6.11.15: U.S. Chess Team Lands A Grandmaster, The Unisex Fashion Trend, & The Thing In The Spring
Recruiting players from other countries is fairly common in the arena of professional sports, but in the world of chess, luring one of the top players to the U.S. was a clandestine operation. On today’s show, the U.S. Chess Federation makes a bold move and lands the number two player in the world.
Then, in April, a Louisiana high school principal outraged the public by forbidding a female student from wearing a tux to her prom. Later in the show we’ll break down gender norms for a brief history of unisex fashion.
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The U.S. Chess Federation Lands The Number 2 Player In The World
Dylan Loeb McClain is a journalist based in France who is a contributing writer to The New York Times has been covering the U.S. Chess Federation and their newest recruit, Fabiano Caruana, the number two player in the world.
And in case you have a hard time imagining there's drama in the chess world, check out the trailer for the new movie: Pawn Sacrifice
The Science Of Self-Talk
Pamela Weintraub is the psychology and medical editor for Aeon Magazine, and a contributor to Pyschology Today, where she recently wrote about the science behind self-talk: "The Voice of Reason"
Unisex Fashion Through the Decades
Jo Paoletti is professor of American Studies at The University of Maryland. In her book, Sex and Unisex: Fashion, Feminism, And the Sexual Revolution she traces the origins and remnants of the unisex movement that have rippled through the decades.
For teenage girls in Lewiston, Maine’s Somali community, clothes are a form of self-expression – but how do you dress both modest and modern? Sahro Hassan was a high school senior when she started her own fashion line to provide on-trend designs that fit with Muslim sensibilities. Tracy Mumford of Salt Radio has the story.
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The Thing in the Spring