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- Ear Hustle
- This new podcast is co-produced by visual artist Nigel Poor and (drumroll please) Earlonne Woods, an LA man currently serving a 31-years-to-life prison sentence in San Quentin Prison. The point of the podcast is to bring us stories about prison – to help us understand the men inside and the conditions in which they live. The episode on solitary confinement (“The SHU”) is particularly eye-opening.
- Seriously, if you haven’t seen this movie yet, go TONIGHT. It’s an incredible look at the real-life evacuation on the French beach at Dunkirk during World War II. Director Christopher Nolan does an incredible job of making us feel like we’re experiencing the conflict firsthand. Go see it.
- Carrot Cake
- Okay, hear us out. If you like carrot cake, this recipe is the way to go. It’s a little lighter/healthier than most traditional recipes, but it’s every bit as addicting. Time to treat yourself.
- BAJILLION DOLLAR PROPERTIE$
- Hey this is one of the best ensemble casts on TV right now. Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ is a spoof of “Million Dollar Listing” on Bravo, which is basically a show about terrible monsters who sell expensive houses to even worse rich monsters. It’s behind a paywall on Seeso.com ($4/month), but only 24 episodes means you can 100% binge it all within the 7-day free trial. The clip above features my two favorite characters but everyone is fantastic. If you’re nice to me you can have my SeeSo login. If you’re not a committal type, you can watch the first episode of each season for free on Youtube and see how you like it. You’ll love it.
- The fact that every ex-member of One Direction is thriving as a solo artist.
- Siesta Key on MTV
- The show hasn’t premiered as of the time I’m typing this but, come on. My world still revolves around Laguna Beach and this is filling the gaping hole left by Jason going to jail that one time.
- TV seasons I’ve finally caught up on
- I’m behind on watching a lot of television seasons that have dropped in the last year. As a self-proclaimed television savant, I am slightly disappointed in myself, but ya can’t live your whole life in front of the screen. Anyhow, I finally got around to watching the second season of Master of None and the premiere season of Big Little Lies. The former boasted a diverse cast and the latter had an awesome ensemble of women. I highly recommend both of these.
- NPR’s “150 Greatest Albums Made by Women”
- Nearly 50 women across NPR stations worked together to create a new canon: the 150 Greatest Albums Made by Women. Be sure to check out the list, listen to the music, and read Ann Powers’s piece on how the list came to be and the importance of female musicians. Joni Mitchell’s Blue tops the list followed by Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Amy Winehouse, Aretha Franklin, and Bey can also be found in the Top 10.
- Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady by Florence King
- Surprisingly, I am actually doing my summer reading. I am also finished reading King’s memoir, and it has kept me in stitches most of the time. King grew up in Virginia and Washington, D.C., and her studies took her down to Ole Miss. King tells tales of growing up in the 1950s, including her romantic endeavors (she wanted to kiss and have sex without the nuisance of going on dates), which included how to find birth control as an unmarried woman. Definitely worth the read!
- The *new* Stuff Mom Never Told You podcast hosts
- I fell in love with SMNTY when it was hosted by Cristen and Caroline, and I was very sad to see them go at the end of 2016. However, as goes the saying, the show must go on! There is so much to talk about in feminism today, and new hosts Emilie Aries and Bridget Todd have picked up the baton and run with it with aplomb since May. Check out their episode on Benevolent Sexism.
- Summer crock pot recipes
- I don’t know y’all, take any summer cliche you want. It’s hot, so I don’t want to cook something on my hot stove or in my hot oven. Summer is fun, so I don’t want to waste my evening in the kitchen when I could be frolicking. Something about summer hours. Whatever your reason for not wanting to cook, crock pot is BAE. This week, I’m using my crock pot to make tacos. You should too.