1.11.15: The Careful Craft Of Satire & Putin's Macho Power Play

Jan 9, 2015

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Wednesday’s attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris prompted an international outpouring of support from satirists and comedians around the world. On today’s show, a candid conversation with the former editor of The Onion on the careful craft of satire.

Plus, the manliest man of Russia. A simple Google search reveals countless images of Vladimir Putin, riding horseback, hunting, and brandishing weapons. We’ll talk to a scholar about how the Russian leader uses machismo and gender stereotypes to build political legitimacy.

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Careful Craft of Satire

Sex, Politics, & Putin

Don Draper vs. Seth Rogan

  • To young television viewers in the U.S., Don Draper, the fictional character played by John Hamm in AMC's Mad Men is the epitome of masculinity:  he is serious, well-dressed, chiseled, and enigmatic. Eric Molinsky tries to understand why fans of the show are ready to ditch their t-shirts and jeans for dapper suits and ties.
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The Classical Music Crisis

Battling The Male Dominated World of Conducting

  • Producer Sarah Elzas profiles a Paris-based American conductor who has fought sexism throughout her career.
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