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Crooked Media, Antidote to Mainstream Media Hell

Enter the podcast company to rival all others.

Born from flames of the 2016 election, Crooked Media rose from the ashes like a magnificent phoenix and jettisoned straight into podcast fame.

Built by former Obama staffers, veteran journalists, and grassroots activists, this primarily pod-based media company offers up levity, accessibility, and unlikely conversations. “We couldn’t find a place to talk about politics the way actual human beings talk. So we decided to create one,” the founders state on their site.

Here are three of our favorites that will seriously make your laundry folding really, really fun:

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Pod Save America is political commentary “for people not yet ready to give up or go insane.” Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer and Tommy Vietor serve up a slice of levity while they unpack the unsettling weekly news.

 

 

 

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Pod Save the World is a show on activism and social justice hosted by DeRay Mckesson. ICYMI, Mckesson got Twitter famous for his spot-on political commentary, and has spent the last few years doing anti-police violence advocacy work in the south. Find him on this pod talking with whistleblower Edward Snowden or pop queen Katy Perry.

 

 

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With Friends Like These – hosted by Ana-Marie Cox – is a weekly pod that discusses what does and doesn’t create division. Go here if you wanna hear Black people talk about the ‘good kind’ of white pride, or a former climate change denier talk about finding his way out of the dark – this is the pod for you. Really interesting, totally relevant.

“We promise a no-bullshit conversation about politics where you can laugh, cry, scream, ridicule us daily, share your ideas, and hopefully decide that you want to help fix this mess too.”

Now hurry up and listen. There’s work to be done.

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There’s a Revolution Happening in the Toy World

With the holidays fast approaching, here are a few inclusive gift ideas and a little good cheer to boot.

Toy companies are finally starting to offer more inclusive doll options. People of color and those with disabilities have been historically underrepresented in the toy aisles, so this is a big win for kids.

Studies show that poor representation in a child’s toy selection can lead to a negative psychological impact. Giving kids dolls with varied ethnicities and abilities will likely increase their capacity for empathy in real life. This makes sense.

In a society where people of color and people with varied abilities are often are pushed to the side or left out of the conversation, it’s important to give a shout out to those that are working (and playing) hard to restore balance. Here are a few companies doing great work:

Melanites

This killer new startup – the first-ever line of boy dolls of color – invites all kids in on doll play. Because, honestly, who doesn’t want in on slumber parties and wild adventures in fantasyland with a mini-me. For even more details you can read our story on them.

Toy Like Me

Toy Like Me is an organization advocating for the toy industry to get more woke. They offer resources where you can get bespoke dolls made with, say, the exact birthmarks or prosthetics, that a real kid has.

 

 

Weesie Pals

Weesie pals are customizable stuffed animals with cleft lips or microtia – a congenital deformity where the ear is underdeveloped.

American Girl

Yep, that’s correct. American Girl is on it when it comes to inclusive toys. Their dolls can have crutches, allergy-free lunch sets, mini-hearing aids and pretend diabetes kids.

 

Dominika poses with her American Girl doll
Dominika poses with her American Girl doll, who also has a hearing aid. Photo: Kevin Irvine/NPR

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