A few weeks before Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won her New York congressional primary, Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley spoke to roomful of young Democrats at the Bell-in-Hand, a Boston tavern that dates back to 1795. She was explaining why she should unseat a congressman who, she suggested, might as well have been in office for that long. It wasn’t that her opponent in Massachusetts’ 7th District, 10-term Rep. Michael Capuano, had a voting record that was objectionable, or had neglected the district for a national profile—the standard complaints you hear in a primary challenge. Instead, it was a question of approach, of personal history translated to legislative priorities, of the value in filling Massachusetts’ only majority-minority district—currently served by a 66-year-old white man—with a 44-year-old black woman who has experienced the struggles of the inner city. Pressley talked, with a lyrical lilt, about growing up in Chicago with a single … [Read more...] about Is This the Next Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?
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Lhakpa Sherpa holds the women’s world record for Mount Everest summits. She’s reached the peak nine times, and says she’s readying to complete trek number 10 in 2019. For the 10 months of the year when she’s not guiding people up the world’s tallest mountain, Sherpa washes dishes at a Whole Foods in Connecticut and takes care of her two youngest children. Lhakpa Sherpa has climbed to the top of Mount Everest a record-breaking nine times. That’s more summits of the world’s highest peak than any other woman, dead or alive. She’s not done yet – the 44-year-old mountain climber is gearing up for climb number 10 in 2019. When not on the mountain, Sherpa doesn’t go to the gym or endure extreme workouts to stay fit. Instead, she clocks 40 hours a week hauling trash and washing dishes at a Whole Foods in West Hartford, Connecticut. The $US11.50/hour job pays the bills and helps Sherpa support her two daughters. Come April, … [Read more...] about This record-breaking Everest climber has reached the summit nine times. She makes $11.50 per hour washing dishes at Whole Foods.
Julie Bort, provided by Published 9:56 am, Thursday, June 14, 2018 iHeart While many businesses are looking over their shoulders in fear at Amazon, the radio industry has its own boogeymen: Spotify and Apple. One longtime former iHeart exec, Owen Grover, has spent more than a decade schooling broadcasting companies on how to survive in the age of music streaming. Now he's trying a new thing: helping public radio turn its podcasting success into a much bigger, grander scheme. Owen Grover wants to help public radio take back power from tech giants like Apple and Spotify. Grover is the new CEO of Pocket Casts, an Australian-born podcasting app bought by a consortium of public radio stations (and show producers) who create the nation's most popular podcasts: NPR, WNYC Studios, WBEZ Chicago, and This American Life. Business Channel Now Playing: Now Playing How Uber Might Be Able to Tell If You've Been Drinking Food & Wine 60 Seconds with Busy … [Read more...] about This former iHeart exec used to chase crazy partnerships on Bob Pittman’s jet, now he’s helping public radio take back power from Apple
VALPARAISO — Like many little girls “obsessed” with horses at an early age, Kat Chow wanted to grow up to be a veterinarian.But after the death of her mother when Chow was just a freshman in high school, she lost interest in riding and her dream of becoming a vet.Chow said she had to find a new obsession — which turned out to be writing.“I thought I could be an author or writer or something, but didn’t know what that looked like,” Chow said. “I guess it looked like this.”A reporter for National Public Radio and a founding member of NPR’s weekly "Code Switch" podcast, Chow talked about her career at the Pathways to Purpose speaker series Wednesday evening at Valparaiso University.Chow is part of an award-winning team that covers “complicated” stories of race, ethnicity and culture for "Code Switch," and she also reports on-air pieces for NPR’s "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered."Part of what led … [Read more...] about NPR journalist changed horses while choosing career
Comedian Michelle Wolf on Monday stood by her performance at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner after drawing criticism from journalists and President Donald Trump. “I mean, I’m honestly — I wouldn’t change a single word that I said,” Wolf told NPR in her first interview since the dinner on Saturday. The interview is scheduled to air Tuesday. “I’m very happy with what I said, and I’m glad I stuck to my guns.”Story Continued Below Wolf’s performance drew criticism from a number of journalists, with the president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, Margaret Talev issuing a statement on Sunday saying the comedian’s monologue was “not in the spirit” of the dinner. Trump, who did not attend the dinner, criticized Wolf and the dinner over the weekend and on Monday. “The so-called comedian really ‘bombed,’” Trump said of Wolf on Twitter on Sunday.The president … [Read more...] about Michelle Wolf: ‘I wouldn’t change a single word that I said’