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Reluctant Romantic

Reluctant Romantic

Why can’t I remember his name? I quote him often… I’d gone West after graduating. It was election night, 2008, and Jackson Hole Wyoming was a tiny blue dot in a vast red state…

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2020 Democrats: How to “Look Presidential”

2020 Democrats: How to “Look Presidential”

TAA 0073 – What do we mean when we say that someone does or does not “look presidential?” Is it still freighted with the same assumptions about race and gender (i.e. white and male)? The hosts discuss the possibility that it conveys a kind of dispassionate and benign ruthlessness.

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Reluctant Romantic

Reluctant Romantic

Why can’t I remember his name? I quote him often… I’d gone West after graduating. It was election night, 2008, and Jackson Hole Wyoming was a tiny blue dot in a vast red state…

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“There has been an awakening, have you felt it? The dark side and the light.” – Snoke

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2020 Democrats: How to “Look Presidential”

2020 Democrats: How to “Look Presidential”

TAA 0073 – What do we mean when we say that someone does or does not “look presidential?” Is it still freighted with the same assumptions about race and gender (i.e. white and male)? The hosts discuss the possibility that it conveys a kind of dispassionate and benign ruthlessness.

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2020 Democrats: Joe Biden, a Politician’s Politician

TAA 0072 – In most polling, Joe Biden is the front runner amongst Democrats in the 2020 Presidential primaries. But he’s a problematic candidate because many of his mannerisms put him out of step with the Democratic base. What kind of politician is Biden and can he secure the nomination?

2020 Democrats: Warren, and the Rest

TAA 0071 – The 2020 Democratic field is crowded, but there are a few standouts. Assessing the field, the hosts make the argument that Elizabeth Warren stands far out ahead of the rest in terms of preparedness. But is she electable?

Michael Jackson: Transforming the Racial Imagination

TAA 0070 – Though it is widely accepted that Michael Jackson suffered from vitiligo, there is still much to be learned from looking at our own responses to his cosmetic transformation. What does Jackson’s appearance say about our own racial imagination?

Michael Jackson: The One Percenters of Celebrity

TAA 0069 – Megastars like Michael Jackson seem to be exempted from critiques of their wealth. Rarely do you hear Jay-Z or Tom Hanks referred to derisively as “the one percent.” Why don’t we care about extremes of wealth in our entertainers?

“Show me again the power of the darkness, and I’ll let nothing stand in our way.” – Kylo Ren

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