3. she and her producers basically invented electronic dance music, and 4. she continued to have club hits into the 2010s.
Afropop Worldwide :: A Brief History of Funk
A brief but beautiful story of funk with many funky classics and interviews with Bobby Byrd and George Clinton.
Slow Burn: A Podcast About Watergate
A new podcast that tells the story of the Watergate scandal with an as-it’s-happening approach focusing on long-forgotten key players in the scandal.
30 for 30 Podcasts :: The Lights of Wrigleyville
The story of the contentious battle between theChicago Cubs and their residential neighbors to install lights in Wrigley Field in the 1980s.
More Perfect :: Mr. Graham and the Reasonable Man
The story of a legal case that underlies our current crises in policing in America, and the legal fiction of the “Reasonable Man.”