Over the next two months, the NYPL Podcast will share conversations with the five finalists for the Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism. The award, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, is given to working journalists whose books have brought clarity and public attention to important issues, events, or policies. Last year’s winner was Jill Leovy, for the incredible book Ghettoside, and other past winners include David Remnick, Judy Woodruff, George Packer, Katherine Boo, and Philip Gourevitch.

This year’s finalists are Janine Di Giovanni, Charlotte McDonald-Gibson, Jane Mayer, Gary Younge, and today’s guest, Sonia Shah. Her book, Pandemic: Tracking Contagions from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond, uses the history of cholera as a template toward understanding the life cycles of disease outbreaks and how our how our next global pandemic might arise.

Listen now.


VIDEO #Preparedness (((WARNING))) by Global Corporations using TV Commercials to WAKE UP the smartest #Americans in our society to get #Prepared for what’s coming, meanwhile the uninformed ONLY see a commercial 😣😣😣😣😣 …


#Preppers #UrbanPreppers #CityPreppers and #LiberalPreppers I NEVER WATCH TV ANYMORE, and when I do all I see is Preparedness Warnings; first by IBM, now by Microsoft 😂😂😂😂😂 …

REAL QUESTION: Have you EVER heard of a #mosquito in #America causing ANY HARM in your lifetime? BECAUSE I haven’t until Bill Gates and friends started to “help” us by bring in #Zika #ZikaVirus into our the #UnitedStates last year … It’s like how #Bush the 1st “helped” us by going to #War with Saddam Hussein in #Iraq #GulfWar. See how much better the #MiddleEast is now 😆. So like Billy said “WE WILL HAVE A major #Flu #Pandemic in the next 10 years” because when Globalists get to work on “Something” that’s not our PROBLEM, you can be sure it will be our PROBLEM in about 5 years …

Stay REDDIE my friends! …


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Is a-spec really all or nothing?

OR: How can seemingly disparate identities coexist?

There is a lot more awareness of the split-attraction model, and that’s great! It’s a good way to understand how attraction works, but not the diverse ways it can interact within one specific identity.

How can someone be both pansexual/panromantic and still be on the ace spectrum? As someone who is pandemisexual and pandemiromantic, I personally visualize attraction as a series of gates.

If we take the split attraction model as a base, we can already see that we have at least six gates already (romantic, sexual, queer-platonic, platonic, and sensual at minimum). Whether or not those gates are open, closed, or even exist as part of our functioning for us varies from person to person.

From there we have locks for our gates. These locks are variables that must be satisfied before we can open our attraction gate. For instance, I am demisexual/romantic and don’t have my gates for sexual or romantic attraction open until I have an existing relationship in place. (This of course doesn’t necessitate that I actually feel said attraction, but it simply means that the possibility exists. The gate is unlocked, but not necessarily open.) 

Someone asexual wouldn’t have the sexuality gate in their functioning. No matter what, they will not feel sexual attraction, as the gate does not exist!

A lesbian, for instance, has locks on some of their attraction gates that only a woman can open. No matter what, those locks can’t be opened by a man, and as such those attraction gates can’t open to anyone who isn’t a woman.

As for pansexual/romantic, there are no locks based on gender at all. But as a demi, there would be locks based on relationship intimacy. As you can see, these things are not mutually exclusive.

Obviously, this way of looking at the intersection of attraction and identity means that there are many different configurations of locks and gate that would exist. Which is great, since attraction and identity have such a wide range in existence! There are so many different kinds of people, and all of them are valid, whole, and important.

Attraction and identity can and do coexist in such varied ways, and I’ve barely even scratched the surface of all the ways various identities and attractions can interact, as this is only a quick and rough explanation of what might be a good way to look at how they do so. 

The sheer amount of identities on the ace spectrum has barely been touched on, but hopefully this will provide a good way to look at ourselves and understand both ourselves and others a little better.

Today is our anniversary
  • Me: We've been going out a lot lately, would you rather have a nice quiet night at home?
  • Introvert Wife: Are you sure you're okay with that? I know you really wanted to try that restaurant.
  • Me: Sure, I can grill some steaks, we can turn off the TV and eat at the table like adults or something.
  • Her: That sounds nice.
  • Me: :)
  • Her: :) ....
  • Me: .... ?
  • Her: ...and then play Pandemic?
  • Me: ummmm.....?
  • Her: It just seems to fit. It's already me and you versus the world. Why not play a game where we either win together or die together?