BY Kellie Galentine
on Oct 08, 2015
Imagine a world where men dominate and women are expected to fit into the societal boxes arranged for them. Not too hard to picture, right?
Well in Bitch Planet, the amazing feminist comic from the minds of Kelly Sue DeConnick, not following suit with gender role expected of women lands you a spot on a prison planet with the label “terminally noncompliant. Read More
Chrissie Hynde is still defending the victim blaming comments she made after there release of her memoir Reckless, only this time she has added a sprinkle of racism on top. Hynde, the iconic front-woman of The Pretenders, was fairly defensive and rude during her interview yesterday morning with NPR's David Greene.
Greene asked Hynde to describe some of the experiences she wrote about in her book–like the time she was assaulted by a group of bikers and proceeded to take responsibility for it. Read More
BY Alexa Salvato
on Jul 30, 2015
Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), an NYC-based media watch organization, recently conducted its third study on the diversity of commentators on NPR. NPR is known as a liberal/intellectual media haven, so its lack of diversity is particularly disappointing—especially because NPR’s strategic plan includes an impending goal of featuring “stories at the intersection of race, ethnicity, and culture.” That’s pretty hard to do accurately with all white dudes as contributors. Read More
In Terry Gross's NPR interview with writer and editor Jessica Grose, professor of linguistics Penny Eckert, and speech pathologist Susan Sankin, the subject on the table was the policing of young women’s voices. “People are busy policing women’s language and nobody is policing older or younger men’s language,” Eckert says. Two of the speech tics discussed are uptalking (ending a sentence like it’s a question) and vocal fry (drawing out, or rasping, the ends of sentences). The clear double standard here? Men often employ these same tics. Read More
BY Olivia Harrison
on Jul 27, 2015
According to a recent report from the World Health Organization, transgender people are not getting adequate health care, and widespread discrimination is largely to blame. This really shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, and it can be seen most clearly when you consider the extremely high rates of HIV among transgender women worldwide.
Yesterday evening on All Things Considered, NPR’s Arun Rath spoke with JoAnne Keatley, one of the authors of this WHO report. Read More
BY Olivia Harrison
on Jun 29, 2015
Like any talented photographer, the late Mary Ellen Mark’s photos leave us wanting to know more about her unexpected subjects. Luckily, NPR’s Chris Benderev tracked down the child who was featured in one of Mark’s most memorable shots entitled, “Amanda and her Cousin Amy,” and here’s what we learned:
The nine-year-old girl seen smoking a cigarette in the photo (shown above) is now known as Amanda Marie Ellison. She is 34 years old, lives in Lenoir, NC, and she says of the photo shoot, “Never forgotten it. Never in my life have I forgotten it. Read More
BY Veronica Santos
on Mar 04, 2015
Obamacare is making wave in the Supreme Court: King vs. Burwell—a case that will decide whether or not the IRS can extend tax-credit subsidies to coverage purchased through healthcare exchanges established through the Affordable Care Act—will likely come to a close today. The final decision could impact access to healthcare for millions of women across the country.
As it stands now, 14 states have their own healthcare exchanges (or marketplaces) that exist independently from the federal government; and 34 utilize the federal exchange. In 2014, 5. Read More
BY Julia Zdrojewski
on Dec 16, 2014
Warning: This post contains a few spoilers.
We at BUST know we aren’t alone in our Serial obsession. The popular podcast, which began in October, will have its final episode for this season on Thursday 12/18 and we want to have a conversation with you readers and listeners about how you think it will all end.
Let our Serial Study Group commence!
For those of you who may not know, Serial is a podcast hosted by journalist Sarah Koenig. Each week, Koenig walks the audience through aspects of the murder of Hae Min Lee, a high school senior in Baltimore who was killed in 1999. Read More
BY Marissa Dubecky
on Dec 16, 2014
Check out this new video for Maya Angelou’s track “Pickin’ ‘Em Up,” off the recently released album, Caged Bird Songs. Named after her 1969 autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, the album combines Angelou’s vocal performances with rad hip-hop and funk beats. Angelou’s grandson, Colin Johnson, told NPR that he hopes this blend will appeal to younger generations. "One of the things that she speaks to, for me at least, is our humanity and where we can go as a people coming together," he says. "It's a valuable message, no matter what generation. Read More
BY Julia Zdrojewski
on Dec 09, 2014
The BUST crew loves the popular podcast Serial! From debates over potential theories to our favorite lines from narrator Sarah Koenig and her assistant Dana Chivvis, Serial tends to come up a lot (less that crafts and definitely less than cats, but more than say… the weather).
Anyway, a video parody for the now famous podcast has hit the Internet and we can’t stop watching! The creators of the video (SubmissionsOnlyTV) get the tone of Koenig down perfectly, and while the crime in the parody may not be as hard to solve, it is full of laughs and for that, we are thankful. Read More