You know what would be the best, if Fresh Air interviews were available before 5:00 p.m. I can't tell you how many times I've wanted to listen to the interview but forgot or had something to do in the evening/just don't want to sit still for an hour and listen. Doesn't NPR provide a live stream? Not quite sure why I have to wait until 5, I can work and listen to NPR but I can't drink and listen to NPR, I mean I could. You know what I'm sayin'?
They’re available before 5 on radio stations so you can stream it from an NPR station. (They’re all online and there’s also a live feed on npr.org.) We use the 3:00 feed for the web so we can correct any errors in our original broadcast.
“In middle and high school, there’s an awareness that some of us must be gay and we don’t know who’s gay or how you become gay. A huge part of what animates homophobia among young people is paranoia and fear of their own capacity to be gay themselves. I write “Savage Love” and everyday I get letters from 14 and 15-year-old boys, primarily, who are worried that they’re gay because they don’t understand how you get to be gay — how that happens. And in almost all cases, these letters are from boys who are straight — who are not gay — who are not going to be gay. But they believe that gayness is like some sort of cancer and it grows on you if you’re not careful and not vigilant. Where do they get that idea that gayness is chosen?”—Dan Savage, on the fear and paranoia that exist in middle and high schools about being gay.
“We’ve also had 20 years of an anti-gay hate campaign waged by the religious right where they’ve been telling parents who then expose their straight children to this rhetoric that ‘gay people are an attack on the family, that they’re trying to destroy the family.’ And [parents] at the mega-church listen to this stuff and they go to the ballot box and abuse gay and lesbian abstractions with their votes. Their kids go to school on Monday and there’s the queer kid or the kid who’s perceived to be queer because he’s gender non-conforming in some way. And they feel they have license to attack that kid because that kid attacked them first by simply existing. That’s what the religious right has injected into the culture over the past 20 years.”—Dan Savage, on the continued prevalence of homophobia in today’s teenage world, on today’s Fresh Air.
The latest Savage Love podcast (which may or may not be safe for work, depending on where you work. It is safe for where I work. But it probably is not safe for where you work. Still, maybe a home listen.)
“Social conservatives long to raise their children in a country where they don’t have to hear about homosexuality every time they turn on the news… Guess what? In countries like Canada — where the fight over gay rights is essentially over, where there is gay marriage, open military service and employment protections — homosexuality hardly ever makes the front pages of newspapers… Conservatives can’t get rid of us, but they can hear less from and about us. They just have to bend toward justice.”—Dan Savage: A Gay Agenda for Everyone - NYTimes.com (via feministhemes)
“… I’d really like to meet the person responsible for some graffiti I spotted in the men’s room at the Cornerstone: “Don’t Raw Dog A Random.” … It did take me a second to work out exactly what it meant, as I’m old, so here’s a quick translation for other olds: “Don’t raw dog a random” means “For heaven’s sake, don’t engage in unprotected vaginal intercourse—don’t have sex without a condom—with a woman you’ve only just met, particularly if you met her in this drinking establishment. Bro.”—Dan Savage (via twinklet*ts)
“The hate mail was of a much higher caliber back before email. I honestly believe the whole draft-hate-mail-find-envelope-insert-hate-mail-address-envelope-stamp-envelope-leave-house-drop-letter-in-mailbox routine set the hater bar just a bit higher. (Particularly the leave-the-house part.)”—Good To Know | Slog (via thesunshinekate)
SXSW ARTISTS COME TOGETHER IN AUSTIN TO SUPPORT VICTIMS OF THE JAPAN EARTHQUAKE AND PACIFIC TSUNAMI
Saturday, March 19, 2011 - A Livestream telethon spearheaded by HANSON and in partnership with SXSW has been organized by world class musicians gathered in Austin for the event. The hosted telethon was drawn together in a short 24-hour period through tremendous efforts from all involved, with the aim of offering assistance and support to victims of the magnitude 8.9 earthquake on March 11th, 2011. The earthquake and resulting tsunami has left countless dead and homeless across Japan and the Pacific region.
With the greatest minds in music, film and interactive media gathered in Austin for the week, HANSON and SXSW have partnered to capture the rare opportunity for the world of music to impact the world of those in need. Artists from across the globe are gathering in a downtown studio location to make inspiring music and encourage viewers to donate funds to the American Red Cross.
Friends and acquaintances from across the music industry will gather from 12 p.m. Saturday to 12 a.m. Sunday to donate their time - and music - to support the cause. Those who can’t be in Austin can still join the event live by tuning in to a Livestream online telethon featuring back-to-back performances and chats by notable and new artists, driving the audience to donate to the American Red Cross.
Scheduled performances and appearances include Michael Stipe of REM, John “JoJo” Hermann of Widespread Panic, the North Mississippi Allstars, The Boxer Rebellion, HANSON, Johnny Polygon, Andy Grammer, Stephen Kellogg, Anna Nalick, Jackson Harris, Charlie Mars, Bowling For Soup, An Horse, AWOLNATION, The Parlotones, Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr, Rayland Baxter and many more.
All proceeds from the event will go directly to the American Red Cross. Featured songs from the event will be sold as a part of a benefit project.