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February 14 2014

08:11

Week In The News: Snowy South, Debt Ceiling, Michael Sam

Sochi medals. A debt-ceiling deal. Monsieur Hollande in Washington. Snowmageddon  in the South. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Cars are left abandoned along Franklin Street after a winter storm left poor conditions in Chapel Hill, N.C., Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning lasting into Thursday covering 95 of the state's 100 counties. (AP)

Cars are left abandoned along Franklin Street after a winter storm left poor conditions in Chapel Hill, N.C., Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning lasting into Thursday covering 95 of the state’s 100 counties. (AP)

Guests

Major Garrett, chief White House correspondent for CBS News. Correspondent-at-Large for National Journal. (@MajorCBS)

Laure Mandeville, U.S. bureau chief and chief White House correspondent for Le Figaro. (@lauremandeville)

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

From Tom’s Reading List

Washington Post: The Four Most Notable Nuggets From ‘The Hillary Papers’ – “Republicans are seizing Monday on a report published Sunday titled “The Hillary Papers.” The lengthy piece from the Washington Free Beacon, a conservative news Web site, details personal documents from one of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s closest friends, Diane Blair, a political science professor who died in 2000.”

CNN: The Southern snow was round one; here comes ice, the heavyweight –” The snow was here, two weeks ago. With just a smattering of white, it wreaked havoc on the South. But it may have been just an opening round. Now, an ice storm is hitting. And matched with snow, it’s the heavyweight of the two. Weather mavens expect up to an inch of ice will give broad swaths of the South a good shellacking. An inch doesn’t sound impressive? A foot of snow may look big and bad, but it’s a bunch of fluff compared to a solid inch of ice.”

Politico: Obamacare finally clears the tower – ”The new report is good enough that it might reset Washington’s expectations: maybe Obamacare isn’t going to be a train wreck after all. Maybe it’ll be more like one of those Metro trains that runs kind of slowly, and sometimes stops in the middle of the tracks for no apparent reason, but eventually gets you where you need to go.”

January 29 2014

06:42

‘Looking’ At Gay Life Now

We take a look at the new HBO series “Looking,” and its take on gay life now.

In HBO's new series, 'Looking,' Paddy (Jonathan Groff) is looking for a steady boyfriend in modern San Francisco. He meets Richie (Raúl Castillo) on a BART train. (John P. Johnson / HBO)

In HBO’s new series, ‘Looking,’ Paddy (Jonathan Groff) is looking for a steady boyfriend in modern San Francisco. He meets Richie (Raúl Castillo) on a BART train. (John P. Johnson / HBO)

Guests

Michael Lannan, creator and co-executive producer of the HBO series “Looking.” (@MichaelLannan)

Richard Lawson, Hollywood columnist, Vanity Fair. (@rilaws)

Jonathan Groff, actor. Plays the lead character of Patrick in HBO’s “Looking.”

From Tom’s Reading List

Vanity Fair: ‘Looking’ Is As Gay As It Needs To Be — “The more we’ve ached and clamored for representation, the more impossible expectations we’ve put on any instance of it, to the point that when we arrive at a show like ‘Looking,’ a hazy and kinda soapy glimpse of three guys bumbling around the Bay Area, people like Lowder immediately begin the tried-and-true practice of tearing it down for not being representative enough, or not correctly representative in some crucial way.”

The New Yorker: Boys’ Town – “‘Looking’ is a whole different ball of wax. Sneaky-funny instead of brassy, it is interested not in extremity but in small-bore observation. In this way, it shares a sensibility with the charming ‘Please Like Me,’ an Australian series, now airing on Pivot, which people also initially called ‘the gay ‘Girls.’  Both shows feature diffident heroes, young men who regard retro gay culture with a sense of bemused incredulity, like Christopher Isherwood with a Webcam. ‘Looking’ establishes this generational theme in its first scene, in which Paddy goes cruising, very briefly. He gets a truncated hand job—’Cold hands!’ he complains—but it’s less a sex act than a prank.”

Gawker: ‘Looking?’ Mmmmm, Maybe Another Time — “It’s not easy being a TV show about gay men in 2014. Thanks in part to the power of the internet as a platform for activism and outrage, the responsibilities of representation have never seemed more urgent, or more complicated. To appeal to your gay audience—built-in and notoriously loyal—you need to be realistic. To appeal to everyone else—whose patronage will ultimately make or break—you can’t be too gay. The ideal is something satisfying without the ick factor, something like, and about as likely as, a spontaneous orgasm.”

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December 20 2013

07:12

Week In The News: Fed Tapers, NSA Pushback, Billie Jean King To Sochi

A Fed step back, NSA pushback, Billie Jean King will go to the Olympics. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke listens to a question during a news conference at the Federal Reserve in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. The Fed will begin to reduce bond purchases by $10 billion in January because of a stronger U.S. job market. (AP)

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke listens to a question during a news conference at the Federal Reserve in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. The Fed will begin to reduce bond purchases by $10 billion in January because of a stronger U.S. job market. (AP)

Guests

Diane Brady, senior editor at Bloomberg Businessweek. (@DianeBrady)

Bryan Monroe, Washington editor of opinion and commentary for CNN. (@BryanMonroeCNN)

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

From Tom’s Reading List

The Guardian: NSA goes on 60 Minutes: the definitive facts behind CBS’s flawed report — “Even if NSA doesn’t mean to break the law, the way its data dragnets work in practice incline toward overcollection. During a damage-control conference call in August, an anonymous US intelligence official told reporters that the technical problem bothering Bates in 2011 persists today. The NSA even conceded to Walton in 2009 that ‘from a technical standpoint, there was no single person who had a complete understanding’ of the technical ‘architecture’ of NSA’s phone data collection.”

Bloomberg: Billie Jean King’s Message To Vladimir Putin — “These gestures are first of all important for the countries making them, which like to think they are being consistent about standing up for universal values (even if their own societies only rather recently saw the light on gay rights). They are also important in letting gay men and lesbians inside Russia know they have international support.”

USA Today: Stocks mixed after Fed’s mini-’taper’ – “The Fed said that starting in January, it will reduce its bond-buying program to $75 billion a month from $85 billion. The reductions, or tapering, will be the first step toward winding down a program that has been in place since the 2008 financial crisis.Asian markets were mixed Thursday, although Tokyo’s benchmark Nikkei 225 index soared 1.7% to 15,859.22.”

December 05 2013

07:12

Richard Rodriguez On Modern Spiritual Identity

Mexican-American essayist and big thinker Richard Rodriguez joins us on identity, immigration and the human spirit.

Guest

Richard Rodriguez, essayist, journalist and author of “Darling: A Spiritual Autobiography.” Also author of “Brown: The Last Discovery of America,” “Days of Obligation: An Argument With My Mexican Father” and “Hunger Of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez.”

Rudy Lopez, community activist and senior organizer with F.I.R.M., the Fair Immigration Reform Movement.

From Tom’s Reading List

PBS: Writer Richard Rodriguez introduces readers to ‘seasons of belief and doubt’ — “My religious tradition has always accepted doubt as part of the procedure of believing in God. And I think that becomes a kind of a protection against extremism. But religion is under assault right now from various places. There’s something called a new atheism in the air that is coming into the country. And it has a dogmatism to it that doesn’t quite understand that religion itself has within it disbelief, that there isn’t a religious life of, what shall I say, seasons of belief and doubt.”

New America Media: When Love Prevails – Latino Families at the Center of Immigrant and LGBT Rights — “The political act of coming out has also propelled support for comprehensive immigration reform. Dreamers and other immigrants have inspired a movement by coming out as undocumented. Their courage has inspired others to fight deportations of family, friends, and entire communities.”

Boston Globe: ‘Darling’ by Richard Rodriguez – “Despite its opening epiphany, this is not a political work — Rodriguez proposes no solutions (though he takes stern swipes at atheism, including that of fellow public intellectuals like the late Christopher Hitchens). Rather, he offers an efflorescence of subtle questions that may be more useful than the blunt ones that dominate today’s media and public conversation.”

Read An Excerpt From “Darling” By Richard Rodriguez

August 12 2013

15:12

“Es ist frustrierend” – Hetzjagd gegen Homosexuelle in Russland

von Marcus Engert am 09.08.2013 um 12:45 Uhr Sie werden mehr, und sie werden brutaler: russische Neonazis jagen Homosexuelle. Nun soll sogar ein Opfer an seinen Veletzungen gestorben sein. Ist der Protest aus Deutschland und Europa zu leise? Wir fragen den Menschenrechtsbeauftragen der Bundesregierung. Menschen werden auf offener Straße gejagt, geschlagen, auf sie wird uriniert, sie werden gefoltert, missbraucht und zu Gräbern geführt. Das passiert in Russland und es passiert offenbar immer wieder. Immer wieder gibt es Hetzjagden russischer Neonazis auf Homosexuelle. Sie werden öffentlich geoutet und gedemütigt und fast immer läuft die Handykamera mit. Die Videos landen bei Familien, Arbeitgebern und in sozialen Netzwerken – und sorgen für ein erdrückendes Klima der Angst. Nun, heißt es unbestätigten Berichten zufolge, soll ein erstes der von Neonazis gefolterten Opfer an den erlittenen Verletzungen gestorben sein. Auch wenn diese Meldung momentan unbestätigt ist, die Verfolgung Homosexueller in Russland wird offenbar immer schärfer und kann kaum bestritten werden. Polizei und Militär machen mit Seit Monaten nehmen die Schlagzeilen rund um solche Übergriffe zu. Immer wieder werden Berichte teilst brutalster Übergriffe bekannt. Und immer wieder sind auch Polizei und Militär involviert: vergangene Woche ist ein einzelner Aktivist in St. Petersburg von Soldaten angegriffen worden. In Lipezk verletzten Mitglieder der Luftlandetruppen Schwulen-Aktivisten vor einem Gerichtsgebäude, wo sich mehrere Paare für die Eintragung der Ehe eingesetzt hatten. Wenn das Gesetz die Täter schützt Die Täter wähnen sich häufig im Recht und können sich in dieser Ansicht noch bestärkt fühlen: nicht nur durch eine Polizei und Justiz, die kaum nennenswert eingreift, sondern auch durch ein neues Gesetz, das, so wörtlich, „Homosexuellen-Propaganda“ verbietet. Vielen Beobachtern scheint es, als ob die Mitte der Gesellschaft gegen Minderheiten intoleranter wird und teilweise aggressiv gegen Minderheiten wie Schwule vorgeht. Ist der Protest aus Deutschland und Europa zu leise? Erreicht er die russische Regierung überhaupt? Und was bleibt, wenn Worte und Mahnungen keine Wirkung erzielen? Ein Interview über die Grenzen der Diplomatie - mit Markus Löning, dem Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Menschenrechtspolitik. URL: http://detektor.fm/politik/es-ist-frustrierend-hetzjagd-gegen-honosexuelle-in-russland/

August 08 2013

07:22

Maximum Fun | Home of Bullseye, Jordan Jesse GO!, and things that are awesome.

April 02 2013

23:11

PodOmatic | Best Free Podcasts

This week I speak with "pyro-theologian" Peter Rollins.   This interview, perfect for Holy Week and Easter, is about "divine doubt" and letting go of the need for God to solve our problems.  His latest book is called The Idolatry of God:  Breaking Our Addiction to Certainty and Satisfaction. "He explores how the Good News actually involves embracing the idea that we can’t be whole, that life is difficult, and that we are in the dark. Arguing that God has traditionally been approached as a product that will render us complete, remove our suffering and reveal the answers, he introduces an incendiary approach to faith that invites us to embrace our brokenness, face our unknowing and accept the difficulties of existence. Only then, he argues, can we truly rob death of its sting and enter into the fullness of life."" name="DESCRIPTION http://religionforlife.podomatic.com/entry/2013-03-28T12_54_16-07_00

September 14 2010

15:02

Savage Love Episode 204

From http://podcasts.thestranger.com/savagelove/ A woman’s boyfriend got fired in May and still hasn’t gotten his ass off the couch. Should she cut and run or hang in there? A lesbian grapples with her hypnosis fetish. A woman’s new lover whimpers like a kicked puppy when having sex. She finds this… not so sexy.

September 07 2010

17:13

Savage Love Episode 203

Polyamory: There’s a dark side, you know. When a stripper pays you extra attention at a strip club, does it automatically mean you’re being hustled? Gusher on Aisle 3! This lady has the dubious problem of ejaculating so much that she needs three layers of towels lest she soak the bed.

August 24 2010

15:03

Savage Love Episode 201

It’s the ‘mo show! All homosexual men, all of the time! One ‘mo’s parents still can’t deal with it, even though he came out a year ago. Another ‘mo isn’t out at work yet because he fears the response at his conservative office. Yet another ‘mo is only a ‘mo when he’s drunk. Otherwise, he’s busy swearing that he’s straight to his girlfriend.

August 17 2010

14:07

Savage Love Episode 200

Hear the sordid tale of the rat, the alley, and the eight-inch cock. A man and his buddy enjoy banging the same girl at the same time. Are they getting a touch of the queer? When your boyfriend calls sex an “ordeal” and prefers porn to you, you might have a quaver in your voice, too. And a cavalcade of dry-humping lesbians!

August 10 2010

16:49

Savage Love Episode 199

Amnesia: How would you like to have to break up with your boyfriend over and over again? A young woman discovers that her mother is a part of a small S&M community. The problem is the daughter wants that community to herself! And an udderly mooooving tale about a lesbian on all fours.

August 03 2010

15:38

Savage Love Episode 198

A disgruntled boyfriend is sick to death of his girlfriend’s meddling mom. Two homos grapple with their desire for allegedly straight friends. Dan goes into rant overdrive on the subject of, of all things, monogamy.

July 20 2010

15:19

Savage Love Episode 196

Will Dan Savage lose his job to 18-year-old Damian? Damian’s classmates voted him most likely to replace Dan Savage. Hear Dan go mano a mano with a Twittering snot-nosed teenager.

July 13 2010

15:30

Savage Love Episode 195

The Lovecast is humbled to welcome Dr. Anna Kaminski from Planned Parenthood. She and Dan discuss the twin bogeymen of herpes and HPV. The upshot? Not so scary! Also, Dan talks to Eyal Feldman, purveyor of Boy Butter. Sorry about the popping p’s, people. Note to selves: must get second pop-blocker. Call us at 206-201-2720

July 06 2010

15:21

Savage Love Episode 194

Dan interviews Christopher Ryan, coauthor of Sex at Dawn, which uses evolutionary science to vindicate Dan’s position on monogamy. Double rebound: two stories of ex-lovers who quickly find someone new, leaving their former partners behind to mope. Don’t you hate it when you’re caught masturbating by your sister’s boyfriend, whom you secretly want to fuck? And more. 206-201-2720

June 29 2010

16:20

Savage Love Episode 193

Sometimes spring-winter romances just can’t work. Like when he is 19 years old, and she is 11. Dan helps a very confused bisexual woman and a virgin Muslim homo to come out—at least to themselves. After their third child is born, a man is no longer attracted to his wife. And he feels like a big jerk.
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