Mixed Media Blog Feed | Mother Jones http://www.motherjones.com/Blogs/2013/11 http://www.motherjones.com/files/motherjonesLogo_google_206X40.png Mother Jones logo http://www.motherjones.com en "The Americans" Is One Of The Best Shows On Television—And It Just Got Renewed For Another Season. http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/03/the-americans-is-the-best-i-wish-they-were-real-americans <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Do you watch <em>The Americans</em>? You should watch <em>The Americans</em>! Why don't you watch <em>The Americans</em>? Do you not watch it because it's about Soviet spies who love each other and also work together to bring down America by wearing wigs and having <em>sexxxxxxx</em>? Well, guess what? That's only sort of what it's about. It's really about a marriage. Are you married? If you're married, you'll relate to this show a lot.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>&ldquo;FX&rsquo;s &lsquo;The Americans&rsquo; Proves That True Love Is Real&rdquo; by Ben Dreyfuss</p> &mdash; Ben Dreyfuss (@bendreyfuss) <a href="https://twitter.com/bendreyfuss/status/581105060878422018">March 26, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>You'll watch it and be like "God, my wife and I just had a very similar fight about how to raise our daughter." Just replace spying for the Soviets with whatever you do for a living. They're so cute together, <em>The Americans</em>! They love each other so much, but they're torn in different directions by competing loyalties, and they don't know what to do! Bonus: I recently found out that <em>The Americans</em> are dating in real life, which is so cute OMG.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>OMG did you know that the Americans are dating IRL? That&rsquo;s so cute. I hope they get married <a href="http://t.co/VJkzZ72aky">http://t.co/VJkzZ72aky</a></p> &mdash; Ben Dreyfuss (@bendreyfuss) <a href="https://twitter.com/bendreyfuss/status/580912136060289024">March 26, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>I love <em>The Americans</em>. I'm not nuts about the dumb kids, and some of the storylines are dumb, but the show is really great. The one thing I don't like about the show is that<em> The Americans</em> are not actually Americans, they're Soviets and I don't like rooting for people who are trying to bring down America. I keep hoping they're going to defect.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>The Americans are so cute when they&rsquo;re in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/love?src=hash">#love</a>. I wish they would join America and stop helping the Soviets :(</p> &mdash; Ben Dreyfuss (@bendreyfuss) <a href="https://twitter.com/bendreyfuss/status/564074043675250688">February 7, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>But I think they probably won't. They seem to like communism a lot. But at the same time they also like living in America and enjoying the fruits of capitalism. Their minds are all messed up! You can see what a complicated situation they're in. A lot of D-R-A-M-A.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>I love The Americans, but I wish they weren't Russian spies :(</p> &mdash; Ben Dreyfuss (@bendreyfuss) <a href="https://twitter.com/bendreyfuss/status/456621287918432256">April 17, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>Anyway, it's maybe the second best show on television (<a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/03/good-wife-most-underrated-show-television" target="_blank">after <em>The Good Wife</em></a>).</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>I would pay $30 for a ticket to a movie spinoff of The Americans where they just go on a vacation and are happy together.</p> &mdash; Ben Dreyfuss (@bendreyfuss) <a href="https://twitter.com/bendreyfuss/status/568284913075687424">February 19, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>The problem is, not that many people watch it. :(((.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>The low ratings for The Americans make me sad &amp; angry. I don't even care about ratings, but COME ON SHEEPLE. It's the best thing out there!</p> &mdash; emilynussbaum (@emilynussbaum) <a href="https://twitter.com/emilynussbaum/status/571362654805200896">February 27, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>The ratings for <a href="http://www.vox.com/2015/1/28/7923027/americans-season-three-premiere" target="_blank">season 3 are in the hole</a>. A cloud of pessimism and fear has overshadowed the last few episodes; I figured it was unlikely to get renewed by FX for a fourth season. But, guess what? <a href="http://tvline.com/2015/03/31/the-americans-season-4-renewal-fx/" target="_blank">Good news! It's coming back!</a></p> <p>So start watching it please oh dear god I beg you please watch it, please! We can be best friends if you watch it.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:49:21 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 272706 at http://www.motherjones.com Cancel Your Meetings. You Can Now Play Pac-Man On Google Maps. http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/03/pac-man-google-maps <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Just in time for April Fool's Day, Google has released a neat feature that allows users to play Pac-Man pretty much anywhere in the world right now. Simply load up <a href="https://www.google.com/maps" target="_blank">Google Maps</a> and click on the Pac-Man option patiently waiting for you at the bottom-left-hand corner of your computer screen:</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/pacman.png" style="height: 376px; width: 630px;"></div> <p>The feature then transforms your set location into a virtual Pac-Man universe, where the classic arcade game's dotted streets and gobbling ghosts prepare to chase your every move. Want to mix it up? Click the "Return to Google Maps" icon on the left and edit your location to any other address and voila, your newly customized Pac-Man game awaits.</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/pacman2.png" style="height: 349px; width: 630px;"></div> <p>Prepare for a complete time-suck of your day.</p> <p><em><a href="http://www.engadget.com/2015/03/31/google-maps-turned-your-streets-into-pac-man-today/" target="_blank">(h/t Engadget)</a></em></p></body></html> Mixed Media Interactives Media Tue, 31 Mar 2015 18:50:04 +0000 Inae Oh 272696 at http://www.motherjones.com Look At These Crazy Wave Clouds! http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/03/i-am-shiva-the-destroyer-bow-down-before-me <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Look! In the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a cloud that looks like neither a bird or a plane! A wave! It looks like a wave!</p> <p>High above South Carolina yesterday "<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2015/03/30/amazing-undulatus-asperatus-wave-clouds-seen-in-georgia-south-carolina-photos/" target="_blank">wave clouds</a>" rippled through the sky. They are bonkers!</p> <p>Look at this video:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Or1mdVg1XQU" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Now look at this one:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/6bxevvhWehE" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><em>Weather.com</em> has a <a href="http://www.weather.com/science/weather-explainers/news/roll-asperatus-clouds-augusta-georgia-south-carolina" target="_blank">whole gallery of crazy shots</a>.</p> <p>What is a wave cloud? <em><a href="http://www.wired.com/2009/09/clouds/6/" target="_blank">WIRED</a></em> explains:</p> <blockquote> <p>These crazy clouds that look like a row of crashing waves are known as Kelvin-Helmholz waves. They form when two layers of air or liquid of different densities move past each other at different speeds, creating shearing at the boundary.</p> <p>&ldquo;It could be like oil and vinegar,&rdquo; Chuang said. &ldquo;In the ocean, the top is warm and the bottom is really cold. It&rsquo;s like a thin layer of oil on a big puddle of water.&rdquo;</p> <p>When these two layers move past each other, a Kelvin-Helmholz instability is formed that is sort of like a wave. Parts of the boundary move up and parts move down. Because one layer is moving faster than the other, the shear causes the tops of the waves to move horizontally, forming what looks like an ocean wave crashing on the beach.</p> <p>&ldquo;It really is like breaking waves,&rdquo; Chuang said. &ldquo;A wave breaks when the water on top moves so much faster than the water below that it kind of piles up on itself.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> <p>The world is a weird and beautiful place.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Tue, 31 Mar 2015 17:31:50 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 272686 at http://www.motherjones.com The Largest Newspaper in Indiana Just Made One Hell of a Statement http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/03/indiana-is-like-barely-a-state-anyway-amirite <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>This is the front page of tomorrow's <em>Indianapolis Star: </em></p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/CBZFU8uVIAAlJjE.jpg"><div class="caption"><a href="http://twitter.com/markalesia/status/582729433607376896" target="_blank">@markalesia</a>/Twitter</div> </div> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p><a href="http://www.indystar.com/story/opinion/2015/03/30/editorial-gov-pence-fix-religious-freedom-law-now/70698802/" target="_blank">Hell, yeah.</a></p> <blockquote> <p>We are at a critical moment in Indiana's history.</p> <p>And much is at stake.</p> <p>Our image. Our reputation as a state that embraces people of diverse backgrounds and makes them feel welcome. And our efforts over many years to retool our economy, to attract talented workers and thriving businesses, and to improve the quality of life for millions of Hoosiers.</p> <p>All of this is at risk because of a new law, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, that no matter its original intent already has done enormous harm to our state and potentially our economic future.</p> <p>The consequences will only get worse if our state leaders delay in fixing the deep mess created.</p> <p>Half steps will not be enough. Half steps will not undo the damage.</p> </blockquote> <p><a href="http://www.indystar.com/story/opinion/2015/03/30/editorial-gov-pence-fix-religious-freedom-law-now/70698802/" target="_blank">Go read the whole thing.</a></p></body></html> Mixed Media Tue, 31 Mar 2015 03:06:56 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 272656 at http://www.motherjones.com A Bunch of Idiots Took Selfies in Front of the East Village Fire in NYC—and Fox News Blamed Obama http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/03/fox-news-host-blames-obama-destroying-gold-standard-society-selfie-stick <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Back in February, President Obama recorded a short video of himself using a <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/02/obama-selfie-stick-buzzfeed" target="_blank">selfie stick</a>&mdash;the elongated recording tool some critics warn is enabling a generation of <a href="http://mediamatters.org/research/2015/02/13/cue-conservative-media-outrage-over-obamas-self/202531" target="_blank">self-absorbed</a> millennials&mdash;with the obvious intention to promote Obamacare with a side of fun. The clip, recorded for<a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewgauthier/the-president-uses-a-selfie-stick#.kidJjqDG0" target="_blank"> Buzzfeed</a>, instantly went viral and was largely well-received with a chuckle.</p> <p>But according to one Fox News host today, Obama and his selfie stick-wielding video are to blame for encouraging ill advised photos such as the ones of New York City tourists snapping selfies in front of a large building fire.</p> <p>Up in arms over the East Village selfies, <a href="http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/03/thanks-obama-fox-host-blames-president-for-teen-taking-inappropriate-selfie-at-auschwitz/" target="_blank">"Outnumbered" host Harris Faulkner explained on Monday:</a></p> <blockquote> <p>When the president does it, you've got a whole new generation now. I&rsquo;m not just picking on the older adults and protecting the little kids.</p> <p>But you&rsquo;ve got a bar that&rsquo;s moving now. That gold standard isn&rsquo;t what it used to be. You&rsquo;ve got on a weekend, we&rsquo;re talking Islamic state, we&rsquo;re talking all sorts of things, and you&rsquo;ve got a president with a selfie stick that&rsquo;s as tall as I am taking pictures of himself, 'Can&rsquo;t get my hand in the cookie jar!'</p> </blockquote> <p>The Obama bashing aside, Faulkner and her co-hosts join a chorus of haters who fundamentally <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2014/07/22/the-other-side-of-the-infamous-auschwitz-selfie/" target="_blank">misunderstand</a> what it is for millennials to take selfies. While photos such as the ones taken over the weekend probably aren't the best idea, the outrage over selfies is ultimately misplaced. And considering Faulkner clearly enjoys a bit of <a href="https://instagram.com/p/ynJC-2HlRk/?taken-by=harrisfaulkner" target="_blank">selfie-taking herself</a>, this is particularly annoying.</p> <p>As we've argued before, anyone worried a mere selfie is destroying our youth should really just chill and take a moment to <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/07/on-this-day-rembrandt-selfie" target="_blank">consider Rembrandt. </a></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/3XwJnOM27fc" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><em><a href="http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/03/thanks-obama-fox-host-blames-president-for-teen-taking-inappropriate-selfie-at-auschwitz/" target="_blank">(h/t Raw Story)</a></em></p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Media Obama Mon, 30 Mar 2015 22:30:40 +0000 Inae Oh 272631 at http://www.motherjones.com Trevor Noah to Replace Jon Stewart as "Daily Show" Host http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/03/trevor-noah-replace-jon-stewart-daily-show-host <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Trevor Noah, who first debuted on "The Daily Show" as a correspondent in December, is to replace Jon Stewart as the show's new host. "You don&rsquo;t believe it for the first few hours,&rdquo; Noah told the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/31/arts/television/trevor-noah-to-succeed-jon-stewart-on-the-daily-show.html" target="_blank"><em>New York Times </em></a>ahead of Monday's official announcement from Dubai. "You need a stiff drink, and then unfortunately you&rsquo;re in a place where you can&rsquo;t really get alcohol."</p> <p>The 31-year-old comedian from South Africa has only appeared on the show three times. In February, Stewart broke the news he would be exiting from the Comedy Central show after more than <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/02/report-jon-stewart-leaving-daily-show" target="_blank">15 years on air.</a> The network confirmed the news in a <a href="http://thedailyshow.cc.com/trevor-noah?xrs=synd_twitter_033015_tds_45" target="_blank">statement</a> below:</p> <blockquote> <p>Trevor Noah has been selected to become the next host of the Emmy&reg; and Peabody&reg; Award-winning The Daily Show.</p> <p>Noah joined The Daily Show in 2014 as a contributor. He made his U.S. television debut in 2012 on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and has also appeared on Late Show with David Letterman, becoming the first South African stand-up comedian to appear on either late night show. Noah has hosted numerous television shows including his own late night talk show in his native country, Tonight with Trevor Noah.</p> <p>He was featured on the October 2014 cover of GQ South Africa and has been profiled in Rolling Stone, Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal, and by CNN and NPR&rsquo;s Talk of the Nation, among others. He continues to tour all over the world and has performed in front of sold out crowds at the Hammersmith Apollo in London and the Sydney Opera House in Australia.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>Watch Noah's first appearance on "The Daily Show." </strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/AHO1a1kvZGo" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Media Mon, 30 Mar 2015 12:51:58 +0000 Inae Oh 272576 at http://www.motherjones.com Laura Marling Just Keeps Getting Better http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/03/singer-laura-marling-short-movie <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/DdCdT_dcmUI?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Laura Marling<br><em>Short Movie</em><br> Ribbon Music</strong></p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/Screen%20Shot%202015-03-27%20at%2010.58.37%20AM.png" style="height: 250px; width: 250px;"></div> <p>With her clear, forthright voice and ringing acoustic guitar (not to mention enormous songwriting smarts), Britain's Laura Marling has always been a bit intimidating, and this stunning fifth album may be her strongest work yet. <em>Short Movie</em> is an extended meditation on the endless tug of war between the fear of loneliness and the desire to be free from the affections and expectations of others. "Is it still okay that I don't know how to be alone?" she asks in "False Hope," while "I Feel Your Love" finds her declaring, "You must let me go before I get old / I need to find someone who really wants to be mine," throwing cold water on romantic clich&eacute;s with her usual blunt vigor. In "Don't Let Me Bring You Down," she exclaims, "Did you think I was fucking around?" Another cut, "Howl," finds her parting from a lover in far gentler fashion. <em>Short Movie</em> varies its textures with occasional drums and electric guitar, as well as lovely dashes of cello, but Marling's restless, relentlessly honest songs remain the main attraction. Despite superficial similarities to the young Joni Mitchell, she's her own amazing creation, and just keeps getting better.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 30 Mar 2015 10:00:09 +0000 Jon Young 272491 at http://www.motherjones.com Koalas Are Cute and Cuddly. This Video Proves They Are Also Fearsome Warriors. http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/03/you-didnt-know-koalas-were-fierce <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/7wDhDc17trQ" width="630"></iframe></p> <p></p><div id="mininav" class="inline-subnav"> <!-- header content --> <div id="mininav-header-content"> <div id="mininav-header-image"> <img src="/files/images/motherjones_mininav/koala-mini-nav_1.jpg" width="220" border="0"></div> <div id="mininav-header-text"> <p class="mininav-header-text" style="margin: 0; padding: 0.75em; font-size: 11px; font-weight: bold; line-height: 1.2em; background-color: rgb(221, 221, 221);"> Weekends are always better when they start with koalas. </p> </div> </div> <!-- linked stories --> <div id="mininav-linked-stories"> <ul><span id="linked-story-270971"> <li><a href="/blue-marble/2015/02/koala-car-jack"> This Koala Is So Cute You'll Want It To Get Away With Stealing This Kid's Car</a></li> </span> <span id="linked-story-272511"> <li><a href="/mixed-media/2015/03/you-didnt-know-koalas-were-fierce"> Koalas Are Cute and Cuddly. This Video Proves They Are Also Fearsome Warriors. </a></li> </span> <span id="linked-story-269381"> <li><a href="/blue-marble/2015/01/jeremy-koala-australia-bushfire-returned-wild"> We Have Some Good News For You About the Koala That Was Burned in the Fire</a></li> </span> <span id="linked-story-268041"> <li><a href="/blue-marble/2015/01/wildfires-koala-paws-burn-australia-mittens"> Please, Please Stop Making Mittens for Koalas</a></li> </span> <span id="linked-story-264866"> <li><a href="/mixed-media/2014/11/here-photo-president-obama-holding-koala"> Here Is a Photo of President Obama Holding a Koala</a></li> </span> <span id="linked-story-243481"> <li><a href="/blue-marble/2014/01/heat-wave-photos-australian-open"> PHOTOS: Koalas, Tennis Players Grapple with Australian Heat Wave</a></li> </span> </ul></div> <!-- footer content --> </div> <p>Oh, Australia. Even when you're just taking the dog out for a walk, you might walk straight into a CRAZY KOALA WRASSLIN' MATCH.</p> <p>This fight raises fresh questions about the <a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/watch/nbc-news/white-house-supports-secret-service-chief-amid-controversy-414442563562" target="_blank">Secret Service's competency</a>: Why would they let the president <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/11/here-photo-president-obama-holding-koala" target="_blank">get so close</a> to one of these dangerous beasts!?&nbsp;</p> <p>Happy Friday.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Animals Fri, 27 Mar 2015 20:15:13 +0000 Tim McDonnell 272511 at http://www.motherjones.com Neil DeGrasse Tyson Blasts Florida's Alleged Ban on Discussing Climate Change http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/03/neil-degrasse-tyson-florida-ban-climate-change <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Neil DeGrasse Tyson has now weighed in on Florida's alleged <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2015/03/florida-climate-change" target="_blank">ban on using the words</a> "climate change" and "global warming" in government communications. The astrophysicist-turned-TV-star&nbsp;told a Sarasota, Fla., crowd on Monday that he was astonished by the report, adding he thought "as a nation we were better than this."</p> <p>"Now we have a time where people are cherry picking science,"&nbsp;Tyson <a href="http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20150323/article/150329885?p=1&amp;tc=pg" target="_blank">said</a>, according to the <em>Herald Tribune of Sarasota</em>. "The science is not political. That's like repealing gravity because you gained 10 pounds last week."</p> <p>Earlier this month, the&nbsp;Florida Center for Investigative Reporting published an&nbsp;<a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/news/state/florida/article12983720.html" style="line-height: 2em;" target="_blank">explosive story alleging</a> that Scott's administration had instituted an unwritten policy&nbsp;forbidding government employees from using "climate change," "global warming," and "sea level rise" in official communications.&nbsp;The governor has since denied the report, but several environmental groups have called for&nbsp;<a href="http://miami.cbslocal.com/2015/03/20/answers-sought-after-reports-of-climate-change-ban/" style="line-height: 2em;" target="_blank">a probe</a> into the alleged ban.</p> <p>In his remarks Monday, Tyson said that while it may be easy to shame politicians for their climate change denial<span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 24px;">, it's ultimately the voters who are responsible.</span></p> <p>"Debating facts takes time away from the conversation," <a href="http://www.bradenton.com/2015/03/24/5708826_neil-degrasse-tyson-informs-entertains.html?rh=1" target="_blank">Tyson said</a>, according to the <em>Bradenton Herald</em>. "We should be talking about what we are going to do about this. I don't blame the politicians for a damn thing because we vote for the politician. I blame the electorate."</p> <p>This isn't the first time Tyson has scolded voters for electing science-denying politicians. In a January interview with the <em><a href="http://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/theater-art/2015/01/13/tyson-task-filling-gray-holes-our-brain-matter/GD0rmrTmjxvmE97gOB7xzH/story.html" target="_blank">Boston Globe</a>, </em>he said he used to get "bent out of shape" about elected officials like <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2015/02/inhofe-snowball-climate-change" target="_blank">snowball-wielding</a> Senator James Inhofe publicly claiming climate change is a hoax. But his views have since evolved.</p> <p>"The real challenge to the educator is not beating politicians over the head, or lobbying them, or writing letters," he said. "It's improving the educational system that shapes the people who elect such representatives in the first place."</p></body></html> Mixed Media Climate Change Climate Desk Science Wed, 25 Mar 2015 15:38:04 +0000 Inae Oh 272351 at http://www.motherjones.com Robot-Building 6-Year-Old Girls Talking Tech With Obama Is the Best Thing You'll See All Week http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/03/obama-robot-building-brainstorming-6-year-old-girls-white-house <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/rUlPHehHQQg" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>On Monday, President Obama made his annual rounds at the White House Science Fair. The event is a breeding ground for adorable interactions with kid-nerds (See 2012's <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBLaUIbHmgQ" target="_blank">marshmallow-shooting air cannon</a>), but <a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/supergirls-conquer-obama-white-house-science-fair-n328661" target="_blank">his chat</a> yesterday with five cape-wearing Girl Scouts from Oklahoma was especially magical.</p> <p>The 6-year-olds from Tulsa's Girl Scout Troup 411 were <a href="http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/local/supergirls-second-tulsa-girl-scout-troop-visits-white-house-for/article_6692dd4d-0ed6-569c-b6e5-d29e7950844e.html" target="_blank">the youngest</a> inventors selected to present at this year's fair. <a href="http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/local/supergirls-second-tulsa-girl-scout-troop-visits-white-house-for/article_6692dd4d-0ed6-569c-b6e5-d29e7950844e.html" target="_blank">Inspired by</a> conversations with a librarian and one of the girls' grandmas, they built a mechanical Lego contraption that can turn pages, to help patients with mobility issues read books.</p> <p>The group of first graders and kindergartners explain to Obama that the device is a "prototype" that they came up with in a "brainstorming session." One of the girls asks Obama if he's ever had his own brainstorming session.</p> <p>"I have had a couple brainstorming sessions," replies an amused Obama. "But I didn't come up with anything this good!"</p> <p>Another girls asks what he came up with:</p> <p>"I mean, I came up with things like, you know, health care. It turned out ok, but it started off with some prototypes," the president says.</p> <p>And then they all go in for a group hug. GOLD.</p> <p>Suzanne Dodson, the coach of the Lego team and the mom of one of the scouts, told <a href="http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/local/supergirls-second-tulsa-girl-scout-troop-visits-white-house-for/article_6692dd4d-0ed6-569c-b6e5-d29e7950844e.html" target="_blank"><em>Tulsa World</em></a> that she's glad the girls are getting such positive attention for their project: "It really is a problem with girls, when they get to middle school, they lose confidence in their own ability to succeed in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math)" she said. "Having this experience at young age really gives them a confidence boost."</p></body></html> Mixed Media Tech Tue, 24 Mar 2015 23:56:46 +0000 Hannah Levintova 272341 at http://www.motherjones.com Let John Oliver Explain How Petty Municipal Fines Destroy the Lives of Our Most Vulnerable http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/03/john-oliver-municipal-fines <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>As demonstrated by the Justice Department's damning <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/03/full-justice-department-reports-ferguson-darren-wilson" target="_blank">investigation</a> into the Ferguson Police Department, police officials often rely on slapping hefty municipal fines to fund government. Such practices are rampant in <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/02/georgia-probation-misdemeanor-poor-jail" target="_blank">towns</a> across the country.</p> <p>On the latest <em>Last Week Tonight</em>, John Oliver took on the issue with an in-depth report explaining how a petty traffic violation&mdash;a ticket some people can simply shrug off as a nuisance&mdash;can actually wreck the lives of society's most vulnerable citizens, and sometimes even land people in jail.</p> <p>"Most Americans drive to work," <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UjpmT5noto" target="_blank">he explained.</a> "If you can't do that, you've got a problem. In New Jersey, a survey of low-income drivers who had their license suspended found that 64 percent had lost their jobs as a result, which doesn't help anyone. You need them to pay their fine but you're taking away their means of paying it. That's the most self-defeating idea since gay conversion camp!"</p> <p>While Oliver says he's not advocating for minor offenses to go without punishment, people should have the "right to fuck up once in a while without completely destroying our lives."</p> <p><strong>Watch below:</strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/0UjpmT5noto" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Crime and Justice Income Inequality Mon, 23 Mar 2015 13:39:53 +0000 Inae Oh 272176 at http://www.motherjones.com Courtney Barnett's Debut LP Captures the Absorbing Minutiae of Everyday Life http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/03/courtney-barnett-captures-everyday-life <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/o-nr1nNC3ds?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Courtney Barnett<br><em>Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit</em><br> Mom + Pop</strong></p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/Screen%20Shot%202015-03-19%20at%2010.30.08%20AM_0.png" style="height: 250px; width: 250px;"></div> <p>Although this beguiling opus is being billed as Australian Courtney Barnett's debut LP, she previously produced an album's worth of material in the form of two EPs, a highlight being "Avant Gardener," her engagingly offhand account of an asthma attack. She follows that tune's deceptively ingenious template on <em>Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit</em>, which blends agreeably slackerish vocals, ramshackle yet catchy guitar pop, and understated songs devoted to capturing the absorbing minutiae of everyday life.</p> <p>From "Elevator Operator" to "Nobody Really Cares If You Don't Go to the Party" to "An Illustration of Loneliness (Sleepless in NY)," Barnett's characters turn the act of "just idling insignificantly" into a search for deeper meaning, often seesawing between self-loathing and self-respect. And while epiphanies prove elusive, her good-hearted, empathic portraits are unfailingly memorable.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 23 Mar 2015 10:00:11 +0000 Jon Young 272071 at http://www.motherjones.com Today's Epic Solar Eclipse Captured In Beautiful Photos http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/03/europe-solar-eclipse <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>This morning, Europe and parts of Africa and Asia experienced a rare <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2015/03/solar-eclipse-germany-power" target="_blank">solar eclipse.</a> The last time such an event of this significance took place was back in 1999. That this eclipse also happened to fall on the <a href="http://www.universetoday.com/119241/a-complete-guide-to-the-march-20th-total-solar-eclipse/" target="_blank">spring equinox</a>&nbsp;was an even more of a unique phenomenon that last occurred in 1662. Despite early reports predicting that <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-31982261" target="_blank">heavy clouds</a> would block a proper glimpse, eager residents, tourists, and astronomers gathered across the continent to witness the eclipse. Here are some of the images that were captured:</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/AP854801040513.jpg" style="height: 443px; width: 630px;"><div class="caption"><strong>Sarajevo, Bosnia </strong>Amel Emric/AP</div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/AP320867869996.jpg" style="height: 449px; width: 630px;"><div class="caption"><strong>Svalbard, Norway </strong>Haakon Mosvold Larsen/AP</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/AP275518661677.jpg" style="height: 419px; width: 630px;"><div class="caption"><strong>Greenwich Observatory, London </strong>Rex Features/AP</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/AP804804138879_1.jpg" style="height: 405px; width: 630px;"><div class="caption"><strong>Skopje, Macedonia </strong>Boris Grdanoski/AP</div> </div> <p>Those in the higher Arctic regions were lucky enough to experience a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2015/03/20/394241787/solar-eclipse-wows-parts-of-europe-middle-east-and-russia" target="_blank">total solar eclipse.</a> But residents in the Faroe Islands&mdash;previously touted as one of the more impressive locations to view the event&mdash;were reportedly disappointed by the thick clouds, according to the <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/mar/20/solar-eclipse-grey-skies-star-gazers" target="_blank"><em>Guardian.</em></a> Berlin, on the other hand, boasted <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/21/science/space/solar-eclipse-europe.html" target="_blank">clear skies. </a></p> <p>And to complete the&nbsp;occasion, here's British Member of the European Parliament Roger Helmer, who used the event to drop in some apparent climate denial. (Helmer <a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/ukip-green-policy-climate-change-is-open-to-question-says-energy-spokesman-roger-helmer-9949125.html" target="_blank">has previously asserted</a> that "the relationship between global temperature and atmospheric Co2 levels is hugely open to question.")</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Temperates drop during a short solar eclipse. It's the Sun that drives the climate!</p> &mdash; Roger Helmer (@RogerHelmerMEP) <a href="https://twitter.com/RogerHelmerMEP/status/578823278137118720">March 20, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>&nbsp;</p> </center></body></html> Mixed Media Photo Essays Climate Change Climate Desk Science Fri, 20 Mar 2015 18:04:07 +0000 Inae Oh 272126 at http://www.motherjones.com This Adorable Video of a Baby Frog Squeaking Is the Best Thing You'll See Today http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/03/baby-frog-screaming <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>The following is a delightful clip of a baby frog screaming, apparently discovered by <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBxn56l9WcU&amp;sns=fb" target="_blank">BBC</a> in the desert. It's the kind of high-pitched yelling normally expected from a dog's chew toy, not a frog. It's adorable and should be watched on repeat below:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/FGwJ3-vmw44" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><em><a href="https://twitter.com/GabrielleCanon/status/578625814280843264" target="_blank"><u>(h/t Gabrielle Canon)</u></a></em></p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Animals Thu, 19 Mar 2015 19:54:49 +0000 Inae Oh 272091 at http://www.motherjones.com Starbucks Wants to Talk Race With Its Customers. What Could Possibly Go Wrong? http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/03/starbucks-race-jay-smooth-nancy-giles <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Judging from its reception on social media yesterday, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz's just-announced kumbaya <a href="http://fortune.com/2015/03/16/starbucks-baristas-race-talk/" target="_blank">pipe dream</a> is destined for eternal ridicule. The company hopes to address racism by slapping the words "Race Together" on coffee cups and forcing its baristas to coax customers into unsolicited discussions about race relations.</p> <p>To get a preview of what's coming, check out this conversation between CBS's Nancy Giles and DJ Jay Smooth <a href="http://www.salon.com/2015/03/18/im_black_jay_smooth_coolly_makes_it_out_of_the_most_awkward_interview_ever/" target="_blank">during an appearance</a> on last night's <em>All In with Chris Hayes</em>.</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>Giles:</strong> "I can't not tease Jay about the kinda, like, brotha way he was trying to talk. Like, 'Hey,' with the rap music in the background, and like down with the people."</p> <p><strong>Smooth:</strong> "I'm a rap guy!"</p> <p><strong>Giles:</strong> "Yeah, I know, but it's another interesting funny thing about race. There would be some people that would feel that you co-opted something like that, and other people might feel like, 'That's his background, and that's really cool too.'&hellip;These are conversations, you know, 'Yo, like ya know, yeah, if somebody takes my wallet,' I mean, it's really interesting."</p> <p><strong>Smooth:</strong> "It's also interesting, because I'm actually black, but you assumed otherwise. And this is the sort of awkwardness we can look forward to at Starbucks across America."</p> </blockquote> <p>Giles notes early on that the campaign's purpose seems noble and that conversations about race should be encouraged. But as the&nbsp;conversation reveals, Starbucks' bold venture into race relations reeks of clumsy&nbsp;naivet&eacute;. Let's save our baristas the trouble.</p> <p><iframe border="no" height="500" scrolling="no" src="http://player.theplatform.com/p/7wvmTC/MSNBCEmbeddedOffSite?guid=n_hayes_Frace2_150317" width="635"></iframe><br><em><a href="http://www.salon.com/2015/03/18/im_black_jay_smooth_coolly_makes_it_out_of_the_most_awkward_interview_ever/" target="_blank">(h/t Salon)</a></em></p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Corporations Media Race and Ethnicity Wed, 18 Mar 2015 17:06:32 +0000 Inae Oh 271996 at http://www.motherjones.com This Correction Is The Best Thing to Come Out of Robert Durst's Arrest http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/03/correction-best-thing-come-out-robert-dursts-arrest <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>While reporting on the arrest of Robert Durst, the subject of HBO's documentary "The Jinx," the <em>Associated Press</em> committed a <a href="http://www.kusi.com/story/28540293/news-minute-correction-california-10th-newsminute" target="_blank">wonderful error </a>by confusing the creepy real-estate millionaire for the frontman of Limp Bizkit, Fred Durst.</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" height="147" src="/files/correction_1.png" width="591"></div> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%">&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The correction marks what we can safely predict will be the most relevant Limp Bizkit will be ever again.</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p><a href="http://t.co/mfdhmBxdFV">pic.twitter.com/mfdhmBxdFV</a></p> &mdash; Harry Heymann (@harryh) <a href="https://twitter.com/harryh/status/577881826146004992">March 17, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p><em><a href="http://jimromenesko.com/2015/03/17/associated-press-correction-of-the-day-robert-durst-is-not-a-member-of-limp-bizkit/" target="_blank">(h/t Romenesko</a></em>)</p></body></html> Mixed Media Media Wed, 18 Mar 2015 12:36:23 +0000 Inae Oh 271991 at http://www.motherjones.com Trolls Attacked Ashley Judd for Tweeting About Sports. Now She's Fighting Back. http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/03/ashley-judd-twitter-harassment-march-madness%20 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Actress Ashley Judd, a well known University of Kentucky basketball fan and alumnus of the Division 1 school, is <a href="http://www.today.com/video/today/57124503#57124503" target="_blank">striking back at Twitter users</a> who launched a tirade of sexually violent tweets aimed at her while she attended a Wildcats game over the weekend.</p> <p>The explicit messages, which include being called a cunt and suggestions that she "suck a dick," were prompted by her Tweet saying the opposing team was "playing dirty." Now Judd indicates that she hopes to pursue charges against her trolls.</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>When when I express a stout opinion during <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MarchMadness?src=hash">#MarchMadness</a> I am called a whore, c---, threatened with sexual violence. Not okay.</p> &mdash; ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) <a href="https://twitter.com/AshleyJudd/status/577197176486535168">March 15, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>I am sorry to retweet but this is a typical example. &ldquo;@Leeroy_MAX: .<a href="https://twitter.com/AshleyJudd">@AshleyJudd</a> Go suck on Cal's two inch dick ye Bitch whore.&rdquo;</p> &mdash; ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) <a href="https://twitter.com/AshleyJudd/status/577197410600009728">March 15, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Example: I am mentally weak for not tolerating sodomy threats. "<a href="https://twitter.com/AshleyJudd">@AshleyJudd</a> oversensitive liberals like are you that mentally weak?&rdquo;</p> &mdash; ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) <a href="https://twitter.com/AshleyJudd/status/577715985131655168">March 17, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p>"The amount of gender violence that I experience is absolutely extraordinary," Judd said on the <em>Today</em> show Tuesday. "And a significant part of my day today will be spent filing police reports at home about gender violence that's directed at me in social media."</p> <p>Judd's harassment comes at a time when more women are speaking out against online abuse, whether via cyber-stalking and threats or movements such as #Gamergate. However, prosecuting such threats has proved notoriously difficult. Some <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/03/katherine-clark-gamergate-brianna-wu" target="_blank">members of Congress</a> are asking the federal government to beef up enforcement of laws that already prohibit such threats of violence. From 2010-2013, federal prosecutors <a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-QkCUPMetwXQlNtaW1leFJlQlk/view" target="_blank">only</a> investigated 10 cyber-stalking reports, despite 2.5 million cases of women being harassed online.</p> <p>Former Major League pitcher Curt Schilling recently <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/03/02/us/ap-us-schilling-twitter.html" target="_blank">used an alternative strategy</a> to punish the men who trolled his daughter on Twitter: He tracked down their identities and outed them. <a href="http://www.nj.com/essex/index.ssf/2015/03/curt_schilling_outs_yankees_employee_who_allegedly_posted_sexually-violent_tweets_about_daughter.html" target="_blank">At least one man lost his job</a> as a result; others were suspended from their college sports teams.</p> <p>As for the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/early-lead/wp/2015/03/15/dick-vitale-planted-a-big-ol-kiss-on-ashley-judd-before-the-kentucky-arkansas-game/" target="_blank">uncomfortable kiss</a> from ESPN's Dick Vitale photographed during the same Wildcats game, Judd says they are friends, and that she's "adored him" for 10 years.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Sex and Gender Tech Tue, 17 Mar 2015 19:18:35 +0000 Inae Oh 271926 at http://www.motherjones.com 5 Must-See True-Crime Documentaries to Catch After "The Jinx" http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/03/five-must-see-true-crime-documentaries-catch-after-jinx <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/dJMcsj6A-ew" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Sunday's finale of the HBO documentary series <em>The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst</em> ended with the eccentric protagonist muttering a seeming confession to three murders over the last 30 years.</p> <p>"What the hell did I do?" Durst <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/16/nyregion/robert-durst-subject-of-hbo-documentary-on-unsolved-killings-is-arrested.html" target="_blank">said</a>. "Killed them all, of course."</p> <p>The revelation culminated an eight-year investigation into the life and trials of Durst, the estranged son of a New York real estate dynasty. He has maintained his innocence in the 1982 disappearance of his first wife and <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2003/11/12/nyregion/new-york-city-real-estate-heir-is-acquitted-of-murder-in-texas.html" target="_blank">was acquitted</a> in the 2001 slaying of Morris Black in Galveston, Texas. But Durst was arrested on Saturday, a day before the finale aired, in a New Orleans hotel after new evidence emerged that <a href="http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-hbo-durst-extradition-hbo-finale-20150316-story.html#page=1" target="_blank">law enforcement officials allege</a> linked him to the 2000 murder of confidante Susan Berman. On Monday, Los Angeles prosecutors&nbsp;<a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/1687638-robert-durst-murder-complaint.html" target="_blank">charged Durst</a> with first-degree murder in California, in addition to <a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/f2547d6a09534421843074acacbbd352/wealthy-eccentric-says-hbo-finale-he-killed-them-all" target="_blank">weapons charges</a> in Louisiana.&nbsp;</p> <p>All eyes will surely stay glued to Durst's case as it unfolds, but&nbsp;<em>The Jinx</em>, a well-paced journalistic masterpiece, is over. The inevitable question for today's budding Sherlock Holmes becomes: What to watch next?</p> <p>Since&nbsp;<em>True Detective</em>&nbsp;reportedly won't&nbsp;<a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/hbo-programming-head-talks-true-726746" target="_blank">return until this summer</a>, and the second season of <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2014/09/ira-glass-sarah-koenig-julie-snyder-serial-podcast-this-american-life" target="_blank"><em>Seria</em></a><em>l </em>isn't out yet, here are a few true-crime documentaries to check out now:</p> <p><em><strong>Central Park Five</strong></em></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/B7XX6GgI5SU" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>The 2012 <a href="http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/centralparkfive/" target="_blank">Ken Burns documentary</a> looks into the 1989 case of five black and Latino teenagers who were wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park. The film, which is on Netflix, takes a look at the case and its aftermath from the perspectives of the accused, whose convictions <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/20/nyregion/5-exonerated-in-central-park-jogger-case-are-to-settle-suit-for-40-million.html" target="_blank">were later tossed out</a> after a convicted rapist confessed to the crime.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong>Into The Abyss</strong></em></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Z-pnZUQdkKI" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog <a href="http://www.ifcfilms.com/films/into-the-abyss" target="_blank">dives into the aftermath</a> of a <a href="http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Inmate-executed-for-Conroe-nurse-s-murder-1698639.php" target="_blank">triple</a> <a href="https://casetext.com/case/perry-v-quarterman-5" target="_blank">homicide</a> in the small city of Conroe, Texas as part of a larger examination into capital punishment in the United States. This 2011 doc is still on Netflix.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong>The Imposter</strong></em></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/67cMet52mL4" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>A 13-year-old boy in Texas disappears in 1994, then reportedly resurfaces three years later in Spain. But that's not the whole story. A <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2008/08/11/the-chameleon-2" target="_blank">French con artist</a> <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/film/2012/aug/18/imposter-frederic-bourdin-identity-theft" target="_blank">tells all</a> in this gripping 2012 documentary, which can be seen on Netflix.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The <em>Paradise Lost</em> trilogy</strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Tfj_bVIwyeA" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>In this three-part series, renowned filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky focus on the infamous case of the "<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/16/magazine/a-death-row-love-story.html?pagewanted=all" target="_blank">West Memphis Three</a>," a trio of teenagers who <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/26/west-of-memphis-documentary_n_2025422.html" target="_blank">were convicted</a> of the brutal triple homicide in 1993 of three young boys in West Memphis, Arkansas. The three men <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2011/CRIME/08/19/arkansas.child.killings/" target="_blank">were later freed</a> after 18 years in prison.&nbsp;You can find this one on <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Paradise-Lost-Child-Murders-Robin/dp/B00B15ODQU/ref=sr_1_1?s=instant-video&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1426546314&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=paradise+lost" target="_blank">Amazon Prime</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong>The Thin Blue Line</strong></em></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/dNL5A4D0G4g" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>A throwback from 1988, Errol Morris <a href="http://www.errolmorris.com/film/tbl.html" target="_blank">investigates</a> the questionable conviction of <a href="http://www.texasmonthly.com/story/randall-dale-adams" target="_blank">Randall Dale Adams</a>, who was wrongly sentenced to life in prison for killing a Dallas police officer in 1976. The film, which is on Netflix, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/26/us/26adams.html" target="_blank">played a role</a> in exonerating Adams a year later.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Crime and Justice Film and TV Tue, 17 Mar 2015 02:56:36 +0000 Edwin Rios 271906 at http://www.motherjones.com Watch John Oliver Explain Why the NCAA Should Stop Exploiting Student Athletes and Pay Up http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/03/john-oliver-ncaa <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>The National Collegiate Athletic Association reaps in nearly $1 billion a year in revenue, thanks to an annual onslaught of glitzy advertising campaigns and television deals. Coaches and top executives are <a href="http://www.npr.org/2015/03/13/392718501/do-ncaa-ban-on-paying-student-athletes-violate-federal-law" target="_blank">paid</a> in the millions, but student athletes return to their dorm rooms with nothing but an education for compensation, "the only currency more difficult to spent than Bitcoin," John Oliver noted last night.</p> <p>With the start of March Madness on Tuesday,<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pX8BXH3SJn0" target="_blank"> "Last Week Tonight"</a> takes on this very issue, slamming the "illegal sweatshop" nature of the NCAA's non-pay scale. "There is nothing inherently wrong with a sporting tournament making huge amounts of money," Oliver said. "But there is something slightly troubling about a billion-dollar sports enterprise where the athletes are not paid a penny, because they aren't."</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/pX8BXH3SJn0" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Sports Mon, 16 Mar 2015 13:15:30 +0000 Inae Oh 271861 at http://www.motherjones.com Seriously Exciting New Sounds From Brit Band Evans the Death http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/03/evans-the-death-expect-delays <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><iframe width="630" height="473" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/FaExfJKL4oo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <p><strong>Evans the Death<br><em>Expect Delays</em><br> Slumberland</strong></p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/Screen%20Shot%202015-03-10%20at%202.33.29%20PM.png" style="height: 249px; width: 250px;"></div> <p>If she'd been around four decades ago, Katherine Whitaker might have become a tender chanteuse in the tradition of Brit-folk greats Sandy Denny (Fairport Convention) or Maddy Prior (Pentangle). But the other three members of London's Evans the Death have different ideas, matching her sweetly melancholy voice to rougher, unlikely textures, producing seriously exciting sounds.</p> <p>"Terrified" and "Enabler" are grubby, rumbling rock and roll that turns profound unease into an exhilarating raveup, while "Don't Laugh at My Angry Face" captures the tortured howl of grunge without succumbing to tired '90s nostalgia. Even the jangly, more traditional title track boasts enough offbeat touches to feel fresh. While the band may take its name from the gravedigger in Dylan Thomas' "Under Milk Wood," this stellar sophomore album is bursting with noisy vitality.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 16 Mar 2015 10:00:10 +0000 Jon Young 271701 at http://www.motherjones.com Why a German Court Just Ordered A Vaccine Skeptic to Pay $100K http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/03/german-vaccine-measles-challenge <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Four years ago, <a href="http://www.klein-klein-aktion.de/impfstoffe-aluminium/" target="_blank">vaccine-skeptical</a> German biologist Stefan Lanka <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-31864218" target="_blank">posed a challenge</a> on <a href="http://www.psiram.com/media/lanka-100000.pdf" target="_blank">his website</a>: Prove to him that measles is, in fact, a virus. To the first person who could do that, he promised a whopping 100 thousand Euros (about $106,000).</p> <p>Despite loads of long-standing medical evidence proving the existence of the measles virus, Lanka&nbsp;believes that measles is a psychosomatic disease that results from trauma. "People become ill after traumatic separations," <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-31864218" target="_blank">he told</a> a German newspaper.</p> <p>German doctor David Barden took him up on the challenge. Barden gathered six separate studies showing that measles is indeed a virus. Lanka dismissed his findings.</p> <p>But today, a district court in southern Germany found that Barden's evidence provides sufficient proof to have satisfied Lanka's challenge. Which means Lanka now has to cough up the promised cash.</p> <p>This issue has taken on new urgency due to a measles epidemic in Berlin that began in October. Health officials announced last Friday that <a href="http://www.dw.de/berlin-measles-epidemic-reaches-new-high/a-18301149" target="_blank">111 new cases</a> had been reported in the previous week, bringing the total number to 724. The majority of those affected are unvaccinated; <a href="http://www.dw.de/toddler-dies-of-measles-in-germany-as-outbreak-fears-grow/a-18274687" target="_blank">last month</a> an 18-month-old died of the disease.</p> <p>Lanka said he <a href="http://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2015/03/13/german-court-orders-vaccination-cynic-to-pay-for-virus-proof" target="_blank">plans to appeal</a> the court's decision. &nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Health Science Fri, 13 Mar 2015 20:39:32 +0000 Hannah Levintova 271816 at http://www.motherjones.com Oklahoma's Football Team Protests the Racist Frat Video With a Moment of Silence http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/03/oklahoma-football-silent-protest-racist-fraternity <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>The University of Oklahoma football team stood arm-in-arm in black shirts Thursday in <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/US/oklahoma-football-team-stage-silent-protest-racist-frat/story?id=29591974" style="line-height: 2em;" target="_blank">silent protest</a> of the now-infamous <a href="http://gawker.com/sae-frat-bros-sing-racist-song-about-when-black-people-1690214205" target="_blank">video</a> showing members of the campus Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter singing a racist chant.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/OUnited?src=hash">#OUnited</a> <a href="http://t.co/xCwzjFGc7w">pic.twitter.com/xCwzjFGc7w</a></p> &mdash; Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) <a href="https://twitter.com/OU_Football/status/576118163235999744">March 12, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>Quarterback Trevor Knight <a href="https://twitter.com/trevor_knight9/status/576035286867517440" target="_blank">posted a statement on Twitter</a> on behalf of the team,&nbsp;urging the university to continue its investigation and declaring&nbsp;that the team would not practice this week. "These types of incidents occur nationwide every single year, and our hope is to shed light on this issue and promote meaningful change at a national level," the statement read.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Together we stand <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/OUnited?src=hash">#OUnited</a> <a href="http://t.co/XuZ1RRZ0CU">pic.twitter.com/XuZ1RRZ0CU</a></p> &mdash; Trevor Knight (@trevor_knight9) <a href="https://twitter.com/trevor_knight9/status/576035286867517440">March 12, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p><span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 24px;">While African American students <a href="http://www.forbes.com/colleges/university-of-oklahoma-norman-campus/" target="_blank">make up only five percent</a> of the university's&nbsp;student population,&nbsp;the perennial bowl contenders represent a high-profile and influential group of mostly black students.</span><strong>&nbsp;</strong>Shortly after the video went viral, senior linebacker and captain Erik Striker <a href="http://deadspin.com/oklahoma-lb-eric-striker-to-racist-frat-boys-fuck-all-1690295005" target="_blank">criticized</a> "phony ass" supporters who cheer for the team while insisting racism doesn't exist.&nbsp;On Monday, highly rated high school football recruit Jean Delance <a href="http://deadspin.com/four-star-recruit-decommits-from-oklahoma-because-of-ra-1690509357" target="_blank">decommitted</a> from Oklahoma, citing the video. Then, on Tuesday, the university <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/11/us/university-of-oklahoma-sigma-alpha-epsilon-racist-fraternity-video.html" target="_blank">expelled</a> two fraternity members and shut down the chapter. University president David Boren&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/03/11/oklahoma-fraternity-racism-investigation/70144844/" target="_blank">told <em>USA Today</em></a>&nbsp;he expected more students to be disciplined as the school continues to investigate.</p> <p>Athletic director Joe Castiglione has promised that the athletic department and Boren will meet with the football captains after spring break to discuss the investigation.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Statement from OU Director of Athletics, Joe Castiglione <a href="http://t.co/sS6FFoBoZe">pic.twitter.com/sS6FFoBoZe</a></p> &mdash; Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) <a href="https://twitter.com/OU_Football/status/576038286113705986">March 12, 2015</a></blockquote></body></html> Mixed Media Race and Ethnicity Sports Fri, 13 Mar 2015 00:11:14 +0000 Edwin Rios 271781 at http://www.motherjones.com This Fake App Just Summed Up Everything That's Wrong With Silicon Valley http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/03/fake-app-silicon-valley-well-deserved-sell-your-privilege <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/WoK4_dQbfuU" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>In Silicon Valley, a group of mostly white, mostly male twentysomethings have built a multibillion-dollar empire of sharing apps: shared housing (AirBnB), shared cars (Uber), shared dog-sitting (DogVacay)&hellip;you get the idea. But the so-called "sharing economy" <a href="http://www.salon.com/2014/11/02/the_sharing_economy_has_a_race_problem/">doesn't</a> <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2014/nov/12/algorithms-race-discrimination-uber-lyft-airbnb-peer">actually</a> <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/mar/05/homeless-steps-airbnb-san-francisco">share</a> equally with everyone. One fake app wants to change that.</p> <p><a href="http://welldeserved.me/" target="_blank">WellDeserved</a> is an app that helps you "monetize" your privilege&mdash;be it racial, gender-based, or socioeconomic&mdash;by sharing it (temporarily, of course) with other people. The fictional app was the winning entry at last month's <a href="http://www.comedyhackday.org/sf-2015">Comedy Hack Day</a> in San Francisco, where creative agency <a href="http://www.cultivatedwit.com/" target="_blank">Cultivated Wit</a> challenged contestants to come up with a comedic app idea and pitch it to judges, all in 48 hours.</p> <p>The app's promo video will make you laugh and cry: A Google employee sells his free Google lunch to a guest for $10, a dude charges a black man $5 to hail a cab on his behalf, and another guy walks a woman home so she won't get catcalled, asking himself, "Why don't I walk with them, spare them the harassment, and charge 'em like five bucks?"</p> <p>The creators' (fake) plan for making the (fake) app work is summed up perfectly: "Our business plan is that VCs will just give us money. Because this is San Francisco, and we have an idea."</p> <p><em>This post has been updated.</em></p></body></html> Mixed Media Race and Ethnicity Sex and Gender Tech Thu, 12 Mar 2015 22:08:02 +0000 Hannah Levintova 271776 at http://www.motherjones.com Millions of Americans Don't Have Full Voting Rights. John Oliver Explains Just How Insane That Is. http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/03/whats-the-deal-with-dst-the-earth-is-round-the-clock-is-round-they-should-call-it-roundtine <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>To commemorate the 50th anniversary of <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/03/today-50th-anniversary-selma" target="_blank">Bloody Sunday</a> this weekend, an event that spurred the passage of the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CesHr99ezWE" target="_blank">John Oliver took a moment out during his show last night to remind</a> everyone that nearly 4 million people living in the United States are still denied full voting rights. Why? Because they live in <em>territories</em>.</p> <p>Coincidentally enough, 98 percent of these residents happen to be racial or ethnic minorities who were once categorized as government-acquired "alien races" and therefore not extended constitutional protections.</p> <p>"Alien races can't understand Anglo-Saxon principles?" Oliver asked. "I find that condescending and I'm British. We basically invented patronizing bigotry!"</p> <p>As Oliver goes onto further explain, it gets even worse for American Samoans, who are the only people born on U.S. soil but denied citizenship. Last month, <em>Mother Jones</em> published a <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/02/obama-birthright-citizenship-racist-american-samoa-tuaua" target="_blank">report</a> detailing the Obama administration's fight to continue denying citizenship to American Samoans using a century-old racist law to justify their case.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/CesHr99ezWE" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Oliver also summed up everything stupid about Daylight Saving Time in 3 minutes:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/br0NW9ufUUw" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Elections Mon, 09 Mar 2015 22:42:36 +0000 Inae Oh 271631 at http://www.motherjones.com John Coltrane for Experts http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/03/john-coltrane-experts <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/zH3JpqhpkXg" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>The John Coltrane Quintet Featuring Eric Dolphy<br><em>So Many Things: The European Tour 1961</em><br> Acrobat</strong><br> So many "things" indeed! This intriguing four-disc collection of concert performances from November 1961 features six different renditions of the standard "My Favorite Things, each running 20 to 29 minutes, along with more compact versions of "Blue Train," "I Want to Talk About You." and other Coltrane favorites. These previously bootlegged concerts were taken from radio broadcasts and suffer slightly from thin sound, but are more than listenable. If <em>So Many Things</em> isn't for beginners, it's great extra-credit listening: With multi-instrumentalist Eric Dolphy briefly in the lineup, Coltrane was pushing his tenor and soprano sax chops into new territory, leaving behind traditional melodies and song structures in a restless search for fresh ideas and approaches&mdash;a quest he would continue until his death in 1967. The harsher extremes of his final years are yet to be reached, and there's a mesmerizing, meditative quality to the music throughout that's dreamy, yet subtly urgent.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 09 Mar 2015 10:00:13 +0000 Jon Young 271571 at http://www.motherjones.com