Had to write in Charli XCX & Sky Ferreira, who were left off the ballot for some reason.
(Besides Vampire Weekend, all my picks were ladies.)
Like, you know, whatever.
Indian School Deaths: A Village’s Pain Compounded By Poverty
Above: Chandra Devi lost two of her children last week when they consumed a free school lunch in Gandaman village, India. They were among 23 children who died in the tragedy.
Below: The empty classroom where the students were served meals tainted with pesticide.
"We are small people. What can we really do about this?" asks Surendra Prasad, perched on the steps outside the Patna Medical College and Hospital in the state capital of Bihar in eastern India.
Inside, two of his young children are recovering in the intensive care unit. His wife has also been admitted, in shock after another child, their 10-year-old daughter, Mamta, died along with 22 other children who ate a free school midday meal in their village last Tuesday. Authorities say the food was tainted with high concentrations of toxic insecticide.
Mamta’s grandmother breaks down describing how the little girl slipped away.
"She was saying to me, ‘Don’t worry — everything will be all right,’ then suddenly she died," says the elderly woman, her face etched in grief.
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"The blurred messages Thicke, Cyrus and others are now sending fit a time when people think of themselves as products, more than ever before."
In an effort to figure out whether the stereotype of the “bro” had a racial component to it, we mapped out the dimensions of bro-ness. Turns out it’s a fairly nuanced landscape, but there’s one celebrity who indisputably rules it all.
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There are nearly six times as many showings of Man Of Steel alone as there are of all the films about women put together.
If I were limited to multiplexes, as people are in many parts of the country, the numbers would be worse. In many places, the number would be zero. Frances Ha is by far the most widely available of the four women-centered movies, and it’s on 213 screens this weekend in the entire country…The Internship is on 3,399.
I want to stress this again: In many, many parts of the country right now, if you want to go to see a movie in the theater and see a current movie about a woman any story about any woman that isn’t a documentary or a cartoon - you can’t. You cannot. There are not any. You cannot take yourself to one, take your friend to one, take your daughter to one.
yup. It’s sad and ridiculous.
For the past couple of weeks, the NPR Music team has been huddled together in an undisclosed location, hashing and hugging it out over our favorite albums and songs of the year thus far. We’ll post the results - our 25 favorite albums and 50 favorite songs - later this week. In the meantime, we’d like to know what you think.
Tell us your favorite song … (for what it’s worth, mine is James Blake’s “Retrograde”). At the end of the week, we’ll make a playlist of the most interesting picks.
Note: This is not a competition or official poll. We just want to know what you’re listening to and loving from 2013.
Photo courtesy of the James Blake
I decided that Tegan & Sara’s “Love They Say” is my favorite 2013 song so far, since it’s one that I continue to listen to over and over and haven’t tired of yet.
But here’s my 2013 standouts Spotify playlist if you are curious.
Back in college I wrote a research paper on George Wallace for my Media & Politics class. I wonder if I have a copy of it somewhere… he was a very media-savvy guy (with terrible politics, obvsly).
Of course I had to check out today’s story with his daughter on NPR.
"The next time you’re tempted to give an Oscar host a pass on the basis that it’s an impossible, can’t-win job, and that the lazy, easy, corny, toothless humor that passes for patter is a fundamental of the awards format, and that the jokes can’t be better and the numbers can’t be better and the hosting can’t be better and the crowd can’t get excited, keep in mind that that’s exactly what people who want to keep making lazy awards shows want you to think."
In Nigeria, the Lady Mechanic Initiative trains women to fix cars. Founder Sandra Aguebor-Ekperuoh started the initiative after having a vision from God.
She has trainee mechanics all around the country. Some of the young women are from disadvantaged backgrounds, some former sex workers and others just hugely enthusiastic.
Faith Macwen, who graduated from the Lady Mechanic Initiative in 2009, now works for a top automobile company in Nigeria.
Macwen says men at work were initially dismissive. “Actually, at first, the male were feeling, ‘You can’t do it, that it’s our world.’ But we made them realize — I made them realize — we can do it. I want other ladies to take up the opportunities. Go out. When you have a flair for something, go in for it,” she says. “Don’t let anybody tell you you can’t do it. You can do it.”
Photo: Ofeibea Quist-Arcton/NPR
things that make me happy.