Episode 6: Diversity in The Grammys and 'The Bachelor'

February 15th 2017

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It has been quite a week in the political sphere: Michael Flynn resigned, reports revealed that Trump campaign advisers had contact with Russian intelligence officers, President Donald Trump had a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Labor Secretary nominee Andrew Puzder withdrew his nomination — all before Wednesday evening.

And we haven't touched pop culture yet! While on the surface you may not draw a connection between "The Bachelor" and the Grammys, both bring up important issues: diversity and representation.

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While some (like Omri) may argue that Adele's "25" deserved album of the year, it's hard not to wonder if a lack of diversity in the ranks of Grammy voters contributed to Beyoncé's stunning loss. In 2016 Bey released the dazzling visual album "Lemonade," which crisscrossed through genres and spoke intimately to black women.

Diversity and representation have also been an issue for the reality show "The Bachelor," which in 33 seasons has not had a bachelor or bachelorette of color. On Monday evening, Rachel Lindsay, a 31-year-old attorney from Texas, made history being named the first black bachelorette. How is it possible it took over 30 sesons for this to happen? One possible reason is that the bachelor or bachelorette is often picked from the pool of previous contestants, and there hasn't been a very diverse cast to pick from.

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On the podcast we also tackle White House leaks: how to sift through all the information, when is it just a mundane detail that feels juicy because of the nature of its release, and when is it actually important — à la the reports from the Washington Post and New York Times that contributed to Flynn's resignation?

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And we look at what happens next for President Donald Trump's executive order restricting travel from seven majority-muslim countries for 90 days, blocking refugees from relocating to the U.S. for 120 days, and suspending refugees from Syria indefinitely — which was just halted last week by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Podcast notes:

Read the stories we did (and didn't) talk about this week on "Got Your Attention."

  • Pennsylvania just signed a controversial new driving law. The "Ride on Red" law gives anyone on the road the option to drive through red lights.
  • A piece from the New York Times Magazine, written by John Hermann, makes an interesting point about leaks — and the power of what the word “leak” even suggests. (It can weaponized even the most mundane story.)
  • There's an ongoing debate among therapists about how to respond to mental health inquiries about Trump. The Goldwater Rule "stipulates that while it is permissible to answer questions from media about psychological symptoms that typically characterize a disorder, it is unethical to tie that disorder to a person they have not personally examined."
  • Adele, Beyoncé, and the Grammys.
  • Chance the Rapper made a point of invoking god's name during his acceptance speeches. He's rapped before about how religion is stigmatized in the rap world.
  • Laverne Cox asked Grammy viewers to google Gavin Grimm for a very important reason.
  • Oh dam! What the Oroville dam's near failure reveals about the state of dam infrastructure in America.
  • Andrew Sullivan’s recent column in New York Magazine discusses a major tenant of a free democracy: the ability to not have to pay attention to politics at all hours of the day.
  • In a historic move, "The Bachelor" finally cast its first black lead in the franchise: Rachel Lindsay.
  • Why taking the executive order to SCOTUS would be bad for Trump. If the Supreme Court splits evenly, the lower court's ruling stands, and some sources told ATTN: that they believe that Justice Kennedy would likely vote against Trump based on his past rulings on immigration issues.
  • Jeff Sessions' first move as attorney general happened quietly late last week. It was a big step back for the transgender community.
  • Several weeks ago on on this podcast we talked about how the Democrats should offer up their own Obamacare replacement. Rep. John Conyers did. Here's what it is.
  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R) was booed at his town hall in Utah, after a 10-year-old girl asked him about clean water, clean air, and if he believes in science. Watch her here.

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