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16 minutes | May 8, 2016
May 8 Weekly Readlines
Welcome back to The Weekly Readlines Podcast, "promoting better news digestion." In this week's edition: London elects a Muslim mayor, hospital infections now the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S., idle mode for devices costing millions, Roy Moore loses his job (happy day), the great e-cig debate, and more. Listen every Sunday for a short roundup of this week's madness and a few things that might make you smile.
14 minutes | Feb 19, 2016
February 19 Weekly Readlines
QUOTES AND QUOTABLE “When the flood waters subsided and rushed into the oceans there was no vegetation on the earth because the earth had been covered with water. . . . The dinosaurs on [Noah’s ark] may have been babies and not able to reproduce.” - Mary Lou Bruner, Candidate for Texas State Board of Education BIG CUP: THE WEEK’S TOP STORIES How could the Weekly Readlines stay on vacation when Justice Scalia died on his? It's just not possible. And what a week it’s been. They all seem to be monumental news weeks these days, or is it just the End Times? Scalia was found dead at a Texas getaway, with a pillow not far from his face that has the right-wing conspiracy theorists in hyper drive. Obama, as is his duty under the Constitution, vows to name a successor, while Republicans vow to block it. The presidential election has become all about the black robes. Did I Mention? The brilliant D'Angelo won for Best
12 minutes | Feb 5, 2016
February 5 Weekly Readlines
QUOTES AND QUOTABLE “Trees can count, learn and remember; nurse sick neighbors; warn each other of danger by sending electrical signals and, for reasons unknown, keep the ancient stumps of long-felled companions alive for centuries ..." Peter Wohlleben, German forest ranger BIG CUP: THE WEEK’S TOP STORIES Two words to strike fear in the hearts of good people everywhere: President Cruz. Yes, he defeated The Donald in Iowa, helped hugely by a surge of evangelicals. Surely Trump is working behind the scenes even now to have someone, anyone, sue to prove Cruz is not a natural-born citizen and cannot occupy the White House. In the meantime, he’s accusing Cruz of stealing the caucuses as he edges further and further toward madness. Did I Mention? Millennial men and the people who love them are good with the gray hair. Possibly hot, always stylish (ask me, I know!). And the HuffPost Gay Voices is now the Queer Voices.
13 minutes | Jan 30, 2016
January 29 Weekly Readlines
BIG CUP: THE WEEK’S TOP STORIES It’s been a week of shoot outs, shout outs and Trump attempting to shut down Fox’s Republican debate. The folks from Occupy Dirt in Oregon have been told to go home after authorizes stopped a car with their leaders, leaving one dead and the others in jail. Obama gave a shout out to Hillary’s campaign, appearing to endorse her, then subsequently met with Bernie Sanders to unruffle some feathers. And Donald Trump, never at a loss for petulance, pulled out of the Fox debate over his standoff with moderator Megyn Kelly. The mosquito-born Zika virus has led to thousands of newborns with birth defects in Brazil, and WHO is warning it will spread throughout the Americas as scientists frantically search for a vaccine. Did I Mention? Woody Allen is officially a lecherous old man, casting Miley Cyrus opposite himself in his upcoming Amazon series.
9 minutes | Jan 24, 2016
January 22 Weekly Readlines
The Weekly Readlines Podcast is now on Stitcher as well as iTunes. Are you listening? BIG CUP: THE WEEK’S TOP STORIES Having kept the nation waiting breathlessly for weeks, Sarah “You Betcha” Palin has finally endorsed Donald Trump in his presidential bid, extending his infamy and threatening the republic. The planet, meanwhile, is preoccupied with its hottest year on record. The children of Flint, Michigan, are experience lead-poisoning from their drinking water, and new fossil evidence reveals our ancient ancestors engaged in the same human massacre so popular today. Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith are skipping the Oscars in the wake of the Academy’s all-white acting nominations. Did I Mention? The Fresh Prince’s crazy Aunt Viv is having none of that Oscar boycott. And David Bowie fans are petitioning Kanye West to NOT (please don’t!) make a tribute album to the late genius.
12 minutes | Jan 15, 2016
January 15 Weekly Readlines
Extra! Extra! The Weekly Readlines podcast edition is now in iTunes. Enjoy. BIG CUP: THE WEEK’S TOP STORIES Iran seized two American patrol boats and held 10 U.S. sailors in custody before releasing them on Wednesday. Obama gave his final State of the Union, admitting few regrets and doing his best to make Americans feel like the country’s sort of in good shape, maybe, eventually. The GOP and millions of aggrieved part-timers without benefits disagree. Bobby Jindal slunk out of office as the incoming governor extended Medicaid to 100,000 Louisiana residents. Meanwhile, Kentucky’s new governor Matt Bevin has notified the Federal Government he’ll be dismantling the nation’s most successful health care exchange because that’s what Republicans do. Did I M
9 minutes | Jan 8, 2016
January 8 Weekly Readlines (NOW IN iTUNES, TOO!)
It’s been a big week, folks. A group of armed men referred to colloquially by the New York Times as “protesters” continues to occupy public property in Oregon, demanding special rights and free land. President Obama attempted to address gun violence through Executive Order. The Arabian rift caused by the Saudis’ execution of a Shiite cleric has spread, with murderous theocracies taking one side or the other. Speaking of theocracies, Alabama’s Judge Roy Moore has loudly stomped his feet, pouted with judicial flair and demanded the state’s probate judges stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, or else. While some of us are laughing, no one is amused. Did I Mention? North Korea swears on its grave that is has detonated a hydrogen bomb. And Donald Trump says Ted Cruz might not be a natural-born American.
12 minutes | Jan 1, 2016
January 1 Weekly Readlines
BIG CUP: THE WEEK’S TOP STORIES Welcome to 2016! So long to 2015! It’s all one endless news cycle, isn’t it? And there in the middle sits Donald Trump, threatening to remind the nation of Bill Clinton’s sexual peccadillos if Hillary dares to champion women’s issues. The affluenza killer Ethan Crouch was arrested near Puerto Vallarta with his strangely devoted mother, offering some relief to the families of the four people he killed driving drunk. In a move that doesn’t bode well for harmony in the new year, an Indiana legislator has proposed a bill making it a crime for transgender people to use a gender-appropriate bathroom. Finally, Bill Cosby was charged for a 2004 sexual assault and may well be headed to the Big House. Listen to the podcast for a deeper dive into the week’s headlines, several interesting ‘on this day’ facts for January 1, and an end quotes from Jennifer Lawrence and the late novelist Paul Bowles. You can find the print as well as this podcast edition at the website: TheWeeklyReadlines.com. I read the headlines so you don’t have to.
13 minutes | Dec 25, 2015
December 25 Weekly Readlines
BIG CUP: THE WEEK’S TOP STORIES Lakeisha Holloway, a homeless woman living in her car, became overwhelmed by stress and mowed down a group of pedestrians on the Las Vegas strip, killing one and injuring dozens. Steve Harvey named the wrong Miss Universe on live television (maybe he should have stayed for that crucial rehearsal). A young American was arrested trying to escape gay marriage into the arms Al Qaeda, and Donald Trump completed his mission to make presidential politics a scatological free-for-all, letting the world know that bathrooms and what women do in them are disgusting. Listen to the podcast for a deeper dive into the week’s headlines, several interesting ‘on this day’ facts for December 25 (aka Christmas), and an end quote from Scottish theologian Carl Bard. You can find the print as well as this podcast edition at the website: TheWeeklyReadlines.com. I read the headlines so you don’t have to.
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