Thoroughly Thursday - the "Start of Summer" Edition
Welcome back to Thoroughly Thursday, the Lazy Days of… Edition. So, the tests have been graded, the ceremonies have been celebrated, and the guests have returned home. It is officially Summer break, and on Monday the unusually temperate Spring in SoCal was blasted away with our first triple-digit temperatures. At home, there is a strange disconnect where I keep expecting to bump into my kids when they crawl groggily from their 11am wakings like previous Summers, but neither are around. My oldest went on a road trip with several other recent high-school graduates, and my youngest is practically living at her dance studio as she prepares for Nationals. I debating if I should go to the park and play frisbee by myself. Happy summer, everyone! Remember to wear sunscreen.
What I've Been Listening To - Not So Civil Rights
Adam Conover is best known for his TV show Adam Ruins Everything where he looks at well-accepted ideas and debunks them. He has recently expanded his contrarian tendencies with his new podcast Factually! where he interviews experts about often misunderstood elements of culture, society, technology, and politics. For example, his interview with constitutional scholar Adam Winkler led to a discussion of how pro-gun proponents aren't protecting the 2nd Amendment (which is about militias, not handguns) but rather waging a "civil rights campaign" for greater firearm freedoms. Similarly, the recent Supreme Court case "Citizen's United vs. FEC" is a recent victory in a centuries-long campaign by corporations to have more protections and agency under the law (kind of like people, but mostly not). This is a new podcast, but other episodes on transgender misconceptions and autonomous cars have been equally promising.
What I'm Watching - The Gaslighting Train
This Sunday was my birthday, which after weeks of crazed activity, I celebrated by staying home, playing video games, and watching movies. One movie that I'd always wanted to see was the classic Alfred Hitchcock thriller, The Lady Vanishes. Iris Henderson suffers a concussion moments before boarding a train home to England and is helped by a kindly older woman. A few hours later, the woman has disappeared, and all of Iris' traveling companions deny that she was ever there in the first place. Is Iris delusional, or is there something more sinister going on? Filmed in 1938, there are multiple allusions to the impending war that was to follow in a few years. But the mood is light and fun, and the dialogue crackles in the chemistry between the two leads, Margaret Lockwood and Michael Redgrave.
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