Season 2 Finale: Hindsight is 2020...?
Updated: Aug 23
Well, we made it, folks! Told you it would be a short season. Short & sweet, unlike the year that was 2020.
It's the Season 2 Finale! We made it, everyone. And it's almost the 2020 Finale, which you're probably more excited about. They say hindsight is 20/20, but some people are speculating that this phrase was actually a message from a future time traveller and we've just always misunderstood it. At any rate, listen to our Season 2 Finale while you're waiting for 2021. Who knows? It might make you laugh.
We've been saving articles on our phones, on our desktops, on our actual desks -- just waiting for the finale so we could share all the updates we've come across through the season.
Let's start with a throwback to our season 1 episode about Genghis Khan! If you haven't heard the ladies practicing their throat singing, what are you waiting for?! (Link below.) But you should also watch this sweet video of actual Mongolian throat singer Batzorig Vaanchig singing with his daughter.
Here are some updates for football!
Three articles from The Week magazine:
Here's the commercial Christa really liked and texted Sage about...even though Sage didn't get the text until they recorded this finale. Oops.
"It takes all of us working together, side-by-side, to create the future of football."
A couple articles on the NFL and Covid & safety protocols for the extra curious:
And while we're sportifying, let's visit the NBA:
We don't have many updates on London (lots of things happen all the time, as we said in the episode!), but we did mention the Battle of Hastings and...well, here's this wonderful human interest story.
He was fighting not Normans, but the stigma of mental illness.
Remember the minisode where we met an adorable Bernedoodle named Wally? Well, you can have your own Bernedoodle puppy!!!
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Now let's head to Savannah and enjoy this beautiful home tour. Hubba, hubba, amiright? We promised we'd put it on the blog so you can ooh and ahh over it!
In our episode, we talked about Black history in Savannah and historic home & plantation tours all through the South. Here's an article about balancing expectations with education:
Our episode on Reconstruction & Reparations was probably our toughest to date and the one where we'll see the most updates. Here are just a few.
Remember the conversation the ladies had about the term "white living" as opposed to "white privilege"? That term was coined by Claudia Rankine; here's an interview with her from O Magazine.
Just Us: An American Conversation is the opposite of a lofty, theoretical book on racism. Its author, Claudia Rankine, is one of our leading intellectuals and teaches a course at Yale called "Constructions of Whiteness," yet this essential, timely work of nonfiction is more playbook than scholarly tome.
It features snippets of conversations she’s had with random white male strangers; deceptively easy-to-read factoids that remind us how little most of us know about how American racism has unfolded; transcripts of 911 calls and police interactions; and personal reflections on whether something a close white friend said reveals bias.
The book urges us to step outside the safety zone of politeness to interrogate the uncomfortable and to listen, even (especially) when we don’t like what we’re hearing. O’s books editor, Leigh Haber, spoke with Rankine about how she sees the current racial climate, and where Just Us figures into the dialogue.
“The AMA recognizes that racism negatively impacts and exacerbates health inequities among historically marginalized communities. Without systemic and structural-level change, health inequities will continue to exist, and the overall health of the nation will suffer,” said AMA Board Member Willarda V. Edwards, MD, MBA.
“As physicians and leaders in medicine, we are committed to optimal health for all, and are working to ensure all people and communities reach their full health potential,” Dr. Edwards said. “Declaring racism as an urgent public health threat is a step in the right direction toward advancing equity in medicine and public health, while creating pathways for truth, healing, and reconciliation.”
Previous administrations haven’t made race scholarship such a clear priority.
Sage really wishes she could sing you all a song and play the guitar to bring you to 2021, but she doesn't want to add more trauma to your ears ;) While she struggles to catch up and learn as fast as she can you can go visit her guitar teacher's music on Spotify or check him out on Instagram @jeremyschmett, or read a cool article about him!
Jeremy Schmett is the patient, talented human Sage told us about on the episode. If you want some wonderful music to make you feel good, check him out.
Whatever you do, ignore Sage, her painful first days in lessons, and her chins.
We hope you had a good laugh at Sage and her guitar face, but just so you know she does have some talent in other areas. Here are some cakes she made!
And that's it for the updates!
We're as excited to see the end of this year as you are. I think this short video says it all -- watch till the very end! I'm pretty sure we'll end the year flat out like they are -- how 'bout you? (And scroll all over -- you've got a 360-degree view and you don't want to miss a thing! See if you can spot everything listed below.*)
The Abduction/Goodbye, My Gypsy Lovers (in 360!)...
Cover photo by Noah Berger - AP.
*From Dave Malloy:
This “Whoa!” ends a section Rachel (Chavkin--director), Sam (Pinkleton--choreographer), and I simply call “Chaos”…to this day I really don’t know everything that happens in this moment, but some of my favorite bits include: Natasha breaking a painting (of a troika) over Balaga’s head; Marya D. and Hélène making out; Andrey and Azudi Onyejekwe having a fully choreographed fist fight; Mary doing some sort of bizarre elf warrior attack on violinist Billy Joe Kiessling, using his bow as a sword; Pearl Rhein and Summaya Ali throwing pages of War & Peace from the balcony; Heath Saunders taking his wild hair down in an existential rage; Nick Gaswirth tearing his shirt; and dear sweet Sonya cowering in fear, in the corner of the house right mezz.
Now, if that doesn't just describe 2020... Ha!
From the streets of Los Angeles, See you in 2021!
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