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Puerto Rico & Recovery, Man Flu, #MeToo

Top of Mind with Julie Rose
  • Jan 5, 2018
  • 1:41:45

Puerto Rico Recovery Hopes Dim in New Year  Guest: Charles Venator-Santiago, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and El Instituto, University of Connecticut More than three months since Hurricane Maria hit the island and a third of Puerto Ricans are still without electricity. Many thousands have left for the mainland. And a clause in the Republican tax reform package could make economic recovery for Puerto Rico even more difficult. Charles Venator-Santiago is a native of Puerto Rico and a professor of political science and Latin American studies at the University of Connecticut where he’s leading several initiatives to support Puerto Ricans on the island and here on the mainland. Is the ‘Man Flu’ Real? Guest: Kyle Sue, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor in Family Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland When men get sick, women often give them a hard time for whining. When women get a cold, we still go to work, run errands, take care of the kids, whatever needs to get done that day. When a man gets sick, he’s knocked down hard and tends to stay in bed until it’s all over. “Man flu,” it’s called. But one doctor says, there’s at least some evidence to suggest the man flu is real – that men suffer more, or at least differently, when they get a cold or the flu.  \#MeToo: The Role of Social Media in Social Change Guest: Andrea Press, PhD, Professor of Media Studies and Sociology, University of Virginia The Hollywood awards season begins Sunday with the Golden Globes and the typical “what are you wearing?” conversations on the red carpet are going to go differently: Three hundred prominent women in the entertainment industry this week announced an initiative they're calling "Times Up." They're raising a legal fund to help victims of sexual assault and harassment. They're calling for legislation to punish companies that tolerate harassment. And they're asking women walking the red carpet to speak out and raise awareness by wearing black.  Celebrities have played a very prominent role in the #MeToo movement against sexual assault and harassment. Would we even be having this moment at all, if it hadn’t been beautiful actresses who got the ball rolling with their public accusations of Harvey Weinstein? And should we be troubled by that? Stories with The Apple Seed Guest: Sam Payne, Host, The Apple Seed, BYUradio ‘Grief Policing’ After Celebrity Deaths Guest: Katie Gach, PhD Student and Social Computing Researcher, ATLAS Institute, University of Colorado Boulder In 2017, Americans mourned the deaths of celebrities including, Mary Tyler Moore, Tom Petty, Jerry Lewis, Roger Moore, Chris Cornell and Chuck Berry. And since it was 2017, a lot of that mourning was done online—on Facebook, Twitter, in the comments of news articles. If you’ve ever posted a comment on a public website, you know that backlash to what you say can come swiftly and from anyone, anywhere. Researchers at the University of Colorado have looked into a very particular kind of backlash after celebrity deaths known as “grief policing.” Their findings say a lot about how the internet is changing grief. Mormon Women for Ethical Government Guest: Sharlee Mullins Glenn, Founder, Mormon Women for Ethical Government; Maren Mecham, Director of Communications, Mormon Women for Ethical Government Looking back over 2017, the year began with the Women’s March on Washington, DC, the day after President Trump’s inauguration. It ended with #MeToo: scores of women speaking out about sexist treatment, harassment and abuse they’ve experienced. In between, there’s been an explosion of women around the country running for office or getting involved in other ways, politically. The president of Emily’s List, the largest national organization devoted to electing female candidates, told the New York Times recently that her group has “never seen anything like (the level of interest and engagement they’ve seen) in the last 12 months.”  Mormon Women for Ethical Government is one manifestation of that. It’s a nonpartisan grassroots group, started initially on Facebook that has grown now to more than 5,000 members.