Oh man, incredibly excited to be asked to contribute to NPR’s annual calendar this year. It took a few years after moving here, but for awhile now I have become a WNYC/NPR junkie. Like many New Yorkers, I turn to the radio more and more not just for news, but to learn interesting stuff and, in some ways, find comfort; it always seems to be the voice of reason when you most need it. There is something timeless and magical about listening to the radio and frankly no one does it better than WNYC.
Thoughts printed in the calendar: “NPR is a reliable companion. By nature, radio has a sense of nostalgic romance. Listening late into the night to the unique voices, thought-provoking programming and music gives us knowledge. Many times, public radio has made me think differently, or given me an idea. It nurtures free thinking and innovative dreams.”
Pigmentocracy: Real Talk About Fair Skin (via WNYC)
Last month I worked with the folks at WNYC on a piece about skin lightening. Truthfully, I’ve never had any negative feelings about my skin tone so I had no idea this was such a big business. So for me, this conversation was both sad and incredibly eye opening. Have you ever felt self conscious about your skin tone or considered using lightening products?
Every bite is a precious resource so enjoy it, says Dan Pashman, host of the WNYC podcast The Sporkful and author of the new book Eat More Better: How to Make Every Bite More Delicious. Pashman believes that even the most mediocre of foods, the limp lunch sandwich, the unflavored airplane snack, can be made more delicious.
He offered NPR’s Rachel Martin on Morning Edition some tricks on assembling more delightful lunches and dinners.
Audience Member: My name is Alan Rich, I’m a discrimination lawyer … Crissle, one thing that you said about Sarah Silverman– I get the impression that you take her work at face value. And I think that so many comedians who are really funny – I don’t think that she’s making fun of black people in any way shape or form about black people when she does blackface. Because those of us who know the history of blackface is that not only white people did blackface, black entertainers had to do black face to get jobs.
Crissle West: Wow, so you have to be really white to make that statement. That is just the whitest thing–
Audience Member: It’s a comment about how ridiculous we as a society can be.
Crissle Can we not? I’m really not about to do this.
Audience Member: I’ve never walked out on Paul Mooney, so you have to give me a pass.
Crissle: And you’re a discrimination lawyer? Holy God. Sooo… I’m gonna go ahead and address that by saying first of all that I can absolutely say that you’re racist for being a white woman in 2014 or whenever it was that she did this to put in blackface and go on television. Yes I can absolutely call you racist for that. you know the history behind it and you did it anyway. That is racist. I can say that. I’m a black woman, I’m gonna just go ahead and take my word over yours on that. That’s racist. And I don’t like her for it.
Audience Member: [Sic] Tell her! But you don’t know her. You don’t know what’s in her mind.
Crissle: Where is my access to Sarah Silverman? I don’t have to know her– I don’t have to know what’s inside Sarah Silverman’s head. I’m looking at her actions because her actions are what she’s presented to me. She didn’t put put a book called Sarah Silverman’s Diary here read my innermost thoughts and see how I came to these fuck ass conclusions that I have here today. She got on TV in blackface and decided that that was funny and it was not. And you as a white man trying to tell me that my feelings are invalid because I don’t know her is a crock of shit … and that’s why I get on my show every week and say what I need to say because white people like you feel like you have a goddamn point.
There’s some good news, though. Women might be finally getting credit for cave painting, for one thing. Also, the feminist sensibility is alive and well in other art venues, if you know where to look.
Here are two examples: Wangechi Mutu, whose show Fantastic Journey is at at the Brooklyn Museum, and Renaissance painter Artemisia Gentileschi, whose most violent and famous painting, Judith Slaying Holofernes (ca. 1620), is on loan from the Uffizi to the Art Institute of Chicago.
Meet the rest of the “Ten Tough Women Artists Who Stand Up to the Bad Boys” at artnews.com
Hey smartphone owners — when was the last time you were truly bored? Or even had a moment for mental downtime, unattached to a device?
Many of us reflexively grab our phones at the first hint of boredom throughout the day. And indeed a recent study by the research group Flurry found that mobile consumers now spend an average of 2 hours and 57 minutes each day on mobile devices.
Are we packing our minds too full? What might we be losing out on by texting, tweeting and email-checking those moments away?
What do Beethoven, David Bowie, Green Day, Mozart, *NSYNC, Pete Seeger, Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Duke Ellington, The Supremes, Rihanna, and many others all have in common? They all use the Andalusian Cadence, a four-note progression that’s the world’s most-used musical sequence.
Today in 1947, The Diary of a Young Girl, today better known as The Diary of Anne Frank was first published. At a panel at the PEN World Voices Festival in 2010, three authors discuss the book and its continuing impact around the world.
The internet isn’t really capable of a measured response. Once you’re on the front page of the internet, it doesn’t matter if you’re getting scorn or praise – you’ll almost certainly get more than you deserve.
The Winter Solstice occurs simultaneously around the world, and in New York, that moment will come at 11:48 pm ET tonight, Monday, December 21. @wnyc sat down with Museum astronomer Jackie Faherty to ask her about this momentous occasion. Listen here to what she had to say.