How to Win at Sports

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  Like many other Americans, one of my defining childhood memories is baseball. Fenway Park was a menagerie of chaos and uncouthness then: the rowdy blue-collar crowd, the swearing, the harassing of the Yankees even if there was no Yankee within a hundred miles, the cult-like chanting to Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline. I loved going to Fenway with my father in the 1980s and 90s. Attending a game was a […]

Past Present: Crafting, the 2008 Financial Crisis, and the Marshmallow Test

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In this episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil discuss the new reality show Making It, the 2008 financial collapse ten years later, and the death of Walter Mischel, the social psychologist who created the “marshmallow test.” Here are some links and references mentioned during this week’s show:   Making It, a crafting competition show hosted by Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, is widely considered a welcome break from the cutthroat culture […]

Fabulous at 50 and Beyond: Creating a Revolution

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Gretchen Asher created BeFab Revolution after 20+ years as a successful management consultant to Fortune 500 companies. Her goal is to create a revolution where women 50+ are celebrated, admired, and inspired. What is BeFab Revolution? BeFab revolution is an online community of women better than (age) 50 from over 40 countries all around the world. Our online platforms include a Membership website, Facebook groups, and a first-ever Business Directory […]

Featured Artists: Collect for Change

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Inaugural Collect For Change™ Exhibition Curated by Amy Kisch + Danielle Smith + Kimberly Verde + Heather Zises state space, San Francisco, CA Saturday, January 6 – Friday, February 16, 2018 AKArt and state are pleased to present Object Action: The “F” Word in a Post-Truth Era, to mark the inauguration of Collect For Change™—an initiative which collaborates with artists across disciplines, offering artwork with a portion of sales benefitting a charity personally selected by each artist. A group exhibition that […]

A Life of Purpose

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The purpose of life is a life of purpose. —Robert Byrne How do we keep going in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds? How do we overcome the dark forces of self-doubt and self-criticism which can sometimes cripple our ability to create our best, most purposeful lives? How do we rise above the sometimes ungenerous, unkind stories we tell ourselves as we go about our lives? Sitting around the table at […]

Past Present Podcast: The Women’s Strike, Anti-Semitism, and Robots

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In this week’s episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki debate the complicated politics of the women’s strike, the rise of anti-Semitism in America, and humanity’s relationship to robots.   The Women’s Strike A Women’s Strike is being organized for March 8. We discussed the strike in the context of other women’s strikes and transnational feminism. Anti-Semitism We discussed the rise in anti-Semitism in the U.S. and abroad. Natalia noted Matthew Frye Jacobson’s book, Whiteness of a Different Color, for […]

The New Resistance: Dispatches from the Women’s March

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After witnessing the historic gatherings worldwide in support of women and equality last month, I invited people who attended the Women’s March in different cities to share their stories. Thank you to everyone who marched and to those who actively support equality. – Ciara Kerri Sauer: Atlanta Over the course of 2016, I saw the election bring out the best and worst in people. I have never been a straight ticket voter […]

Can This Guy Be Captain America?

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Vishavjit Singh is a NYC-based man, cartoonist, writer, and performance artist who went to the Women’s March in DC in his turbaned/bearded Captain America alter-ego. I was at the Women’s March in Washington DC from morning to evening dressed up as Captain America holding a banner reading, ‘Women Are Superheroes that give birth to Superheroes.’ I marched to make a stand for women’s rights in person, spirit and art. I wanted […]

Emma McIlroy is a Wild Feminist

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I was recently introduced to Emma McIlroy and immediately developed a business-crush. The CEO of cult fashion brand Wildfang, she invited me to their monthly Free Speech event, a wild feminist spin on The Moth. I loved everything about the event, from turning the physical store into a poetry stage, pep rally, and one of the most diverse and authentic crowds I’ve experienced. Since then, I’ve become an online admirer of their […]

Past Present Podcast: The Women’s March, Russia, and Obama’s Farewell

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In this week’s episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil debate the women’s march on Washington, US-Russian relations, and Obama’s final speech to the nation. The Women’s March The Women’s March on Washington will take place the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration to protest the incoming administration. Natalia observed the march’s historical importance of mobilizing on a physical level in a social media age. Niki cited David Karpf’s argument in The MoveOn Effect of how slacktivism […]