Episode 227 – Potpourri

Lawrence Krauss has responded to the allegations made in the Buzzfeed article and ASU has placed him on paid leave while they investigate. Regardless of the veracity of the allegations, that Buzzfeed article was atrocious. A BC school district shows us how not to fight racism. The hijabless woman who stood on a power junction box in Tehran is sentenced to two years imprisonment for the crime of uncovering her hair in public. Seriously. And it’s not like Iranian prisons are up to Western standards, either. People have a tendency to die in them rather suddenly. Where’s Linda Sarsour’s outrage? Where is the outrage from feminists? And more from the Regressive Left Files… Pomona College in Claremont. California has included a mandatory “decolonizing project” in their physics program. to go along with their mathematics classes which include social justice issues in its introduction to statistics. Our friend David Ince from the Freethinking Island podcast calls in to give his thoughts on race issues (long-time listeners will understand when I winced at his use of the word “problematic”…).

Episode 225 – Guest Mariam Shareefy

Mariam is a Pashtun, humanist, socialist, rock climber, women’s rights advocate, and refugee activist, who has spent her life working to empower women, children, refugees and ex-Muslims. A refugee from the Taliban, she is now living in the United States and is a strong advocate of the ban on full face covering as it devalues, degrades, and dehumanize women and is a key national security issue. We discuss with Mariam how the ideology of hijab limits a woman’s access to education, work and healthcare.

Episode 182 – Potpourri

In this, the 182nd installment of LoRD, the Legion of Reason Diversion, Kris, Twyla and yours truly, the Supreme Irreverend Doctor Randy Tyson share relevant news items in another potpourri episode: Duke University’s Women’s Center is offering men a nine-week reprogramming to get in touch with their feminine side; a theater group in Bristol canceled their production of Aida because no Ancient Egyptians were cast; a new clinical trial at McMaster University in Ontario is testing the efficacy of homeopathic vaccines known as “nosodes”; disturbing anti-Muslim posters were found on the University of Calgary campus and a “Make America Great Again” hat-wearing student at Mount Royal University in another part of the city was accosted by an outraged student; a local Anglican church blesses dogs, cats and even lizards this week; a boycott of next year’s women’s world chess championships in Iran is in the works as all women competing will be required to wear the hijab. And of course we couldn’t leave The Donald out of our discussion. Meow!