On Valentine's Day, Americans spend $17.6 billion on gifts. That’s roughly the same amount as the entire budget of NASA in 2014. Yeah. We are serious about buying stuff to express our love.
For this show, we explore the connection between romance and consumerism. Professor Lisa Wade, the editor of very fun website Sociological Images, explains the weird gender dynamics of Valentine's Day gift-giving, an original essay details the once-popular tradition of sending people nasty notes on Valentine's Day, and writer Kate Redburn argues that "the chief beneficiaries of gay marriage will be Crate & Barrel, not the queer folks with the most desperate need." Plus: listeners share their creative ideas for celebrating relationships (and yourself) without spending much money.
Even if you despise Valentine's Day, you'll find something to love on this episode. Listen below.
A few years ago I was walking down a street in Austin, Texas with a friend during SXSW. We passed a huge outdoor concert that Fuse or VH1 or one of those large corporate entertainment companies was putting on.
Almost half of Black and Latina women working as scientists have been mistaken for a janitor or administrator at their offices, reveals a new report on the experiences of women of color working in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.
Many years ago, back when the OK Hotel was a dirty punk rock hole-in-the-wall club under the viaduct in downtown Seattle, I stood among a crowd mesmerized by Michelle Tea reading from her memoir, The Passionate Mistakes and Intricate Corruption of One Girl in America.
Sex and sexuality can be deadly. This message is one of the main undercurrents of The Americans, the fast-paced, highly intellectual drama featuring Soviet spies posing as a boring married couple in the Washington, D.C. area during the Reagan Administration.
New music abounds in the cold months, especially here in Austin, where SXSW fever is well underway. In just six weeks, Bat City will be taken over by more than 2,000 bands for the yearly music festival, and our roundup is stuffed to the brim to reflect how much good stuff we’ve got pouring in.
1. Michelle Chamuel – “Golden”
This is the last time we’ll write about Michelle Chamuel as an up-and-comer before she explodes into stardom with her latest album, Face the Fire, out February 10th.