In brief: This week’s show is SO GOOD. The brilliant and generous Dahlia Lithwick is on for a Supreme Court preview, to discuss CA’s new right-to-die law, & offer pearls of cultural wisdom. Then, other voice of the show, Normandie Wilson, stopped by to talk about her new album and why she’s #TiredOfBeingNice.
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I’d been meaning to have Normandie on since she so graciously granted me permission to use her music and the week of a new release seemed perfect. This album — #TiredOfBeingNice — is a long time coming and a bit of a departure from her typical style. She’ll tell you how an “album of lessons” came to be what caused her life attitude shift.
Dahlia Lithwick will make you care about the court as she lays down outstanding explanations with references to the Easter Bunny, long division, and Sandra Day O’Connor’s left cortex. If you thought the Supreme Court and the law was snooze-inducing, you’ve never heard it discussed like this. Likewise for right-to-die legislation. Toward the end, she captures my heart by giving a nod to the unlucky, which I promise she didn’t know applied to me; she’s just an empathetic, rational person.
I took the opening to bring up the “compartmentalization of the left” — my always-simmering-beneath-the-surface frustration — and Dahlia adds her astute observations. And also gave Jessica Mason Pieklo some much deserved love; you should also follow her and read all her things.
Quote(s) of the Show! I couldn’t choose. Here are three from Dahlia Lithwick:
“Katie, tell me about the Easter Bunny!”
“Is it only women who need Uncle Kennedy to tell them that they’re not able to make their own decisions?”
”There’s nothing you could possibly legislate that would be too burdensome if all you’re trying to do is help the lady make a better choice.”
Links to on-air references:
“LinkedIn is giving its employees ‘unlimited’ vacation plus 17 paid holidays” via Business Insider
Dahlia Lithwick’s referenced articles:
The HuffPost Live segment with “the math” on the Fifth Circuit Court decision I referenced: “#HB2 Decision Shutters Clinics Again #FightBackTX — HuffPostLive (06/10/15)”
More on the law I was excited about — #4EACHOfUs: “Widespread Public Support Bolsters Bill to End Restrictions on Abortion Coverage” at Truthout
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