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Hoops Preview: Northwestern 2018 Brian December 4th, 2018 at 3:08 PM
[Marc-Gregor Campredon]


WHAT #5 Michigan (8-0) vs
#46 Northwestern(6-2)
WHERE Welsh-Ryan Arena
Evanston, IL
LINE Michigan –6 (Kenpom)


This is going very well!

Michigan is undefeated and if they can brave the new Welsh-Ryan there's a very good chance they get through the year unscathed. They've unleashed beatdowns on every opponent so far, but Northwestern provides a couple of potential roadblocks.

One: it's a road game. All basketball teams have weird road games where they shoot horribly and the refereeing seems absurdly tilted. Two: last year Northwestern bottled up Michigan's offense in two ugly  games by playing a lot of zone, and pretty much the last "oh no what if" left in this season is "what if they play a good zone D." As you'll see, the Wildcats have the length to make their zone annoying indeed.

At some point Michigan is going to look mortal, and this is a good candidate. Hopefully their defense carries them through even if that's the case. The alternative is more red flowers down below us.


Projected starters are in bold. Hover over headers for stat explanations. The "Should I Be Mad If He Hits A Three" methodology: we're mad if a guy who's not good at shooting somehow hits one. Yes, you're still allowed to be unhappy if a proven shooter is left open. It's a free country.

Pos. # Name Yr. Ht./Wt. %Min %Poss ORtg SIBMIHHAT
G 11 Anthony Gaines So. 6'4, 200 58 15 93 Yes
Never shoots, for good reason. 43/27 last year and worse this year. TO rate of 28 is awful. Blocks a lot of shots for a 6'4" guard though?
G 14 Ryan Taylor Sr. 6'6, 195 79 20 112 No
Evansville grad transfer. Finding life in a major conference much more difficult but still a low-TO guy and shooting is shooting. Early scuffles (31% from three) probably a mirage, must check.
F 21 AJ Turner Jr. 6'7, 188 80 19 99 Maybe?
BC transfer. Decent numbers as a low-usage guy there two years ago; currently getting to the line a ton at 88% and missing all his threes.
F 4 Vic Law Sr. 6'7 200 78 26 117 No
Stretch four with low-ish TO rate shooting 48/45 is most Beilein player on NW roster.
C 5 Dererk Pardon So. 6'8, 250 77 22 125 Yes
I just learned that dude has an extraneous R in his name. WTF! Crushing it so far with top 20 OREB rate, 66% from floor with 22 usage early. Both are big steps forward.
C 22 Pete Nance Fr. 6'10 210 33 18 93 Maybe
Erstwhile M recruit chose poorly. Miniscule rebounding numbers on both ends, shooting too early to tell. Beanpole.
C 25 Barret Benson Jr. 6'10", 240 23 16 109 Yes
Just another backup C. JABC? JABC.
G 2 Ryan Greer Fr. 6'2, 185 21 18 65 Yes
Composite #341 is closest thing to PG on roster. Miserable in all facets so far after reclassifying to 2018.
F 23 Miller Kopp Fr. 6'7, 210 33 25 94 No
Composite #116 FR off to good start from three but miserable inside line, lot of TOs.

[Hit THE JUMP for the rest of the preview.]



Positionless basketball is all the rage these days and it's not hard to see why. But it's not a great idea to do it on accident, and that appears to be the case in Evanston. Bryant McIntosh graduated, projected replacement Jordan Lathon had his admission mysteriously revoked by the school in May, and Absolutely Nobody stepped into the void.

The team that results from that abrupt about-face is a bunch of wings without a point guard. Everyone in the Northwestern starting lineup is between 6'4" and 6'8". They share the ball—nine different players have assist rates in double digits. But not very well—only two of those players have assist rates higher than their turnover rates.

Thus far things have been middling. Northwestern has a 22-point win over a Utah team that's just outside of the Kenpom top 100, a six-point win at home against #76 Georgia Tech, and some rote walkovers. They also have 19-point loss to #84 Fresno State. A two-point loss to Indiana at Assembly Hall is probably their best performance of the year, and it happened on Saturday.

The twin engines keeping this rickety boat afloat are Vic Law and Dererk Pardon. (Yes, "Dererk." Is it common knowledge that Pardon's got an extraneous R floating around his name? I am flabbergasted right now.)

Anyway: Law is a very Beilein player. He's 6'7" and an excellent three point shooter (39% on almost 400 career attempts) who's just as good at the line; he vacuums up defensive rebounds. His turnover rate is just meh. He's not just a shooter but he's a far worse player once he gets inside the arc. He was 45% from two last year and is at 48% this year despite an early-season schedule heavy on bad defenses. He's not much of an athlete, so he doesn't get to the rim much and when he does he's barely over 50%.

As a senior his usage has shot up; his efficiency has gone up as well as he's added a fair number of assists without bumping his TO rate; he's shooting more free throws and hitting 45% from deep. Michigan's going to test his ability to drive. It's probably not going go well for him, but he's hitting about half his Other Twos so he's got a good backup plan. Law has added a fair number of unassisted threes this year, so Michigan will have to be vigilant.


holy cow check out the tiny cheerleader [JD Scott]

Pardon is a crafty center who's been an efficient, if low-usage, scorer for the duration of his career in Evanston. He's upped his usage annually once he emerged as a starter and he's up to 22% this year; given the supporting cast that should probably be higher. Pardon's been a top 100 OREB gent the last two years and has a ridiculous 17% in the early going; he's a decent shot blocker and gets to the line a lot. Historically he does not convert very well once there but he's at 67% this year and has steadily risen over the course of his career.

Pardon's most recent outing was a comprehensive clobbering of Indiana in which he went 11 of 15 from two with a series of post-ups usually on Juwan Morgan. Teske's obviously a different beast than the 6'7" Morgan. Last year Pardon struggled against Michigan, going 6 of 14 from the floor with one assist against four TOs. This year it's going to be mostly Teske instead of mostly Wagner, and that'll be a stiff test.

Evansville grad transfer Ryan Taylor is the other functional offensive player. Taylor took an astounding 41% of Evansville's shots last year, which was tops nationally. Despite being a 6'6" guy in a low-major conference, Taylor was allergic to the rim (12% of his shots). He's an excellent shooter both off the bounce and in spot-up situations, but he is very much Just A Shooter even if he took an ungodly number of twos last year. Those were all jumpshots. His sub-20 FT rate is evidence enough of that.

The rest of Taylor's profile is prototypical JAS. Few assists, fewer TOs, nonexistent as a rebounder. He's having some early issues from three (31%) but he was at 38% and 42% the last two years and should rebound to about that level—shooting is shooting.

Possessions used by anyone else on the roster are boons. The only other guy on the roster with an ORTG over 100 is little used backup C Barrett Benson, and he was at 96 last year.

BC transfer AJ Turner is yet another 6'7" wing who might have a case that his early issues are just bad three point luck. He's 5 of 27 on the season; two years ago he hit 37%. But his TO rate is extremely bad and his free throws, which are propping him up, were heavily concentrated in games against three sub-200 Kenpom opponents. Close out and if he wants to drive it's fine, like everyone else.

Sophomore Anthony Gaines is the final starter and is an abominable offensive player. He shot 43/27 last year in about half of Northwestern's minutes. Things have not improved this year; in fact his TO rate has shot up to 28. Gaines has gotten to the line an absurd amount and would otherwise be in the 80s in ORTG. The good news, such as it is, is that he blocks a lot of shots for a 6'4" guy. So he's got that going for him.

Northwestern's bench is mostly freshman Miller Kopp, yet another 6'7" wing. He's started his career hot from three but is shooting 32% inside the arc. Too many turnovers, as per usual for freshmen. The rest of it is Benson, a Generic Backup C, and one-time Michigan recruit Pete Nance. Nance has a lot of potential but is currently listed at 6'10, 210 and has the rebounding stats to match. Too early to say much about his abilities other than he should be redshirting and he's perfectly willing to take threes.

Guards Ryan Greer and Jordan Ash get scattered minutes in which they turn the ball over a third of the time they use a possession and don't do anything else to make up for it.



Torvik overview

Billy Donlon heads up the D after he defected from Michigan and at least early it looks like his teachings have taken hold. The first inklings that Michigan would prevent opponents from launching threes came during the post-Maverick section of Donlon's lone year in Ann Arbor, and that's carried over: the Wildcats are 52nd at preventing launches and in the top 100 at defending those.

They've maintained a good two-point D while doing this, and in this they're a lot like Michigan's defense. Other things not so much: NW is currently a high-pressure, high-risk D that gets a lot of turnovers but also gives up a lot of free throws.

The offense is the clunky thing it usually is. They're getting a lot of offensive boards (61st) and free throws(44th) and hitting those free throws. Anything from the floor is a major struggle. NW hovers around 200th in eFG and has a turnover rate of almost 20. They are vulnerable to steals, as a large team with no point guard should be.


Prep for zone. Northwestern played a bunch of 2-3 zone last year and had good success with it against Michigan, which put up 0.91 PPP in a loss and 0.98 PPP in a win. This year the Wildcats are shaped even more like a typical 2-3 zone team with a bunch of wings everywhere.

Michigan's early offensive struggles came against low major teams that threw a bunch of junk zones and forced bad threes up; Michigan did do some good work against Providence a couple weeks later. But Northwestern is on another level, defensively.

No help. The only Northwestern player who's able to do anything at the rim is Pardon, and if he goes off for 24 on 15 shots against John Teske I'll eat a lemon. The Villanova gameplan where there's absolutely no help for anyone should be effective.

Nobody is getting to the bucket on this team even against some not great defenses; Michigan should be able to stay in front and force a ton of tough contested jumpers. From two.

Sticky fingers. Michigan isn't a team that forces a ton of turnovers or gets a ton of steals but Zavier Simpson and, uh, John Teske should have some opportunities to pick some pockets against the series of high-TO, loose-handled wings Northwestern will throw at Michigan.

Michigan's transition offense (65% eFG) is deadly. Might be a good way to avoid Donlon's half-court D.

Get downhill on closeouts. NW will close out hard, giving Matthews and Iggy excellent driving opportunities. Pardon is a decent rim defender but not a game-changer.


Michigan by 6.


December 4th, 2018 at 3:32 PM ^

I think this will be a lot like the football game between these two schools.  Some ugly stuff early on as NW plays it's one card and Michigan has to adjust, but UM should be able to pull ahead simply because they can make NW move around on defense more than they'd like.  And defensively, I can't see NW getting anything going consistently.

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December 4th, 2018 at 3:35 PM ^

I was worried about Michigan facing a zone in this game too, but I'm feeling pretty good after seeing this on UMHoops:

"Northwestern switched its defense to a matchup zone in a mid-season act of desperation last year, but Chris Collins has gone back to strictly man-to-man. Synergy Sports has logged 534 plays of man defense and 3 plays of zone defense."

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December 4th, 2018 at 3:48 PM ^

As pointed out above, NW has only played 3 possessions of zone this year. Maybe they break it out today but that doesn't seem likely.

Also a minor point but Kopp starts over Gaines despite Gaines playing a lot more minutes.

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December 4th, 2018 at 3:50 PM ^

I feel like 60 is the magic number. If Michigan can get above that number Northwestern is in trouble because it is hard to envision them scoring anything higher than that. It feels like a Northwestern win is a 57-55 sludgefart type of a game. 

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December 4th, 2018 at 3:52 PM ^

If Northwestern turns the ball over and misses a bunch of long twos its not going to matter what kind of D they play because Michigan will run them out of the gym.

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less dunking on the MEAC, but still some [Marc-Gregor Campredon]

The most recent Ken Pomeroy podcast had a brief discussion of the Big Ten's 20-game conference schedule, which got a thumbs down because Pomeroy prefers nonconference games. Nonconference games connect various conferences and are required for ranking systems to make sense, so Pomeroy's got a point.

But what kind of games are being excised by the expanded conference schedule? I looked at everyone's schedules this year and last and divided them into approximate major and non-major categories. There's some wobble in these distinctions. The A-10, Mountain West, and Big East count. Certain programs (Gonzaga and the top of the American) outside of the top 7 conferences also count. I ended up grudgingly including DePaul because they're in a major conference but left out some incidentally top 100 opponents like Montana and South Dakota State on the assumption that these were buy games that were accidentally good opponents. FWIW, if you were to do it the other way and drop out programs like Pitt while including good mid- and low-majors the number of games worth playing would remain essentially equal.

Anyway, the conclusion is that the extra conferences games have almost universally replaced bad buy games:

  2018 2019
  Major-ish Mid-low Major-ish Mid-low
Michigan 5 (LSU, VCU, UNC, UCLA, Texas) 8 5 (Nova, GW, Providence, UNC, SoCar) 6
MSU 5 (Duke, UNC, ND, DePaul, UConn) 8 5 (KU, UCLA, Texas, Florida, Louisville 6
Wisconsin 6 (Xavier, BU, UCLA, UVA, Temple, Marq) 7 6 (Xavier, Stanford, OK, UVA, NCST, Marq) 5
Nebraska 4 (St John's, BC, Creighton, Kansas) 9 5 (Seton Hall, TTech, Clemson, Creighton, OkieSt) 6
OSU 5(Gonzaga, Stan, Butler, Clemson, UNC) 8 4 (Cinci, Creighton, Cuse, UCLA) 7
Indiana 4 (Seton Hall, Duke, UL, ND) 8 5(Marq, Ark, Duke, UL, Butler) 6
Maryland 4(Butler, Bonnies, UNM, Cuse) 9 2(UVA, Seton Hall) 9
Purdue 5(Marq, Tenn, AZ, UL, Butler) 8 5 (Davidson, FSU, VT, Texas, ND) 6
PSU 4(NCST, GW, Pitt, A&M) 9 4(DePaul, VT, NCST, Bama) 7
Northwestern 6(Creighton, La Salle, TTech, GT, DePaul, OK) 7 6(Fresno, La Salle, UT, GT, DePaul, OK) 5
Minnesota 4(Prov, Bama, Miami, Ark) 9 5(Utah, A&M, UW, BC, OkieSt) 6
Illinois 5( DePaul, Wake, UNLV, NMSU, Mizzou) 8 7(GTown, Zags, ISU, Xavier, ND, UNLV, Mizzou) 4
Rutgers 2 (FSU, Seton Hall) 11 3(St John's, Miami, Seton Hall) 7
Iowa 3(VT, ISU, CU) 9 4(Oregon, UConn, Pitt, ISU) 7
    118   87

There are 28 fewer slots for mid- to low-major buy games and 31 fewer mid-to-low-major matchups. Only two teams (OSU and Maryland) are playing fewer major opponents this year.

There's an argument that the increased slate of conference games reduces opportunities for teams like Bucknell, which was three points away from a win at Maryland last year, to establish their tournament bonafides. That may be happening to some degree but teams like Bucknell, Marshall, Belmont, Wright State, Loyola-Chicago, and Bradley still speckle Big Ten schedules.

It's undeniable that most of the games that aren't being played as a result of the 20-game schedule aren't really worth playing.


December 4th, 2018 at 12:49 PM ^

I think it just puts a lot of importance being in a quality early season tournament. Maryland was in a shitty one this year so they didn't get a good slate of teams. 

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December 4th, 2018 at 12:49 PM ^

I was listening to the podcast last night and had the same thought. My thought was to look at non-con SOS this year compared to previous years for B1G teams and see how the numbers look. Are they stagnant, lower or higher? If teams have much harder non-con SOS's, then it looks like we're just cutting out the body bag games and vice-versa. This is a good way of proving that point now.

Side note: I really don't like Pomeroy's co-host for the pod. He doesn't provide anything of substance and is just a yes man who agrees with whatever Pomeroy says.

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December 4th, 2018 at 12:57 PM ^

So this anti-sec model of more conference games and fewer cupcakes will cause conference opponents to have more end of season losses. Does that hurt our record for tournament seeds i.e quad 3 v 2, or can/will rankings like kenpom account for this?

While wins against worthless teams are seen as just that, if Iowa/Wisconsin  have an extra 4 losses from the increased B1G schedule, does that bump them out of a quality quadrant win for Michigan?

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December 4th, 2018 at 1:14 PM ^

I'm always in favor of more accurate rankings within a conference, which I think is accomplished by a more conference heavy schedule.

To me it seems that more conference play will provide for a better conference tournament both in terms of team preparation and proper seeding, which in term is better preparation for the national tournament.

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December 4th, 2018 at 1:04 PM ^

Good content.

But gotta be honest, I'm pretty excited to see how half-assed the Florida preview is going to be. Sad we have to wait 3.5 weeks!

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December 4th, 2018 at 1:12 PM ^

weird picture. i assume iggy's still on his way up, but it looks like he's at his peak and he's going to whiff on that dunk by like 6 inches.

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December 4th, 2018 at 1:28 PM ^

While it's good that strength of schedule isn't being hurt, a team's record will be hurt. Those two games were usually two wins for almost every Big Ten team. Now, there's 14 more losses to be spread across the conference because there is a loser in each conference game.

Now, hopefully, the analytics give the Big Ten teams the benefit of the doubt because of the strength of schedule, but losses are never good in analytics either.

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December 4th, 2018 at 1:52 PM ^

Not necessarily the case.  True, NET is sort of a fancified RPI that is based on W/L, but stuff like KenPom actually doesn't care an iota about the outcome of a game.  Only performance relative to the opponent.  Losing good is better than winning bad.  Reason being that NET is trying to quantify a team's results, while KenPom is trying to be predictive.

NET and RPI have a reward component for beating Coppin State by 1 and a ding component for losing to Duke by 1.  Other analytics, KenPom specifically, would ding you for the former and reward you for the latter.  Simplistically speaking.

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December 4th, 2018 at 2:29 PM ^

It also makes the conference race a bit more equitable.  Now we play seven teams twice and six once, which is still far from perfect but an improvement over the ridiculous situation the last few years (when we had five double-plays and eight single-plays), leading to situations like MSU's last year where they beat one tournament team in league play and still won the title.

A 22-game schedule (nine double-plays and four single-plays) would be better still.

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Drivers also should let others know where they are going, the route they are taking and when they will be arriving. - If drivers become stranded while traveling, they should stay in their vehicle until help arrives. - They should only run the vehicle’s motor sparingly and keep a window cracked to prevent buildup of carbon monoxide. - They should carry a red flag or bandana in the car, and attach it to the outside to signal for help. (More, Be Safe)

How much carbon dioxide is produced per kilowatt hour when generating electricity with fossil fuels? - US Energy Information Administration - Energy Information Administration - EIA - Official Energy Statistics from the U.S. Government...
Sit and rest a while; miss the children, prevent repeating this tragedy.
Corfu carbon monoxide deaths: Memorial unveiled in HorburyBBC News
A memorial bench to two young children who died from carbon monoxide poisoning while on holiday in Corfu has been unveiled in West Yorkshire…

To all parents everywhere; grief's pain alerts others

Out of tragedy comes the light of love
Chester County Press
Inside, Carly and Daulton had passed away from carbon monoxide poisoning. The gas tank was empty and the ignition was still on. Fumes from the exhaust had been drawn into the car through the air vents… “One of the best things for me is to talk to parents who have also lost a child,” Donna said.
In this informative and succinct video, learn how to identify and appropriately execute the use of a CO2 Fire Extinguisher…

CDC Carbon Monoxide Poisoning 
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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning. Public domain video from CDC. Carbon monoxide (sometimes referred to as CO) is a colorless, odorless gas produced ...
A well put together video is found with the next link, but remember: U.L. 2034 Listed CO Alarms are high level alarms. Use them for protection against acute levels, but be aware you can still experience symptoms of the poisoning even though the devices are in place.

About Carbon Monoxide and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning - has been designed with this in mind – to create a visual, interactive, educational resource which can hopefully end incidents of carbon monoxide poisoning and save lives… For more information, please visit -

Who is responsible for the air you breathe?
Take control inside your homes. 
-Link to: → CO alarm standards – 
The lowest U.L. 2034 & CSA 6.19 carbon monoxide alarm test point is:
- 70 PPM to 149 PPM –resist one hour, must alarm before 4 hours

Please read the alarm information on the package and in the instructions. Know when your fire department and emergency responders begin wearing their breathing apparatus and what their civilian evacuation levels are for carbon monoxide; it may be before 70 PPM. It is for pregnant women, infants & children, the elderly and all people of vulnerable health. Bob Dwyer, CSME Carbon Monoxide Safety

George Kerr, a pioneer in smoke and carbon monoxide alarm manufacturing passed away in his home during the early morning of July 4, 2017. George will always be remembered for his passion to save lives and protect the health of people through low level carbon monoxide detection and alarming. He lived for over 84 years, beginning his career in fire safety in 1953. “We’ll never know how many lives we’re saving, but I know we are saving a few.” George E. Kerr (1933-2017)

These following links may be of some use to you:
- The World Clock - Time Zones

- Carbon monoxide toxicity-Emergency Medicine Ireland
- Carbon Monoxide Survivor- Views from those who have been poisoned.
- Carbon Monoxide detection- National Fire Protection Association

· Please take CARBON MONOXIDE SAFETY CARE during all holiday and everyday activities.

U.S. Carbon Monoxide Laws for each state
National Conference of State Legislatures
As of March 2018, a majority of states have enacted statutes regarding carbon monoxide (CO) detectors, and another 11 have promulgated regulations on CO detectors. Alaska requires detectors approved by the state fire marshal be installed in all dwellings. Connecticut requires them in all new construction, as does New Hampshire, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia. Florida also requires them in new construction, and in every room with a boiler. Minnesota passed a law requiring detectors in motor boats.

CO Detectors in U.S. Homes
27 states and the District of Columbia require carbon monoxide detectors in private dwellings via state statute: Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia (via adoption of the International Residential Code), Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Certain states limit the installation to buildings with fossil-fuel burning devices, others only require the device be installed upon the sale of the property or unit.

Another 11 states require carbon monoxide detectors in private dwellings regulatorily through the adoption of the International Residential Code or via an amendment to their state’s building code: Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Virginia, and Wyoming.

CO Detectors in U.S. Schools
California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine and Maryland require carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in school buildings.

CO Detectors in U.S. Hotels and Motels
Fourteen states require the installation of carbon monoxide detectors in hotels and motels under the statute. - Three of those states (New Jersey, Vermont and Wisconsin) have complementary administrative regulations. - Two states (Kansas and Washington) have requirements through administrative regulations alone.

Ontario Canada Carbon Monoxide Alarm Legislation
Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Services
Hawkins-Gignac Act
Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997

Red Cross - Disaster Relief to safely assist law enforcement, fire department, utility company, city, county and state authorities as repair and rebuilding moves forward. Bob Dwyer, CSME Carbon Monoxide Safety

Nationally, the Red Cross provides food and shelter to people affected by as many as 70,000 fires annually, or about one fire every eight minutes.

The following companies
are acknowledged for their continued support of carbon monoxide safety education and this daily news blog. They may just have what you are looking for.

The Energy Conservatory
Masimo - see RAD 57
Mahugh Fire & Safety
ESCO Institute
TPI - Test Products International

          Jim Boylen confident he can find the right chemistry with the Bulls      Cache   Translate Page      
CHICAGO – As he walked across the court at the Advocate Center on Monday, he did so with a sense of humility and responsibility. It had been a buys 12 hours for Jim Boylen, who found out he’d gotten a promotion on Sunday night at the expense of a friend. The next day, he was trying to get the Bulls ready for the Pacers on Tuesday night. He’s the replacement for Fred Hoiberg, who was let go after a 5-19 […]
          Christmas store needs donations so struggling families can buy affordable gifts      Cache   Translate Page      
CHICAGO — For 15 years, the Breakthrough Christmas Store has given struggling families the chance to buy quality Christmas gifts at prices they can afford, but this year they’re running short on donations they need to make it happen. By accepting donations of new, unused items and then selling them at a 90 percent discount, organizers say it provides a moral boost to families in need while also making sure there are presents under the Christmas tree. “They have their […]
          Prosecutors rest in trial of officers charged in cover up      Cache   Translate Page      
CHICAGO — Prosecutors in the trial of three Chicago police officers charged with lying about the shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald have rested their case. The move Tuesday came after a witness read emails that prosecutors contend suggest the officers’ superiors were intent on protecting the white police officer who fired the fatal shots. The emails between a lieutenant and sergeant are part of prosecutors’ attempt to show a widespread effort to protect Jason Van Dyke. But none of […]
          American Airlines says security footage proves woman in wheelchair not abandoned at O’Hare      Cache   Translate Page      
CHICAGO — American Airlines says security video footage proves a woman in a wheelchair was not left alone overnight at Chicago’s O’Hare. Olimpia Warsaw, 67, is described as having Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, and has difficulty communicating. She was flying from Chicago to Detroit on Friday, Nov. 30, after attending her ex-husband’s funeral. When Warsaw’s flight was canceled, family members said she sat alone in her wheelchair and was unattended for five hours until a relative came to pick her up. Her son Claude […]
          Classes canceled as Acero teachers hit picket lines in first-ever charter school strike in nation      Cache   Translate Page      
CHICAGO — Class is canceled at 15 Acero Charter Schools in Chicago as teachers hit the picket lines in the first strike against charter schools in U.S. history. Overnight, the teachers broke up negotiations just after midnight. Both sides went back to the negotiating table at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The system’s 500 teachers are represented by the Chicago Teachers Union. CTU plans to bus some of the teachers and staff to Acero headquarters for a rally at 1:30 p.m. About […]
          Seeing a lack of spirit, energy made the Bulls decide it was time to fire Hoiberg      Cache   Translate Page      
CHICAGO – Anyone who has watched the Bulls could have seen this happening at some point over the next year. But on Monday? Hardly. Yes, the Bulls’ 5-19 record is ugly, and the lopsided losses have been aplenty, but John Paxson saw something that concerned him in the attitude and body language that concerned. It wasn’t the same as it was in December of last season when the Bulls rallied for seven-straight wins with the return of Nikola Mirotic after […]
          #FeedonThis: The running backs have their place on Sports Feed      Cache   Translate Page      
CHICAGO – Sometimes there can be a different theme to Sports Feed that’s not even intentional. Perhaps that’s why running backs were a focus for some of the blocks on the show on Monday night with Jarrett Payton and Josh Frydman. A former Northwestern ball carrier was the big focus of Social Fodder on the show, and that segment is part of #FeedonThis which you can see in the video above. Plus the guys both chose a running back as […]
          Menorah lighting held for victim of fatal Rogers Park shooting      Cache   Translate Page      
CHICAGO — The North Side Orthodox Jewish community came together on the second night of Hanukkah to remember one of their own, two months after he was murdered. A 9-foot menorah was lit in honor of Eliyahu Moscowitz, 24, who was fatally shot in the head on a pedestrian path in Loyola Park  on Oct. 1. On Sept. 30, police said the same gun was used to kill 73-year-old Douglass Watts who was also shot in the head at close range […]
          Watch: J.I.D welcomes BJ the Chicago Kid and Thundercat for TV debut on 'Fallon'      Cache   Translate Page      
Rapper J.I.D made his television debut on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” Wednesday night (Nov. 28). J.I.D performed the track “Skrawberries” from his latest album, DiCaprio 2. The East Atlanta rapper welcomed singer BJ the Chicago Kid as well as space-jazz bassist Thundercat for his debut...
          Thỏa thuận ô tô của Trump với Trung cộng      Cache   Translate Page  

Tổng thống Donald Trump và các thành viên trong chính quyền của ông rất vui mừng về thỏa thuận bắt tay vào hôm thứ Bảy giữa Mỹ và Trung cộng.

Họ tuyên bố Bắc Kinh đã đồng ý giảm thuế đối với xe ô tô Mỹ vào thị trường Trung cộng từ 40% xuống 0%. Và mặc dù Trung cộng không xác nhận chi tiết này, nhưng có vẻ như tin tốt, vì mức thuế thấp hơn sẽ làm giảm đáng kể giá xe của Mỹ, có lẽ khiến chúng trở nên hấp dẫn hơn đối với người tiêu dùng cộng với hàng tỷ người Trung cộng.

Vấn đề là sự nhượng bộ này không phải là vấn đề lớn mà chính quyền đang đưa ra, và nó có thể dẫn đến sự thất vọng lớn hơn giữa hai nước sau 90 ngày.
Thứ nhất, nếu Trung cộng đồng ý hạ thấp thuế quan đối với xe ô tô Mỹ, các nước khác có lĩnh vực ô tô cạnh tranh sẽ có khả năng hưởng lợi nhiều hơn so với Mỹ.

Đây là lý do: Giao thương giữa Hoa Kỳ và Trung cộng được điều chỉnh bởi các quy định của Tổ chức Thương mại Thế giới (WTO), một cơ quan toàn cầu đảm bảo các nước giao thương công bằng với nhau. Một trong những quy định lớn nhất, WTO nói, là “các nước không thể phân biệt đối xử bất bình thường giữa các đối tác thương mại của họ.” Điều này được gọi là nguyên tắc “quốc gia được ưu tiên nhất”: Một quốc gia không thể đưa ra một đặc quyền riêng cho một quốc gia; nó phải cung cấp cho tất cả.  
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Nói một cách khác, nếu Bắc Kinh giảm thuế nhập khẩu đối với ô tô của Mỹ xuống số không, nó cũng phải làm điều đó cho tất cả các quốc gia khác muốn bán xe của họ tại thị trường Trung cộng. Điều đó vẫn có thể làm tăng số lượng xe ô tô Mỹ bán ở Trung cộng, nhưng các quốc gia khác có thể sẽ là những người hưởng lợi cuối cùng.

“Các nước như Nhật Bản, Hàn Quốc và Đức sẽ hưởng lợi nhiều nhất từ việc này, chứ không phải các nhà sản xuất Mỹ, vì người Trung cộng không thực sự mua nhiều xe lớn mà các nhà sản xuất Mỹ ngày càng tập trung vào”, Jacob Kirkegaard, một chuyên gia thương mại quốc tế Viện Kinh tế Quốc tế Peterson ở Washington, nói với tôi.

Ví dụ, xe hơi Đức đã được chào đón nhiều hơn tại Trung cộng, vì thuế nhập cảng của Bắc Kinh đối với các loại xe đó hiện đang ở mức 15 phần trăm.
Thứ hai, các chuyên gia nói rằng hầu hết các xe được bán ở Trung cộng đều được sản xuất ở đó. Điều đó có nghĩa là đã có vài chiếc xe Mỹ bị đánh thuế ở biên giới Trung cộng. Do đó, việc giảm thuế quan bằng 0 sẽ có rất ít tác động đến ngành xuất khẩu của Mỹ sang Trung cộng.

Nếu Trung cộng không làm những gì Hoa Kỳ nói họ đồng ý - hoặc Trump không thấy lợi ích ngay lập tức - chiến tranh thương mại thực sự có thể sẽ leo thang. Đây không phải là thỏa thuận tốt nhất cho Hoa Kỳ

Cách duy nhất để Mỹ thu được hầu hết các lợi ích từ thỏa thuận này, các chuyên gia cho rằng, nếu Trung cộng và Mỹ ký một thỏa thuận thương mại tự do chính thức, vì những thỏa thuận này thay thế các quy định của WTO. Vì vậy, nếu Trump và Tập ký một thỏa thuận như vậy với việc cung cấp không thuế quan trong đó - và Quốc hội phê chuẩn nó - thì các nhà sản xuất ô tô Mỹ sẽ thấy được nhiều lợi ích nhất.
Nhưng ít chuyên gia tin rằng Washington và Bắc Kinh sẽ ký một thỏa thuận phức tạp và lớn như vậy. Họ đang gặp khó khăn khi đồng ý về cách ngăn chặn một cuộc chiến tranh thương mại leo thang, hãy để một mình tìm ra cách để giảm hầu hết các rào cản thương mại.

Do đó, Bắc Kinh cho biết sẽ giảm thuế quan, được nâng lên 40% vào tháng Bảy để đáp ứng với chiến tranh thương mại của Trump, như một cử chỉ hầu như trống rỗng để xoa dịu tổng thống Trump.

Nhưng Trump vẫn có thể đồng ý thỏa thuận này, mặc dù các nhà sản xuất xe hơi ở Nhật Bản, Hàn Quốc và Đức có thể sẽ thêm lợi nhuận.

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          JConnelly Launches Corporate Social Responsibility Division Helmed by Sustainability Expert Thomas M. Kostigen      Cache   Translate Page      

JConnelly, a leading integrated communications and marketing firm, is expanding its services and specialties, adding a corporate social responsibility (CSR) division headed by globally recognized sustainability expert and New York Times bestselling author Thomas M. Kostigen.

The new division will build on JConnelly’s legacy of strategic storytelling to help companies provide greater context and transparency around their environmental, social and governance (ESG) programs. Through multimedia content and personalization of numbers-heavy reports, JConnelly will help a variety of organizations maximize the value of their CSR efforts and connect with audiences who are increasingly concerned about the societal impact of the businesses they support.

“Sustainable brands, impact investing organizations, and forward-thinking technology and energy companies know financial and social returns go hand-in-hand. But simply reporting on the numbers is not enough. Many people want to feel the impact of CSR efforts and understand how they relate to an organization’s broader mission,” said Kostigen, a former Bloomberg news editor and columnist for Discover, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Digital Network.

“This partnership with JConnelly is an opportunity to draw on my years of experience as a researcher and writer and help businesses shape their entire CSR program, as well as the way they connect and communicate with prospects and customers,” he said.

Mr. Kostigen will lead the practice from Los Angeles, adding to JConnelly’s national reach. The agency is headquartered in New York City, with offices in Chicago and Parsippany, N.J., as well as a presence in Washington, D.C.

Socially impactful communications have exploded in recent years, with 85% of the companies in the S&P 500 now issuing sustainability reports. While the rise has been driven by demand for more transparency, organizations are now tasked with making their content more compelling and engaging as more information becomes available to a broad audience of investors, consumers, suppliers, retailers and distributors.

“CSR efforts are not just an afterthought or nice-to-have for leading brands. They are critical to understanding an organization’s purpose and strategy, which have always been core to our communications programs,” JConnelly founder and CEO Jennifer Connelly said. “Launching a new division to communicate how organizations ‘do well by doing good’ will magnify and extend our campaigns, amplifying opportunities and achieving superior, targeted results for our clients.”

The new division will work with corporations, institutions and NGOs, with a particular focus on those in the financial services and general consumer space. JConnelly has worked with a broad range of CSR clients in its 15-year history, including firms that offer a socially responsible fund or opportunity, faith-based financial services firms and businesses with a strong focus on philanthropy.

Mr. Kostigen’s books include, “The Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple Step at a Time” (Crown); “You Are Here: Exposing the Vital Links Between What We Do and What That Does to the Planet” (HarperOne), “The Green Blue Book: The Simple Water-Saving Guide to Everything in Your Life” (Rodale), two National Geographic climate guides, and the forthcoming “FrankenPlanet: How Controlling Nature and Geoengineering the Future Can Save the World” (TarcherPerigee).

For more information about JConnelly, please contact Chris Cherry at 973-850-7329 or


About JConnelly

JConnelly is a communications and marketing firm working with brands to help them expand awareness, connect and engage with clients and stakeholders, influence change, amplify online presence, and build community.  JConnelly navigates the complex world of communications to effectively design and execute campaigns that are mission driven and deliver business-critical results. For more information, visit    


          Appraisal Institute Joins 17 Groups Opposing Credit Union Administration’s Proposed Action      Cache   Translate Page      
CHICAGO (Dec. 4, 2018) – The nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers joined 17 other organizations Monday in saying it “strongly opposed” the National Credit Union Administration’s plan to reduce the number of non-residential real estate loans requiring appraisals. The appraisal Institute said it opposed the NCUA’s proposal to quadruple – from $250,000 to
          Report: Bulls Fire Head Coach Fred Hoiberg      Cache   Translate Page      
Chicago Bulls Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations John Paxson announced today that Fred Hoiberg has been relieved of his duties as head coach of the team. Hoiberg was named Chicago’s head coach on June 2, 2015 after spending five seasons as head coach at Iowa State. During his time with the Bulls, he coached […]
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Prosecutors in the trial of three Chicago police officers charged with lying about the shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald have rested their case.
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          America’s Leading Reform-Minded District Attorney Has Taken His Most Radical Step Yet      Cache   Translate Page      

Larry Krasner continues to build a reputation as the prosecutor who wants to keep people out of prison. Among other head-turning changes, Philadelphia’s district attorney has stopped prosecuting marijuana possession, instructed his 300 assistant district attorneys to stop seeking bail on low-level charges, and had his office begin plea negotiations below the low end of the state’s sentencing guidelines.

Krasner has unwaveringly pushed further left than his “reform-minded prosecutor” peers, a class that now encompasses state and county law enforcement officials in jurisdictions from Houston, to Chicago, to San Francisco. Recently he further broke into new territory by speaking out about the elephant in the room: violent crime, a classification that most state inmates are in for.

Krasner has challenged the idea that every person convicted of killing should be sent away for the rest of their lives, which is the mandatory minimum sentence for first- or second- degree murder in Pennsylvania. He has mandated that he personally sign off on any deal offered that exceeds 15 to 30 years in prison. According to a recent Philadelphia Inquirer analysis, in six cases that were initially filed as “murder generally” Krasner sought third-degree or involuntary manslaughter charges rather than the first- or second-degree murder charges that would have been the norm under his predecessors. While comprehensive national comparisons are hard to come by, criminal justice experts view this willingness to lower murder charges as a first of its kind effort among prosecutors in major municipalities.

“We are not going to overcharge,” Krasner told Slate of the new practice. “We are not going to try to coerce defendants. We are going to proceed on charges that are supported by the facts in the case, period. The era of trying to get away with the highest charge regardless of the facts is over.”

This promise represents a 180-degree turn from traditional prosecutorial practice, which is to charge as high as possible no matter the facts in the hopes of negotiating a lower plea deal. This is finally starting to change, and Krasner is leading the way. Inspired by works such as Michelle Alexander’s seminal The New Jim Crow, those who have been in a position to institute some version of criminal justice reform have so far focused on the most sympathetic offenders: those who have committed nonviolent drug crimes. This, though, represents the tip of the iceberg. Even if the country released every single inmate convicted of possession or trafficking, it would only take a relatively small bite out of mass incarceration. Of the 1.3 million inmates held in state prisons in 2016, only about 15 percent were convicted of drug crimes, whereas more than half, 55 percent, were in for violent crimes, according to a Prison Policy Initiative report.

“Violent crime has seemed a third rail in criminal justice reform discussions,” said David Alan Sklansky, a Stanford Law School professor and former federal prosecutor. But “it’s always a mistake to think that you can divide crime into two clean distinct categories: the criminals that deserve understanding and the criminals that are beyond redemption.”

Because prosecutors are generally elected officials, they have been reluctant to risk votes by seeking a reform approach to violent crime. “I think responsible prosecutors try to do the right thing even if they think there will be political costs, but they also try to be sensitive to the needs and concerns of their communities,” Sklansky said.

Which is just to say: By speaking publicly about not seeking the highest penalty for a killing, Krasner is going out on a political ledge. Though their position is to represent the state, prosecutors are also understood to be advocates for crime victims. And indeed, Krasner has gotten pushback from some victims’ families. He has seemed to be steadfast, though, in his position against overcharging.

“Part of the motivation for always charging the highest charge was the political management of victims. It became very easy to always say what aggrieved, traumatized victims want to hear,” Krasner told the Inquirer. “Then, when a jury or judge a year or two later has to straighten that out and knock it down to size, you just raise your fist and shake it at the judge or jury.” Krasner’s approach, though, is to prosecute what can be proven by the facts.

In Pennsylvania, the difference between first- and third-degree murder is intent. (Second-degree is felony murder, whereby if anyone dies during the course of a felony, say, a burglary, everyone involved is charged for the killing.) Again, Krasner’s approach has not been without controversy. Former Pennsylvania Gov. and Philadelphia District Attorney Ed Rendell argued that juries and judges were best situated to determine the facts of a case that might lead to a heightened sentence. “The downside is that someone escapes the appropriate punishment,” Rendell told the Inquirer. “You’ve taken the charge off the table, so neither the jury nor the judge has the right to impose it.”

While this way has been standard practice around the country, reformers have argued it should be considered antithetical to the role of a prosecutor. “The prosecutor should only file charges he believes he can prove beyond a reasonable doubt,” former federal prosecutor Chiraag Bains said. “Just because you’ve got a big hammer in your toolbox, doesn’t mean you should threaten to use it.”

Though Krasner has been the first to speak out about excessive murder charges, his colleagues in New York have also dipped their toes into changing punishments for violent crimes. Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez and Bronx DA Darcel Clark have allowed some violent felony cases to be diverted outside of the standard carceral state apparatus. The program, Common Justice, is the first restorative justice program in the nation to handle violent crimes in the adult courts. In certain cases, the perpetrator goes through an intensive violence intervention program, in lieu of incarceration, that includes at its center a dialogue process with the victim.

“Almost everyone comes back from prison, and they don’t come back better for it,” said Danielle Sered, executive director of Common Justice. Prosecutors have long cited justice for victims as the reason for seeking max penalties during campaigns and in the media. However, the only national poll of crime victims found that a strong majority would rather perpetrators receive rehabilitation than severe punishment. The Alliance for Safety and Justice surveyed more than 800 crime victims in 2016, including victims of violent crime such as rape or the murder of a family member: About 70 percent wanted more neighborhood-based rehabilitation and less prison. More than half thought prison made a person more likely to reoffend.

Sered believes that key to the election of reform-minded prosecutors has been that those candidates and the outside organizations mobilizing voters are in neighborhoods most affected by crime. “People who live in neighborhoods where violence is are voting for change,” she said. “It’s about being pragmatic.”

The Common Justice program is groundbreaking, but Krasner’s approach—if it continues and spreads—is potentially monumental.

“Violent crime can have a devastating impact on communities and of course individuals,” said Bains. “But so can oversentencing for those crimes.”

          They Called Her “the Che Guevara of Abortion Reformers”      Cache   Translate Page      

There was nothing remarkable about the small woman carrying a box of leaflets—certainly nothing to justify the clutch of reporters waiting for her across from San Francisco’s Federal Building on a July morning in 1966. Still, there they were. She arrived at exactly 9 a.m., greeted them, and began distributing fliers to anyone who passed. There were two of them: One was a yellow slip of paper titled “Classes in Abortion,” listing topics like female anatomy, foreign abortion specialists, and police questioning. The other—which she gave only to the assembled journalists and the five women who signed up for her class that Wednesday evening—described two techniques for DIY abortions. “I am attempting to show women an alternative to knitting needles, coat hangers, and household cleaning agents,” she told the reporters, adding that she had notified San Francisco police of her whereabouts and plans.

The woman was Patricia Maginnis, a laboratory technician and founder of the Society for Humane Abortion, an organization that she ran out of the front room of her small apartment in San Francisco. She’d started the SHA in 1962 (back then, it was called the Citizens Committee for Humane Abortion Laws). Arguably the first organization of its kind in America, its mandate was radical: The SHA sought to repeal abortion laws, endorse elective abortions, and offer women any resources it could in the meantime. These resources would come to include “the List,” an up-to-date directory of safe abortion specialists outside the country, classes on DIY abortions, and symposia where sympathetic doctors could confer with each other about the safest and best abortion techniques. SHA would eventually formalize its legal strategy with a branch called the Association to Repeal Abortion Laws (ARAL, which would form the basis for NARAL), specifically devoted to challenging legislation.

But on this particular day, and on this particular mission, Maginnis claimed she was acting alone, outside of her organization. The leaflets were her way of knowingly violating both a city ordinance and Section 601 of the California Business and Professions Code, which declared it unlawful to distribute information about abortion. She was also flouting Penal Code 276, which made it a crime to “solicit[] any woman to submit to any operation, or to the use of any means whatever, to procure a miscarriage.” The violation was the point: Maginnis had politely informed the police of her every move in advance. The aim was to goad the legal apparatus into an ugly confrontation that it preferred to keep as merely a threat; she wanted to make the system own the consequences of its laws. “I could get arrested for soliciting women to undergo a felony,” Maginnis told the alt-weekly Berkeley Barb, “but I feel it is necessary at this point to have a test case.” To get a law thrown out, you first need to go to court. And to get to court, you must be arrested.

She’d launched her leaflet campaign about six weeks earlier, and the police had so far refused to respond to her provocation (some cops would later tell Maginnis that they knew she wanted to be arrested—implying this was why they’d refrained). Still, things were going smoothly enough this morning; a man named Steve Hooper, writing for the Barb, described the women to whom Maginnis gave leaflets as ranging from neutral to receptive. Some wished her luck. (As for the men, they “seemed indifferent except for one old suit who said he wanted a leaflet for his secretary,” Hooper wrote.)

Then it happened. While the reporters watched, a documentarian named Gary Bentley interviewed Maginnis for 10 minutes with a camera crew. Content with his footage, he asked his cameraman to film as he walked up to Maginnis. Here’s Hooper describing what happened next:

With microphone in hand and cameraman turned on, he said, “I’m placing you under citizen’s arrest for violating Section 188 of the Municipal Police Code. What do you think of that?”

“Excuse me, please,” Pat Maginnis said, and she hurried after one more woman to give her a leaflet.

When the police arrived in response to Bentley’s citizen’s arrest, they did so unwillingly. They tried to argue that they weren’t the ones arresting her even as they helped Maginnis into a cop car. It didn’t matter. Maginnis’ “test case” paid off. San Francisco’s Section 188 would be declared unconstitutional, and the case against her would be thrown out in court. It was the first of her many legal victories.

A social history of American abortion shows two things: 1) that it’s always been around, and 2) that anti-choice efforts tend to intensify in response to women’s perceived “liberation.” This was certainly true when Pat Maginnis came of age. Women had joined the workforce in unprecedented numbers during World War II, and the 1950s were engaged in the genie-rebottling project of fetishizing traditional gender roles. One result, as Leslie Reagan points out in When Abortion Was a Crime, was a sharp increase in the (medicalized) oversight of women’s choices. A system in which abortions were decided between the patient and her doctor or midwife would eventually give way to hospital committees, which debated on a case-by-case basis whether women deserved “therapeutic” abortions. The discussions were humiliating and sometimes even coercive, particularly when they concerned lower-income women and women of color: It wasn’t uncommon for committees to approve the requested abortion if the woman agreed to be sterilized. As medical bureaucracies solidified, hospitals started reporting abortions (and attempted abortions) to police.

That this compromised women’s privacy and subjected their health care to literal policing barely registered in these discussions, which tended overwhelmingly to prioritize the physicians’ perspective rather than women’s needs. Doctors worried about the semilegal status of “therapeutic” abortions, but they also didn’t like committees telling them what to do with their patients. In either case, the debate revolved around doctors’ preferences and anxieties. There were plenty of organizations trying to reform abortion laws, ranging from Planned Parenthood—which in 1955 held an “abortion conference” to address possible reform efforts—to the California Committee to Legalize Abortion. Some abortion activists also chose to work within the existing framework: steering patients toward favorable hospital committees or training women on what to say to get “therapeutic” abortions, whether by emphasizing excessive vomiting or offering up stories that would earn them permission on psychiatric grounds.

Maginnis aimed for more than reform. She wanted a total system overhaul. As a figure in feminist history, Maginnis, now 90 years old, may not loom as large as a Margaret Sanger or a Betty Friedan. But while she’s finally getting some belated recognition, she was never particularly interested in taking credit for her work. Nor was she much invested in making herself or her positions respectable or palatable to mainstream culture. This may have made her an awkward figure for a movement that was then treading delicate territory. And yet, a decade before Roe, with her ungainly activism, her proclivity for wearing clothes she’d found on the street, and her righteous, unquenchable rage, Maginnis helped to fundamentally reshape the abortion debate into the terms we’re still using today. She was the first to take a passionate, public stance arguing that the medical stranglehold over women’s reproductive lives was corrosive. And the Society for Humane Abortion was arguably the very first American organization to advocate a pro-choice position that centered the woman, instead of the legal dilemmas of the physician—specifically, her right to privacy and choice. Rejecting the finicky gatekeeping protocols, the committees and evaluations and red tape, Maginnis proposed that the only question anyone should ask prior to approving an abortion was a simple one: whether the woman wanted it.

* * *

Pat Maginnis grew up with six siblings in Okarche, Oklahoma, during the Great Depression. Her father, a veterinarian, barely scraped by. Her family’s troubles were compounded by Catholic strictures: Her mother had converted in order to marry her father and—because birth control was not an option—consequently continued having children long after the doctors advised against it. “She had constant ‘female trouble,’ ” Maginnis says, recalling her mother’s unhappiness and pain. “I don’t know what that meant, but she had constant problems.” Her father, the illegitimate son of an opera singer, was differently scarred by the vagaries of unplanned pregnancy. “My grandma was on her way to be a star,” Maginnis says, “but she got pregnant. And apparently pregnancy was just a killer of dreams.” Her father never got over the humiliating circumstances of his birth. “He was a good soul, but forever tortured because he had been conceived out of wedlock.”

It’s hard to separate Maginnis’ refusal to become a parent herself from the misery that this litany of reproductive events inflicted on her family. Maginnis says that her father was so abusive that her older brother confessed to her that growing up he’d feared for his life more than once. Her family was not, in consequence (and despite its size and religious piety), particularly close. Some years after she started the SHA, her mother sent her a letter: “Dear Patricia,” Maginnis reads now, affecting a formal, slightly prissy voice, “I was thinking you must be about 40 years old. I do think you could do something besides teaching these girls to commit murder. P.S. If you come this way, do look us up. Love, Mother.”

It was a sufficiently chilly relationship—and Maginnis was so eager to get away—that she describes her banishment to a boarding school as a relief and remembers her mother’s trip to visit her in California with some acidity. “I never talked to her about my sex life,” Maginnis says. I’d asked whether she ever discussed abortion with her mother; that her answer took this form surprised me slightly. I wouldn’t necessarily have used the phrase “sex life” (which, to me, connotes pleasure) to include abortions. But Maginnis would; in fact, that was sort of her point. Any campaign for elective abortion is, of course, at least in part aimed at granting that women, too, might find joy and delight in sex (rather than just pain, danger, and obligation). As a guilt-ridden ex-Catholic myself, I was both baffled and impressed by Maginnis’ immunity to the shame that ailed her family: How does a soft-spoken, scrupulously polite Oklahoma girl who attended Catholic schools with strict Catholic parents shed her sexual guilt to become not just sexually adventurous, but a pioneer in activist lawbreaking?

When Maginnis was growing up, the family’s house looked out on a highway where convoys of young soldiers would pass during World War II. The Maginnis girls didn’t date, but, Pat says, “I was bursting with hormones.” She gasps at the memory of a convoy of young men passing her house: “Oh, I was just—I ran in the house, and I grabbed a pink satin bedspread. … In about five minutes, I made a halter.” Her parents came home to find their 14-year-old busily waving at trucks filled with men in her pink halter. When she saw her parents, she ran back inside and changed back into her gray togs, but it was no good: She was sent to a convent school. “I was naughty,” she says. But as with all these sorts of stories, the prudery only half-strangled her desire.

Instead of going straight to college like her sisters, she went to work in a lab at the Bureau of Mines in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and funded her own sea voyage to the Netherlands to meet a longtime pen pal and notional fiancé. They did not marry in the end. (“I knew that the intimacy required and the responsibilities and the thought of children I couldn’t face,” she says. “I decided that marriage was not for me.”) Then, partly because a friend told her the uniforms were cute, she joined the Women’s Army Corps. She was stationed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina until she was spotted walking with a black soldier: “The captain called me in and scolded me. She said, ‘You’re setting a bad example for young white women who might join the military.’ ” She was shipped off to Panama as punishment.

During those two years in Central America, she experienced a different kind of discrimination. She’d trained as a surgical technician, but instead of being allowed to work in surgery as she’d hoped, she was assigned to the pediatrics and obstetrics wards—the realm of women. There, she was exposed to women suffering from botched abortions, women being forced to give birth, infants with terrible abnormalities. What she didn’t get in surgical experience, she got in perspective. “A general overview of the status of women,” as she puts it to me. “And I wasn’t at all happy with it.” Then she went to college at San Jose State—and got pregnant. She’d been fitted for a diaphragm. Used foam. None of it worked.

Maginnis is amiable and funny. She has a gift for impressions and chuckles ruefully at things I find sad or hard to hear. But when I ask her about her decision to terminate, she speaks with real anger—present-tense anger she still feels, decades later. “I was not in the family-ing business, and a child coming from me was not going to happen,” she tells me. “I simply thought my parents were ruthlessly forced into parenthood, and they … took it. They accepted it,” she says. “My mother would tell you she enjoyed having children. I didn’t go through childhood with that impression.”

She got her first abortion in Mexico and swore to herself that she would never again leave her own country to get medical care. She spent the next decade producing a list of legitimate abortion providers outside the country while also working quietly with those within it. Despite her best efforts, she would get pregnant twice more. But she would continue to have a sex life. And the horror of having to wrestle down her own fertility forged her into the formidable antagonist to the law that she became.

* * *

It helped, perhaps, that Maginnis was no longer young by the mid-1960s. She came of age long before the sexual revolution, which meant she had a particular experience of—and a particular fury about—what women had been routinely expected to tolerate. It’s hard for statistics to express just how urgent the abortion conversation was in the 1960s, or how difficult it was to even have the conversation, given the laws. In 1961, Los Angeles County Hospital admitted over 3,500 patients treated for illegal abortions. As of 1967, almost 80 percent of the women who died as a consequence of botched abortions were nonwhite.

From Dorothy Fadiman’s documentary “Motherhood by Choice, Not Chance”

Maginnis can’t pinpoint a single moment that turned her into an activist. She admits to once feeling great sympathy for a celebrity who was pilloried for needing an abortion, but it’s clear that there was no single precipitating incident. Her work, rather, was inspired by a slow and building rage. “What I saw was law, medicine, and religion were largely at fault for our problems,” she says.

When Maginnis launched her leaflet campaign, she chose a location that would maximize her ability to confront a medical community she saw as at best patronizing to women and at worst exploitative and controlling. The state Board of Medical Examiners had gathered at the University of San Francisco to discuss the implementation of hospital committees that would determine whether women could receive abortions. As the mostly male board debated the circumstances under which women could be forced to give birth, Maginnis was outside handing out information on how to abort without the help of the doctors within. She was shocked at how unseriously the board took their mandate. She told the Berkeley Barb that when she’d handed some board members a leaflet titled “Are you Pregnant?” with abortion information on it, they “twittered like a bunch of schoolgirls.”

This, she felt, was the collective effect of the laws and ordinances that made even talking about abortion illegal: The entire concept had become untouchable, a boogeyman. “The word abortion was taboo,” she says. “And I thought: That’s crazy. People won’t talk about abortion! They’re afraid to. I’m going to talk about abortion! ABORTION!” she yelled. “Women weren’t talking about it. They were afraid to talk about it.”

Maginnis wasn’t. She relied on logistical help from two women, Lana Phelan and Rowena Gurner, who joined her to form the Society for Humane Abortion’s central trio, which came to be known as the “Army of Three.” Maginnis was the fire, Gurner the strategist and organizational genius, and Phelan the organization’s eloquent mouthpiece. Gurner, like Maginnis, also worked full time, professionalizing the organization in her spare hours. She spent many nights sleeping on SHA’s floor. Gurner “had polish,” Maginnis tells me, her eyes lighting up. “She gave me $20 once. Now, Patricia!” she says, mimicking her. “You go buy a new dress for this occasion, and don’t bring something that you found on the street or in the thrift store!

Gurner’s gift for strategy and Maginnis’ grit turned the leafleting plan into an all-out, accelerating assault on laws they saw as punitive or unjust—using themselves as bait. “I plan to leaflet for abortion until they get sick of me and arrest me or repeal the law,” Maginnis had announced to the Berkeley Barb when she launched her campaign on June 16, 1966. Her initial plan had been to distribute a thousand leaflets. A week later, when she hadn’t been arrested, she escalated. “My minimum goal is to distribute 50,000 leaflets by July 25, telling women where they can get abortions,” she announced through the press. When she finally was arrested (in late July, thanks to that “citizen’s arrest” by Gary Bentley), she caused the city ordinance under which she was arrested to be ruled unconstitutional. She had no intention of stopping there. “I was arrested under a local ordinance,” she told the Barb in 1966. “Now it’s the state laws that need changing.”

When the San Mateo County district attorney announced that if Maginnis and Gurner showed up, he intended to enforce California’s state law forbidding the dissemination of written matter on abortions, the pair immediately arranged a class in San Mateo that covered abortion laws and DIY abortions. As Gurner put it to the Barb: “We just want to get this law on trial. … We obviously and willingly broke the law. And we did it so that no DA could weasel out because of ‘insufficient evidence.’ ” It worked. They were arrested on Feb. 20, 1967, and faced (according to the Barb) a sentence of five to seven years in state prison if found guilty. While their hearing was in progress—in a courthouse in Redwood City—an unrepentant Gurner and Maginnis advertised that they were still looking for a place in Berkeley they could rent on Thursday nights to hold more abortion classes. (The room needed to hold 50 people, and they were willing to pay $10 a night.)

It took six years from their 1967 arrests for Maginnis and Gurner’s efforts to pay off. Initially, both women were convicted of violating Section 601 of the California Business and Professions Code—the state statute that made it unlawful to advertise abortion. But in 1973, the state Court of Appeals overturned their convictions, ruling that Section 601 was overly broad—for one thing, it “does not distinguish between abortions which are permitted and those which are not”—and thus unconstitutional.

The Army of Three hadn’t been trying to get arrested merely as a matter of strategy: They had real information to distribute, information that was hardest to obtain for women who weren’t rich. Maginnis was incensed by a medical consensus that effectively discriminated against the poor. “The medical profession’s committee idea of legalized abortion is very discriminatory,” she told the Barb. “It will help those with lots of money or contacts, not the majority of women.” Lower-income women suffered—like the third member of the Army of Three, Phelan, who struggled to collect the $50 she needed for an illegal abortion. Women in search of abortions were also easy to exploit. According to Maginnis, some parties whose phone numbers and addresses were being circulated (or sold) as abortion providers weren’t actually doctors. This discovery, and the accompanying stories of botched abortions and sexually exploitative abortionists, spurred her to create “the List.” Essentially a Yelp for abortion seekers, the List offered a continuously updated and reliable list of qualified abortion providers in Japan, Sweden, and Mexico. The Jane Collective in Chicago would follow suit a few years later, performing the abortions themselves.

By 1969, the Society for Humane Abortion claimed to have sent 12,000 women out of the country to get abortions from reliable, trustworthy providers. To give you a sense of just how necessary the List was, here’s an excerpt from one List user’s earlier attempt to obtain an abortion domestically (as printed in a set of letters to ARAL published by the Los Angeles Free Press): “I was two weeks along then and he made me wait until I was 3 months along. Then he said it was too late to get any help from anyone but he would do it if I would sleep with him!” The classes SHA organized instructed women on every aspect of an abortion: how to schedule one, how to prepare, what to expect, how it was done, how to respond to police interrogations if you had to be hospitalized, and how—if you couldn’t travel—to perform your own.

The classes sometimes included DIY abortion kits with items like gauze, a thermometer, cotton, and a syringe. Maginnis was by all accounts a vivid teacher. Newspapers reported that she lectured using an IUD for a pointer and that she “graphically illustrated the dangers of unsanitary abortion by holding up anal bacteria cultures and infected blood samples.” The class taught women female anatomy. It instructed them on how to calculate how many weeks pregnant they were. It instructed them on exactly how to call for an appointment (the woman, not the man, should place the call).

These classes were understood by many to be essential but legally risky. When the Los Angeles Free Press took the bold step of republishing the entire class’s contents across several pages of an October 1967 issue, the layout was anxiously peppered with editor’s notes and legal disclaimers like: “The Free Press can not and does not advise women who are not legally entitled to an abortion to follow the advice of Pat Maginnis.”

The Society for Humane Abortion didn’t interact much with the feminist movement or Planned Parenthood directly, at least at first. “It was too touchy,” Maginnis says. In the SHA’s early days, Planned Parenthood was more invested in advocating for contraception than abortion. Margaret Sanger’s theory was that abortion would become unnecessary if women had sufficient access to contraception. Maginnis disagreed. “Margaret Sanger, bless her,” she says. “We can’t thank her enough for Planned Parenthood, but it isn’t enough.” Under Maginnis’ leadership, the SHA spoke out—and in certain regards, provoked change—in ways Planned Parenthood wouldn’t. “We used to say we made Planned Parenthood respectable,” Maginnis laughs.

Her admiration of Sanger, though, is genuine. “Sanger took rotten eggs and tomatoes and rotten fruit thrown at her when she went out, and I don’t think people know that today,” she says. She understood that an organization with Planned Parenthood’s institutional heft needed to keep some distance from the SHA; Maginnis’ strategy of flagrantly flouting the law had made her something of a too-hot-to-handle legend.

When the Therapeutic Abortion Act was signed into law by California Gov. Ronald Reagan in 1967, the Army of Three planned a program of civil disobedience. The act, an unhappy compromise between groups whose politics hadn’t yet coalesced into well-defined positions like “pro-choice” and “pro-life,” ostensibly aimed to make legal abortion more widely available. (National Review called the signing of this bill Reagan’s “darkest hour.”) Abortion at the time was only legal to save the life of the mother; the act made “therapeutic” abortion legal in cases that would “gravely impair” women’s mental as well as physical health. But it also added a draconian 20-week limitation and required that any medical committee discussion of a prospective abortion for reasons of rape or incest include the relevant district attorney. Functionally, as even some attorneys at the time argued, it meant that wealthy women (who dealt with private hospitals) would have access to abortions, whereas women in public hospitals would be bound by a more conservative take on the law: They would need to show sufficiently “severe” mental distress—like psychosis—to obtain a legal abortion. (“How much for a psychosis?” reads a political cartoon Maginnis once drew, depicting a patient asking a psychiatrist for a diagnosis that would legitimize a therapeutic abortion.)

“We’re going to instruct women in the arts of phony psychosis and false hemorrhage,” Pat Maginnis told reporters. “This unbelievable piece of legislative slop must be violated to the point that the medical profession and legislature is pressured into accepting more modern abortion techniques.” ARAL issued a leaflet asking members of Congress whether they would request permission to get a vasectomy or treatment for venereal disease from a panel of female doctors.

It was a combative stance—and a sign of SHA’s uncompromising position on the right to choose—for a bill that Planned Parenthood, among others, now credits with being among the first to functionally legalize abortion.

* * *

The “Che Guevara of abortion reformers,” as alt-weeklies called her at the time, now seems like an unlikely avatar of female rage. When I visited her at her home this summer, I found a 90-year-old woman who laughs a lot and peppers her speech with gentle exclamations. “Oh, my goodness,” she chuckles, remembering the time she invited police to attend a class she was teaching on DIY abortions—and they asked her to pay $3 an hour for a female officer’s time. “I think a policewoman did show up, but more out of personal interest,” Maginnis says wryly. She conveys a bemused mildness I found hard to reconcile with the working-class firebrand I’d expected.

But there’s no real contradiction here: The woman who said “excuse me” to the man detaining her in 1966 is also the woman who faced down the San Francisco homicide squad in 1959 in the hospital while recovering from a self-induced abortion. Had she given herself an abortion? the police asked. “Sure I did,” she replied. “Want me to demonstrate how in court?”

In her 10th decade, Maginnis remains equal parts polite and independent. She lives alone in a house in the San Antonio neighborhood of East Oakland that she bought back in 1979 for a song (the owner had tried to burn it down for the insurance money). Until just a few years ago, when she gave her archives to a library, her house was filled with several decades’ worth of handwritten letters from women telling her about their abortions or asking for help.

In the ’60s, especially given the respectable caution that characterized organizations like Planned Parenthood, there was a radical politics to the matter-of-factness with which the Army of Three openly talked about their own abortions. And that matter-of-factness still feels radical today. The second time she got pregnant, Maginnis recalls, she was deeply frustrated at the prospect of being forced to leave the country again for an abortion. But by then, she says, “I had figured out, if I start just giving my uterus no rest, that fetus is going to fall out.”

Startled, I ask Maginnis to explain. She elaborates that her plan was to “squat down and take my clean, scrubbed fingers and manipulate until I could get it to rebel and kick the fetus out.”

“So you could reach your cervix?” I ask.

“Oh yeah, very easily. You probably could too.”

“Does that work?”

“I manipulated, I worked on it, and finally, at five months, the fetus went into—I went into labor. It took a long time and a lot of work.”

Five months of daily effort to induce an abortion, followed by labor and police questioning—all instead of a simple, fast, safe procedure. In telling me this story, she betrays none of the story’s weight; rather, there is a relationship between her tight understatement and her rage.

In interviews, Phelan was less circumspect and much more graphic about the horrors she endured because safe abortions weren’t easily available. After she had one child, her doctor told her another pregnancy would kill her but didn’t tell her how to avoid getting pregnant. When she did—as a woman, she once said, “you don’t know how to say no to your husband. That silly Bible says you can’t say no!”—it took her so long to gather the $50 she needed for an illegal abortion that by the time she’d saved it, she was four months pregnant. The abortionist—a woman on the outskirts of Tampa, Florida—stuffed her uterus with slippery elm bark and told her not to come back. She was at her sister-in-law’s house when she started to feel extremely ill. She’d told no one, not even her husband. As she recalled in 2004:

This is a thing you do yourself. And if you die and go to hell, it’s you that goes, not anybody else. So I excused myself to go to the bathroom because it was hurting so. When I sat down on the john and looked down, there was a little tiny hand protruding from my vagina and the blood was just flying, and I thought, “Oh my God, what do I do now?”

I didn’t take as long to think about it as Bush did the war … [laughs] I gathered up all the toilet tissue I could get in my hand and stuffed it back inside of me, pushed everything back up inside my vagina and just packed it. And got all the blood off I could and cleaned everything up. And then I went out back inside and said I had to go home because I was so sick, and that was not a lie.

She was 16. First came fear. The anger would follow. This seems to be a pattern: Restrict women’s rights, force them to suffer needlessly, blame them when they fail impossible tests, and you will eventually create unsuspected forces for change. “It seemed to me when I got involved wasn’t really when I got involved [in the abortion rights movement],” Maginnis says. “I’d been involved for years before, just not driven to do anything except be angry. In a constant rage over it. And wondering why women, in addition to myself, were in a constant upheaval.”

Was Roe v. Wade a relief when it was passed? I ask her. “For me it wasn’t a big relief,” she says. It had felt more like the expected course of events—reality inching closer to how things should be. But then she continues: “I thought, yeah, that is a good thing. Now, let’s hope we can at least maintain the healthy ideas of it being available. We don’t have to sneak, we don’t have to beg.”

If the Federalist Society—which supplied the list of judges from which Donald Trump chose Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court—has its way, we’re in danger of returning to the times when women had to sneak and beg. Trump pledged during his campaign that Roe would be overturned “automatically” through the pro-life judges he would nominate. It probably won’t be so straightforward: The route the GOP is taking to greatly restrict women’s access to abortion has been circuitous, with progress marked by legal restrictions, by expanding definitions of fetal personhood, by permitting women to be lied to in the service of a single end goal. As my colleague Dahlia Lithwick has written, “women’s experiences, memories, and suffering don’t matter; their control over the truth of what they themselves have lived through is determined by those who win.”

Faced with a similar orthodoxy half a century ago, Maginnis and her cohort refused to let it stand.

The classes a modern-day SHA might teach would likely be different. There’s the internet, for one. The first time we met, I asked Maginnis what she thought women should be doing now, as the country seems poised once again to try to control our bodies. “I’ve thought about that,” she said then. “If I was going to reinvolve myself at this point, what would be the entry point? Kind of like setting out a map, looking for an entry.” She doesn’t quite have an answer. Yet.

It’s late afternoon on my final visit with Maginnis, and the warmth and long conversation have made the upstairs room where we sit feel especially lived-in. Her compatriots Gurner and Phelan died years ago. It’s not lost on me that I’m talking to someone who fought for reproductive freedom pre-Roe, at a moment when a Supreme Court justice has just been hand-picked to take it away again. In recent months, rage has been much on my mind. If over half of Americans stand to have a committee of men overrule their right to bodily autonomy after a mere 45 years, we can learn a lot from Pat Maginnis—about how women survived, and how they died, and how they fought. So what should we do now? I ask her again, as she raises the blinds to open the window overlooking the street below. “Keep talking about the issue,” she says. “Sure, not everyone is a brilliant speaker, but I think people have to keep talking about it.” She looks at me, her eyes bright. “Don’t you?”

          Michelle Obama Doesn’t Believe in “Lean In” Feminism—What a Relief!      Cache   Translate Page      

On Saturday, former first lady Michelle Obama took to a sold-out stage at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center to promote Becoming, her new memoir. According to CNBC, the book is already the best-selling title of the year, with over 2 million copies sold within the first two weeks of the official release. In front of a rapt audience, Obama spoke about everything from the white flight that changed her neighborhood in the South Side of Chicago to the high school guidance counselor who told her that she wasn’t Princeton material. When the conversation turned to work-life balance, Obama didn’t mince words. “Marriage still ain’t equal, y’all. It ain’t equal. I tell women, that whole ‘you can have it all’—mmm, nope, not at the same time, that’s a lie,” she said. “It’s not always enough to lean in because that shit doesn’t work.”

The audience of 19,000 immediately went wild at the sound of Obama letting loose a curse word, and while she quickly apologized for the slip of tongue, she doubled down on her criticism of the philosophy popularized by Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg in 2013. “I thought we were at home, y’all,” Obama said, according to Glamour. “I was getting real comfortable up in here. All right, I’m back now. Sometimes that stuff doesn’t work.” For the uninitiated, the “lean in” corporatized version of feminism suggests that women can have it all if they just act like men and assert themselves more aggressively in the workplace. It immediately drew criticism for seeming to blame women for male-dominated workplaces, and as of 2017, even Sandberg admits that women haven’t progressed much since she popularized the slogan.

But let’s return to Obama. When she stepped onto the national stage with her husband over a decade ago, she was touted as the titular modern woman. From her many career accomplishments to her beautiful family to her effortless style, Obama seemed to embody the idea that women could indeed have it all. As Anne-Marie Slaughter wrote for the Atlantic in 2012, Obama “started out with the same résumé as her husband, but has repeatedly made career decisions designed to let her do work she cared about and also be the kind of parent she wanted to be.” Even though the former first lady said her priority in the White House was to be “mom-in-chief” and shepherd her two daughters through the trials of growing up in front of the country, it was abundantly clear that, as Slaughter put it, “we should see her as a full-time career woman, but one who is taking a very visible investment interval.”

To women everywhere but specifically to black women like me, Obama’s public persona was a physical manifestation of the idea that no matter who didn’t believe in us, we could be smart, accomplished, ­and have the American dream of two kids and a dog to go along with it. But the reality she sketched out in both her remarks on Saturday and in her memoir speak to something much more important: that to be a thoroughly modern woman in America is to sacrifice.

It’s not uncommon in my circle of young black twenty-somethings to hold up Michelle and Barack’s marriage and their life together as a pinnacle of everything black love and ambition can accomplish. But Michelle’s frankness about the fact that her marriage is and never has been equal, that even she couldn’t excel in both her family life and her career at the same time, is a bracing bit of honesty about the very real limitations that women continue to face. And to some, that candor might scrub away the glamorous veneer of Obama’s life, exposing the realities of what it takes to juggle a career while sustaining a family with a man “whose intellectual growth and career would always take top priority,” as Christina Cauterucci wrote for Slate. To me, though, her candor only makes her all the more worthy of admiration.

          Chance The Rapper: “They Banning Nipples On Tumblr But I’m Seeing People Get Murdered Graphically Every Day On This App”      Cache   Translate Page      
Chance The Rapper

Chicago’s Chance The Rapper needs answers. The hip-hop star has hit up social media to question the politics behind digital network Tumblr. Chance jumped on Twitter last night (December 3) to ask why Tumblr censors nudity but gives a green light to graphic violent content. They banning nipples on tumblr but im seeing people get […]

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          Comment on Michael O’Brien’s Chicago-area Super 25 basketball rankings by Norm      Cache   Translate Page      
I don't think ND is a top 4 team but it's an imperfect system. Normally they would have blown one game so that they could be dropped from the discussion. This year they didn't. Maybe it's supposed to be this way
          People on the move including DDB, R/GA, GlaxoSmithKline and more      Cache   Translate Page      

This week has seen another wave of appointments and departures at brands, media owners and agencies. The Drum has rounded up the key moves from the EMEA, APAC and North America regions below.




Diageo's global head of digital media partnerships, Jerry Daykin, is to depart for GlaxoSmithKline to become its media director for the region.


The ad agency has named Sean Healy as global chief strategy officer, to support the transformation of Carat as part of the Dentsu Aegis Network.


The company has named Bobi Carley its head of TV and video. She will play a key role in the association’s advocacy agency and work closely with Steve Chester, director of media. Carley has experience at Disney, Viacom, Sky TV and ad agency Red Brick Road.

Bartle Bogle Hegarty

Chief strategy officer Alison Hoad is leaving the agency. Her position will not be replaced, but head of strategy Ben Shaw will oversee the planning department. Hoad came to BBH in 2017, and had spent 11 years at VMLY&R (then known as Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe/Y&R).


Co-founders James Murphy and David Golding are leaving the agency to launch a new creative business. They depart five years after selling to Omnicom, and 10 years after starting the agency with Ben Priest and Jon Forsyth.


Redundancy at the agency’s UK office has seen planning partner James Whatley leave the company. In his seven-year stint at Ogilvy UK, he has worked with clients like IBM, Land Rover and Converse.

Himsworth Scott

The reputation management law firm has promoted Lorna Caddy to director. Caddy has experience as an intellectual property and media lawyer, and last spent 13 years at Taylor Wessing.

The law firm also hired Steven Hudson, who has over a decade of experience practicing at media, sport and entertainment law firms Schillings and Harbottle & Lewis.


Proximity London elevated Amanda Arthur to the newly-created position of vice president, data and analytics. Claire Tusler, the agency’s former data strategy partner, will replace Arthur as head of data and analytics.

Arthur has been with the company for five years, and Tesler has been at Proximity London for 10 years. The two will report to chief strategy officer Adam Fulford.




Xaxis saw a slew of internal moves. The company named Atique Kazi vice president of business development for Xaxis Asia Pacific. Bharat Khatri is the new country lead for Xaxis India. Daniel Henriksen is now head of outcome media planning for Xasis Asia.


The data solutions company has announced the appointment of Fred Marthoz as managing director for the South East Asia (SEA) region.

Based out of the company’s Singapore office, Marthoz will serve as a member of the company’s executive leadership team. In his role, Marthoz will be responsible for spearheading Lotame’s efforts across business lines and driving market growth for the SEA region.

Omnicom Media Group 

The group has promoted HeeYoun Yang to chief executive officer of Omnicom Media Group Korea. Previously the chief executive officer of PHD Korea, Yang will now oversee both the Group and OMD’s operations in Korea as well.


The PR and communications company has chosen Ruby Fu for the newly-created position of president of Zeno China. Most recently, Fu was chief executive officer of Burson Marsteller in China and before that, spent seven years with Standard Chartered Bank in Taiwan and Hong Kong.


The Singapore-based technology and innovation business club has hired Chris McPherson as its international chief executive officer to spearhead its expansion plans in Singapore and internationally. 

McPherson has previously held senior roles at Condeco, Intel, Raritan Asia Pacific, and LenovoEMC (previously Iomega).  


The agency has appointed Katie Firth to the newly-created position of national managing director, based in Melbourne.

Most recently the executive partner at TBWA\Melbourne, Firth brings more than 17 years’ experience across marketing, PR, events and activations, and advertising to the new role, teamed with a strong background in key sectors including automotive, travel and tourism, energy, financial services, and insurance. 


The restaurant booking and deals platform has appointed Sean Tan as chief operations officer. With Tan on board, previous chief operations officer Dinesh Balasingam moves to a new executive position driving Chope’s core bookings business unit as its regional business unit head, while Tan focuses on operations, strategy, and cross-functional initiatives across Chope’s eight Asia offices. 

Tan was previously chief business development officer and Singapore general manager of Group.


Tuomas Peltoniemi, the president of Asia for Digital Arts Network and innovation director at TBWA\Singapore, will be leaving his post to join R/GA as its executive vice president and managing director of APAC.

On the same day of Peltoniemi’s departure, TBWA announced it has moved Cyril Bedat back to its Singapore office from the United States and appointed him director of regional client partner and innovation.

Bedat returns to Singapore after spending two years at TBWA\Chiat Day in Los Angeles where he was the global business director. He previously spent a year at TBWA\Singapore as business director.

J Walter Thompson Hong Kong

The WPP-owned agency has appointed Matt Parry as its new managing director to work closely alongside recently-appointed executive creative director Carlos Camacho.

Parry was most recently business director and business unit general manager at at JWT Shanghai.


WPP has appointed Sunita Gloster to the newly created role of chief customer officer as part of its growth agenda in Australia and New Zealand. Gloster joins from PwC’s CMO Advisory where she been a director and advisory board member since its inception

OMD Australia

The network has tapped Kasey Doran as head of strategy and product for Queensland. Doran will be responsible for developing innovative communications solutions and driving quality product output for the OMD Brisbane office. 


The agency has hired a new business development director in Tara Jaijee, who will be based in Australia, and work across both the Sydney and Singapore offices.

Jaijee joins the team from The Monkeys where she was the head of marketing. Prior to that, she led marketing and new business at creative agencies M&C Saatchi Group and DDB Group in Australia.


The consultancy has announced the appointment of Eric Hor as an associate partner, based in its Asia headquarters in Hong Kong. 


The creative agency has promoted Jill Smith from business director to managing director of Iris Shanghai. Smith has been responsible for building Iris Shanghai’s unique offering over the past year, creating a strong digitally savvy team and a growing portfolio of multinational and domestic clients. In her previous role as business director, Smith was responsible for opportunity assessment and client portfolio development of the Shanghai office. 




The food and beverage marketing company hired Lorraine McGill to lead growth in firm’s new Chicago office. McGill previously served as account director at Grey in New York. She will oversee the Sun-Maid account for quench.


The ad tech firm has named Patrick Bevilacqua its head of global customer success, where he will oversee the company’s Customer Success group. He comes from MDC Media partners agency Assembly, where he was senior vice president of programmatic and data strategy.


Omnicom’s DDB Worldwide recently added to its US leadership. Azher Ahmed has been promoted to executive vice president, director of digital. Valerie Bengoa has been promoted to executive vice president, director of finance.

Both Ahmed and Bengoa will be responsible for DDB's three US offices: New York, Chicago and San Francisco. They will also be responsible for Tribal New York and Rodgers Townsend.

Ahmed has over 20 years of experience in digital marketing, and Bengoa has been with DDB since 1998.


The design and innovation consultancy has announced three new hires. Josh Creter is the new vice president of technology; he previously served as chief technology officer at Counterpointing.

Julia Mooradian moves from VML to Envoy where she will serve as account director. Jay Cruz was the former creative director at Cuker; he will hold the same title at Envoy.


The digital agency has promoted Demetrios Kontizas to vice president of technology. He will lead Mirum’s San Diego office and head all technology disciplines for the Salt Lake City office.

Marcus Thomas

The Cleveland-based agency named Garth Bender its new director of customer experience. Bender was mostly recently the relationship lead for Digitas’ Altria in Chicago, and has previously held roles at Havas Helia, Energy BBDO and Cramer-Krasselt.

Venables Bell & Partners

The independent ad agency made hires across creative and account management teams. Michael Chase has been promoted to director of brand management after serving as group brand director. Meredith Osterhoff, who joined VB&P in 2017, will take on the role of group brand director.

Gus Johnson and Byron del Rosario have both been named creative directors. Johnson joined n 2015, and del Rosario joined in 2009.

Aisha Hakim, who came to VB&P in 2015, has been elevated to senior art director. Jon Donaghy has been promoted to senior designer.


The agency has named David Corns its senior vice president, managing director of its San Francisco office. Corn most recently led the brand management department at Venables Bell & Partners.

Young & Laramore

The Indianapolis-based creative agency has named Trevor Williams and Bryan Judkins co-group creative directors. Williams has worked with brands like Farm Bureau Insurance and Brizo; Judkins has worked with the likes of American Standard and Louisville Slugger. They will report to executive creative director Carolyn Hadlock.

Luci Creative

The Chicago-based design firm has hired Mark Ewing as its studio manager. He comes from Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry where he served as senior project manager for 11 years.


The independent branding and ad agency appointed Kimberlee Eten as its creative director. She will be based in New York and lead creative teams in New York and Boston. Eten worked at Toth+Co from 2001-2011 as design director.


The production company brought in Nico Buris to serve as managing director and executive producer for the company’s South American offices. Buris spent the last 20 years producing in his native Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. He previously worked as a producer at leading Spanish-speaking production house Landia.


The Silicon Valley-based digital manufacturing company has named Dara Treseder its first chief marketer. Her last stop was at General Electric (GE), where she served as chief marketing officer of GE Ventures and GE Business Innovations.

The Martin Agency

The agency has promoted Matt Mattox to senior vice president, group account director. He previously held the role of SVP, group planning director. Mattox will lead the Geico account.


The interactive video technology company has hired Yvonne Cheng as its executive vice president of creative solutions. She has 14 years of experience on the creative side and has worked at Droga5, BBDO and Campfire. She recently ran creative strategy in the ad sales team at Tumblr and Yahoo.

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          Il maestro Daniele Gatti è il nuovo direttore musicale del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma      Cache   Translate Page      

Il maestro Daniele Gatti è il nuovo direttore musicale del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma. La nomina è stata decisa dal sovrintendente Carlo Fuortes e illustrata oggi insieme con la sindaca di Roma Virginia Raggi. "Sono onorato e commosso" ha detto Gatti.

"Dopo parecchi anni questo teatro ha finalmente un direttore musicale, un grande direttore", ha dichiarato Fuortes, "Nel 2015 quando sono stato confermato alla guida del teatro tra i punti che mi ero ripromesso di realizzare ho messo la nomina di un nuovo direttore musicale. La prima persona a cui ho pensato è stato lui. Dall'1 gennaio sarà operativo nel suo nuovo ruolo".

"Non sono solo onorato, ma anche particolarmente toccato", ha detto il maestro, "Ritorno a Roma dopo tanti anni".

In passato, Gatti era stato licenziato dalla Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra per presunte molestie. Nel comunicato stampa diffuso dall'orchestra olandese si annunciava la conclusione della collaborazione per "comportamenti inappropriati". Il riferimento era alle accuse di due cantanti, che, al Washington Post, avevano parlato di presunte molestie avvenute negli anni 90 nei camerini a Chicago e a Bologna. Gatti respinse ogni accusa.

          Phish – Slip Stitch & Pass (2018)      Cache   Translate Page      

Artist: Phish Album: Slip Stitch And Pass Released: 2018 Style: Rock Format: MP3 320Kbps Size: 163 Mb

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          Ashley Cooper’s "American Ego" series at Filmfront looks at movie history with fresh eyes      Cache   Translate Page      
Old films show how people lived, and how they lived more or less like us. Ashley Cooper grew up in the 90s in Chatham and Grand Crossing but also in 40s, 50s, and 60s Hollywood. Her whole family loved movies.…
          More than a century after its Paris premiere, Cendrillon comes to the Lyric      Cache   Translate Page      
The archly sophisticated production was worth the wait. Cendrillon, Jules Massenet's French opera version of "Cinderella," premiered in Paris in 1899 but is just now making its debut at Lyric Opera. What took so long?…
          Roots-reggae five-piece Akasha address immigration and discrimination on Mother of Exiles      Cache   Translate Page      
Roots-reggae five-piece Akasha address immigration and discrimination on Mother of Exiles, label and multimedia collective FeelTrip ask for help opening their record store, and more. Local roots-reggae five-piece Akasha expertly blend heavy dub grooves and the creamy vocals of singer Cosmos Ray.…
          Father, Son, Pacific Coast      Cache   Translate Page      

For most of human history, kinship was both the source and substance of political power. Except in a few out-of-the-way places like North Korea and Saudi Arabia, dynastic rule has now faded away, but it is nonetheless striking how important family connections remain in American public life. The Caseys of Pennsylvania (Robert, governor; Robert Jr., senator), the Cuomos of New York (Mario and Andrew, governors), the Daleys of Chicago (Richard J. and Richard M., mayors) are just a few of the names on the long list of America’s prominent political families. It may be misleading to describe these families as “dynasties” since most do not last more than two generations. Moreover, almost all of them remain closely tied to a particular city or region; only a few (the Kennedys and Bushes are the obvious examples) manage to succeed at the national level. Both these limitations are apparent in the remarkable careers of the Browns (Edmund J., known as Pat, and Edmund J. Jr., known as Jerry), the subjects of Miriam Pawel’s deeply researched and engagingly written book. The Browns’ political prominence, begun when Pat won his first election in 1943, will almost certainly end in 2019, when Jerry completes his fourth term as governor. Both father and son failed dismally when they tried to project their influence beyond the borders of their state. As the title of Pawel’s book tells us, the story of the Brown family is, above all, a California story.

For the Browns, California meant San Francisco, where Pat (in 1905) and Jerry (in 1938) were born and reared. Although “the city” prided itself on its cosmopolitanism (some even called it “the Paris of America”), pre–World War II San Francisco was an insular, provincial town. It was run by people who had known each other from childhood (my parents, members of Pat Brown’s generation, met in the first grade), went to the same schools (Lowell for Protestants and Jews, St. Ignatius or Sacred Heart for Catholics), belonged to the same clubs (Bohemian, Olympic, Family), and spent their summers on “the river” (Russian) or at “the lake” (Tahoe).

This small world, held together by a dense web of friendships and favors, was made-to-order for a man like Pat Brown. Smart, affable, and energetic, Pat had a natural politician’s ready laugh and long memory. By the time he was in high school (although a Catholic, he went to Lowell), his political aspirations were already apparent: he was elected president of no fewer than eleven student groups, having run for office, as he recalled, whether he was a member of the organization or not.

After establishing a modestly successful legal practice, Pat Brown patiently began to build a political base, calling on old friends, carefully cultivating useful allies, and joining every club he could. In his second try, he was elected district attorney in 1943, went on to be the state’s attorney general seven years later, and then became governor in 1958. After a successful first term, he soundly defeated Richard Nixon in 1962, the occasion for what many believed (and not a few hoped) would be Nixon’s final press conference; the former vice-president told the assembled reporters they “would not have Nixon to kick around anymore.” Pat’s popularity ebbed during his second term; in 1966, he was defeated by Ronald Reagan, the rising star in the conservative firmament.

Perhaps the most important source of Jerry Brown’s extraordinary success is his apparently inexhaustible capacity for self-invention.

Pat Brown’s political career ended in part because he had a run of bad luck, but mostly because the world of California politics was changing in ways he never truly understood. In an era of television, big money, and photogenic celebrities, the skills he had honed as an ambitious young lawyer in San Francisco were no longer enough. Pat, who went on to make a small fortune practicing law in Los Angeles, never quite recovered from his electoral defeat. From 1967 until his death in 1996, he had to satisfy his political appetites vicariously by observing, with a characteristically paternal mixture of affection, admiration, and perplexity, the changing fortunes of his third child and only son.

Jerry Brown needed special permission to attend his father’s inauguration as governor in January 1959. A seminarian at the Novitiate of the Sacred Heart, he was subject to the discipline that the Jesuits imposed on everyone who set out on the long and arduous path to the priesthood. Looking somber and somewhat out of place in his cassock, he had only a few hours with his family before returning to the novitiate’s strict routine. Jerry left the seminary a year later and would eventually drift away from the church. But for him (and, in a quite different key, for his father), Catholic values and rituals remained an important part of his identity, the starting point and an abiding presence in what would be a lifelong quest for a spiritual home. The Browns’ story is, among other things, a Catholic story.

Jerry was unlike his father in many ways: less amiable, more introspective, and less disciplined, he was not a natural politician. But the two shared both the capacity to inspire loyalty among those who knew them best as well as some core beliefs about the importance of public service, the evils of racial discrimination, and government’s obligation to protect society’s most vulnerable members. Above all, father and son shared an insatiable appetite for elected office. After a few fitful attempts to practice law, Jerry devoted more and more of his time and energy to campaigning, first for the Los Angeles College Board, then California Secretary of State, and finally, in 1974, for governor. After he was reelected by a substantial margin, Jerry’s popularity began to slip, in part because he could not resist the siren call of national politics, mounting a series of fruitless efforts to win the Democratic nomination for the presidency. In 1982, after deciding not to run for a third term as governor, he was defeated in a bitterly fought senatorial race. A year later, his somewhat quixotic attempt to restart a presidential campaign collapsed. Although he was just forty-five years old, it looked as though Jerry Brown’s political career was over.

Like his father, Jerry was the victim of some bad luck (for example, an infestation of the Mediterranean fruit fly and his very unpopular decision to delay combating it with a toxic chemical), as well as changes in the political climate. But here the resemblance ended: after a few years in the political wilderness, Jerry came back, slowly working his way up the electoral ladder until 2010 when he was, once again, elected governor; he was reelected with a nineteen-point margin four years later. Once the youngest governor in California’s history, he now became the oldest, a feat that is not likely to be matched any time soon.

Although written with the Brown family’s cooperation, Pawel’s book is not an authorized biography; she does not hesitate to point out, rather gently to be sure, her subjects’ faults and foibles, such as Pat’s highly profitable but unsavory connections to an Indonesian oil firm and Jerry’s stubborn refusal to abandon his doomed presidential ambitions. Overall, however, she provides a sympathetic and affectionate group portrait of the Browns, based on their own letters and diaries and on the testimony of more than seventy relatives and friends. Along the way, Pawel tells us a great deal about the issues that continue to confront the golden state—immigration, racial inequality, crime, water supply, environmental degradation—but her main subject is the complex interplay of public life and personal relationships within the Brown family. Considering their differences in character, temperament, and experience, and the incandescent intensity of their individual ambitions, the Browns managed to treat one another with an impressive amount of love and loyalty. Pawel argues that this was largely due to the influence of two remarkable women, Ida Schuckman Brown, Pat’s mother, and Bernice Layne Brown, his wife. The third remarkable woman in the Brown saga is Jerry’s wife, Anne Gust Brown, whom he married in 2005, just as the second act of his political career was getting under way. Unlike Ida and Bernice, she has been directly and actively involved in policy-making and deserves a good deal of credit for the accomplishments of her husband’s last two terms as governor.

Perhaps the most important source of Jerry Brown’s extraordinary success is his apparently inexhaustible capacity for self-invention. Like the California that he governed, he has been driven by a constantly changing vision of the future. This vision, it should be said, was not always clear and accurate, but in a career stretching across half a century, he has been more often right than wrong. For decades he has warned about the dangers of climate change and environmental catastrophe, and is now one of the most eloquent critics of the institutionalization of ignorance that characterizes so much of contemporary American politics. Jerry’s success depends on more than his commitment to prepare for a tomorrow that will not be like today. He has also been, as many of his fellow Californians have not, inspired by his awareness of the past’s enduring power, an awareness nourished by the spiritual values that he learned from the Jesuits, by his own broad and eclectic reading, and by his engagement with his ancestors, whose experiences have begun to play an increasingly important part in his public statements and private reflections.

Pawel begins and ends her book where the Browns’ own story began and apparently will end, in the rugged foothills of Colusa County where Jerry Brown’s great-grandparents first settled in the middle of the nineteenth century and to which he plans to return when he leaves office in January 2019. “It is nice,” the governor recently remarked, “to walk in the very footprints of your grandmother, and your great-grandfather.” The Browns always looked where they were going (often it was to the next election), but they never forgot where they came from. 


The Browns of California
The Family Dynasty that Transformed a State and Shaped a Nation

Miriam Pawel
Bloomsbury Publishing, $35, 496 pp.


          “A Bronx Tale”      Cache   Translate Page      


Breathes there the man, with soul so dead, / Who never to himself hath said, / This is my own, my native land! / Whose heart hath ne’er within him burn’d, / As home his footsteps he hath turn’d…”

—Sir Walter Scott


Native land means different things to different people. To some it’s a nation with well-defined borders, like France or Sweden; to others, it transcends borders, à la Ireland or Korea. For many, I think, native land invokes something more intimate and parochial: a patch of earth that, no matter where life takes us, stays synonymous with home. For me, that place is the Bronx of the 1950s and ’60s, a lower-middle/middle-middle-class agglomeration of apartment houses, single-family homes, and small businesses sprawled between Long Island Sound to the east and the Hudson River to the west, a so-called bedroom borough whose north-south subway lines transported its inhabitants to and from jobs in Manhattan. 

Reeking of exhaust and incinerators, the Bronx was chockablock with pizzerias, German and Jewish delis, Irish bars; blessed with spacious parks, a world-class zoo and botanical garden; and possessed of the Ruthian diamond—the crown jewel of major league baseball—Yankee Stadium. The skyline looming to the south was the imperial city, a dream-big place, proximate yet far away. Ours was the workaday, no-illusion city, its concrete precincts filled with cops, firemen, pipefitters, clerks, mechanics, motormen, taxi drivers, teachers, housewives, shop owners, wire lathers, civil servants, and union members, the everyday people who kept the place running.

Solid, stolid, often the butt of jokes (“The Bronx, no thonx,” wrote Ogden Nash), the borough was a small-scale Yugoslavia: ethnic enclaves interspersed with areas in which, though physically mingled, groups lived psychically and culturally apart. Jews, by far the most numerous population, branched out from the Art Deco stem of the Grand Course. Highbridge, Kingsbridge, and Woodlawn were heavily Irish. Fordham, presided over by the Jesuit Gothic of the eponymous university, was bordered to the west by the well-heeled Irish parish of St. Nicholas of Tolentine; to the southeast by Belmont, a tight-knit Italian village of modest apartment buildings and meticulously tended one- and two-family homes.

The once-Irish/Jewish South Bronx filled with newly arrived Puerto Ricans and African Americans. The East Bronx was a trifecta of Jews, Irish, and Italians. Riverdale, in the borough’s northwest corner, felt like an appendage of suburban Westchester County. Fieldston, adjacent to it, was a privately owned enclave of privilege and palatial homes.

Home to almost a million-and-a-half people, the borough had only one real hotel, the Concourse Plaza. It was often referred to as the “Bronx’s Waldorf Astoria,” a description more aspirational than exact, which is not to say it wasn’t a fine place to spend the night. Around the corner from where my wife was raised and a Mickey Mantle home run away from Yankee Stadium, the Concourse Plaza is at the center of the 1956 movie A Catered Affair, a tale of working-class Irish-Catholic parents in conflict over their daughter’s wedding reception.

In an improbable feat of casting, the taxi-driving, Irish-Catholic dad is played by Ernest Borgnine, the daughter by Debbie Reynolds, and the mother by Bette Davis, whose attempt at a Bronx accent is somewhere between a misfire and weird. (Barry Fitzgerald, her brother, has a rich Irish brogue, a discrepancy left unexplained.) The movie was based on a television play by Bronx-native Paddy Chayefsky, who the previous year had won the Academy Award for best screenplay for Marty, another Bronx tale with Ernest Borgnine in his Academy Award–winning role as an Italian-American butcher.

I recall Marty receiving accolades from relatives and neighbors. Scenes shot in the Bronx and mention of places like Fordham Road and Arthur Avenue sprinkled Hollywood stardust over the borough’s prosaic precincts. As opposed to Marty, which had a ring of authenticity, A Catered Affair was a blatant attempt to piggyback on the success of its predecessor, with Irish characters substituted for Italian. The screenplay was written by Gore Vidal who, if pressed, could probably have located the Bronx somewhere between Montreal and the Upper East Side. The movie earned mostly Bronx cheers.


When I heard talk of intermarriage, it referred to Irish-Italian nuptials.

We Bronx Irish defined ourselves as much by parishes as neighborhoods. I was from St. Raymond’s, in Parkchester, in the East Bronx. Founded in 1842, it was the first Catholic church in Westchester County. (The Bronx became a separate county in 1914. The five boroughs of New York City are coterminous with state counties.) In the burial yard in front of the church were three towering Celtic crosses, monuments to the half-century reign of a triad of Irish monsignori. Despite all belonging to the genus of B.I.C. (Bronx Irish Catholic), we at St. Raymond Elementary School considered ourselves distinctly different from our counterparts in the neighboring parish of St. Helena’s.

A planned community of 12,000 apartments spread across 171 buildings between 7 and 13 stories, Parkchester was created by the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, which also financed construction of Stuyvesant Town in Manhattan. Parks and open spaces were strategically placed. The main means of transportation were subways and the extensive system of city-owned bus lines. But in anticipation of a rapid increase in car ownership, there were multistoried garages and copious parking spaces.

Parkchester’s residents were overwhelmingly Jewish and Catholic—Irish in the main. The few Protestants who lived there were regarded with curiosity. Up until the 1960s, Metropolitan Life excluded African Americans from both Stuyvesant Town and Parkchester. This was of a piece with the intransigent residential segregation that prevailed (and still prevails) across large swathes of the city. Desperate to increase the supply of middle-class housing—at least for whites—New York’s progressive mayor, Fiorello LaGuardia, reluctantly went along. (Ironically, the oval at Parkchester’s center once contained the ballfield on which the Negro League’s Lincoln Giants played their home games.)

Parkchester was built on the site of the old Catholic Protectory, which was founded in 1863 by Archbishop John Hughes, the Ulster-born hierarch who established Fordham University, initiated the building of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and made the New York Irish into a political as well as religious constituency. The Protectory housed orphans and abandoned children, mostly Irish, whom the Children’s Aid Society had begun shipping west on “Orphan Trains” to be settled among God-fearing, Anglo-Saxon Protestants.

Bordering Parkchester, Morris Park to the west and Castle Hill to the east were heavily Italian. A step behind in terms of assimilation and economic advancement, Italians generally preferred houses with small gardens rather than apartments. Parochial schools brought us together. Friendships blossomed and so did fights. I remember the schoolyard of St. Raymond’s as an asphalt Serengeti where the weak were bullied and Irish toughs battled tough Italians. (Pugilistically inept, I did my best to be inconspicuous.)

Sometimes the rivalries were humorous. One Italian carting company emblazoned on its garbage trucks “We Cater Irish Weddings.” When I heard talk of “intermarriage” it referred to Irish-Italian nuptials. It wasn’t until later that miscegenation escalated into ethnic meltdown and bred a new strain of Hiberno-Mediterranean offspring notable for their good looks.

Over the years, I’ve heard from Jewish Bronxites about suffering verbal harassment (“kikes,” “sheenies,” “Christ-killers”) and physical abuse from, as one friend put it, “Irish pogromists.” Without doubting their accounts, that wasn’t my experience. Through all my years of parochial school, I never heard anti-Semitic professions by teachers or clergy. We were told it was our sins that nailed Jesus to the cross. If either of my parents suspected we were cursing or bullying Jews, retribution would have been swift and severe. Yet I had no Jewish friends. We lived separately together. One thing shared by gentiles and Jews was a familiarity with Yiddish. To be a Bronxite was to schlepp and kibitz, and to understand the difference between a schmuck and a mensch.

I had no acquaintance with Jewish girls, except one. We rode the 20 BX bus together, she to Walton Girls High School in Kingsbridge, me to all-male Manhattan Prep in Riverdale. I sat in the back with my school buddies, she in front with her classmates. The first time I saw her, I was smitten by her thin and graceful figure, clothes loose and flowing (our style then was tight), thick black curls (the fashion was long and straight), an early-blossoming flower child. It was part of growing up in the Bronx to figure out, as quickly as possible, a person’s tribe. I identified her Jewishness in the same way, if she bothered to notice, she perceived my goyishness.

We never spoke. And then, one September, she was gone, off to college I presumed. I spent months bereft. Recently, for the first time in fifty years, I rode a bus along the old route, and it all flooded back, my lonely-hearts Bronx tale, unbridgeable worlds in the same borough, on the same bus.


Economic change drove social change, and reinforced it. Vatican II altered our unalterable church.

My first ancestors arrived in New York when Margaret and Michael Manning fled the Great Famine. Margaret Manning, their daughter and my paternal grandmother, was born in 1863, in the village of Fordham—at that time part of Westchester County—and baptized in the university church. (It was then called St. John’s College.) My grandfather Patrick Quinn, a union organizer, was born in Tipperary in 1859. His family emigrated to New York in 1870. He married Margaret Manning, a seamstress, in St. Brigid’s church, on the Lower East Side, in 1899. They moved to the Bronx in 1914, where they bought a small house in the West Farms neighborhood which, despite its name, was absent all things agricultural.

Contra the notion of Irish obsession with ancestry, my family showed little interest in the past. My mother had an active disinterest, routinely tossing out documents and obfuscating or bowdlerizing the fate of relatives who fell victim to impoverishment or their own misbehaviors (or both). The primary focus of my parents and grandparents wasn’t on the Irish past but the American future, and their children’s role in it.

My father recalled that as a boy on the Lower East Side he shared a room with his older brother in which they rarely stayed. My grandparents hosted relative after relative as they arrived from Ireland, until none were left to bring over. If my grandfather heard anyone sentimentalizing about the old country his instant riposte was, “If you miss it so much, why don’t you go back?” Romantic Ireland didn’t ring very convincingly in crowded tenement rooms.

Catherine Riordan of Blarney, County Cork, landed at Castle Garden in 1888. (It would be four years before Ellis Island opened and processed its first immigrant, Annie Moore, also of County Cork.) Though Catherine claimed to be eighteen, it’s more likely she was fifteen or sixteen and lied about her age so she could join her older sister as a domestic and begin sending remittances home to finance her siblings’ journeys. She stayed at maid’s work until she met James Murphy, a native-Irish speaker from near Macroom, who worked as a mechanic at Yorkville’s Rupert Brewery. My mother, Viola Murphy, the last of their six children, was born on the top floor of a four-story walkup on 149th Street, in the Bronx.

Coming of age in the 1920s, my parents belonged to the first truly modern generation. Electricity rolled back night and blazed the Great White Way. New appliances alleviated the burden of ancient drudgeries. Movies and radio revolutionized entertainment. Cars and airplanes shrank old barriers of distance. Credit and the installment plan made commonplace what were once luxuries. People’s expectations rose exponentially. The population of the Bronx tripled to 1.2 million in 1930 from 400,000 in 1910. Progress and prosperity were presumed, with America in the vanguard, and Jazz Age New York ahead of all.

While none of my grandparents went beyond primary school, my parents graduated from college. My father received a B.S. in civil engineering from Manhattan College (despite its name, it’s in the Bronx) and worked on the construction of the IND subway while attending Fordham Law School at night. My mother was a classics major at Mt. Saint Vincent, in Riverdale. They met in 1928 at a parish St. Patrick’s Day dance in the Bronx. They loved nightclubs, the theater—musicals, the Marx Brothers, Shakespeare—and reveled in the speakeasy hubbub in which my mother’s bartender brother was much admired for his skill as a mixologist.

The presumption that they had escaped their ancestors’ world—a chronicle of unhappy endings that culminated in starvation and migration—was rocked by the Crash of ’29 and the Great Depression. My mother lost her small savings as a teacher when the Edgewater Savings Bank folded. Her immigrant father lost his life savings, the accumulation of forty years working in a brewery. Pensionless, he worked until he died. My two aunts, one a teacher, the other a secretary, stayed unwed and at home to support my grandmother.

Though he had an engineering and law degree, my father struggled to find a full-time job. He volunteered with the local Democratic Club. Edward J. Flynn, the formidable Fordham-educated leader (aka “The Boss”) of the Bronx Democratic organization and a confidante of Governor Franklin Roosevelt, took a liking to him. Flynn sent my father to the 1932 Democratic National Convention in Chicago as part of a contingent that worked behind the scenes to keep the New York delegation in line for FDR. My father campaigned hard for FDR, speaking around the city from the back of a flatbed truck. In 1936, he was elected to the State Assembly. A week after the election, eight years after they met, my parents were married.

My father spent the rest of his life in Bronx politics, serving in the assembly until 1944, then a term in the U.S. Congress (he was one of the two congressmen from New York who rode FDR’s funeral train to Hyde Park), and the rest of his career as a judge of the Municipal Court, chief judge of the City Court, and a justice of the State Supreme Court. He was at home in the Bronx, in the parish in which he grew up.

His obituary in the New York Times states that his “associates described him as a witty and brilliant man who loved to sing Irish songs and tell Irish stories.” My father and mother were both fine singers and dancers. The songs were mainly from Broadway shows or The Great American Songbook, the dances foxtrots and waltzes, not reels and jigs. The “Irish songs” weren’t folk tunes but Irish-American favorites like “Harrigan,” “Galway Bay,” and their all-time favorite, “How Are Things in Glocca Morra?” (lyrics by Jewish songwriter E. Y. Harberg). The stories my father excelled at telling—stories salted with theatrical mastery of dialects—rarely involved Ireland (when they did, they were ghost stories) and rose instead from his life amid the mishegas of Bronx politics.

I took for granted that the Irish-American world my family existed in for over a century would remain as it was. The election of John F. Kennedy as president in 1960 felt like a capstone. Shortly before the election, Kennedy spoke at the Concourse Plaza. My father, running in his last election for the state Supreme Court, also spoke. Afterwards, Kennedy traveled up the Grand Course on the back of a convertible, a quaintly distant, pre-Dallas image. My friends and I stood in front of the Loew’s Paradise, a movie palace that has since then been stripped and defaced, and helped swell the panethnic delirium that arose when Kennedy mounted a platform in front of the long-vanished Sachs Furniture and Krum’s Candy stores.


Permanence of any kind is the grandest of illusions. What was different about the Bronx was the velocity with which the illusion crumbled. The origins of the Bronx as one of the city’s five boroughs (the only one on the U.S. mainland) were obscure even to Bronxites. I heard passing mention among my elders of “annexation” and “consolidation,” but the hardedge, unremitting brick-on-brick streetscapes disguised its overnight transformation from pastoral to metropolitan and made it seem pretty much the same since the Dutch forcibly evicted the peaceable, innocent Lenapes.

The centrifugal swirl that memory insists descended suddenly, like a fast-moving storm, had been building for some time. The pharaonic schemes of Robert Moses carried traffic around and across the Bronx to Long Island and New Jersey. The fund-starved, once-efficient public-transit system creaked and sputtered. FHA mortgages spurred the upwardly mobile, suburban aspirations of would-be homeowners and at the same time maintained and abetted the enduring injustice of residential apartheid that condemned minorities to a decaying, substandard housing stock.

Economic change drove social change, and reinforced it. Vatican II altered our unalterable church. Priests and nuns molted back into civilians. Parishioners moved away. Once-thriving parishes became enfeebled. Rock ’n’ roll and the sexual revolution made the generation gap seem more like a chasm. Crime, and fear of it, escalated. The Concourse Plaza became a welfare hotel. The celluloid Bronx of Marty and A Catered Affair, the home of good-hearted working-class stiffs, descended into Fort Apache, The Bronx, a crime-ridden wasteland ruled by drug addicts and crooked cops. Formerly a synonym for low-rent blah, the borough was now “the burning Bronx,” a global synecdoche for urban ruin.

The future fled the Bronx. Friends moved away or never returned from college. Soon enough I followed, serving as a VISTA volunteer in Kansas City. Beckoned by the beautiful and new—everything the Bronx wasn’t—I felt the lure of California. It was then, for the first time, I thought about what I was leaving behind: the saga of the Atlantic passover from poverty and subservience to steerage and immigrant tenements; those who made it, those who didn’t, those whose names I knew, those I didn’t. I turned my footsteps home and returned to New York.

I attended Bronx Catholic institutions from kindergarten to the last stages of a PhD. Though they were all founded or largely staffed by Irish and Irish Americans, my first encounter with Irish history was in a college course on Victorian Britain. The past was a blur. It was as if we emerged from the shadows and fully entered history when we came to the Bronx.

My threadbare connection to Michael Manning, my great-grandfather, was my father’s memory of him as a blind old man, quiet and gentle, who never talked about what led him to emigrate other than to say that he would never think about going back “until they hanged the last landlord.” Except that he was born in pre-famine Ireland and emigrated before the Civil War, all I knew of him was a line in the census—“occupation: laborer”—and the place of his death on January 10, 1910: 296 East 7th Street, a long-ago demolished tenement. I later learned the name Manning was an errant transcription of Mangan that, for whatever reason, stuck. The rest was silence.


Why the past means so much to some and not much—or not at all—to others is hard to figure. At bottom, I think, it involves history as therapy.

When I returned to New York, any research I did was lackadaisical and accidental. So was my career. I worked as a Wall Street messenger, a court officer in Bronx Landlord & Tenant Court, an archivist at the New York Botanical Gardens (natives always refer to it as the Bronx Botanical Gardens), et al., until I found my way to a graduate program at Fordham. I was a graduate assistant to the late Maurice O’Connell, a scholar of Irish history and descendant of Daniel O’Connell, the Liberator, a towering figure in that history.

I traveled to Ireland and studied there. Though I felt an intimate connection to the land and people, I confronted the fact it wasn’t home and I didn’t belong. On one occasion, I took my mother to her father’s village. Not a trace of the family remained. The journey my ancestors made was final and irreversible. Caught on the hyphen between this small island to the east and the vast continent to the west, I recognized that my native land was the interspace on America’s Atlantic ledge.

Why the past means so much to some and not much—or not at all—to others is hard to figure. At bottom, I think, it involves history as therapy, as a key to understanding self as well as society, as a restless desire to uncover what we don’t know about ourselves, however partial or fractured that must be. Perhaps that hope was best captured by New York novelist and memoirist Kathleen Hill when she wrote, “our journey toward understanding the selves we had considered lost forever or, worse, have never even missed, may be restored if we are patiently attentive to our inner promptings.”

In the early-morning hours and in the time I could game or grift from my corporate day job, I began trying to reconstruct what I could of my ancestors’ immigrant world. It gradually dawned on me that the history I sought belonged to lives too unimportant to record, people who suffered history rather than recorded it, servants, laborers, anonymous poor, ordinary moments that weren’t written anywhere, the intricate tangle of existences shrunk to generalities, statistics, accidental mention, a census line.

Despairing of history, I decided to venture into the terra incognita of fiction and attempt a novel set during the Civil War Draft Riots, an epic explosion—part race riot, part insurrection—that tore New York City apart and exposed the perennial, often-feral struggle among those at the bottom of American society.

I copied paragraphs from novels I admired, scribbled the beginnings of the story I wanted to tell. I researched, wrote, despaired, rewrote, deserted, returned, persisted across an entire decade. I discovered in fiction truths I didn’t in history. I grappled with the power of the past to bolt in place the exoskeleton that supported and shaped—sometimes misshaped—expectations and relationships far into the future. I came to grasp the human need to forget as well as to remember. I learned that what goes unspoken, unacknowledged, has the greatest sway of all. Everything around me, parish, school, politics, religion, the Bronx I grew up in and carry with me, sprang from and contained what came before. The past never goes away, I realized; it only goes ignored or denied.

My characters became my companions, comrades-in-arms, soulmates, a company of aspiring, compromised, lustful, decent, cowardly, ruthless, compassionate, befuddled human beings—Irish, African Americans, old-stock New Yorkers—that I gathered under a phrase from a prayer I said since childhood: “banished children of eve.” Some were imaginary, some reconstructed from random facts and fragments inherited from my family, some, like Stephen Foster and John Hughes, real.

I listened as they mumbled, murmured, shouted, revealed themselves. They prompted me, guided me, led me through the vale of tears and weeping, laughter and rejoicing, that each generation travels in its own way. They gave me back the past and reminded me of what I thought I didn’t know. They taught me that the borders of our native land are the borders of our hearts.


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Live At the Orinda concert series, currently in its debut season of presenting world-renowned musical artists at the beautiful art-deco Orinda Theatre, announces the first half of their 2019 Season. This will also mark their One Year Anniversary Season. The season kicks off on Saturday, January 19, 2019 with legendary actor/singer Rita Moreno in her first Bay Area concert in many years, followed by a matinee performance on Sunday, January 20, 2019. The opening weekend performances will also serve as a fundraiser for the historic Orinda Movie Theatre to purchase permanent concert lighting for the venue to enhance the live music experience even further.

The season continues on Sunday, February 17, 2019 with three-time Tony nominated Broadway star Carolee Carmello (Scandalous, Mamma Mia!, Finding Neverland) making her long-awaited Bay Area concert debut. On Thursday, March 14, 2019, Broadway and TV star Telly Leung (Aladdin, Wicked, Allegiance, GLEE) comes directly from his starring role in Disney's Aladdin for his first Bay Area concert in many years. Platinum-selling singer/songwriter Ann Hampton Callaway ("At the Same Time") will reunite with Broadway star Liz Callaway (Miss Saigon, Cats)on Thursday, April 4, 2019 for their award-winning show Sibling Revelry. This also marks the first Bay Area duo concert by the Tony nominated sisters in several years. Live At the Orinda will celebrate the finale of the first half of the season, before a summer break, on Thursday, May 2, 2019, with Broadway and West End star Brent Barrett. This will also mark the Bay Area concert debut of the Olivier Award nominee and star of Phantom Of the Opera, Chicago and Kiss Me Kate.

The current season of Live At the Orinda will celebrate the holidays and its debut season finale on Sunday, December 16, 2018 with Broadway star and 12-time MAC Award winner Karen Mason (Mamma Mia!, Sunset Boulevard), coming directly from the National Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies. Tickets for Karen Mason are available now.

All shows are presented in an intimate 180-seat theatre inside the Orinda Movie Theatre complex (2, Orinda Theatre Square, Orinda, CA). All seating is reserved, with most tickets from $55 - $100 and no ticket service-charges, nor food or drink minimums. Subscribers enjoy substantial ticket discounts and first choice of reserved seats for the season. VIP Subscribers and donors are also invited to the private post-show receptions with each artist at Ciné Cuvée Wine Bar, adjacent to the theatre. Information and tickets for the concert series are available at or 925-254-9065. Season subscriptions are on sale now. Individual show tickets for the 2019 season go on sale December 10, 2018.

The Live At the Orinda concert series was founded in early 2018 by producers Derek Zemrak and Michael Wiliams along with Zemrak/Pirkle Productions. Inspired by their mutual love of intimate cabaret-style concerts, theatre owner Zemrak and cabaret producer Williams decided to join forces. "Our goal has been two-fold: to bring world-class Broadway and jazz artists who excel in this intimate style of performing and who don't often perform in the Bay Area to the Orinda Theatre; and to create a sense of community among live music lovers. It's a beautiful community here and an untapped market, we've discovered." Located 17 miles east of San Francisco, the Lamorinda community (the towns of Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda) is anchored by the historic Orinda Theatre (built in 1941) and its landmark art-deco neon sign.

Live At the Orinda debuted in February 2018 with Tony Award winner John Lloyd Young, followed by Golden Globe winner Amanda McBroom, jazz singer Amanda King and Tony nominee Andrea McArdle. Rounding out the current season with Tony winner Lillias White, Franc D'Ambrosio, Lorna Luft, Maureen McGovern, and Karen Mason.

Information and tickets: or 925-254-9065

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Given the tide of mourning over Friday's death at 94 of George H.W. Bush, when it comes to this beat, one piece of the 41st President's legacy bears particular note, all the more as its impact extends into the present.

At its core, next year marks the 35th anniversary of the establishment of full relations between the Holy See and the US. Though the bilateral ties are easily taken for granted today, if anything – fraught as it was with anti-Catholic prejudice and conspiracy theories – the path to Washington's diplomatic recognition of the Pope took almost a century to accomplish, and were it not for Bush, odds are the wait would've stretched even longer.

In a way, that owed itself to a quirk of history... well, one among others.

In 1974, six years before the Texas bureaucrat's election as Ronald Reagan's Vice President, the Federal government finally got around to giving its #2 an official residence: a house on the grounds of the Naval Observatory, located along the Massachusetts Avenue heart of "Embassy Row." Yet as it happened, the move would be an unwitting boon for the Vatican – since 1939, the Holy See's base of operations in the States, then known as the Apostolic Delegation, was located right across the street.

At the time, the state of affairs meant that, in the absence of formal relations, the Apostolic Delegates – in place since 1893 – were the Pope's emissary solely to the US church, with no status before the government. (On the flip-side, after President Franklin D. Roosevelt proved unable to establish full relations due to lingering suspicion toward the church from Protestant senators, the late 1930s saw FDR institute a "personal representative" of the President to the Holy See, who served as an ambassador in all but name.) Yet by the time the Bushes arrived at the VP's house, their presence joined other sea-changes on the global front in giving the century-old impasse the momentum to shift.

Despite the absence of full diplomatic ties, the early 1980s already saw a tightening of American and Vatican interests. In 1978, the election of John Paul II brought to Peter's Chair a figure whose deep personal experience with the States was without precedent for a Pope, an attribute born from multiple extended visits, and just as much through a network of Polish-American contacts who quietly funneled sizable aid for their homeland's suffering church and its resistance to the Communist regime in large part through the cardinal-archbishop of Krakow.

In that light, per custom at the change of pontificates, the new Pope made the Washington posting a key early target of his geopolitical strategy, naming Archbishop Pio Laghi – whose prior assignments in the Holy Land and Argentina made him a heavyweight of the Vatican's foreign service – as his Delegate to the US within days of Reagan's election. And while the courtly Italian, whose patrician bearing masked his simple upbringing, would openly execute one revolution – stacking the American hierarchy with prelates who reflected a bolstered sense of Catholic identity – a second, stealth effort would fuse Pope and President in a multi-front campaign to dismantle the Iron Curtain, a push in which Reagan's deputy would play a linchpin role long before Bush's own administration presided over its formal demise.

Having moved into their respective sides of Mass Av at the same time in early 1981, in typical Bush form, the Vice President's bond with Laghi was forged on the tennis court. Both in their mid-50s, the new neighbors were longtime avid players – and as Maureen Dowd's appreciation of Bush in today's New York Times put it, just as "H.W. used sports as a way to do personal diplomacy," in the Pope's Delegate, the high-church Episcopalian had met his match. (With Bush as Vice President, the duo are seen above in an undated photo aboard Air Force Two – Laghi at far left – along with Barbara Bush and one of the archbishop's key US appointees, Cardinal Bernard Law of Boston.)

Given Bush's own strong-suit in foreign policy, burnished by stints as ambassador to China and the United Nations, the dynamic between the Vice President and Apostolic Delegate made for a symbiotic fit, so much so that Laghi would come to be seen as "a close family friend." And with the church's on-the-ground presence across the Communist bloc – not to mention Latin America, another "hothouse" of the time – providing key intelligence networks for the US to tap into, the synergy of personal ties and shared priorities arguably made for the halcyon period of the Rome-Washington axis, which finally secured the establishment of full bilateral relations in 1984, granting Laghi ambassadorial status as Pro-Nuncio. (At the time, the Holy See's practice was to reserve the title "Nuncio" solely to the Catholic countries where, by law, its representative was ex officio dean of the diplomatic corps; the distinction was abolished in the late 1990s.)

Having remained in the post through his friend's election to the Presidency and the fall of the Berlin Wall – while internally overseeing a sweeping recast of the Stateside bench in John Paul's image and likeness – Laghi was recalled to Rome in 1990 as prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education and made a cardinal months later.

Since his departure, no occupant of the Washington posting has approached his length of tenure in it.

Almost always seen as the most influential Vatican legate the US has known in its era as a hegemonic superpower, Laghi's decade in the capital still endures as a point of reference, and the man himself was discreetly sought out for high-level American efforts or advice in Rome practically until his own passing in 2009.

In the best-known of those moments, as the White House push for a second war in Iraq gathered steam in early 2003, the former Pro-Nuncio was tapped by John Paul as his personal emissary to President George W. Bush, tasked with returning to Washington to convey the Pope's intense opposition to the campaign.

While the choice of messenger indicated the most concerted engagement for peace that the Vatican could make, of course, the mission (carried out during 40-minute Oval Office talks with "43") proved futile. Upon departing the capital, the cardinal "realized that the Bush administration was very naïve about the consequences of war" – a sense that would only be revealed after his death.

Though all but a handful of Laghi's appointees are long gone from office, several of the young local aides from his US posting were subsequently named to the bench and remain atop the American hierarchy: a group led by the sitting cardinal-archbishops of New York and Chicago, two of the nation's three largest dioceses.

Of all the "Laghini," however, the DC aide invariably described as the most beloved was Msgr Bernie Yarrish, a son of Scranton whose own elevation was precluded by a two-decade battle with multiple sclerosis. At 67, Yarrish died of the disease in June, with Tim Dolan – who brought his onetime Nunciature-mate to Rome as his Vice-Rector at the North American College (Yarrish's final major assignment) – leading the sendoff at the fallen cleric's boyhood parish.

Laghi's fifth successor at 3339 Massachusetts, the current Nuncio to the US, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, will be the Holy See's representative at Wednesday's state funeral for Bush in Washington National Cathedral – sitting not with the delegations of ecumenical clergy, but the diplomatic corps.

In keeping with the procedures on the death of a former President, President Trump has declared Wednesday as a national day of mourning; among other entities, the Federal government will be closed in tribute, as will the financial markets, and mail delivery will be suspended.

On another protocol note, church institutions with flagpoles are advised that the US flag is to be flown at half-staff until sunset on New Year's Eve – 30 days from 41's passing. However, where applicable, the custom does not extend to the Vatican flag – as it represents a sovereign entity, the Holy See's banner is lowered solely upon the death of the Roman pontiff through the subsequent Novemdiales, the nine-day mourning period that precedes a Conclave.

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Billionaire real estate and casino tycoon Neil Bluhm has been revealed as the owner of a penthouse at the Four Seasons Residences at The Surf Club in Surfside. Bluhm took out a $10 million mortgage on Penthouse 5 at the luxury condo and hotel development, according to property records. Bank of America is the lender. The Chicago real estate mogul owns a number of trophy properties in the Windy City, including the 900 North Michigan ... [more]
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Les Veuves // De Steve McQueen. Avec Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki. Steve McQueen n’avait rien proposé au cinéma depuis 12 Years a Slave (2013) et revient ici à sa façon en proposant de parler avec modernité du Chicago d’aujourd’hui...
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          Lian Wants To Be An Influencer, Dick Van Dyke at Mary Poppins Returns Premiere, Urban Nana in Brooklyn      Cache   Translate Page      

Julie has thoughts on George H. W. Bush, an Urban Nana report from Brooklyn and a review of the Radio City Holiday Spectacular.  Lian tests recipes from Claire Tansey's new cookbook Uncomplicated, has advice from Rancho La Puerta on how to have a zen holiday season and speculates about the job skills needed to be an "influencer" based on the Palessi/Payless switcheroo. Liz has thoughts about Neil DeGrasse Tyson and the future of #metoo. Plus, a super special behind-the-scenes report about Dick Van Dyke from the Hollywood premiere of the movie last week.  

In Entertaining Sisters, we talk about the movie Widows and two events that Hamilfans cannot wait for!  First, the premiere on Dec 19 of Mary Poppins Returns with Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda and the great Dick Van Dyke.  And the Kennedy Center Honors on Dec. 26 with a special salute to Hamilton. 

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          Smoke-Free Workplace Policies Lead to Lower Blood Pressure      Cache   Translate Page      

Laws prohibiting smoking in bars, restaurants and workplaces have been associated with increased heart health.

Is your workplace smoke free? New research in the Journal of the American Heart Association says that could be good for your heart.

Smoke-free policies have been linked to lower systolic (top number) blood pressure readings among non-smokers, according to AHA researchers.

“We found that nonsmoking adults in the study who lived in areas with smoke-free laws in restaurants, bars or workplaces had lower systolic blood pressure by the end of the follow-up period compared to those who lived in areas without smoke-free laws,” said Stephanie Mayne, Ph.D., study lead author and research scientist at PolicyLab and the Center for Pediatric Clinical Effectiveness at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

The study was conducted while Mayne  was a postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.

Although laws that prohibit smoking in public places like bars and restaurants have been associated with reduced rates of hospitalization for heart disease, previous studies have not examined changes in blood pressure. In this new analysis, researchers linked data from the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA, 1995-2011) study to state, county and local smoke-free policies in restaurants, bars and workplaces.

“Smoke-free laws were associated with reduced systolic blood pressure, but surprisingly not with reductions in diastolic blood pressure or high blood pressure," Mayne explained. "It’s not entirely certain why this was the case, but it’s possible that we are detecting effects on systolic blood pressure that are below the threshold for hypertension.” 

Higher systolic blood pressure increases the risk of cardiovascular disease even when numbers are below the hypertension threshold; so. the reductions in systolic blood pressure seen in this study suggest a potentially meaningful effect on population-level risk, she added.

While the magnitude of associations was small at the individual level, researchers said the results point to a potential mechanism through which reductions in secondhand smoke due to smoke-free policies may improve population level heart health.

The CARDIA study enrolled 5,115 black and white adults (age 18 to 30) in 1985-86 from four U.S. cities: Birmingham, Alabama, Chicago, Minneapolis and Oakland, California.

Follow-up exams were conducted up to 30 years later. Researchers analyzed data drawn from years 10-25 (1995-2011) to align with the timing of smoke-free policies and excluded participants who didn’t have at least two blood pressure readings during that period.

A total of 2,606 CARDIA participants were used for this study. At each exam, participants living in areas with smoke-free policies affecting public places had lower systolic blood pressure on average than those in areas without smoke-free policies, and the difference increased over time. By year 25, participants in smoke-free areas had systolic blood pressure values on average 1.14 mm Hg to 1.52 mm Hg lower than those in areas without smoke-free environments, depending on the locations covered by the law (restaurants, bars, or workplaces).

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A display from The Satanic Temple-Chicago has been placed in the Statehouse rotunda, joining the Nativity scene to mark the Christmas season and the Menorah to mark Hanukkah.According to the Satanic group’s application to the secretary of state’s office to allow the display, the sculpture is called “Knowledge is the Greatest Gift,” and it depicts the forearm of a young woman extended, with her hand holding an apple.The whole structure, including the [...]
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It's not yet known whether Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky will return from a shoulder injury for Sunday night's game at Soldier Field, but the Rams will still have to deal with Chicago's Khalil Mack-led defense and all-purpose running back Tarik Cohen.
          Obituary: Janet Thornbloom      Cache   Translate Page      

CHICAGO, IL (December 4, 2018) – Retired Covenant missionary Janet Thornbloom, who ministered to the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo for 44 years, died Monday evening. She was 79. In addition to serving Congo, she also worked 18 [...]

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It's not yet known whether Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky will return from a shoulder injury for Sunday night's game at Soldier Field, but the Rams will still have to deal with Chicago's Khalil Mack-led defense and all-purpose running back Tarik Cohen.
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Chicago’da pastacılık yapan Stacy (Vanessa Hudgens), Noel’den bir hafta önce kendisine tıpatıp benzeyen güzeller güzeli Montenaro Düşesi Margaret (Vanessa Hudgens) ile karşılaşır ve ikili birkaç günlüğüne birbirlerinin yerine geçmeye karar verir. Bu küçük değişim sırasında Margaret Stacy’nin yakışıklı iş arkadaşına, Stacy ise Margaret’ın nişanlısı olan Prens’e aşık olur.
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          ‘Tear down Silent Sam’: Confederate statue plans at UNC Chapel Hill cause uproar among students      Cache   Translate Page      

Students at UNC Chapel Hill have fought long and hard to make a Confederate statue called “Silent Sam”, a thing of the past and even toppled it in protest. READ MORE: Look out Chicago voters! ‘Grandma Clark’ wants to be your next mayor So, news of the university’s plan to bring it back to life is […]

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          Look out Chicago voters! ‘Grandma Clark’ wants to be your next mayor      Cache   Translate Page      

It just goes to show, you’re never too old…to enter politics, that is. An 87-year-old Roseland, Illinois resident is among the 21 people who filed nominating petitions to run for mayor of Chicago and she’s serious about it. According to the Chicago Sun Times, Conrien Hykes Clark, who asks everyone at the Haines Elementary School where she […]

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* Sun-Times… Teachers for the Acero charter schools network began picketing Tuesday morning, canceling classes for thousands of students, and marking a historic event that charter founders believed they’d never have to face: the nation’s first-ever strike by charter school educators. Picket lines shut down 15 government-funded campuses operated by the privately-managed Acero, which used to be [...]
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* Daniel Cain and Patrick Murphy were two of the FBI agents who arrrested Rod Blagojevich ten years ago this coming Saturday. Their Chicago Magazine article about that arrest is an absolute must-read. Excerpts… That afternoon, we went over the plan step by step. We would arrest the governor — whom we had code-named Elvis because [...]
          12/4/2018: FOOTBALL: HICKS IS ‘THE FRIDGE PART 2!’      Cache   Translate Page      
The Chicago Bears debuted their 21st century version of The Fridge, if you missed it on Sunday. In the franchise’s lone Super Bowl championship season of 1985, the Bears occasionally lined up massive defensive lineman William (The Refrigerator) Perry...
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Ever since Ruzek (Patrick John Flueger) and Upton (Tracy Spiridakos) started bumping and grinding on [...]
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The firm is already testing the Amazon Go system in small convenience stores located in Seattle, where the firm's headquarters are as well as San Francisco and Chicago.
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Check this opportunity to buy affordable non-stop flights from the Maldives to Frankfurt, Germany for only $94 one-way with Condor! Frankfurt is one of the most interesting cities in Germany, characterized by the city’s skyline offered by the great skyscrapers in the banking quarter, has a North American flavor described by nicknames as Manhattan” or “Chicago […]
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NBA fans shouldn’t be surprised if Fred Hoiberg lands on his feet. The former Chicago Bulls head coach might be... Read More »
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The Community Foundation of Southern Indiana has received a grant of $2 million as part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s seventh phase of its Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT) initiative. With GIFT VII, Lilly Endowment is making up to $125 million available to help Indiana community foundations strengthen the towns, cities and counties they serve. [Read more].

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The International Autos Group is a family owned and operated group of dealerships serving customers in the Milwaukee, Sheboygan, Chicago, Northwest Indiana...
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CHICAGO (AP) — American Airlines is investigating how a 67-year-old woman in a wheelchair was left alone overnight at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport when her flight was canceled. The incident, first reported by CBS 2 in Chicago , started Friday night when Olimpia Warsaw’s flight from Chicago to Detroit was canceled and a porter was […]
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When Maureen Cosentino flies from Dublin to Chicago, the airline removes her much-needed extra seat. Is the airline's apology enough?
          Lucky Break (Chicagoland Vampires, #10.5)      Cache   Translate Page      
Lucky Break (Chicagoland Vampires, #10.5)
author: Chloe Neill
name: Robin
average rating: 4.03
book published: 2015
rating: 0
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Phantom Kiss (Chicagoland Vampires, #12.5)
author: Chloe Neill
name: Robin
average rating: 4.01
book published: 2017
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          Wild Hunger (Heirs of Chicagoland, #1)      Cache   Translate Page      
Wild Hunger (Heirs of Chicagoland, #1)
author: Chloe Neill
name: Robin
average rating: 4.10
book published: 2018
rating: 4
read at: 2018/12/03
date added: 2018/12/03
shelves: paranormal-rom
After a long wait, and some trepidation that I would not find the second generation as engaging as I found their parents—Ethan and Merit Sullivan and Gabriel Keene—I enjoyed Wild Hunger much more than I expected. While I didn’t find Elisa Sullivan, age 23, and Connor Keene, age 25, quite as immediately engaging, it was a near thing. I found it hard to put the novel down. The long peace in Chicago is broken just as they hold a summit for European vampires seeking that same peace. Elisa returns after four plus years in Paris, with an independent sense of identity and a life-long secret only Connor knows. A younger generation of fairies is stirring things up, and a friend is jailed for a murder he didn’t commit. Elisa rises to the challenge while navigating the tricky realities of the agreement her father negotiated with the city twenty-three years ago.

While Elisa’s parents and Gabriel Keene have significant supporting roles, and a few other prominent characters from the Chicagoland series have cameos, most of my favorites were only mentioned in passing, such as Chuck Merit (still alive but retired) and former Ombuddy Jeff Christopher, which were both odd given the large social gatherings with a major Pack presence and with this the first time in over four years Chuck can see his great-granddaughter. Even stranger was the total absence or mention of Jonah, Merit’s friend and partner. This silence was especially strange given the prelude novella Slaying It, which was half about the end of Merit’s pregnancy and Elisa’s birth, and half about Jonah pining after Cadogan chef Margot (one of Wild Hunger’s cameo appearances) and her resolving her personal baggage so they could finally have the relationship they both wanted. Scott Grey, head of Grey House, and Jonah’s boss two decades earlier, has two cameo appearances at major events Jonah would normally have been at as Scott’s Captain, but wasn’t. Since Jonah was a favorite character I found his absence distracting as I did many of the cameos. While it was good to know these characters were alive and kicking, it raised a dozen curiosities about how things were going for them.

The development of the adult relationship between childhood antagonists Elisa and Connor felt abrupt and not as explored as it needed to be amidst all the dangers, but since it got to where readers knew it was headed, that is quibbling. I look forward to what comes next.

          ‘A State Of Disrepair’, Metra To Get More Used Trains To Fix Current Problems      Cache   Translate Page      
Metra said it plans to add 42 more locomotives that are used to its fleet early next year. There could be a few new engines in the mix but the prospects and the pricing are still under review.
          Maeve Cohen on Rethinking Economics      Cache   Translate Page      

Maeve Cohen, Co-director of Rethinking Economics, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about her organization and its efforts to change economics education. Cohen, who co-founded the Post-Crash Economics Society, argues for a more human-centered approach to economics that would be less confident in its policy prescriptions and more honest about the significance of its underlying assumptions.

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Intro. [Recording date: November 8, 2018.]

Russ Roberts: Before introducing today's guest, I want to correct an error I made in a recent episode. At the end of the episode with Alan Lightman, I read a quote from Tom Stoppard's play Arcadia. And in the middle of that quote Stoppard's character quotes from the poem "She Walks in Beauty": 'She walks in beauty, like the night of cloudless climes and starry skies, and all that's best of dark and bright meet in her aspect and her eyes'. Four beautiful lines. I pointed out incorrectly that that poet of those lines was Shelley. In fact, it's Lord Byron. They overlapped almost exactly in their lifespan; but that's an inexcusable error, though. I apologize to Lord Byron. And it's a particularly bad mistake because Byron, while not an onstage character in Arcadia, he does get discussed a lot. So he feels like a character. I want to thank listener Larry Guthrie for pointing out my misattribution. We've corrected it in the Highlights.


Russ Roberts: And now on to today's guest. She is Maeve Cohen, the director of Rethinking Economics, an organization working to reform how economics is taught and understood. And, that reform is our topic for today.... So, how did Rethinking Economics get started?

Maeve Cohen: So, I went to university in 2012--so, quite soon after the global Financial Crisis. And I was also studying politics and philosophy. And it was quite astounding to me, the way that I was being taught these different subjects. So, politics and philosophy was looking at different ways that you could view these things, and drawing on different value bases that you could have and really exploring the discipline like that. Whereas economics was taught as this one way of thinking about economics as if it's fact, with no [?] critical analysis of anything that was happening. And, notably, no mention of the financial crash that had just happened and was affecting a lot of our lives. And so, me, and some fellow students, a group called Post-Crash Economics at the U. of Manchester, to try and reform the curriculum at Manchester. And, at the same time there were groups doing this--we found out after the fact--all across Europe, and now it's all across the world--who were similarly very discontent with the economics that they were learning and wanted to campaign for curriculum reform. So, now we are 53 groups in 25 different countries of students at universities campaigning for curriculum reform.

Russ Roberts: And, you were at Manchester, in England. I don't think your experience would be that much different from a student in the United States. I don't think that the Financial Crisis had much of an impact on how economics is taught in the United States, either. Which I, like you--I find it somewhat surprising. I'm not as shocked by it. I think I'm probably somewhat equally disturbed by that fact as you are, but maybe for different reasons, that we'll explore later on. But, I think what has happened--if I had to guess, and I'm not an expert on this, but if I had to guess--I think most textbooks have responded to it by, say, adding a chapter. They certainly haven't re-thought anything fundamental about the way the curriculum is approached. And, so, I don't think it's much different in the United States than it is there. I think it's the same problem. And, of course, part of the problem is the fact that when you become a professor of economics, as I was for 30 years, you aren't trained in how to teach. You are trained in the ideas of economics. So, the way most of us teach is we go back to our graduate notes, from our notes in the graduate classes we took--because we didn't save our undergrad ones or didn't take very good notes, most of the time--and then we try to dumb those down and match some textbook that we've adopted. I usually didn't have a textbook, didn't use a textbook. But I certainly was heavily influenced by my professors in what I thought was appropriate to teach. And I think that's probably true pretty much everywhere.

Maeve Cohen: Yeah. Yes. So, as a thing, contrast to the other disciplines that I was learning, in politics in particular we were giving reading lists, [?] on philosophy. Reading lists of lots of different thinkers exploring different ideas from different viewpoints. Whereas in economics, there's no reading list. You just get the Mankiw textbook and [?]--that's what makes up your class. And it doesn't encourage any sort of critical thought of it. It's just presented to you as this value-free science: that, this is what economics is; this is what economics always has been. Which--yeah--we feel doesn't produce the critical thinkers that we need. And when we are facing such stark economic crises like the global Financial Crash or like the ecological crises that we face, the [?] massive wealth and income inequality--yeah, this lack of ability to think critically about economics is, we feel, perpetuated in these problems.


Russ Roberts: I think most economists like to think of themselves as like physicists, but applying their tools to human beings instead of, say, atoms. And so, in physics, there would be no reason to read Newton. And so, similarly--because it's all subsumed. Everything that was right in Newton, we still teach; and everything that was wrong, we've dropped; obviously, there were things that were wrong but not capturing what we now know is a richer story. And we try to do that in economics as well. We say, 'Well, we don't have to read Adam Smith any more, because what was good in Adam Smith we've kept, and what was bad or wrong, we've rejected.' As if economics advances like physics does, through empirical testing and rejection of things that don't match the data. But, as I think you are arguing, that's really not what economics is doing.

Maeve Cohen: Yeah. So, economics is a social science, and it's impossible to get rid of the complexity of it. It's impossible to strip it down to, like, a linear equation or to say that this is what happens--so, this model works in the United Kingdom therefore it will work absolutely everywhere. It's just not possible to do that. And, obviously, economics has developed from there, and there's loads of really interesting and nuanced work going on in the world of economics; but the problem is, we do not teach that to our undergraduates. And undergraduates are incredibly influential. Like, most people who study undergraduate economics will not go on to do a Master's or a Ph.D. They will go on to work in a bank or lead a big business or work in the media--

Russ Roberts: or vote--

Maeve Cohen: or work around a policy table. And yeah, yeah, yeah. And they have this really basic knowledge of economics. It's not representative of the world, and isn't particularly helpful in a lot of really important scenarios. And it creates this sort of economic common sense within society which is actually not helping us address some of the most pressing problems of our time.

Russ Roberts: It raises an interesting question--and this is a side-note. But, you make me think about the fact that Psychology, which is a very popular undergraduate major in the United States and I think elsewhere--I wonder how, the way academic undergraduate psychology is taught in universities affects our daily lives through people believing certain things about how the world works that--might be true, but might not be. How we see ourselves. It's a really interesting, I think not fully-explored question about how undergraduate curriculum issues get transferred into daily life.

Maeve Cohen: Yeah. Definitely. And I think particularly with the discipline of economics. Because, economics is such an influential force within society. And, for example, if you are arguing for a policy--you've just had mid-term elections--you are arguing for a policy--most of these policies have to be backed up with economic reasoning. So, we have to be like, 'Yeah, but is it good for the economy?' And, so, what the sort of economic common sense is, within society, is really important. Because it allows, em, basically allows politicians to wield--and this is solved; maybe it's a different point about how economics is inaccessible and how a lot of the population are unable to engage with economics, so they have to sort of take this, this, this version of economics as given, because they are not encouraged to think about these things or it's not spoken about in a language that people can relate to or understand or relate to their lived experiences. But it creates this huge, hugely powerful discipline that's incredibly opaque. And that in turn can create massive democratic deficits. Which is another huge problem. So, I think: Yes, there is a problem, I'm sure in so many disciplines. Definitely Psychology; and that's really interesting. I hadn't thought of that. But because economics is such a powerful force in the world, I think it's particularly dangerous within[?] an economic curricula.


Russ Roberts:

Russ Roberts: And I agree. I think--even though we probably, you are going to see--we disagree on a lot of things; but so many we do agree on, which is I think extremely interesting. I want to summarize what I think are two of the key points that you've made so far that I think capture what I see as the approach that you are pushing. And again, I'm not--I'm totally in agreement with these. One is to make people aware that there are other schools of economic thought. In history. So, the history of economic thought, seems, should matter, as well as the diversity of thought in the current day. And then, secondly, the implication that it's value-free. Not--I think some of it is value-free, in the following sense. I think there are fundamental principles of human behavior that are agreed on by people on the Left and the Right. Even though they might disagree about what the implications of those fundamentals are, or how they get discussed in policy. So, for example, I think no matter what kind of flavor of economist you are, you might accept the fact that people respond to incentives. You might disagree about what the incentives are--

Maeve Cohen: Yeah.

Russ Roberts: You might disagree about the importance of monetary versus non-monetary incentives. I think economics of different political stripes can agree that much of what we see in the world we see around us is emergent rather than designed from the top down. Although there's, I think a lot of--there is some nuance there that people do disagree on. But the aggregation of behavior into what economics call markets is a shorthand for, um, how we interact, is useful. Now, we might disagree about how well they work. We might disagree about whether they should be left alone and what that actually means. But, to me, those are the two cornerstones of economics of any flavor. Which is: People respond to incentives. Which also implies that there is cost to action. There is foregone opportunities. Those two things, I think are undeniable. They have nothing to do with whether you are Marxist or neo-Keynesian or an Austrian. And then that--when we act, together, things happen that aren't just the sum of our individual actions. That there's a complexity that makes policy design challenging. And that we see all around us, that's hard to fully grasp without thinking about it in some depth. So: Do we agree on those things?

Maeve Cohen: Yeah. For sure. I think on the sort of complexity issue, yeah, I completely agree with you. I think that that is another issue that is not translated as well as it could be, in undergraduate curricula. Just, you are given a lot of, like, simple--well, not simple--they are quite complicated--but you're given a lot of problems that's, models, that don't really take complexity as the issue as well--yeah, they don't explain that as well as they could, I think. But, yes, I do agree with you.

Russ Roberts: Yeah, on that point, I once gave a talk to a group of Ph.D. economists--a high level, well-trained group of people. And I was talking about emergent order. And they were bored out of their minds. They said, 'Oh, look, we know all this: markets work.' And that wasn't my point at all. It turned out. But the way we have been trained as economists to think about complexity is: 'Oh, it's supply and demand, and we know how that works.' As if that stark, blackboard model--which I love, by the way: I have a lot of affection for supply and demand; I think it's a powerful, simplifying tool. But it is only a tool. It is only a simplification. It doesn't capture the richness of how our interactions actually work in the real world. It's a crude attempt to get at something that's important. But I think most economists think, 'Well, that is how--that's actually the real world.' And that's a terrible error.

Maeve Cohen: Yeah. No. Well, I definitely agree. Like, supply and demand, and the market, and all of these things are incredibly useful. And using these tools have helped economies. And--yeah--helped people achieve great things. And done a lot of good in the world. But, yeah, the point that I try and make and the point that we're about is that it's not the only tool that you can use and actually in some circumstances and for some problems it's really not useful at all. And if we are wanting economists, of people who are economically literate, to be creating a better world for us all, they need to know more than just that sort of--yeah, that simplistic model.


Russ Roberts: So, two of the things that are behind "Rethinking Economics," your organization, are, you call democratizing economics and economic pluralism. What do you mean by those terms, and why are they important?

Maeve Cohen: So, by 'pluralism,' we mean, um, yeah--exposing students to the different schools of thought that are out there. And that's--that's--yeah--looking at first Keynesianism, looking at feminist economics, looking at ecological economics. And, and, and looking at the values that underpin each, em, as well as looking at the values that underpin mainstream economics. And then, yeah, being able to engage with these schools of thought--where they've come from and where they've got to, why they think the way that they think. And what that means for policy implications. Em, and then for democratizing economics. So, this is something--em--I touched on earlier about how we have a whole population of people that aren't included in these economic discussions. So, they don't--economics is so jargon-laden and elitist that a lot of people aren't able to engage with it. And then we get all these policy recommendations, policy proposals backed up by economic reasoning[?], and people don't understand the reasoning, so they are voting for policies that they don't understand. And that creates this massive democratic deficit. On the democratizing economics point, we have actually, so, an assisted charity called--because we realized it's basically impossible to reform university curricula--and democratize economics at the same time. So, we have assisted charity now called 'Economy' who make--they are just based in the United Kingdom, but they do a lot of work on making economics accessible. And crash courses for adults. They do a lot of work in schools. And they have website that sort of de-jargons the news. So, we've stepped away from that a bit now because it was too big a task to do--

Russ Roberts: Well, let's talk about the curriculum. Because, I think--again, ironically, when you listed those, some of things, approaches, that people aren't exposed to--my first thought is: 'But those are wrong!' and of course, you look at some things I'd like to see more; and I think, 'But those are wrong.' And I think, one of the lessons--

Maeve Cohen: But in a way that's not really the point--

Russ Roberts: It's not--

Maeve Cohen: Like, you don't have to be a feminist economist to benefit from the fact that actually, by understanding by that theory works and how it gets to the conclusions that it gets to--that in itself is an exercise that is useful, that is an exercise that helps you think critically and think more creatively. It's not just learning something by rote. It's engaging with the core of what that theory is. So, we--yeah--so, for example, we champion, like, teaching students feminist economics, for example. But then we also champion teaching students Austrian economics. Which is like, on the political spectrum, the opposite side.

Russ Roberts: Yeah--

Maeve Cohen: Because, there's a lot can be gained from these insights. And a lot can be gained from just doing the exercise of just actually trying to understand, why, when you hold these assumptions to be true, that we get these outcomes. Compared to holding these assumptions to be true and getting these outcomes. They are exercised, in and of itself, will create better, more thoughtful economists, we feel.

Russ Roberts: Well, I agree with that. When I was saying, 'That's the wrong kind,' I was being a bit facetious--

Maeve Cohen: --yeah. Yeah.

Russ Roberts: satirical. But I think, you know, one of the lessons here is humility: that you, one, me, person, does not have access to The Truth. And I just say, as an aside: When listeners write me and say, 'You have to interview so-and-so, because he or she has this model of how the world works that's correct.' And I always want to say, 'Well, I always think'--there's no one model that's exactly right. And people who are going to around saying--you learn some things sometimes from those people. But, they are also a little bit dangerous, because--

Maeve Cohen: Mmmhmm--

Russ Roberts: they are evangelists. And evangelism has value, as long as you are aware that you are evangelist. I think a lot of evangelists don't realize that. In economics, anyway. I don't know--leave aside the religious piece of that. But--


Russ Roberts: So, I think it's extremely helpful to be aware that you don't have a monopoly on the truth, whatever your value system is. And, in principle, your organization has the opportunity to do that. But you do have, also, a direct--you are trying to build a curriculum, I understand, that would be the richer or different than the current standard one: you mentioned Mankiw, whose textbook--and it is very good textbook for describing a particular kind of economics. Greg [Mankiw] would disagree with that, I think. He would say, 'No, it's just the truth.' But, I'm sympathetic to your approach. What is your organization doing in the area of curriculum, design, or implementation?

Maeve Cohen: So, we do--so, as I say, we were born of--well we are a student movement. And we are working in different ways. So, we try and produce research that shows that there is a problem. So, we produced a book called the Econocracy that was looking at 7 different universities in the United Kingdom and examining their curricula. And then we have student groups in different countries that have done the same. Their universities--the groups in the Netherlands have done it; Norwegians have done it--there's individual universities have done it as well. The Danes are doing it. The [?] which are exciting. So we are trying to do that. And we try and create alternatives. So, we produced a reader--an introduction to pluralist economics that was edited by our students. So, that looked at 11 different schools of thought and that--the point of that was, because of this problem of a lack of reading lists, that could be something that could complement economic courses and could quite an easy win for professors: it's just like, 'This is in the university library. Explore these different ways of thinking about university--about economics--sorry.' And then the students can also learn that as a tool for learning about new schools of thought. But, with regards to creating a curricula--this is--we are not really prescriptive. We don't want to say, like--like you say, we don't want to be the people saying that this is the way that you've got to do it. Every single university is different. We are in 25 different countries, as I say; and different--different models and different ways of thinking of the economy, more suitable for different countries. So, we haven't created a curriculum. Firstly, because we don't have the capacity, the amount of time and effort and knowledge and all of those things that take--we are a compending[?] organization, so we don't have those resources. And we only have 5 members of staff, even though we have hundreds and hundreds of volunteers. But, all of us, our groups are autonomous groups. And some of them are working on developing curriculas at their own universities. And it's more of creating sort of broader strokes: these are the things that you need to include; these are, it's just like the starting point if you are going to teach undergraduates economics. Yeah, for example, History of Economic Thought is an essential part of that economic history, is an essential part of the--em. So, we haven't, and we aren't going to create a template curriculum for people, because we don't really think that that's the way to go. It's more of encouraging our students to compare[?] at their own universities and do the projects that they feel would be most beneficial to them. So, some of them will be creating curricula. And some of our students are currently teaching curricula at universities that they've created and off the back of their love of pluralism. But, yeah--it's not a sort of over-arching thing that we're creating.


Russ Roberts: So, you mentioned two things. One, very quickly, in passing I just want to emphasize the distinction and their individual importance, which is History of Economic Thought and Economic History--

Maeve Cohen: yeah--

Russ Roberts: It's remarkable how uninformed we all around about economic history. Certainly--I got my Ph.D. in 1981. And I think I was one of the last--I don't think it's true any more, but--this was at the University of Chicago--and we were required to take, I think two economic history classes. I doubt that's true any more. It's certainly not true at most universities, and maybe almost at none. And that's a shame. Although, it's certainly more important I think for undergraduates, and for, as you say, sort of everyday people who have a, who've absorbed some kind of economic worldview, either from their coursework or their, just the air around them, the zeitgeist, to have some understanding of economic history. And, one of the things I find depressing about the United States--I don't think it's--well, you'll tell me if it's true in the United Kingdom and elsewhere--but we have this, um, this thing called the Advanced Placement Exam where high school students can get credit for college level classes by taking an exam; and then they don't have to--in theory don't have to take a class, if they get a high enough score, when they get to college. And, those--I don't think I would do very well in those exams. Which is either--I don't know if it says something about me or the exam or both. But, you know, my kids took them. And they would come and ask me questions, you know, in practicing for those. And I--some of them, [?] I would just say, 'I have no idea.' And I would give the answer; and they would say, 'Well, that's wrong. It turns out it's 3. It's c, not b.' And I'd say, 'Beats me.' So, one of the--that's a problem. That's a little strange. But the point I want to make that's, beside that fact that it treats economics as like it's just a set of facts and results, like physics, is it's extremely free of any context or economic history or complexity about the point you made earlier: that something might work in this country; it might not work elsewhere. It treats everything as if, like, the law of gravity: that it will work in Pisa, Italy as well as Manhattan. And that's just not true. And it's a terrible encouragement to, I think, wrong thinking.

Maeve Cohen: Yeah. Yeah. I completely agree with all of that. The instance of multiple choice exams is--truly shocking. So, I was a [?] student. I left school at 16, and I didn't go to university until I was 25. And I had this idea of what university would be like: And university was going to be this place where everybody was talking openly with each other and examining their disciplines, and, like, bouncing ideas off each other--

Russ Roberts: [?] and dmahhhom[?], dmahhhom[?]

Maeve Cohen: And I got there and Econ 101, multiple choice exam was like--

Russ Roberts: [?]dmahhhom[?]

Maeve Cohen: this is nuts. This is not what I thought university would be. And it's quite depressing, really.

Russ Roberts: Yeah. That's a side-problem, I would say. Which is the focus on results rather than ways of thinking.

Maeve Cohen: Yeah. And it's really difficult--

Russ Roberts: And that's what multiple choice does.

Maeve Cohen: It's really difficult. So, particularly in the United Kingdom, well, now, now that we've got--tuition fees have risen dramatically in the last few years. And that's the main source of revenue for universities, so that they--they have huge amounts of students coming to study these courses. So, in my Econ 101, there was like 600 students. And it's a real, real problem. Like, how do you critically engage with 600 students? Like, how do you examine that amount of students? So, this is where the multiple choice exams have come from--

Russ Roberts: Yep--

Maeve Cohen: and I can completely understand the constraints on academics; and it must be--it's really hard to square the circle. But, I mean, but it's essential if you want a functioning society, I think.

Russ Roberts: Yeah. I taught Principles of Economics at UCLA [University of California, Los Angeles] to 350 people, and I--I made a few decisions at the beginning of the class. One was I would not use a microphone. Which was challenging. But it kept my energy level up. When you are going to talk in a room with 350 people, you better have a high energy level.

Maeve Cohen: Well, [?], yeah, yeah.

Russ Roberts: Because otherwise you start mumbling in front of the room; and 310 of 350 are sleeping. But the other thing I tried to do, which--I don't know if it worked or not but I think this is extremely important--is that I tried to have conversation about the questions we were looking at with those 350 students. Of course, you can't let every person participate. And most of them don't want to. But there were probably 30-50 of those students who would interact with me in one--30 or so in any one class. Or 20. And then, it wouldn't always be the same, every class. But it's not so much that only 20 people got to talk. Three hundred fifty people got to hear a conversation, just like we're having right now. And I think it's the exchange of ideas and the way of thinking like an economist which is so much more important than what's the ratio of the, what's the marginal rate, definition of the marginal rate of substitution, today, dah, dah, dah, dah, dah. And so, giving over--you know, when I was a teacher, the thing that used to bother me the most, the parallel I would make was to astronomy. So, in astronomy you have this unbelievable, magical, awesome, wondrous poetry of the nighttime sky. But that's not what you learn in astronomy. What you learn in undergraduate astronomy when I took it is the dumbed-down version of graduate astronomy. Which is a bunch of results which I could just spit back on an exam. Whereas, the life-changing classes in any field, or the ones that get you to see the world through a different lens--and that's what I think economics should be and often isn't. Which is tragic.

Maeve Cohen: Yeah. Exactly. And it really depresses me. I don't--I'm sure you've experienced this in your day, your apply[?] your whatever, and somebody asks you what you do, and you are like, 'Oh, I work in economics.' And they just go blank. And they are not interested. And there is this sense in society that economics is boring. People understand it's really important, but they also think it's boring. And it's like, 'Oh, my God, it's just not boring at all!' And then you talk to them a bit more in depth about it, and people are always engaged by--usually pretty engaged and excited. And it is--society has done this incredibly good job of making this incredibly dynamic and exciting discipline seem super-boring. And, that's--yeah--quite depressing for people like us, I'm sure.

Russ Roberts: Yeah. My favorite is, a woman was next to me on a plane, and she asked me what I was going to do, and I said to her I was an economist, and she said, 'That's too bad. My husband isn't here. He loves the stock market.'--

Maeve Cohen: oh, no--

Russ Roberts: And I wanted to say 'Well, that wouldn't have helped. I don't know much about the stock market.' And, but that's what people think. The other one I like is 'That must be handy around tax time.' Well, I hate filling out my taxes. And I'm not good at it. And that's what accountants and tax preparers do. Not economists. But, yeah....

Maeve Cohen: Yeah. I'm terrible at money--

Russ Roberts: Yeah. Exactly. Terrible--

Maeve Cohen: People always say to me, 'Oh, that's really funny because you're an economist'--

Russ Roberts: 'An economist'--

Maeve Cohen: Yeah.

Russ Roberts: It's not--yeah. I tried for a while to give a different answer. And I think I have forgotten: There was a period in my life where I would just, instead of saying I was an economist, I would, I would say something like--I forget what it was, but it might have been something like: 'Oh, what do you do?' 'Well, I'm interested in how things work from the bottom up rather than the top down, and how things emerge that are the product of our actions together but not any one person.' 'Oh, well, that's interesting. What does that mean?' Whereas, if you say you're an economist, it's over. Usually.

Maeve Cohen: Yeah.

Russ Roberts: It's usually the end of the conversation.


Russ Roberts: One of the things that gives me hope, and I don't know how you feel about it, and your organization, but certainly with the existence of the web today, people have access to so much more than what they are spoon-fed or force-fed by their professors. So, isn't that some cause for celebration?

Maeve Cohen: Oh, for sure. I mean, we wouldn't exist as a company--in fact, there's been iterations of companies doing similar stuff since the 1970s. I think one of the reasons why we've had such staying power is, yeah, because of the Internet. And because there is so much--when people get in touch with those, we can point them in the direction of loads of different resources. And we're talking [?] about exploring economics, which is, there's a network of, if German groups doing this same thing, and that this is one of their projects, and they have this website called 'Exploring Economics,' which has loads of online courses looking at different schools of thought, loads of different resources that we can point our students in the direction of; and yet it's, it's incredible. And we can communicate online. We can have a little reading group, discussion things, that are happening online. Yeah. It's--yeah--very grateful for the Internet.

Russ Roberts: And people can listen to EconTalk. Which--

Maeve Cohen: Exactly.

Russ Roberts: Hearing our voices right now is certainly taking advantage of the Internet. Almost certainly.


Russ Roberts: Before we leave some of these issues, I want to just go back to something you mentioned at the very beginning. You talked about how the genesis of your interest in these topics was in the aftermath of the financial crisis and that you were involved in something--the post-crash something--what was it?

Maeve Cohen: The Economic Society.

Russ Roberts: So, what do you feel, and what did you sense from people who were passionate about that at the time? What do you think was the mistake that was made, post-Crash? What was the opportunity that was missed, and certainly in the teaching of economics?

Maeve Cohen: Well, I think that after the Crash, lots of people went to study economics because it was so abundantly apparent that economics was super-important and was having a massive impact on people's lives. So, this is so, a perception of economics students that they--yeah, into the stock market and they just want to go and work in the city. But, actually, I don't think that that's true in general, but particularly at this time there was lots of people, and there are still lots of people going on to study economics because they want to do some social good. And, because of the way that it was taught to us as just this sort of abstract theory, that was completely detached from people and society, it lost a lot of those people along the way. Those people either became, em--they sort of forgot the reason they got involved in the first place. Or they dropped out or changed their major or whatever it is that they did. But I think the big mistake that was made after the Crash with economics education and the big mistake that's still being made is that there are lots of people that are--both the students are really thirsty for knowledge and want to do social good. And by detaching economics from people, which is how it is presented in most undergraduates, it's doing those people a disservice. And therefore doing society a disservice.

Russ Roberts: Yeah. There was an enormous interest, certainly here in the United States, I think after the Crisis. Because, we had had this prolonged period of economic--I would call it stability, slow or pretty good growth for a while--the recessions that we'd had were relatively small. Of course, people were affected by them. I didn't[?] they were small. But, for the economy as a whole, most individuals did pretty well. And there was nothing like this in our lifetime. And so, a lot of people I think did get a wake-up call. You know, one of them was John Papola, the filmmaker who contacted me, and we made the Keynes-Hayek rap videos. Really, those happened because--

Maeve Cohen: Hah, hah, hah, hah? Did you make that?

Russ Roberts: I did. With John.

Maeve Cohen: Oh, my God. That's great.

Russ Roberts: Thank you. But John--that wouldn't have happened without this film-maker--I was working in television at the time, started reading and thinking, 'I've got to figure out what's going on. Like, this is weird, this stuff.' So, I think a lot of people got galvanized. And if it hadn't been for the Internet, you know, they would have pulled out some not-so-exciting book called "Economics" that they found in a library. Would have put it down pretty quickly because it's not very accessible, as you've been saying. But for me--

Maeve Cohen: But yet this--Sorry to go on--

Russ Roberts: No, I just say, for me, and EconTalk, one of the reasons, one of the silver linings of the Crisis, was it did get a lot of people interested in what economics is. They struggled to gain access to it. As you pointed out. But, it does cause--it was a wake-up call for a lot of folks who weren't academics. Who weren't university students. Just say. And I want to know what happened. I want to understand it. In contrast to, say, the Great Depression, which was a similar event--much worse. But, at that time, if you think about being an individual in 1933, when unemployment I think was about 25% in the United States, or just absolutely horrific: What would you do if you want to understand it? You know, there was nothing to do. And here, we live in this time--doesn't mean everything's great--but at least we live in a time when people can explore things in unimagined ways compared to the past.

Maeve Cohen: Yeah. Definitely. And: Academics can use this stuff to educate the students. And I think this is a real shame, itself, the structure of academia, is there's so much weight is put on research and producing good research that the teaching, like you were saying: You don't get proper training to be a teacher. And that sort of how you engage students. I mean, I had a few professors who were incredible and obviously really passionate about how they input so much thought into it. But they are few and far between. And if you have got all these pressures on you as an academic to produce research, you've got all of this, this bureaucracy that you've got to do with these students, then actually creating a course that's engaging and using things like, [?], which seems really obvious, is--you just don't have the time to do that. And so you do end up just teaching the same slides[?] you've been teaching for the last 10 years. They are just not engaging or interesting at all. And that's a real shame.


Russ Roberts: The other point is that--and I brought this up again; I bring it up as often as I can, I guess--in a recent episode with Anat Admati we were talking about the Crisis. And, unfortunately, many economics benefit either explicitly or implicitly from the status quo. They either hope to work for the Federal Reserve; they maybe consult on Wall Street. And so, they are somewhat compromised. And, we think of ourselves, economists, as these detached observers of the human scene. But, of course, we have our own self-interest. And I referenced then and will mention again now a conversation with Luigi Zingales, who makes this point, I think very eloquently, many, many times, and it can't be emphasized enough: Economists act like they are just these doctors who come in to repair and heal the economy. And, of course, we're not. We're something like doctors, but more like doctors who--you know, I have imperfect knowledge of how the body works, and who benefit, as sometimes doctors do, too, from certain types of treatment as opposed to others. So, I think it's just really valuable to be aware of that when you are listening to people give policy advice and other things.

Maeve Cohen: Yeah, and it's also a matter of the lack of diversity within the discipline. I mean, the vast majority of economists are middle class white men; and their lived experience is significantly different to the lived experiences of massive swathes of society. And so we can't hope for those people in those sections of society to be representative in policy decisions. So, this whole point of democratizing economics, that whole branch of what we do, one of the main driving forces behind our--is because we want to make economics relevant to people's lives and show them how exciting it is, and encourage them to out and study economics so that we can get a more diverse set of voices around the policy table. Which I think is--yeah, I mean, that's a huge task. But yeah--speaks to what you were saying of it.

Russ Roberts: Now, why do you say, 'Economics is detached from people?' That's a theme on your website, various versions of that. What does that mean to you? What do you mean by that phrase?

Maeve Cohen: So, we talk about individual agents maximizing utility, in a market. And there's no people in that. So, we look at the rational agent. And I'm certainly not rational. So, my--does that agent represent me? There's no talk of humans, really. It's--yeah. It seems that we're looking at the math and the theory and we are forgetting that actually these are people doing what people do, a massively complex dance. And, by not talking about the people within it, we make it less relayable and less human, and less embedded in the world.

Russ Roberts: But I think it's more than that. It's not just that it's not so relatable. And, we have to concede--you know, there has been a growth in Behavioral Economics, which does try to introduce some more complexity into individual choice, at least. I don't know how much of it has made it into mainstream curriculum. Do you have a feel about that?

Maeve Cohen: Yeah; I mean, it's getting there. There are aspects of progress with Behavioral Economics, for sure.

Russ Roberts: Yeah. I just don't know--I don't think it's--it's not embedded in teaching. It's sort of an aside. Like, 'Oh, by the way, this isn't complete--'

Maeve Cohen: Yeah. Not like a whole curricula. Yeah--

Russ Roberts: It's not obvious you can do that. But, I guess the issue for me, to take your critique about agents, rational agents, I think there's two things that bother me about that. It's not so much the behavioral part. It's not so much that I occasionally make mistakes--which, of course, I do; and we all do. We're all human. I think it's the--when you teach that model over and over again, that, it's basically--I want to give your critique its full due. It's basically saying that, you know, people are like programmable robots; we just have to get the incentives right. And I'm sympathetic to that point. Incentives matter a lot, as I said earlier. But I think once you start thinking of people like robots, you tend to start thinking of--or as programmable or as influenceable, which of course they are--you start to then start thinking that, 'Oh, yeah; and therefore I can make society better off by doing X. Because I can see--I know how people respond, and then I'll get this aggregated impact; and I can just add up all that utility or happiness or whatever we call it.' And I think that's a fundamental misunderstanding of the human enterprise. It's particularly materialistic. It particularly emphasizes stuff over how we experience life. You know, one of the things that, in last 2 or 3 years I've started thinking about a lot is the communal part of our lives, what I call our longing to belong. That our desire to connect with other human beings. It's totally absent from economic modeling other than in the corners of, you know, Gary Becker's work or others who are doing what has been called Economic Sociology. And, that seems to be missing out on like an enormous part of human wellbeing. And by focusing on the measurable stuff-which is--I understand the desire--we're missing an enormous part of the human experience.

Maeve Cohen: Yeah. And I would--yeah. I totally agree with that. And I would go further than that. Like, I think what is happening to our environment is a consequence of that. Because, it's not quantifiable. You can't put--you can't put a number on the environment. And that means we've not been able to accurately analyze the issues, accurately understand or provide solutions to the issues that we are creating. Because it's just--yeah. It's outside of the [?] of the tools that we are using. And to do that effectively--and of course, you can doctor the tools you are using and try and fit bits in here and there. But [?] would be that, fundamentally that way of looking at the world is not the best way to look at our environmental problems. There are other tools we should be and can be using.


Russ Roberts: So, I want to stretch myself here, and try to critique my usual view of things. And get your reaction. So, in the United States we have this phenomenon--I'm sure you have it there as well in the United Kingdom, but I think it's more pervasive here. Which is, what are called Big Box stores. So, we have these enormous retailers, like WalMart, Home Depot, Lowes. And I love them. I love them all. I confess. I really do love them--in some dimension, anyway. I enjoy shopping there. They are phenomenal places, just to be walking around in. They are brightly lit, and their stuff is cheap, and there's a ton of stuff. Yeah--I'll never forget; I think I've told this story before, about I showed up late for--my plane was delayed and I had to give a speech somewhere, and instead of getting picked up at 7pm I got picked up at midnight; and my bag was lost, so I had no clothes. And the person who picked me up said, 'Do you want to go--do you want to get something to eat?' And I said, 'No, I need to get something to wear.' And so we went to a Super-Wal-Mart. I'd never been in one. That was about 10 years ago; and I still haven't been in one since, because they don't them--we don't let them happen around here, outside Washington, D.C. much. But it was an extraordinary experience. It was 1 o'clock in the morning. It looked like daytime, because it was lit like--it looked like I was near the surface of the sun. And they had everything I needed. And it was cheap. I bought a shaver. And I bought underwear. And I bought a shirt. And I was fine. And it was a glorious, capitalist experience. But--so that's the romance about, in favor. Let's do the romance against, on the other side. The romance against it on the other side is that, you know, small towns that used to have lots of other small retailers now have one giant retailer. It's far away. It's out in the suburb, or it's the wrong side of town where it's cheaper to build a large building. And the texture of daily life is different. Now, I don't romanticize the small-town daily life. Because the stores were not so clean and they didn't have much selection; it was really expensive; there wasn't much competition. There were a lot of negatives, too. But something has been lost by the move toward the larger suburban or exurban retailers. And, as an economist, my first impulse is to say, 'Well, people want to shop at those big stores; we should let them.' And there's issues of subsidies: put those aside for the moment. But, we generally believe in America, and certainly my economics training tells me, that if people choose it, it's for the good. But, something is lost. And the thing--the point I want to make, that I think I have to concede--and people like me, politically, ideologically have to concede--is that, it's not free, that cheap stuff. It changes the texture of daily life. And that, we don't measure. And so, I'm not saying it was a mistake that people make those choices. I'm just saying that the full picture isn't obvious. And I think that's not so good.

Maeve Cohen: Yeah. I mean--yeah. The price mechanism doesn't really work for things like that, because you can't put a price on it. And-yeah. I totally agree. I think that capitalism has brought such wonderful things and increased our living standards to such a great extent--but yeah, this stuff isn't free. And we are creating damage--we are damaging people by always being able to consume things so easily and so cheaply. We are creating pain in other areas of life. And yeah, so Rethinking Economics, I guess that's fundamentally what it's about, is looking at what the damage that currently isn't being measured, is; and how do we begin to incorporate that in our understanding of economics and how do we try and mitigate against some of the worst excesses of that. It's not throwing capitalism out. It's not saying, 'This is a terrible model and it's destroying the world.' It's saying that, 'Yes, some of this stuff is amazing and it's improved our lives massively, but actually there are some huge, gaping flaws here that we need to come look at again.'


Russ Roberts: So, I want to try and push this Walmart example a little bit. And again, I'm ignoring the fact that Wal-mart gets subsidized sometimes by tax breaks. Of course, other things get subsidized, too. It's really a messy, complicated thing to try to measure those kind of artificial encouragements and discouragements. I just want to think about the following. So, I really love--there's two things I love. I love Amazon. And I love a good book store. And I recognize that Amazon is destroying--has destroyed--lots of bookstores. And, even though I love the fact that I have a zillion books in my house, because of Amazon, and a bunch more on my Kindle, and that I bought those books because they were so inexpensive and easy to get into my house because of the web, I also like occasionally to wander into a physical bookstore and pick up the books and touch them and look at them. And, we all have a temptation to go into those physical bookstores, fondle the books, put them back down, and go home and order from Amazon. And, we would all say, most people would say, 'Well, that's fair. Because that's what markets are about. You make your choices.' But I think we could have a culture, we could have a social norm that says, it's not enough to say, 'I hope everybody else buys their books at the little book store on the corner, because that way I can wander in there every once in a while,' but I'll be buying most of my books at Amazon. But it seems to me we could have a norm that says--again, I don't want to penalize Amazon artificially. I don't want to give them an advantage artificially, either. But I do think we could have a social norm that says, 'If you value that bookstore on the corner, you might want to sacrifice some of your standard of living to shop there, because if you only follow the narrowest of self-interest, it won't be there any more.'

Maeve Cohen: Yeah. And I think that people do. We still have vinyl shops [record stores--Econlib Ed.] in Manchester. Like, we sell at vinyl shops across the world.

Russ Roberts: You'd better explain what those are, Maeve, because most people in America don't know what those--first of all, that's a U.K. word; but it's also out of date. So, explain what that is.

Maeve Cohen: Records--music records. Those big, black disks. We still have--we call them 'vinyls' here; we still have vinyl stores, in the United Kingdom, because people have chosen that--there's other things that they value about listening to music that go beyond just downloading it on Spotify. It's going into the shop, flipping through all the little records; taking out this huge disk with this beautiful cover and they're the things that they value. And I think that there is a huge counterculture and all different aspects. So, in the suburb that I live in, there's this vegan cooperative grocery store--this big store--that is thriving. Like, it does incredibly well. Yeah. Yeah. There's a Morrison's there, which is a big supermarket chain in the United Kingdom: there's a Morrison's next door. So many people go and shop in this vegan cooperative even though it's more expensive, because they value the--they share the same values that this store does. So, I think that, yeah, people do do that. If we could--I think that encouraging those sorts of things is an important part of getting this right; but obviously there are huge systemic barriers to this, so it's not just about individual choice. Like you are saying about Amazon. The ease of it all: there's a lot of things in place that make it far more difficult to do the shopping in the little book store, that we could make some of these things easier for people. I guess.


Russ Roberts: Yeah: it's a challenge. Because, if you are not careful, you end up supporting legislation that penalizes Amazon; and it's really done to destroy the ability to compete with those smaller players. And, I don't think we ought to do that. I think that's a mistake. I think we shouldn't be artificially helping or hindering anyone. I'm a big fan of creative destruction--despite what I just said. Which is the challenge, I think, of squaring my circle: which is, that I love the idea that the world is dynamic, and I don't want to slow it down too much. But I don't mind if we slow it down through our own choices. We are recording this in the middle of November. And every year, one of the things I absolutely have intellectual problems with is the Christmas holiday shopping argument that we 'need it for the economy.' And, of course, if people decided they wanted to spend more time sitting in front of the fireplace and less time working, and more time with their families, and the economy got a little bit smaller, that would be wonderful if that's what people wanted. If they want to work really have and have lots of--crap--they're entitled, we're entitled; I do plenty of that, too. I'm not being--but this idea that somehow we need it for the economy, it's just absurd. It's just a horrible--

Maeve Cohen: Yeah. It is really dangerous. Obviously, I am sure that you--we disagree on the whole--I don't think I would use the term 'penalizing' Amazon. Penalizing these huge monopolies that have an insane amount of market power. And I do believe in regulation and government intervention to stop that from happening. Particularly with regard to tax, and taxing them fairly. But I think--yeah, this obsession that we have with growth; and a lot of this is born of undergraduate economics education, that a good economy is an economy that grows, is complete fallacy. Yeah. We could actually stand to lose a little growth. We could stand to not--like, the amount of tat, you see at Christmas--the amount of gifts that I get--I'm just like, 'Why would you ever buy this for me?' I don't want this; I don't need this. But it's--yeah--it's good for the economy, so people have got jobs creating this tat; but people have got really badly paid jobs creating stuff that people don't want just so that people can buy more stuff just so the economy can grow. And it is completely backwards, and really destructive on people's livelihoods and just on the state of my livingroom, and yeah, on the environment.

Russ Roberts: Did you say 'tat'?

Maeve Cohen: Tat.

Russ Roberts: How do you spell that?

Maeve Cohen: T-a-t.

Russ Roberts: And how would you translate that, for those who don't speak English? Who only speak American? Junk? Is it junk?

Maeve Cohen: Yeah. Yeah. Just like rubbish. Just like little bits that you don't need.

Russ Roberts: Okay. Glad to get that straight. Love that word. It's like twee--another one of my favorite British words. Which means, I think, adorably, unbearably cute. At least that's what I [?]

Maeve Cohen: Yeah. And like, very traditional--

Russ Roberts: It's like a tchotchke. That would be the Yiddish version of twee. Well, it's a combination. A tchotchke is tat that's twee. That's our linguistic lesson for the day.


Russ Roberts: So, let's close with the fact that--where I think we don't agree, and try to get some understanding of why. So, we're having a great conversation, and I'm enjoying it. It reminds me of some things that I feel very strongly about that I sometimes forget about. It stretches me a little bit to think about where I might have my own burdens of my education that I don't think about that I carry around unconsciously. But, we don't agree--I think are on the more interventionist side of things, I would guess--

Maeve Cohen: Yes--

Russ Roberts: than I am. I would guess. So, the question is: I wonder why that is. Given that we both don't like many of the things about economics--I wonder what is the underlying cause of our disagreement. I don't know the answer; but I want to see what you can say.

Maeve Cohen: I've got a guess.

Russ Roberts: Go ahead.

Maeve Cohen: I think this is something that--when you were coming of age and when you were becoming an economist, economics was like on the up and in its heyday; and stuff was going well. And this science-cum-religion of economics was really in its ascendency. I had a completely different experience. And this is what we say--I'm slightly older than most of our students, so it works--I'll do the one that we say for our students, and then I'll talk about myself. But, our students were coming of age when economics was just collapsing down around our ears. So, they don't have the same, like, deference towards--not that I'm saying you have a deference towards; obviously you are very critical--but a lot of our professors, a lot of people that we argue with--and deference is probably far too strong a word. But they have this respect for economics that students, that the generation just below mine I would say just don't have. So they just aren't--they aren't as convinced. They start off a hell of a lot more critical than a lot of their professors do. Me, personally: I'm from the northeast of England, which was a huge mining community; and all of them, in 1984-85, there was a massive miners' strike, and the miners lost; and all the mines were shut down. And basically the northeast of England is one of the most deprived areas in England/Europe now. Because they did nothing. So, this was an economic decision that was made in Westminster, and they did nothing to try and rebuild those economies. So, the deprivation and the consequences of the miner's strike that I grew up around made it very--I started off very critical of economics, because I was like, 'Well, that was an economic decision and it done in the economic good, and it's destroyed my neighborhood.' And so, yeah: students definitely, students today are much more critical of economics, just because they never saw it when it was in its heyday.

Russ Roberts: I think that's potential

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"In the 1920s, 'slumming' became a mania, as urban elites sought out the exotic, the 'real,' wherever they could find it. They packed into the speakeasies that filled the cities after the imposition of Prohibition, where they could rub shoulders with Italian, Irish, or Jewish gangsters. They filled theaters to see ethnic entertainers such as Ragtime Jimmy Durante, late of Coney Island, or the anarchic Marx Brothers. And in the most startling turn of all, they discovered Negroes living in their midst. 
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Our Company The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people. It's a Question of Taste Do more, be more. Whatever your aspirations, experience something exceptional at Kraft Heinz. We'll give you the freedom to determine your own direction and deliver in your own style. Outperform our expectations and you'll move forward faster than you ever thought possible. Come ready to dream. Come eager to grow.Get a taste of what your career could be at Job Description Role Marketing is at the core of our world and at the heart of where we make our decisions. Marketers understand the consumer… really understand the consumer. They ask questions. Find answers. They take the extra step to work towards a vision for future success, while driving revenue and profit. As an Associate Brand Manager, you will be at the center for some of the biggest decisions we make. Associate Brand Managers are leaders in our business. You turn product ideas into iconic brands on the table. Your responsibilities will span across advertising, product development, packaging, and trade & consumer promotions, all the way to manufacturing. You’ll lead cross-functional teams of colleagues from sales, operations, research & development, and quality. You’ll build and execute plans to deliver on annual and longer term financial goals, all while managing the day-to-day needs of the business. And, to bring the brand plan to life for consumers, you will collaborate with our retailer partners to drive category growth. Key Components of the Role + Lead development of integrated marketing campaigns + Lead business analytics (share, volume and revenue drivers, competition) to drive business objectives + Advertising and consumer promotions budget management + Champion new products and package design + Advance consumer insights and brand strategy + Ensure efficient supply chain management + Collaborate with Sales to develop strategic customer partnerships Minimum Qualifications + Bachelor’s degree + Master’s degree in business administration preferred + Marketing emphasis ideal + Strong communication skills + Ability to synthesize data and form logical conclusions + Demonstrated ability to lead teams and excellent interpersonal skills + Strong time management skills + Enthusiasm for consumer marketing EEO Statement Kraft Heinz is an EO employer - Minorities/Women/Vets/Disabled and other protected categories. Location(s)Chicago/Aon Center The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people.
          (USA-IL-Chicago) Mgr, Mktg-eCommerce      Cache   Translate Page      
Our Company The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people. It's a Question of Taste Do more, be more. Whatever your aspirations, experience something exceptional at Kraft Heinz. We'll give you the freedom to determine your own direction and deliver in your own style. Outperform our expectations and you'll move forward faster than you ever thought possible. Come ready to dream. Come eager to grow.Get a taste of what your career could be at Job DescriptionLead eCommerce content strategy to continually innovate and improve processes to increase product discovery and drive conversion for our brands Work closely with content creators and syndicator(s) to design optimal flow and enable flawless execution of our shelf fundamentals.Manage and launch enhanced product pages for priority categories and optimized basic content increase search rankingDefine the top-priority KPI metrics and targets for content in order to measure effectiveness of our online product content in terms of search optimization, placement and accuracyCollaborate with brand teams on the brand conversation through content grounded in shopper insights tht address retailer and shopper needsDrive new innovation product launches with key eCommerce go to market strategiesOwn eCommerce fundamental for basic and enhance contentDrive organic share of search through the optimization of content Lead the team in capabilities in PIM & DAM platforms and coach the team members and share knowledge and key insights, platform releases & functionality with the wider team. Provide input into platform roadmaps as relevantManage the setup of new items and item maintenance on ecommerce platformsLead and manage a team including multiple direct reports and catalog specialists Qualifications Excellent communication and presentation skillsAbility to demonstrate individual, team, and project leadership skillsQuick learner and adapt to a professional and high performance work environment Strong attention to detail and quality of workStrong analytical skillsKnowledge of SEO and paid search a plusStrong personal motivation and ability to effectively work independently as well as collaboratively across multiple functionsProduct Information Management / Digital Asset Management System experience requiredStrong proficiency in MS Office tools EEO Statement Kraft Heinz Company, Inc. is an equal employment employer and is committed to providing employment opportunities to minorities, females, veterans, and disabled individuals. As an equal opportunity employer, Kraft Heinz Company, Inc. is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. In order to ensure reasonable accommodation for individuals protected by Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Act of 1974, and Title I of the American’s with Disabilities Act of 1990, applicants that require accommodation in the job application process may contact 847 646-6044 for assistance. Location(s)Chicago/Aon Center The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people.
          (USA-IL-Chicago) Sr. Mgr, Category Management eCommerce - Media      Cache   Translate Page      
Our Company The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people. It's a Question of Taste Do more, be more. Whatever your aspirations, experience something exceptional at Kraft Heinz. We'll give you the freedom to determine your own direction and deliver in your own style. Outperform our expectations and you'll move forward faster than you ever thought possible. Come ready to dream. Come eager to grow.Get a taste of what your career could be at Job Description Responsibilities Lead category management and insights for the KHC E-Commerce organizationCreate and plan category leadership solutions that deliver profitable sales growth for customers. These solutions should include shopper and category insights across the four P’sIdentify and lead specific research opportunities (shopper, consumer, etc.) to bring new learning to category leadership solutions;Influence the customer by identifying specific opportunities, assist with any research and lead project to deliver category leadership solutions benefiting both customer and category Evaluate/ monitor all customer category leadership solutions, turn analysis into recommended actions and continually improve to be more effective and efficient for category and customerLeverage insights and resources through the utilization of a broad range of data sources, market research findings, tools, analyses, and technology to continually bring new shopper ideas to customer and company;Contribute to innovation sell-in by presenting shopper/category storiesOptimization of the digital shelf through assortment planning Qualifications Excellent communication and presentation skillsAbility to demonstrate individual, team, and project leadership skillsStrong analytical skillsStrong personal motivation and ability to effectively work independently as well as collaboratively across multiple functionsKnowledge of syndicated data via IRI, Nielsen syndicated data, household panel, market basket studies, etcStrong proficiency in MS Office tools EEO Statement Kraft Heinz Company, Inc. is an equal employment employer and is committed to providing employment opportunities to minorities, females, veterans, and disabled individuals. As an equal opportunity employer, Kraft Heinz Company, Inc. is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. In order to ensure reasonable accommodation for individuals protected by Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Act of 1974, and Title I of the American’s with Disabilities Act of 1990, applicants that require accommodation in the job application process may contact 847 646-6044 for assistance. Location(s)Chicago/Aon Center The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people.
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          (USA-IL-Chicago) Analyst, Sales Planning - Joint Venture      Cache   Translate Page      
Our Company The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people. It's a Question of Taste Do more, be more. Whatever your aspirations, experience something exceptional at Kraft Heinz. We'll give you the freedom to determine your own direction and deliver in your own style. Outperform our expectations and you'll move forward faster than you ever thought possible. Come ready to dream. Come eager to grow.Get a taste of what your career could be at Job Description Primary Responsibilities/Accountabilities: + Become knowledgeable in Kraft Heinz’s system (Nielsen, Reveal trade planning, and SAP) + Aid in developing fact-based, insightful presentations around new item categories and performance in order to influence future strategies and tactics. + Track customer execution merchandising events and execute Post-Performance Evaluations + Lead the exchange of ideas between Internal Sales, External Sales and Marketing + Aid in influencing trade marketing plans to improve distribution expansion + Be a steward for our customers and the Field Sales organization + Support the sales planning team on various ad hoc analytical requests Qualifications: + Bachelor’s degree + Grit – a true and natural drive to deliver results with a positive attitude + Quick learner and self-starter + Strong decision‐making ability + Strong quantitative and analytical skills – data excites you + Team player: ability to work with Marketing and Sales in a supportive role to achieve business goals + Multi-tasker who can manage projects across multiple customers and categories simultaneously + Passion for learning and being challenged EEO Statement Kraft Heinz Company, Inc. is an equal employment employer and is committed to providing employment opportunities to minorities, females, veterans, and disabled individuals. As an equal opportunity employer, Kraft Heinz Company, Inc. is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. In order to ensure reasonable accommodation for individuals protected by Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Act of 1974, and Title I of the American’s with Disabilities Act of 1990, applicants that require accommodation in the job application process may contact 847 646-6044 for assistance. Location(s)Chicago/Aon Center The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people.
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Welcome! Got a taste for something new? We’re Grubhub, the nation’s leading online and mobile food ordering company. Since 2004 we’ve been connecting hungry diners to the local restaurants they love. We’re moving eating forward with no signs of slowing down. With more than 95,000 restaurants and over 16.4 million diners across 1,700 U.S. cities and London, we’re delivering like never before. Incredible tech is our bread and butter, but amazing people are our secret ingredient. Rigorously analytical and customer-obsessed, our employees develop the fresh ideas and brilliant programs that keep our brands going and growing. Long story short, keeping our people happy, challenged and well-fed is priority one. Interested? Let’s talk. We’re eager to show you what we bring to the table. Grubhub is looking for an innately curious, deeply analytical and highly driven Analyst to join our Marketplace Growth team. The Marketplace Growth team determines and drives optimal investments across our three-sided network (restaurants, diners and drivers), hyper-locally. In this role, you will be responsible for knowing the ‘who, what, and whys’ of our marketplace - continuously digging into trends and defining opportunities to drive our investment strategy. This role reports to the VP of Marketplace Growth and works closely with senior leaders across departments. We are a lean team. To succeed in this role, you must operate with an ownership mindset and be comfortable with ambiguity in a fast-changing environment. + BA/BS from top-tier University + 1-2 years of experience in an analytical role, preferably within consulting or tech + Excellent analytical skills with an ability to dive deep, summarize, and clearly communicate important data + Ability to balance attention to detail with expeditious execution in a fast paced environment + Highest standards of accuracy and precision; extremely organized + SQL and Tableau strongly preferred, Python for bonus points + Advanced Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint + Unlimited paid vacation days. Choose how your time is spent. + Never go hungry! We provide weekly GrubHub/Seamless credit. + Regular in-office social events, including happy hours, wine tastings, karaoke, bingo with prizes and more. + Company-Wide Initiatives encouraging innovation, continuous learning and cross-department connections. + Finally, work with an awesome team that loves its work and also loves to have a great time! We deliver favorites every day. Join us as we move eating forward. Grubhub is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics. The EEO is the Law poster is available here: DOL Poster. Grubhub is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability for any part of the employment process, please send an e-mail to and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information. ID: 2018-6835 External Company Name: Grubhub Holdings, Inc. External Company URL: Street: 111 W Washington St.
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The Sales Specialist, Outpatient Physical Therapy is a key role within the US Clinical Sales Channel. Working collaboratively with the field and inside sales force, this individual will support promotion and sales of the Active Care System™ to healthcare provider (HCP) companies. The Active Care Sales Specialist is a sales master with the capabilities to successfully sell solutions to customers, and carry those sales through to completion in a project management role. The Sales Specialist develops and maintains relationships with assigned outpatient physical therapy chain accounts. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job duties satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Essential Job Duties & Responsibilities + Support the field and inside sales teams in the lead account management of regional and national outpatient physical therapy chains + Serve as the lead sales specialist for the Active Care System™, an HCP business solution for successful retail implementation + Support the field and inside sales teams in the qualification of viable sales leads + Effectively promote specific sales initiatives directly to customers + Participate in the development of new promotional activities + Effectively conduct regular customer trainings regarding products and programs for Performance Health® + Develop and conduct key sales presentations to customers + Attend tradeshows and other industry events Job Qualifications + Bachelor’s degree in business administration, sales or relevant field + Proven sales experience to executives and business owners, preferably healthcare technology/medical capital and/or supplies + Experience in sales and providing solutions based on customer needs + Ability to travel up to 75% of the time, including overnight travel + Strong communication and interpersonal skills with aptitude in building relationships with professionals of all organizational levels + Excellent organizational skills + Ability in problem-solving and negotiation + Highly developed interpersonal skills + High level of written and oral communication skills + Project management skills + Interest in marketing strategy and development Performance Health is a leader in consumer healthcare and the largest global manufacturer and distributor of products to the rehabilitation and sports medicine markets. The company’s products are sold to leading healthcare facilities and practitioners such as physical therapists, athletic trainers, and chiropractors, as well as direct to consumers. Its market-leading brands, which are sold in over 100 countries, include Biofreeze®, TheraBand®, TheraPearl®, Cramer®, Sammons Preston®, and Rolyan®. Performance Health is headquartered in the greater Chicago, Illinois area, with significant operations both in the US and internationally. Performance Health is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, and any other characteristic protected by law.
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Performance Health is seeking a Territory Salesperson for our Greensboro/Winston Salem/High Point, NC area. The Territory Sales Rep regularly make calls on hospitals, VAs and outpatient rehabilitation institutions (PT/OT) within a defined sales territory to achieve budgeted sales volume and other established goals. Maintains and further develops established accounts and develops new accounts to increase market penetration. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job duties satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Essential Job Duties & Responsibilities + Provides trials and in-service of products to current and potential customers + Consults with physical and occupational therapists, nursing and rehab staff to educate on Performance Health products to increase product usage + Sustains or generates all product and program offerings of Performance Health + Develops a territory plan by gathering and evaluating all relevant information about the customer base within the territory + Supplies necessary information to operate the overall business effectively by completing all required reports accurately, completely and in a timely fashion + Ability to provide project management for capital purchases + Projects a professional, ethical image and character of the Company + Performs other duties as assigned Job Qualifications + 4 year college degree + 3-5 years of experience in business to business sales + Previous experience in the Medical Device and/or Rehabilitation industry + Must live in the territory + Must be able to carry samples-up to 50 pounds + Some overnight travel + Proven track record in sales + OT/PT/RN background a plus + Understanding of GPOs and IDN knowledge a plus + Knowledge of contact management software helpful + Proficient in Microsoft Office Products (Word, Excel, Power Point, etc.) + Excellent communication and customer service skills + Professional presentation and positive attitude Performance Health is a leader in consumer healthcare and the largest global manufacturer and distributor of products to the rehabilitation and sports medicine markets. The company’s products are sold to leading healthcare facilities and practitioners such as physical therapists, athletic trainers, and chiropractors, as well as direct to consumers. Its market-leading brands, which are sold in over 100 countries, include Biofreeze®, TheraBand®, TheraPearl®, Cramer®, Sammons Preston®, and Rolyan®. Performance Health is headquartered in the greater Chicago, Illinois area, with significant operations both in the US and internationally. Performance Health is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, and any other characteristic protected by law.
          (USA-IL-Chicago) Assoc Brand Mgr, Mktg BB - Cultured White Space      Cache   Translate Page      
Our Company The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people. It's a Question of Taste Do more, be more. Whatever your aspirations, experience something exceptional at Kraft Heinz. We'll give you the freedom to determine your own direction and deliver in your own style. Outperform our expectations and you'll move forward faster than you ever thought possible. Come ready to dream. Come eager to grow.Get a taste of what your career could be at Job Description Role Marketing is at the core of our world and at the heart of where we make our decisions. Marketers understand the consumer… really understand the consumer. They ask questions. Find answers. They take the extra step to work towards a vision for future success, while driving revenue and profit. As an Associate Brand Manager, you will be at the center for some of the biggest decisions we make. Associate Brand Managers are leaders in our business. You turn product ideas into iconic brands on the table. Your responsibilities will span across advertising, product development, packaging, and trade & consumer promotions, all the way to manufacturing. You’ll lead cross-functional teams of colleagues from sales, operations, research & development, and quality. You’ll build and execute plans to deliver on annual and longer term financial goals, all while managing the day-to-day needs of the business. And, to bring the brand plan to life for consumers, you will collaborate with our retailer partners to drive category growth. Key Components of the Role + Lead development of integrated marketing campaigns + Lead business analytics (share, volume and revenue drivers, competition) to drive business objectives + Advertising and consumer promotions budget management + Champion new products and package design + Advance consumer insights and brand strategy + Ensure efficient supply chain management + Collaborate with Sales to develop strategic customer partnerships Minimum Qualifications + Bachelor’s degree + Master’s degree in business administration preferred + Marketing emphasis ideal + Strong communication skills + Ability to synthesize data and form logical conclusions + Demonstrated ability to lead teams and excellent interpersonal skills + Strong time management skills + Enthusiasm for consumer marketing EEO Statement Kraft Heinz is an EO employer - Minorities/Women/Vets/Disabled and other protected categories. Location(s)Chicago/Aon Center The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people.
          (USA-IL-Chicago) Sr Analyst, eCommerce- Marketing & Media      Cache   Translate Page      
Our Company The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people. It's a Question of Taste Do more, be more. Whatever your aspirations, experience something exceptional at Kraft Heinz. We'll give you the freedom to determine your own direction and deliver in your own style. Outperform our expectations and you'll move forward faster than you ever thought possible. Come ready to dream. Come eager to grow.Get a taste of what your career could be at Job DescriptionActivate holistic advertising and marketing campaigns that include retailer onsite and offsite traffic drivers (including targeted display ads, search, paid social, CRM, influencers, and acquisition emails)Manage day-to-day relationship with our media partnersInterface with both eCommerce sales teams and brand teams regarding search strategy and performance to meet campaign objectivesDefine search strategy and structure, including keyword development and content development. Integration of campaign efforts across media channelsOwnership of Media & Marketing planning/execution calendarsDevelop detailed media briefs for various initiatives to launch of programs comply with brand guidelines, align with business objectives, and exceed defined performance KPIsSynthesize campaign learnings and communicate data-driven recommendations and best practices to the sales and brand teams on an ad-hoc or regular basisCollaborate with the Consumer Insights and Category Management teams to identify growth areas and for the channelsDevelop a test and learn plan to support go-to-market plans by channelSupport strategic initiatives focused on high impact growth including: SEO, SEM, Voice Commerce, etc. Qualifications Exceptional communication skills, with experience managing multiple stakeholders expectationsAbility to demonstrate individual, team, and project leadership skillsExcellent analytical skillsStrong personal motivation and ability to effectively work independently as well as collaboratively across multiple functionsKnowledge of syndicated data via IRI, Nielsen syndicated data, household panel, market basket studies, etcStrong proficiency in MS Office toolsMedia buying experience, DSP, DMP and ad serving/tracking (DCM) understanding preferred Prior media agency experience preferred EEO Statement Kraft Heinz Company, Inc. is an equal employment employer and is committed to providing employment opportunities to minorities, females, veterans, and disabled individuals. As an equal opportunity employer, Kraft Heinz Company, Inc. is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. In order to ensure reasonable accommodation for individuals protected by Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Act of 1974, and Title I of the American’s with Disabilities Act of 1990, applicants that require accommodation in the job application process may contact 847 646-6044 for assistance. Location(s)Chicago/Aon Center The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people.
          (USA-IL-Chicago) Lead SDG Implementation Consultant      Cache   Translate Page      
Description: BASIC FUNCTION:This position is responsible for leading client focused implementations of accounts and legislative and regulatory initiatives within sales operations and product. Implements account and legislative initiatives (of high complexity), monitors compliance and conformity of implementations. Forms key partnerships with other HCSC business areas, and work to coordinate the implementation responses required to support the solution. Work with all business areas that impact the client experience while planning the implementation, developing the business cases, and actively driving the identification of opportunities for improving efficiencies and process within the implementation experience and implementing those solutions. JOB REQUIREMENTS:* Bachelor degree in Business, Marketing or another related field and 5 years of experience in business or project management experience OR 9 years of experience in business or project management experience.* Fortune 500, Consulting, or other applicable enterprise implementation experience. * Knowledge of health care regulatory and legislative process, healthcare market and products and corporate operations.* Knowledge of product, marketing, sales, and claims adjudication. * Clear and concise written, presentation, verbal and interpersonal communication skills in order to work across various departments with various levels of management handling sensitive or difficult situations as well as develop and deliver formal training to internal and external customers.* Experience serving as a thought leader in enterprise implementations. Extensive experience leading cross-functional workgroups.* Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.* Financial and budget management experience as it relates to projects, implementations, and/or operations.* Capable of working independently and in group settings with ability to respond to rapidly changing priorities. * Identifying complex risks and issues, risk mitigation, and issue resolution, including working and negotiating with Legal and/or the Regulatory Oversight Office as applicable. * Conflict management and resolution skills.* Flexible and responsive, capable of managing multiple projects concurrently.* Takes initiative /supervisory role in driving results with ability to meet deadlines.* Analytical skills and experience applying business knowledge to solve problems PREFERRED JOB REQUIREMENTS:* Experience managing the client implementation experience.* Master Degree in Business, Marketing or another related field.* Knowledge of healthcare marketplace trends related to product, service and economy.* Knowledge of state and federal legislature processes, including the interaction of HCSC Government Affairs with lobbyists. Location: IL - Chicago, TX - Richardson Activation Date: Tuesday, December 4, 2018 Expiration Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 Apply Here
          (USA-IL-Chicago) Project Delivery Specialist      Cache   Translate Page      
Description: Job Purpose: This position is responsible for collaborating with business partners to align business solutions. Serving as functional liaison between the Intake team, and operations teams.. Reviewing project scope, supporting business needs across delivery cycle and production and/or system change requests to deliver on enterprise initiatives. Researching and analyzing business impacts against project scope and makes recommendations to business process solutions and effective project delivery. Facilitating communication of changes and any updates needed as a result of enhancements delivered to impacted business units. Required Job Qualifications:*Bachelor degree and 3 year of experience in project management, method analysis, or operations/systems analysis OR 7 years of experience in project management, method analysis, or operations/systems analysis.*Knowledge of business process design.*Knowledge of SDLC and Agile delivery methodologies.*Clear and concise verbal and written communication skills.*Customer service and interpersonal skills and tactful in dealing with people.*PC proficiency with Microsoft applications including Access, Excel, Word and Power Point. Preferred Job Qualifications:*Health insurance industry experience. Location: IL - Chicago Activation Date: Monday, December 3, 2018 Expiration Date: Tuesday, December 11, 2018 Apply Here
          (USA-IL-Chicago) Intake & Demand Consultant      Cache   Translate Page      
Description: Job Purpose: This position is responsible for managing intake of all project demand impacting assigned systems and processes. Leading business case initiation, writing, reviewing, assessment and impact analysis including financial and operational aspects. Leading the enterprise and business demand across portfolios, understanding customer needs, project estimation, and providing a seamless handoff to project delivery teams. Responsible for resource management engagement, communicating with HealthTech Portfolio delivery leads and collaborating with other impacted teams across the enterprise to ensure full assessment of project impacts are considered. Required Job Qualifications:*Bachelor degree and 4 years business and system analysis and/or reporting experience OR 8 years business and system analysis and/or reporting experience.*Experience with progressive involvement in multiple small to large complex projects in a cross-functional environment. *Experience with intake demand and capacity planning.*Organization and time management skills, with experience working under pressure and adhering to deadlines.*Experience with project planning.*Knowledge of systems process.*Technical, analytical, troubleshooting and problem solving skills. *Clear and concise verbal and written communication skills.*Facilitation skills.*Experience in negotiations, influence others and managing conflict.*PC proficiency with Microsoft applications including Access, Excel, Word and Power Point. Preferred Job Qualifications:*Health insurance industry experience. Location: IL - Chicago Activation Date: Monday, December 3, 2018 Expiration Date: Tuesday, December 11, 2018 Apply Here
          (USA-IL-Chicago) Graphic Designer II      Cache   Translate Page      
Description: BASIC FUNCTION: This position is responsible for assisting with the production of internal and external printed materials to build brand awareness and customer interest; and under moderate direction, work on complex assignments requiring a solid level of creativity and context. JOB REQUIREMENTS: * Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts 3 years' experience as a Graphic Designer in a studio, agency, corporation, OR 6 years applicable design, layout, print production, and MAC experience. * Experience with design in an agency or corporate environment. * Ability to manage projects * Proficiency on a MAC platform; software applications include Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe Acrobat. * Proficiency with four-color printing and specialty printing. * Ability to maintain quality while completing a high volume of work quickly. *High level of organizational skill and attention to detail. * Ability to meet tight deadlines. * Ability to handle multiple tasks and projects in a fast-paced environment. * Ability to work in a team environment and have a can-do attitude. PREFERRED JOB REQUIREMENTS: * Experience in health care industry. * Web and multimedia design experience. * PC proficiency to include Word, Excel and PowerPoint **This position is open to the following locations: Chicago, IL, Richardson, TX ***CA Location: IL - Chicago, TX - Richardson Activation Date: Tuesday, December 4, 2018 Expiration Date: Friday, March 1, 2019 Apply Here
          (USA-IL-Chicago) Sr Technology Architect - Microservices      Cache   Translate Page      
Description: As the healthcare industry continues to rapidly transform, our IT team conceives, develops and delivers impactful technology solutions to support access to quality, affordable healthcare for our members. We are driven by our collective company purpose: To do everything in our power to stand with our members in sickness and in health®. Our IT team unleashes the power of this purpose through technology. We come to work every day to make a difference, and we deliver the highest quality and best solutions to our members. Responsible for translating the client's digital business requirements into specific systems, applications or process designs for very large complex IT solutions and integrating architecture. Acts as an advocate for the client, as the ultimate authority on the architecture designed to address client business problems. Provides direction for design activities. Provides technical guidance to agile project team areas as appropriate. Facilitates the establishment standards and guidelines that guide the design of technology solutions. Reviews, advises and designs standard software and hardware solution options, risks, costs versus benefits and impact on the enterprise business process and goals. Develops and documents the framework for integration and implementation for changes to technical standards. Assists in the development of and manages an architecture governance process. Tracks industry trends and maintains knowledge of new technologies to better serve the enterprise's architecture needs. BASIC JOB REQUIREMENTS: *Bachelor Degree *10 years technical experience with a strong emphasis in architecting Java-based solutions and services. *Comfortable in more than one programming language and have a firm grasp of fundamental web, internet, and mobile technologies. *Recognized as an expert within HCSC. *Anticipates internal and or external business challenges and/or regulatory issues; recommends process, product or service improvements *Solves unique and complex problems that have a broad impact on the business *Contributes to the development of functional strategy *Leads project teams to achieve milestones and objectives DIGITAL JOB REQUIREMENTS: *Experience delivering solutions using an Agile / Scrum methodology *Experience with one or more of the major public cloud providers (AWS, Google, Azure) or private PaaS platforms (CloudFoundry) *Experience with designing APIs and working with related technologies (API Gateway, API Security, API Frameworks, NoSQL) *Experience with applying integration, SOA, and microservices patterns and has an opinion about it Location: IL - Chicago, TX - Richardson Activation Date: Tuesday, December 4, 2018 Expiration Date: Wednesday, December 19, 2018 Apply Here
          (USA-IL-Chicago) Sr Infrastructure Service Management Analyst - SNOW      Cache   Translate Page      
Description: As the health care industry continues to rapidly transform, our IT team conceives, develops and delivers impactful technology solutions to support access to quality, affordable health care for our members. We are driven by our collective company purpose: To do everything in our power to stand with our members in sickness and in health®. Our IT team unleashes the power of this purpose through technology. We come to work every day to make a difference, and we deliver the highest quality and best solutions to our members. Job Purpose This position is responsible for creating and maintaining process information for IT processes, including mapping and measuring business objectives to IT process outputs; driving conversations with IT and business partners to define process requirements, and create process flows and metrics to measure success for one or two of the following processes: incident, problem, service request, configuration, knowledge, and asset in conjunction with the enterprise process design team; leading the creation maintenance, and reporting of various ITIL process area metrics, including Configuration, Knowledge, Incident, Problem, Asset and Service Request; utilizing analytics to plan, implement and continually improve processes to transition activities of newly deployed apps/services from development to support staff. Required Job Qualifications: * Bachelors Degree and 4 years in Information Technology OR Technical Certification and/or College Courses and 6 year Information Technology experience OR 8 years Information Technology experience, with 2 years in ITIL Process role.* Experience with ITIL v3.* Experience with SaaS ITSM Suite of tools such as ServiceNow.* Experience with IT Asset Management and CMBD Integration.* Experience with IT standards, procedures, policies.* Familiarity with HIPAA, COBIT, ITIL, CMMI and other process standards.* Customer relationship management.* PMO structures, processes, and methods.* Experience with demand / consumption management. Preferred Job Qualifications: * Oral & written communications.* Problem solving / analytical skills, tools and techniques.* Process engineering and re-design.* Teamwork and collaboration.* Adaptability / ability to manage change.* Problem solving / analytical thinking with a results oriented focus.* Conflict management.* Navigating organizational politics. *CA Location: IL - Chicago, IL - Naperville, IL - Waukegan, TX - Richardson Activation Date: Tuesday, December 4, 2018 Expiration Date: Saturday, December 29, 2018 Apply Here
          (USA-IL-Chicago) Sr Infrastructure Service Management Analyst      Cache   Translate Page      
Description: As the health care industry continues to rapidly transform, our IT team conceives, develops and delivers impactful technology solutions to support access to quality, affordable health care for our members. We are driven by our collective company purpose: To do everything in our power to stand with our members in sickness and in health®. Our IT team unleashes the power of this purpose through technology. We come to work every day to make a difference, and we deliver the highest quality and best solutions to our members. Job Purpose This position is responsible for creating and maintaining process information for IT processes, including mapping and measuring business objectives to IT process outputs; driving conversations with IT and business partners to define process requirements, and create process flows and metrics to measure success for one or two of the following processes: incident, problem, service request, configuration, knowledge, and asset in conjunction with the enterprise process design team; leading the creation maintenance, and reporting of various ITIL process area metrics, including Configuration, Knowledge, Incident, Problem, Asset and Service Request; utilizing analytics to plan, implement and continually improve processes to transition activities of newly deployed apps/services from development to support staff. Required Job Qualifications: * Bachelors Degree and 4 years in Information Technology OR Technical Certification and/or College Courses and 6 year Information Technology experience OR 8 years Information Technology experience, with 2 years in ITIL Process role.* Experience with ITIL v3.* Experience with SaaS ITSM Suite of tools such as ServiceNow.* Experience with IT Asset Management and CMBD Integration.* Experience with IT standards, procedures, policies.* Familiarity with HIPAA, COBIT, ITIL, CMMI and other process standards.* Customer relationship management.* PMO structures, processes, and methods.* Experience with demand / consumption management. Preferred Job Qualifications: * Oral & written communications.* Problem solving / analytical skills, tools and techniques.* Process engineering and re-design.* Teamwork and collaboration.* Adaptability / ability to manage change.* Problem solving / analytical thinking with a results oriented focus.* Conflict management.* Navigating organizational politics. *CA Location: IL - Chicago, IL - Naperville, IL - Waukegan, TX - Richardson Activation Date: Tuesday, December 4, 2018 Expiration Date: Saturday, December 29, 2018 Apply Here
          (USA-IL-Chicago) Infrastructure Portfolio Delivery Consultant      Cache   Translate Page      
Description: As the health care industry continues to rapidly transform, our IT team conceives, develops and delivers impactful technology solutions to support access to quality, affordable health care for our members. We are driven by our collective company purpose: To do everything in our power to stand with our members in sickness and in health®. Our IT team unleashes the power of this purpose through technology. We come to work every day to make a difference, and we deliver the highest quality and best solutions to our members. Job Purpose: This position is responsible for tracking end-to-end infrastructure project delivery; maintaining aggregate view of all infrastructure projects across all IT portfolios and internal infrastructure projects; coordinating overall communication, reporting and consolidation of demands on Infrastructure; ensuring program and project performance metrics are met to deliver key business values. This position will assist Portfolios to follow the intake and demand process to ensure proper tracking and unnecessary work efforts/demand on infra is avoided. Required Job Qualifications: + Bachelors Degree and 7 years in Information Technology or equivalent work experience. + Experience in Project Management. + Knowledge of Infrastructure Products and Technologies. + Knowledge of Cloud computing / SaaS / PaaS. + Knowledge of DevOps / continuous deployment / integration process. + Knowledge of ITILv3. + Ability to tie together solutions across systems. + Project / portfolio management tools - MS Project / CBA / PPM / PMP Leadership. + Business acumen. + Consultative problem solving / consulting. + Prioritize and make trade-off decisions. + Adaptability / ability to manage change. Preferred Job Qualifications: + Master’s degree in Computer Science, MIS. + Customer relationship management. + Experience working in a highly outsourced / offshore environment. + Knowledge of SDLC / Iterative / Agile / Scrum development. + Vendor / SLA management. + Problem solving / analytical thinking. + Prior Intake and demand management Location: IL - Chicago Activation Date: Tuesday, December 4, 2018 Expiration Date: Wednesday, December 12, 2018 Apply Here
          (USA-IL-Chicago) Medical Management Specialist I - Government Programs      Cache   Translate Page      
Description: JOB PURPOSE:This position is responsible for conducting medical management and health education programs for customers on government health care programs. Accountabilities include gathering, analyzing and providing date for regulatory reports. This position will represent the company to members. JOB QUALIFICATIONS:* Registered Nurse (RN), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), Licensed Social Worker (LSW), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) OR Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) with 2 years direct clinical care to the consumer in a clinical setting.* Current, valid, unrestricted license in the state of operations (or reciprocity). For compact licensee changing permanent residence to state of operations, you must obtain active, unrestricted RN licensure in the state of operations within 90 days of hire. * Plus 3 years wellness or managed care experience presenting clinical issues with members/physicians. * Knowledge of the health and wellness marketplace and employer trends.* Verbal and written communication skills including discussing medical needs with members and interfacing with internal staff/management and external vendors and community resources.* Analytical experience including medical data analysis.* Current IL driver s license, transportation and applicable insurance.* Ability and willingness to travel within assigned territory.* PC proficiency to include Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, database experience and Web based applications.PREFERRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS:* 3 years clinical experience.* Patient education experience.* Condition Management experience.* Bilingual in English and Spanish.* Experience in managing complex or catastrophic cases. * Certification in Case Management, Training, Project Management or nationally recognized health care certification. Location: IL - Chicago, IL - Downers Grove Activation Date: Tuesday, December 4, 2018 Expiration Date: Tuesday, January 1, 2019 Apply Here
          (USA-IL-Chicago) Medical Director I      Cache   Translate Page      
Description: BASIC FUNCTION:This position is responsible for assigned aspects of medical policies and programs. Performs medical reviews and interacts with the provider communities for assigned areas. JOB REQUIREMENTS:*Physician with a current and unrestricted physician license in a state or territory of the United States.*Maintain Board Certification as a M.D. or D.O. (by a specialty board approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties (doctors of medicine); or the Advisory Board of Osteopathic Specialists (doctors of osteopathic medicine)*5 years of clinical experience*Analytical and communication skills*Strategic thinking skills PREFERRED REQUIREMENTS:*3 years Managed Care experience *Telecommute is optional for qualified candidates commutable to our Chicago, IL office once orientation and training are completed. Location: IL - Chicago Activation Date: Monday, December 3, 2018 Expiration Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 Apply Here
          (USA-IL-Chicago) Manager Analytics & Reporting      Cache   Translate Page      
Description: BASIC FUNCTION:This position is responsible for managing the analytical and reporting tools and data sets to produce valuable insights from our data that help improve the quality of the division's business; gaining a deeper understanding of the division data in order to plan, manage and control the activities of a team of analysts that provide reports, insights and analytics in support of the division data needs; developing their teams analytical capabilities to support analyses; imparting knowledge of analytical methods, research, and statistics used in quantitative data analysis and looking for opportunities to apply new data sets, tools and methods; working closely with customers to build and sustain relationships. JOB REQUIREMENTS:*Bachelor and 3 years experience in presenting analytic results/insights to audiences at different levels OR 6 years analytics experience;*4 years experience in data analysis and information reporting; *1 year leadership and/or supervisory experience;*Experience with negotiation, decision making, organizational, and analytical skills;*Interpersonal skills including but not limited to verbal and written communication;*PC experience to include Access, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.*SQL, SAS and Teradata or other reporting tools / languages experience.*Initiative to solve complex problems; takes an outside in perspective to identify innovative solutions. PREFERRED JOB REQUIREMENTS: *Bachelor degree in mathematics, actuarial science, statistics.*Experience working with the Medicare , Part D Prescription Drug or Medicare Advantage Programs Location: IL - Chicago, IL - Danville, IL - Downers Grove, IL - Jacksonville, IL - Marion, IL - Mattoon, IL - Naperville, IL - Oakbrook Terrace, IL - Quincy, IL - Rockford, IL - Springfield, MT - Helena, NM - Albuquerque, OK - Oklahoma City, OK - Tulsa, TX - Austin, TX - Houston, TX - Marshall, TX - Richardson, TX - San Angelo, TX - San Antonio, TX - Waco, TX - Wichita Falls Activation Date: Tuesday, December 4, 2018 Expiration Date: Saturday, December 29, 2018 Apply Here
          (USA-NY-New York) Director, Institutional Sales | Software Sales      Cache   Translate Page      
Job Descriptions: Join a growing team of passionate, self-motivated, talented, and creative people who are seeking to become the dominant provider of productivity solutions to the alternative investment industry. Backstop is a Chicago-based company that builds leading cloud-based productivity software solutions enabling hedge funds, private equity funds, real estate funds, funds of funds, pensions, endowments, family offices, and investment consultants to achieve greater business agility. We take our customers and our services very seriously, but we also know how to enjoy the journey by being a great place to work. Core Responsibilities:• Prospect, manage and win clients in the alternative asset management industry• Manage a multitude of active opportunities to close with attentiveness to customer focus and urgency.• Cultivate, develop and keep client & partner relationships ensuring the highest level of satisfaction while providing consistent value through selling additional services and offerings• Manage complete and complex sales-cycles often presenting to C-level key decision making executives the value of the full platform features with a detailed consultative approach• Manage pipeline and provide reporting to key internal partners on a regular basis• Evangelize the Backstop Solutions Group story and vision through product demonstrations, in-market events as well as coordinate key targeted messaging and positioning for account specific initiatives• Work collaboratively with other company executives, managers, and team members to help nurture our results driven, team oriented environment• Emulate Backstop Solutions Group in the highest standard with appropriate behavior and character in all business situations Required Experience: • Drive for results• Proven sales success in Cloud and/or SaaS• Formal training in solutions based selling• Dealing with ambiguity• Customer focus• Team Player• Self-directed and the ability to deal with ambiguity Qualifications & Experience:• Minimum two years of quota carrying software or financial services technology sales• Previous experience selling software to the alternative investment industries• Proven ability to manage the sales cycle from business champion to the CEO level• Outstanding evangelical sales track record in prospecting and qualifying opportunities, contract negotiation, and closing business ranging in deal size from $5k to $100k• Consistent track record of over-achieving quota in past positions• Previous sales methodology, strategic selling, solution selling, CRM experience and strong customer references preferred• Travel required• Bachelor's degree required Keyword: Institutional Sales, software sales, CRM, financial services, alternative asset From: Backstop Solutions Group LLC
          AntiVaxxers - Religious Views Gone Awry      Cache   Translate Page      
Rav Moshe Sternbuch (TLS)
Although I have dealt with the issue in the past, I have in large part ignored the current debate over measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccinations. Not because I didn’t think vaccinations were important. Of course they are. But because I did not believe that any sane person would disagree with that. The few that do, I basically wrote off as nut-job fringe conspiracy theorists.

Unfortunately, there are more than a few  conspiracy theorists. Some of them are not fringe at all. In fact some are quite prominent.

There is currently a deadly measles epidemic taking place both in Israel and here in America. Those affected are mostly in the Charedi community. The epidemic is so widespread that Yeshivas Mir is currently offering to vaccinate any of their students who think they might need it - at no charge. Measles is a highly contagious disease. So it is spreading rapidly.

In the United States  I am aware of communities in New York, Lakewood, Detroit, and Chicago that are affected. I’m sure that there are more. Considering that measles has for decades been pretty much eradicated as a disease, this is somewhat shocking.

How serious is this disease?  One or two out of every 1000 that contract it, will die. So the lack of protecting oneself via vaccination is a matter of Pikuach Nefesh. Those who refuse to be vaccinated or refuse it for their children are literally putting not only their own children at risk, but considering the high degree of contagiousness, are putting entire communities at risk.

What is behind this phenomenon? There are some people that think being vaccinated is more harmful than not being vaccinated. For example they point to now discredited studies that have linked vaccinations to autism in children.  

Part of the problem is that there are some misguided rabbis in positions of authority support these conspiracy theorists. How so? Well one example is what BMG (Lakewood) Rosh Hayeshiva R’ Malkiel Kotler has done. From YWN
According to his [Rabbi Kotler’s] words, on account of this, there are thousands of children in the New York and surrounding area that are sitting in their homes. This is because their parents are refusing to vaccinate them on account of a concern that the vaccination itself may be harmful to the child…
On the other hand, the administrations of the Talmud Torahs refuse to accept these students the entire time that they remain unvaccinated. This is on account of the danger that they will cause the spread of measles throughout the Talmud Torah.
According to his [Rabbi Kotler’s] view, “This is improper, since there is substance to the view that the vaccine may be damaging. There is also the matter that according to his [Rabbi Kotler’s] words, there are Gedolei Torah that agree with the view that parents cannot be forced to vaccinate.”
In a strongly worded letter to Rabbi Kotler, Rav Moshe Sternbuch said the following
(P)arents of vaccinated children can demand that those children that are not vaccinated not be allowed to enter into schools together with their children. For as it is known this disease is very communicable. The vaccination itself cannot completely prevent the spread of it [there remains a 3 percent chance of infection even after vaccination].
The children that are not vaccinated do not have a right to endanger the vaccinated children and to expose them to the disease – even though the mortal danger to them is remote and minimal, since there is a small chance that they can become sickened by the disease. The parents have the right to demand that their children not be exposed to the illness even with no mortal danger. 
That is the right thing to do. In a letter sent out last week by the primary Charedi religious schools here in Chicago, parents were advised that no child would be admitted to class that did not have an MMR vaccination.  

I wish that was the end of the story. But I was shocked by what I was directed to on Facebook

A teleconference was held - led by Rebbetzin Temi Kamenetsky (wife of Rav Shmuel Kamenetsky) designed to give Chizuk (her words) to the anti vaxxers. It is available on Facebook in both audio and transcribed form. There one will find the unbelievably shocking words spoken by the wife of a one of the most respected rabbinic leaders in America. Here are some of the things she said: 
Did you ever hear of Amalek? Hashem told to get rid of them because they're not good. They tried to destroy b'nei yisroel. And they're still trying. Merck is a German company, and they produce MMR. Worldwide a lot of terrible things have been happening. Autism is all over the world.
I know personally two babies who died, they were three months old. Right after, two and a half weeks after the shots. But the doctors don't believe it. They're taught, they don't know that they're taught by professors who are apikorsim or representatives of the medical, of the pharmaceutical companies.
This is a test min hashamayim. As everything is a test. We're told al tivtichi b'nedivim b'ben adam sheain lo teshuah. He could be the greatest person, the [unintelligible] the doctors, the lawyers, the Indian chiefs. But you can't trust anyone, any human being. And it says bitchu baShem, we are told we must trust Hashem…
We're being forced to choose between school or vaccinations. So we could just tell everybody, I'd rather trust Hashem than the doctors. It's mamesh a gezeira, it's a gezeima min hashamiyim. We're being tested…
They're even using v'nishmartem meod es nafshoseichem to say that this is hishtadlus, take the vaccination [laughs]. It's sheker, it has to do with money. Because they make, Amalekim make billions a year, it's coming up to trillions, and they spend millions to bribe the politicians... 
I encourage everyone to read or listen to the rest for themselves. And weep. 

What makes this even more perplexing is that I have been personally told by a distinguished member of the Kamenetsky family that all of her own children were vaccinated! What happened? How did she come to these absurd and dangerous conclusions?

I can only conjecture. But it has to be a combination a propensity towards conspiracy theories and religiosity gone awry based on bad information and in my view a gross misunderstanding of Halacha.

Rebbetzin Kamenetsky is not a Posek. I’m sure she will be the first to tell you that. But there are some people that consider themselves Poskim in this regard and have published Teshuvos (responsa) promoting the false notion that as a matter of Halacha one must refuse to be vaccinated. And that by doing so, you are in effect an Apikores - denying the very existence of God!

This is an extremely dangerous situation that seems to be affecting the Charedi world the most. The question is why? 

It is clear that both medical science and the vast majority of Charedi Poskim agree on the vital need for vaccinations. And the absolute right - or even obligation - by schools to bar any unvaccinated children from attending. But it is also clear that most of the antivaxxer crowd lies squarely in that community. Because with respect to Orthodox Jewry, that is where the epidemic seems to be centered

In my view this is a corruption of their understanding of what faith in God is all about. Yes, God is the true healer. But it is our obligation to do whatever we can in that regard. God clearly tells us that in the Torah itself: We must very much guard our lives.

That means that we do not rely on miracles. We do what we can and God does the rest. To say that listening to doctors is a denial of God is itself pure unadulterated Apikursus. Any rabbis (or Rebbetzins) that defend the rights of parents to send their unvaccinated children to school are in my view violating the fundamental Halachos of Pikuach Nefesh! And they should be ignored. Because the price of listening to them may be very costly.

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Imagine a young woman named Molly, working as an events coordinator in Chicago. During the planning of a daylong workshop, she and her colleagues have a good-natured groan about the post-lunch slowdown that always plagues these types of events. To jazz up the flow of conversation Molly decides to stock the room with candy. She […]
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December 04, 2018 Law firms heading for new Wacker Drive tower Jones Day and Morgan Lewis are closing in on deals to move to the new Bank of America Tower when it opens along the Chicago River in 2020. A new skyscraper going up on Wacker Drive has lured a pair of big law firms from another building on one of the city's most famous corporate thoroughfares. In a double departure from 77 W. Wacker Drive, the Chicago offices of law firms Morgan Lewis & Bockius and Jones Day are both planning to relocate to the 55-story tower underway at 110 N. Wacker, sources familiar with the firms said. Neither firm has finalized a lease, but both are in advanced negotiations to move to the building when it opens in 2020, sources said. That trend—recently propelled by landlords giving tenants huge amounts of cash to build out new offices—is poised to continue at 110 N. Wacker and with the projected 2023 opening of the 1.2 million-square-foot Salesforce Tower Chicago at Wolf Point. Houston-based developer Hines will be looking to fill another 700,000 square feet beyond what Salesforce has leased. And on the horizon: Riverside intends to develop a 1.5 million-square-foot office tower at Union Station, just a third of which would be anchored by BMO Harris Bank if it finalizes a deal with the Toronto-based bank. The 51-story tower at 77 W. Wacker is now in line to fall victim to tenants' flight to new construction. While the high-profile building has location and proximity to the revitalized Chicago Riverwalk working in its favor to lure tenants, both departing law firms are competing for talent with other firms that have recently upgraded to newer buildings. McDermott Will & Emery and DLA Piper, for example, both left the Central Loop for the new tower at 444 W. Lake last year. Cleveland-based Jones Day, which was one of the anchor tenants at 77 W. Wacker when it opened in 1992, has 164 attorneys in Chicago, according to Crain's 2018 list of the city's largest law firms. (interesting timing / year when it opened at ' 77 ' Wacker )
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It’s been five years since Matthew Houck—better known as Phosphorescent—released his critically acclaimed Muchacho, but we were finally blessed with a new (and excellent) album, C’est La Vie, this year. The time in between albums has served him well—he’s a family man now and an east coaster, having moved from Nashville to Brooklyn. And through […]

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Benjamim e Edinho is a joint production of Ben LaMar Gay and Brazilian guitar master Edinho Gerber. The two musicians shared friendship & stories across a co-residence in Chicago and time spent in Rio de Janeiro (where Gerber is from, and Gay lived for some time). In the diverse spectrum of Gay’s catalogue, Benjamim e Edinho is where he displays his admiration for the experimental folk/R&B arrangements of Chicago Soul originator Charles Stepney, 1970s Quincy Jones, the work of Moacir Santos and all the storied innovators of Brazilian experimental music. Benjamim e Edinho is a nugget of Pan-Americana that rebirths the revolutionary, psychedelic & sexy sound of classic Tropicalia through a Chicagoan lens. (From promo :)

FCCs: One FCC on track 8 :(((
Favorites: 1, 2, 5, 6, 7
RIYL: psychedelic, jazz, tropicalia, samba, and other fusions!

1. “Dere Ma Baby Go” - 3:37 - Uptempo beat, loopy guitars, energetic vocals, and switch ups in beat/rhythm throughout the first few minutes. Cool glitchy stuff spread throughout.
2. “Swim, Swim” - 3:23 - Upbeat. Stringed instrument and synth bloops with vocals; high energy but in a darker kind of way; really nice transitions; Portuguese vocals! Very cool song.
3. “Weapons” - 3:27 - sort of melancholy acoustic guitar and introspective vocals about family and other themes; fun snare rolls build intensity along with a little electric guitar making interesting distorted sounds;
4. “Golden Thrush” - 2:24 - really pretty instrumental track; twinkling guitars and other sounds give this a really nice positive vibe.
5. “Totem” - 3:54 - Midtempo. No drums, but stringed/guitar sounding instruments and synth for first few minutes of this one; two different vocals give nice texture to the lyrics about flying, strength, and other interesting visual themes. Really pretty choral singing toward the end of track. Very magical vibes.
6. “Empregada” - 3:56 - Very funky; wah sounds, synth lead; cool vocals about what “mama” is gonna do; sounds like a wah pedal on a percussive instrument. Very sick track.
7. “Kunni” - 3:48 - Synth sounds open up the track are upbeat, warm, lush, and atmospheric; Real nice funky/jazzy bassline; vocals throughout give this a very ethereal yet straight up song feel. Drums come in about halfway through.
8. “Ye Ye” - 4:11 - Bassline with nice spacey effect, super upbeat drums, clarinet, and vocals give this a nice cosmic jazzy vibe. FCC right at the end that I’ll try to edit out.

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Entre dos aguas (España, 2018)

2 horas, 16 minutos
Dirección: Isaki Lacuesta.
Reparto: Israel Gómez Romero, Francisco José Gómez Romero, Rocío Rendón, Yolanda Carmona, Lorrein Galea, Manuel González del Tanago.
Menciones principales:
-Mejor película y mejor actor Festival Mar de Plata.
-Mejor película Festival San Sebastián.
Distribuidora: BTeam.
SinopsisDoce años después de La leyenda del Tiempo, Isaki Lacuesta vuelve a San Fernando. Isra y Cheíto son dos hermanos que han tomado caminos muy diferentes en la vida. Cuando Isra sale de la cárcel y Cheíto termina una larga misión enrolado en la Marina, ambos regresan a la Isla de San Fernando. El reencuentro de los hermanos renovará el recuerdo de la muerte violenta de su padre cuando eran niños; la necesidad de retomar sus vidas y reconciliarse con ellos mismos les unirá de nuevo.

Crítica en El fondo del aire es rojo

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Viudas (Reino Unido-Estados Unidos, 2018)

2 horas, 9 minutos
Dirección: Steve McQueen.
Reparto: Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Colin Farrell.
Distribuidora: Fox.
SinopsisVIUDAS es la historia de cuatro mujeres con nada en común excepto una deuda heredada por las actividades criminales de sus difuntos maridos. Ambientada en el Chicago actual, en un tiempo de agitación, la tensión crece cuando Veronica (Viola Davis), Alice (Elizabeth Debicki), Linda (Michelle Rodriguez) y Belle (Cynthia Erivo) deciden tomar las riendas de su destino y conspiran para forjarse un futuro con sus propias reglas.

Crítica en Tierra Filme

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Cadáver (Estados Unidos, 2018)

1 hora, 25 minutos
Dirección: Diederik Van Rooijen.
Reparto: Shay Mitchell, Stana Katic, Grey Damon, Louis Herthum, James A. Watson Jr..
Distribuidora: Sony.
SinopsisUn estremecedor exorcismo se vuelve incontrolable, cobrándose la vida de una joven. Meses después, mientras Megan Reed (Shay Mitchell) trabaja en el turno de noche de la morgue, recibe un cadáver desfigurado. Sola y encerrada en los pasillos del sótano, Megan comienza a experimentar espeluznantes visiones, lo que le hace sospechar que el cuerpo que ha recibido está poseído por una despiadada fuerza demoníaca.

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Durante la tormenta (España, 2018)

2 horas, 8 minutos
Dirección: Oriol Paulo.
Reparto: Adriana Ugarte, Chino Darín, Álvaro Morte, Javier Gutiérrez, Miquel Fernández, Nora Navas.
Distribuidora: Warner.
SinopsisUna interferencia entre dos tiempos provoca que Vera, una madre felizmente casada, salve la vida de un chico que vivió en su casa 25 años antes. Pero las consecuencias de su buena acción provocan una reacción en cadena que hace que despierte en una nueva realidad dónde su hija nunca ha nacido.

Crítica en Videodromo

Los fantasmas de Ismael (Francia, 2017)

1 hora, 54 minutos
Dirección: Arnaud Desplechin.
Reparto: Mathieu Amalric, Marion Cotillard, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Louis Garrel, Alba Rohrwacher.
Menciones principales:
-2 nominaciones Lumiere Awards.
Distribuidora: La Aventura.
Sinopsis Cuando se prepara para rodar su siguiente película, la vida de Ismael sufre un vuelco con el regreso de un amor de hace veinte años.

Genezis (Hungría, 2018)

2 horas
Dirección: Árpád Bogdán.
Reparto: Milán Csordás, Anna Marie Cseh, Eniko Anna Illesi, Lídia Danis, Zsolt Kovács.
Menciones principales:

-Premio especial del jurado Festival Sofia.
Distribuidora: Surtsey.
Sinopsis: Tres vidas se entrelazan en un país en ruinas sociales. Un niño que vive la persecución étnica que sacude Hungría. Una adolescente que intenta averiguar cuál es su lugar en el mundo y una abogada que no ha superado el fallecimiento de su hija. Las tres historias de GENEZIS están basadas en historias reales que ocurrieron en Hungría y cuyo nexo es la familia.

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El Grinch (China-Estados Unidos-Japón-Francia, 2018)

1 hora, 26 minutos
Dirección: Yarrow Cheney, Scott Mosier.
Reparto (voces): Benedict Cumberbatch, Cameron Seely, Rashida Jones, Pharrell Williams, Tristan O'Hare.
Distribuidora: Universal.
Sinopsis: EL GRINCH lleva una solitaria vida en una cueva del Monte Crumpit con su fiel perro Max como única compañía. Con una guarida plagada de inventos e ingeniosos cachivaches para satisfacer todas sus necesidades diarias, el Grinch solo se deja ver por Villa Quién cuando se queda sin comida.
Cada año, en Navidad, los lugareños perturban su pacífica soledad con celebraciones cada vez más desmesuradas, luminosas y ruidosas. Cuando los Quién declaran que ese año van a preparar una Navidad el triple de grande, el Grinch se da cuenta de que solo hay un modo de recuperar algo de paz y silencio: robar la Navidad. Para ello, decide hacerse pasar por Santa Claus en Nochebuena, haciéndose con un reno muy peculiar para tirar de su trineo.
Mientras tanto, en Villa Quién, una dulce niña llamada Cindy-Lou, desbordante de espíritu navideño, planea con sus amigos atrapar a Santa Claus durante su visita en Nochebuena para darle las gracias por ayudar a su trabajadora madre. Sin embargo, a medida que se acerca la noche mágica, sus buenas intenciones amenazan con chocar con las del Grinch, mucho más perversas. ¿Logrará Cindy-Lou cumplir su deseo de conocer a Santa Claus? ¿Conseguirá el Grinch poner fin al jolgorio navideño de los Quién de una vez por todas?.

El hombre que inventó la Navidad (Irlanda-Canadá, 2017)

1 hora, 44 minutos
Dirección: Bharat Nalluri.
Reparto: Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer, Jonathan Pryce, Miriam Margolyes, Simon Callow.
Menciones principales:

-Una nominación Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films USA.
-Una nominación Canadian Screen Awards.
Una nominación Irish Film and Television Awards.
Distribuidora: DeAPlaneta.
Sinopsis: En 1843, el célebre novelista británico Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) se encuentra en el punto más bajo de su carrera, acumulando tres novelas que fueron un fracaso y viendo como las deudas de su familia van en aumento. Decidido a recuperar su reputación, Dickens decide escribir una historia sobre la Navidad y autoeditarla en menos de dos meses. Es aquí donde nace uno de los personajes más icónicos de su carrera, Ebenezer Scrooge (Christopher Plummer), en un proceso creativo mágico que cambió la forma de entender la Navidad para siempre.  

Quinqui Stars (España, 2018)
2 horas, 6 minutos
Dirección: Juan Vicente Córdoba.
Reparto: Ramsés Gallego, Mery Cuesta, Blondie, Ira Rap, Daniel Guzmán, Enrique San Francisco, José Sacristán, Rosario Flores, Paco Catalá, Agnès Varda, Bea Pelea.
Distribuidora: Syldavia.
SinopsisEn los años 70 y 80 en España, el gobierno y las autoridades dejaron de lado a una serie de barrios marginales. Los vecinos debieron adaptarse a este cambio, tratando de buscarse la vida por sí mismos y haciendo lo necesario para conseguirlo. Los jóvenes de ese entonces tuvieron que renunciar a una infancia normal, criándose en la calle y aprendiendo lo que ahí veían. Las consecuencias de esto seguirían a los personajes hasta su época adulta, donde aún pagan el precio. 

Morir para contar (España, 2018)

1 hora, 27 minutos
Dirección: Hernán Zin.
Reparto: Hernán Zin.
Menciones principales:
-Mejor documental Montréal World Film Festival.
Distribuidora: 39 Escalones.
SinopsisEn 2012, Hernán Zin sufrió un incidente en Afganistán que cambiaría para siempre su vida. Los traumas acumulados durante 20 años de trabajo como reportero de guerra explotaron de repente. Empezaron la depresión, la soledad y  las conductas autodestructivas.
En busca de respuestas a lo sucedido, Hernán Zin entrevista a otros periodistas y les pregunta por sus traumas, sus pérdidas, sus miedos y sus familias.

El amor menos pensado (Argentina, 2018)

2 horas, 16 minutos
Dirección: Juan Vera.
RepartoRicardo Darín, Mercedes Morán, Claudia Fontán, Andrea Pietra, Luis Rubio.
SinopsisMarcos y Ana han estado casados durante veinticinco años. Cuando su único hijo se va de casa para comenzar su carrera universitaria en el extranjero, la pareja entra en una profunda crisis existencial.
Sin peleas de por medio, casi como si se tratara de un nuevo proyecto en común, deciden separarse. Lo que sería, lisa y llanamente, una separación de común acuerdo.
La vida de solteros, intensa y fascinante al principio, pronto les plantea nuevas preguntas e incertidumbres. Marcos y Ana, se interrogan a fondo sobre el amor, la naturaleza del deseo, la fidelidad, y toman una decisión que modificará sus vidas para siempre.


Miriam miente (República Dominicana-España, 2018)

1 hora, 30 minutos
Dirección: Natalia Cabral, Oriol Estrada.
RepartoDulce Rodríguez, Carolina Rohana, Pachy Méndez, Frank Perozo, Georgina Duluc.
Menciones principales:

-Premio Cima Festival Huelva.
-Mención especial jurado ecuménico Festival Karlovy Vary.
Distribuidora: Paco Poch.
SinopsisEl tranquilo mundo de una familia pequeñoburguesa empieza a desmoronarse cuando Miriam, de 14 años, conoce a su novio de internet. Mientras sus familiares y amigas preparan con entusiasmo la tradicional fiesta de los quince años, Miriam no sabe cómo explicar que su novio es negro.

Tus desperdicios y otros manjares (España, 2018)

1 hora, 12 minutos
Dirección: Magda Calabrese, Richard Zubelzu.
RepartoPadre Ángel García.
SinopsisEste documental intenta mostrar la sociedad consumista española y los grandes desequilibrios que producen la cantidad desmesurada que se desperdicia, mientras millones de personas en el país no tienen suficiente comida para su día a día. A través de representantes de la industria alimentaria, ONGs, médicos, cocineros, comedores sociales, etc., descubriremos las causas y soluciones para este problema. 

Hotel Explotación: Las Kellys (España, 2018)

1 hora, 30 minutos
Dirección: Georgina Cisquella.
Distribuidora: Begin Again Films.
SinopsisMás de doscientas mil mujeres trabajan como camareras de piso en España. Un trabajo tan fundamental como invisible en el sector de la hostelería. Hace año y medio, estas mujeres que limpian hoteles, conocidas como las Kellys, decidieron organizarse para reclamar sus derechos. Han sido víctimas de la externalización y muchas de ellas se han quedado fuera de las plantillas de los hoteles, sin derechos y expuestas al despido cuando están de baja. 

          Thinkspace Gallery’s “LAX / ORD” at Vertical Gallery.Opening on...      Cache   Translate Page      

Thinkspace Gallery’s “LAX / ORD” at Vertical Gallery.

Opening on Saturday, September 3rd, 2016 at Vertical Gallery in Chicago, Illinois is the Thinkspace Gallery curated group exhibition of 12″ x 12″ pieces “LAX / ORD.”

Featuring work from some of the most prominent New Contemporary artists in the world such as (Above) Edwin Ushiro, Casey Weldon, David Rice, Alex Garant, Juan Travieso, Tony Philippou, Tatiana Suarez, Stella Im Hultberg, ONEQ and Fuco Ueda plus many others.  Connecting the West Coast art scene to that of the MidWest’s, this survey exhibition will feature local and international artists curated by one of the movement’s most active and respected proponents: Los Angeles’ Thinkspace gallery. This collaborative presentation with Patrick Hull’s Vertical Gallery is Thinkspace’s tenth iteration of its successful traveling exhibition series, and will be the largest presentation of New Contemporary art ever to take place in Chicago.

LAX / ORD” will be on display until September 24th, 2016.  If you’re in Chicago DO NOT MISS IT.

          Animation History: The Two Sides of Walt Disney      Cache   Translate Page      
Behind his wholesome public persona, Walt Disney * 5. Dezember 1901 in Chicago, Illinois; † 15. Dezember 1966 in Burbank, Kalifornien, had a darker side. This exclusive clip from the PBS special “American Experience: Walt Disney,” takes a look at both sides of the legend. Photo/video: American Experience/WGBH.
          American Airlines apologizes after disabled woman left alone in Chicago airport overnight      Cache   Translate Page      
American Airlines has apologized after a disabled woman was left alone at Chicago's O'Hare Airport overnight.
          NFL Team Grades Week 13: Giants Fend Off Bears      Cache   Translate Page      
Saquon Barkley #26 of the New York Giants runs the ball against Roquan Smith #58 of the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium on December 02, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.The Giants picked up an unlikely win, knocking off the Bears in overtime. How did your NFL team grade out in Week 13?
          Upzek Is Sticking Around on Chicago P.D., Whether You Like It or Not      Cache   Translate Page      
Ever since Ruzek (Patrick John Flueger) and Upton (Tracy Spiridakos) started bumping and grinding on [...]
          Watch MYLES KENNEDY Perform In Hartford      Cache   Translate Page      
On November 23, iRock Radio captured Myles Kennedy's solo performance at the Webster Theater in Hartford, Connecticut. Watch the footage below. Kennedy's debut solo album, "Year Of The Tiger", was released in March. On the disc, Myles embarked on his first venture as a solo artist by embracing musical elements and influences he hadn't explored previously in his career. Kennedy himself played banjo, lap steel, bass, and mandolin in addition to guitar throughout the album. The emotional journey and personal story of Myles is captured in a bluesy Americana album with a twist of country and rock, swirling and flowing around the incredible, soulful voice that the world has come to know. Myles told the "Nothing Shocking" podcast about the songwriting process for "Year Of The Tiger": "I knew what I didn't want to do, stylistically, was make another hard rock record, because I already have the luxury of playing in these two bands that have established a legacy and have put out multiple records, so to put out another album that just sounded the same, to me, I wasn't taking advantage of the opportunity of making a solo record in that case. I felt like it would dilute what I'm doing with the other projects. This was a really great opportunity for me to do something different, to challenge myself and make music that hopefully will really just kind of push me." Myles, not one to spend a lot of time at home, is touring the U.S. in support of "Year Of The Tiger". The 18-date run kicked off on November 13 in Chicago, Illinois and will wrap on December 16 in Seattle, Washington. The performances feature music from the album as well as selections from Myles's work with ALTER BRIDGE, THE MAYFIELD FOUR and SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS. WALKING PAPERS is opening all dates.

          Watch STEEL PANTHER's Unique Interpretation Of 'Brokeback Mountain'      Cache   Translate Page      
"Cineminute", the new YouTube show from California party rockers STEEL PANTHER, premiered last month with the band's parody of the Bryan Singer classic "The Usual Suspects". The weekly episodic show has now returned with STEEL PANTHER's unique interpretation of 2005's Ang Lee Academy Award winner "Brokeback Mountain". STEEL PANTHER kicked off its latest tour on November 29 at the House Of Blues in Chicago, Illinois. The concert was the band's first with bassist Spyder, who is filling in for STEEL PANTHER's regular four-stringer Lexxi Foxx. STEEL PANTHER issued a statement on Friday (November 30) saying that Lexxi had voluntarily checked himself in to an undisclosed "sex rehab" after his "lifestyle of debauchery and proclivity towards random sexual encounters… finally caught up with" him. "We love Lexxi Foxx… and his mother," explained drummer Stix Zadinia. "We support his decision to enter sex rehab. We can't wait for him to get back on the road with us after he learns how to have better sex." STEEL PANTHER guitarist Satchel recently confirmed to Meltdown of the WRIF radio station that the band has commenced the recording process for its fifth album. The follow-up to 2017's "Lower The Bar" is once again being produced by Jay Ruston, who has previously worked with ANTHRAX, STONE SOUR and URIAH HEEP, among others. "Lower The Bar", was released in March 2017 via Kobalt Music Recordings. The disc included eleven songs recorded at studios in North Hollywood and Sherman Oaks, California, with an additional two tracks on a Best Buy deluxe edition.

          12/4/2018: SPORTS: HAMONIC KNOWS BRO HAS HIS BACK      Cache   Translate Page      

It’s a good thing they snapped the group photo after Sunday’s morning skate in Chicago. Several hours later, Calgary Flames defenceman Travis Hamonic was bloodied by the elbow of Chicago Blackhawks forward Chris Kunitz, a cheap-shot that resulted in a...
          12/4/2018: SPORTS: Hoiberg out, Boylen in as Bulls head coach      Cache   Translate Page      
The skidding Chicago Bulls fired coach Fred Hoiberg on Monday and promoted associate head coach Jim Boylen in hopes of lifting the team from the bottom of the standings. The Bulls have been hit hard by injuries this season, but at 5-19, only two teams...
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Cozy #fire #fireplace #chimenea #fuego #fogo #chicago #home
          Captive State      Cache   Translate Page      

Science fiction - Les extraterrestres ont envahi la Terre. Occupée, la ville de Chicago se divise entre les collaborateurs qui ont juré allégeance à l'envahisseur et les rebelles qui les combattent dans la clandestinité depuis dix ans.

Un film de Rupert Wyatt
Avec John Goodman, Vera Farmiga, Ashton Sanders, Madeline Brewer, Machine Gun Kelly

>> Fiche complète du film | Bandes-annonces | Photos | sur AlloCiné

          Tax Professional - H&R Block - East Chicago, IN      Cache   Translate Page      
Mentoring and supporting teammates. Seeking experienced seasonal Tax Preparers who want to build their book of business and advance their tax knowledge to join...
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          Youth Develpment Professional/Athletics - Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana - East Chicago, IN      Cache   Translate Page      
Establish rapport with members and provide mentoring and role modeling to assist with their leadership development and physical activity engagement.... $9.00 - $15.66 an hour
From Indeed - Wed, 14 Nov 2018 19:47:57 GMT - View all East Chicago, IN jobs
          Intervention Specialist - The Leona Group - East Chicago, IN      Cache   Translate Page      
Maintain professional competence via conferences, mentoring, involvement in professional organizations, continuing coursework, etc. Complete all coursework and...
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          Charge Nurse - Community Healthcare System - East Chicago, IN      Cache   Translate Page      
Must possess leadership and mentoring skills. In addition to the duties, responsibilities and expectations outlined in the Staff Nurse Job description, the...
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          Charge Nurse RN - Regency Hospital Company - East Chicago, IN      Cache   Translate Page      
The RN Charge Nurse is responsible for all safety, infection control, and quality of care issues that might arise while on duty, as well as, assisting with...
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          Charge Nurse/Registered Nurse - Regency Hospital - East Chicago, IN      Cache   Translate Page      
The RN Charge Nurse is responsible for all safety, infection control, and quality of care issues that might arise while on duty, as well as, assisting with...
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          Week 14 NFL picks against spread: Rams cover against Bears; Seahawks beat Vikings      Cache   Translate Page      

In our Week 14 NFL picks against the spread, the Rams earn a key win in Chicago. Plus, Seattle continues its roll with a victory over Minnesota.

          Noname expands 2019 North American tour, plus new video for “Blaxploitation”: Watch      Cache   Translate Page      
The Chicago-born rapper will spend the first three months of 2019 on the road.
          Air New Zealand Inaugurates Auckland-Chicago Service      Cache   Translate Page      
Air New Zealand announced the start of service for its new flight linking Auckland, New Zealand, and Chicago. The first flight arrived at O’Hare International Airport on Friday afternoon. With an approximate aloft time of 15 hours northbound and 16 hours southbound, the flight is the airline’s longest. The airline is using Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft and operating the flight on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. The airliners feature a business-class cabin with ...
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IL-Chicago, job summary: User Experience Designer - Chicago, IL •This is a contract role expected to last 3 months. User Experience Designer - Job Duties: •Translate business needs and product requirements into user-focused and intuitive products, interfaces and platforms •Design user-friendly workflows across system integrations •Develop high level and detailed storyboards, mockups and prototypes to communic
          C. D. Peacock & Peacock Diamond Antique Wedding Set – J37050      Cache   Translate Page      
Founded in 1837, Elijah Peacock moved to Chicago from England to continue his watch and jewelry business which began three generations before.  His son, Charles (C.D.) was born in 1838 and inherited the business after his father retired. Robert Peacock and W. C. Peacock, sons of C. D. Peacock, continued the business as President and […]
          Upzek Is Sticking Around on Chicago P.D., Whether You Like It or Not      Cache   Translate Page      
Ever since Ruzek (Patrick John Flueger) and Upton (Tracy Spiridakos) started bumping and grinding on [...]
          Ball State honored as 2018 Institution of the Year by Indiana Society of Chicago      Cache   Translate Page      
Ball State was named the 2018 Institution of the Year by the Indiana Society of Chicago.
          The Film the Israel Lobby Does Not Want You to See      Cache   Translate Page      
"The Lobby," the four-part Al-Jazeera documentary that was blocked under heavy Israeli pressure shortly before its release, has been leaked online by the Chicago-based website Electronic Intifada, the French website Orient XXI and the Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar.
          Swimming With Cephalopods      Cache   Translate Page      

Cephalopods are amazing creatures – capable of complex learning, chameleon-like fluidity and lighting quick dexterity. Mike Vecchione, director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries National Systematics Laboratory, joins us to talk about these wonders of the sea, which he writes about in “Octopus, Squid & Cuttlefish: A Visual, Scientific Guide to the Oceans’ Most Advanced Invertebrates” (University of Chicago Press).

          Exercise Physiologist Per Diem - Swedish Covenant Hospital - Chicago, IL      Cache   Translate Page      
To and from the hospital and the Galter LifeCenter. To provide a safe and effective exercise program for individuals with known coronary heart disease....
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          LCG FEMALE LAUNDRY/LOCKER ROOM ATTENDANT - Part-time - Swedish Covenant Hospital - Chicago, IL      Cache   Translate Page      
Demonstrates a commitment to the mission of Galter LifeCenter, demonstrates a service orientation and adheres to all responsibilities and standards of the...
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          LCG - Massage Therapist Weekends - Swedish Covenant Hospital - Chicago, IL      Cache   Translate Page      
Demonstrates a commitment to the mission of Galter LifeCenter and demonstrates a service orientation and adheres to all responsibilities and standards of the...
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          Upzek Is Sticking Around on Chicago P.D., Whether You Like It or Not      Cache   Translate Page      
Ever since Ruzek (Patrick John Flueger) and Upton (Tracy Spiridakos) started bumping and grinding on [...]
          Driver / Courier Needed. M,W,F Route. Deliver to Southwest Cargo      Cache   Translate Page      
IL-Chicago, Driver / Courier Needed. M,W,F Route. Deliver to Southwest Cargo Experienced Courier needed to run a dedicated route Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Good fit for Uber/Lyft drivers, drivers with night routes, etc. Starts in Aurora at 10:45am and drops at Southwest Cargo at Midway Airport. Must be to airport no later than 5pm. You will be picking up an envelope or two at each location. 14 stops. Roun
          McCarthy gets the pipe      Cache   Translate Page      
No one paying attention is particularly surprised Mike McCarthy got fired yesterday. The timing was certainly surprising, though.

The Packers have been on a slide ever since they left the field in Seattle in the 2014 playoffs. They had some good moments and even made a run to the NFC Championship game in 2016, but this hasn't been a particularly good team for a while now. Some of it you can put on McCarthy, of course -- he seemed to lose the team this year. Some of the blame goes to Aaron Rodgers, an amazing talent but a diva of the first rank. A lot of the blame goes to former GM Ted Thompson, whose magic touch ran out years ago.

The NFL is designed to punish the best teams and elevate the worst teams. It's the way to keep interest in the league going. Some teams have good fortune and can avoid the canyons; the Patriots are a great example of that, but the greatest example would be the Pittsburgh Steelers, who have been contenders consistently for nearly 50 years. The Steelers started climbing the mountain way back in 1972. I remember 1972 well, as it was the only post-Lombardi year that the Packers would win their division until Brett Favre arrived. 1972, as it happened, was a false hope for the Packers, and as someone who lived with false hope for the better part of 25 years, it's easy to recognize.

Aaron Rodgers is the same age now that Bart Starr was in 1968. Nothing is guaranteed going forward and the Packers and their fans should not assume the good times are returning just because Mike McCarthy is leaving. There are some good players in Green Bay, but not enough of them. If I could trade rosters with the Chicago Bears, I would. If I could trade the immediate future of the Packers for the Bears, I would do that, too. I expect it will all turn to ashes in Chicago soon enough, because it usually does, but perhaps it won't this time. If you are a Packers fan, you have to assume your rivals are intelligent and competent. In many cases over the last 25 years, that has not been the case. But those days are gone. The Packers need to take the time to get this right, because it's just as easy to hire another Dan Devine as it is to hire a Mike Holmgren.
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CHICAGO, Dec 4- U.S. soybean futures edged higher on Tuesday on hopes that a U.S.- China trade war truce over the weekend would result in fresh Chinese demand for U.S. soybeans, although no deals have been struck yet. "The market's taking a wait-and-see approach with China," said Jim Gerlach, president of A/C Trading. Chicago Board of Trade January soybeans were up 3-3/ 4...
          Peggy Gou – It Makes You Forget (Itgehane) (Remixes) [ZENDNLS504]      Cache   Translate Page      
Artist : Peggy Gou Title : It Makes You Forget (Itgehane) (Remixes) Label : Ninja Tune Genre : Tech House/Deep House Date : 00-11-2018 Quality : 320 kbps Source : WEB Tracklist : 01. It Makes You Forget (Itgehane) (Jamal Moss ChicagoPhonic Sound System Remix) 8:01 02. It Makes You Forget (Itgehane) (I:Cube Remix) 6:41 […]
          Red Heat | So 16.12. 03:40 RTL II      Cache   Translate Page      
So 16.12 03:40 Uhr - Red Heat
Ende 05:35 Uhr | Laufzeit: 115 Minuten
Der russische Polizist Ivan Danko ist entschlossen, schweigsam und korrekt: Mit diesen Eigenschaften soll er in Chicago den gefährlichen Drogendealer Viktor Rostavili fassen und muss dazu mit dem lockeren Cop Art Ridzik zusammenarbeiten. Das ungleiche Duo muss nun zusammenhalten... Action-Komödie mit dem großartigen Gespann Arnold Schwarzenegger und James Belushi.
Regie: Walter Hill
Mit: Arnold Schwarzenegger (Ivan Danko), Laurence Fishburne (Lieutnant Stobbs), Gina Gershon (Cat Manzetti), Gretchen Palmer (Prostituierte), J.W. Smith (Salim), Brent Jennings (Abdul Elijah), James Belushi (Art Ridzik), Ed O'Ross (Viktor Rostavili), Richard Bright (Sgt. Gallagher), Peter Boyle (Lou Donnelly)

          An Interview with Berry      Cache   Translate Page      

Chicago indie-pop band Berry has been together since 2002. Since that time the band has separated physically but not musically. While several members have relocated to different cities, the group still makes music together. Their lagtest album Everything, Compromised was recorded in five different states and mixed in at least four different countries..!

Berry is performing tonight at Schubas Tavern (with The Icarians and Kodakrome) to finish up their first tour in seven years. To mark the occasion, Clarence Ewing spoke to Paul Goodenough about the band and what it's like to make music across three different time zones.

Clarence Ewing: Give us a history of Berry from 2007 to now.

Paul Goodenugh: The big obvious theme of the history is that in 2007 we existed as a band in the closest possible quarters--living together, recording constantly, touring intensely.  Now we exist in three different time zones.  There was a period from 2010-2014 when we had to take some time to focus on family, school, and life adventures.  That was right after we released and toured for Blue Sky, Raging Sun (Joyful Noise).  Once we settled after that transition period, we got the Berry-ball rolling again, but it took a while to gain momentum.  An early collaborator of ours, Paul Klimson, basically kicked our asses and got us serious about recording and releasing music with some semblance of direction.  For the last two years, we have been "practicing" weekly via conference call, and we usually spend a week together each summer to either record or tour.

CE: What's it like being a "long distance band?"  What are the major challenges?  Are there any benefits?

PG: Ha.  Well, its just like a long distance relationship: awesome when you're together for that brief time and then the sad puppy dog feeling when you're away.  Of course, there's the flipside to that comes with the monotony of "musical co-habitation."  Ha ha.  So having lived through both sides of it, we can say it is true that "the grass is always greener on the other side."  The big drawback is that to rehearse for tour takes a significant chunk of time, and limits the number of shows we can do.  Touring is such a different animal from recording.  Maybe the greatest benefit is that we are forced to be very intentional about everything we do.  Another benefit is that we have an abundance of influences--geographical, musical, social, etc--to draw from, given our different locations.

CE: Some bands feel like they're on a mission from God.  Others just like to get together and jam.  What's Berry's "purpose" to you?

PG: We each feel a variety of "inward" purposes and some "outward" purposes, as well.  To begin with, we all have this basic burning desire to make music.  It's an innate drive, that if we didn't do it, we'd probably go crazy.  And then, we all recognize that a unique thing happens when we gather together.  It's like we're each a different gear, and when you throw us all together, the gears align and the machine comes to life.  That machine, even after all these years, remains mysteriously powerful to us.  It calls to us in some way that our other musical projects don't.  Another huge drive for us to make music that hopefully inspires our friends and becomes part of a larger musical conversation.

CE: How has the band's music changed since mid-2000s?  How has it stayed the same?

PG: The thing that stays the same is that our music strives to be both mathy and poppy, challenging and ear-wormy.  That means balancing things like odd-time signatures and white noise with lots of repetition and traditional pop song structures.  With time, our lyrics have probably seen the most development.  Essentially, it used to be, "Well, we've finished the basic tracks.  Now, Joey, finish the melodies and lyrics."  As a band, we've collaborated more on developing images in the lyrics.  At some point, Joey went back to school for his MFA in poetry, and that has added a lot of depth and humor to the lyrics.

CE: Are there any other artists or bands you're currently listening to?

PG: We really like to be inspired by our friends and peers -- the musicians we respect in our various home towns who make music that we love.  Samantha Crain released a great record this year, You Had Me at Goodbye.  Cassie Morgan from St. Louis has been writing and recording some interesting stuff.  Wichita's The Travel Guide is one of the hardest working bands we know.  Cousins, in Chicago, write these catchy sing-alongs: All the dudes on stage sing, and their voices alone move a lot of air and seem to fill a room with sound.  We're lucky to have so many talented friends and acquaintances.

CE: Your band's Web page describes how your lyrics can "juxtapose such disparate characters as literary heroes like Henry David Thoreau with pop culture villains like Martin Shkreli."  How do you pick which figures to use?  Are there certain kinds of characters you won't use?

PG: The characters appear very organically.  We read the news.  We read classics.  We dig into obscure corners of the internet.  Doesn't everybody?  Recently, we've spent time as a band sharing images from our dreams.  We've made a conscious choice to embrace the kind of surreal things that happen in our dreams, or daydreaming, or by playing with words.  It isn't always easy.  We all share a pretty conservative upbringing, and still live to various degrees in conservative worlds.  So we are hoping to maybe find some redemption as we pay attention to those things that we once considered too dangerous for attention.  There's a strong current of sarcasm that runs through this album, so when we imagine Thoreau going to a party and doing Ecstasy for the first time, we hope that listeners can appreciate the dark humor of it.  And this is well-worn ground by now, but -- what could possibly be more grotesque than a President Trump and the coalition of people who continue to enable his reckless, disgusting behavior?  We wrote about that. 

CE: What do you see as your big challenges and opportunities down the road?

PG: We've got two babies due before the year's end!  So adapting to that and finding the time and energy for creativity will be a huge challenge.  Thankfully, the last 18 months or so have shown us how much we can still accomplish by showing up every week for each other, as bandmates, as friends, and as fellow human beings.  Show up, start up the machine, and let it do its thing.  We've got at least 8 more songs that are working their way through the assembly line right now.  And hopefully it isn't another 7 years before our next tour.

[You can check out Berry's live-stream performance of their show at Schubas below!]

          Interview: The Trans Lib Comp (Release Party This Saturday!)      Cache   Translate Page      

Local artist Jash Huggins (formerly of Evasive Backflip) has spent the last few months compiling music from local artists who identify as trans, non-binary (nb) or gender non-conforming (gnc). This week that effort will be released as the Trans Lib Comp. They recently chatted with CHIRP volunteer and DJ Amelia Hruby about the project and the status of marginalized communities in Chicago's music scene.

Amelia: Can you tell us a little bit about the project as whole?

Jash: The Trans Lib Comp is a collection songs by trans/gnc/nb musicians. All artist are based in, or from, the Chicago area. I'm dubbing a run of 30 cassettes, and throwing a release show with artists appearing on the tape at a local diy spot.  All proceeds from the tape, and the show are going to the Trans Liberation Collective. TLC is a local group that organized a very large demonstration earlier this year. They also have free self defense classes and continue to organize. You can reach them at their fb page here: /TransLiberationCollective/

Amelia: What inspired you to start this project?

Jash: I think a couple things lead up to the idea.  I had occasionally snuck some queer/gender theory-inspired lyrics into the mix [in Evasive Backflip songs] ("Milk Milk Lemonade" is basically a Judith Butler crash course with some tossed off body-horror and gross-out lines, and I like to think my lyrics to the goofily-titled "This Face Isn't Going To Sit On Itself" are a genuinely subversive, pansexual, genderqueer take on hip-hop braggadocio (at the very least the sight of a trans-femme singing the lines "such a big gun/makes my pussy so wet" elicits a response of some kind, nervous laughter, typically)).

It's also not by accident that "Pussy Up" is the heaviest, most brutal, release in the Evasive Backflip discography. The election of Donald Trump and the dissolution of my former band left me to with the desire to create work that was more explicitly political. Creating a tape like this seemed like a fairly concrete way for me to use my talents to Do Something and to connect with others.

Amelia: Who were some of the artists you reached out to?

Jash: Initially I reached out to the small handful of other trans/gnc artists I knew.  My friends Rachel from Thanks For Coming, and November Onoto of ONOTO and November Onoto Band were the first 2 people I contacted.  I also recruited my co-worker who plays music, but is in no way involved in the local or DIY music scene, and Red of Red's Garden, who I met while volunteering at Girls Rock! Chicago last summer. 

November and Red gave me some great suggestions, and encouraged other people to reach out to me, some of whom also had recommendations.  Most of the people on the tape were suggested to me by others, I think 1 or 2 responded to a call for trans/gnc artists on Facebook, but most came in thru the grapevine.

Amelia: How supportive do you find the Chicago music scene to be for LGBTQIA+ artists?

Jash: As a queer trans femme, I can lay claim to quite a few of those letters, but I can't speak for everyone.  Cis gay men, for example, may have concerns or critiques that are only tangentially related to my experience. I think the best way I can answer that question is to say that the Chicago music scene is supportive of queers and femmes, to the extent that queers and femmes have carved out space for themselves.  In many ways I view the work of women and queers in the DIY scene to be a parallel or oppositional movement within the larger DIY culture.

At it's very best, I would say that the DIY scene is marginally more inclusive and accepting then society at large.  If I'm allowing myself to be critical (and I am) I would say that the DIY scene often functions as a haven for serial abusers and rapists with enough social capital to avoid accountability.

For every prominent women or queer sticking it out in the music scene, I can point to another who has fled the scene (or even the city altogether), because the DIY scene will repeatedly shrug off the offenses of men and minimize the concerns of women and queers.  I am so sick of cis white boys with guitars playing fake-ass revolutionary, tbh...

Personally, as someone who was closeted when they entered the scene and began to transition from within it, I can say without a doubt that I was made to feel that the expression of my femininity/trans-ness was directly related to how 'serious' of a musician I was perceived to be.  Even people who I worked with directly, who were supposed to be (and considered themselves to be) my allies would often treat me in a much more frivolous and dismissive manner then they had previously.

You can find Jash's solo work here, and get more information about the tape and the release party here.

          RotoGuru Football Leagues & Standings: 2018 G24 PRESEASON      Cache   Translate Page      
Judy [12/4 12:52]: AFC Bills v Browns KC v Jax NFC Sea v SF Car v GB Wanna seeds Denver NYJ Oakland Dallas Cincinnati Arizona Baltimore Detroit Toilet NYGiants San Diego NOLA Indy Chicago Houston Philadelphia Minnesota
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Andrew - Terrible indeed :-)
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Boy, they've made great use of so far :)
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          How to Create and Verify JWTs with Node      Cache   Translate Page      

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Authentication on the internet has evolved quite a bit over the years. There are many ways to do it, but what worked well enough in the 90s doesn’t quite cut it today. In this tutorial, I’ll briefly cover some older, simpler forms of authentication, then show you how a more modern and more secure approach. By the end of this post, you’ll be able to create and verify JWTs yourself in Node. I’ll also show you how you can leverage Okta to do it all for you behind the scenes.

Traditionally, the simplest way to do authorization is with a username and password. This is called Basic Authorization and is done by just sending username:password as an encoded string that can be decoded by anybody looking. You could think of that string as a “token”. The problem is, you’re sending your password with every request. You could also send your username and password a single time, and let the server create a session ID for you. The client would then send that ID along with every request instead of a username and password. This method works as well, but it can be a hassle for the client to store and maintain sessions, especially for large sets of users.

The third method for managing authorization is via JSON Web Tokens, or JWTs. JWTs have become the de facto standard over the last few years. A JWT makes a set of claims, (e.g. “I’m Abe Froman, the Sausage King of Chicago”) that can be verified. Like Basic Authorization, the claims can be read by anybody. Unlike Basic Auth, however, you wouldn’t be sharing your password with anyone listening in. Instead, it’s all about trust.

Trust, but Verify… Your JWTs

it must be true

OK, maybe don’t believe everything you read on the internet. You might be wondering how someone can just make some claims and expect the server to believe them. When you make a claim using a JWT, it’s signed off by a server that has a secret key. The server reading the key can easily verify that the claim is valid, even without knowing the secret that was used. However, it would be nearly impossible for someone to modify the claims and make sure the signature was valid without having access to that secret key.

Why Use a JWT?

Using a JWT allows a server to offload authentication to a 3rd party they trust. As long as you trust the 3rd party, you can let them ensure that the user is who they say they are. That 3rd party will then create a JWT to be passed to your server, with whatever information is necessary. Typically this includes at least the user’s user id (standardly referred to as sub for “subject”), the “issuer” (iss) of the token, and the “expiration time” (exp). There are quite a few standardized claims, but you can really put any JSON you want in a claim. Just remember the more info you include, the longer the token will be.

Build a Simple Node App

To create and verify your own JWTs, you’ll first need to set up a Node server (well, you don’t have to, but that’s what I’ll be teaching you today). To get started, run the following commands to set up a new project:

mkdir fun-with-jwts
cd fun-with-jwts
npm init -y
npm install express@4.16.4
npm install -D nodemon@1.18.6

Next, create a new file index.js that will contain a super simple node server. There are three endpoints in here, that are just stubbed with TODOs as notes for what to implement.

The /create endpoint will require basic authorization to log you in. If you were writing a real OAuth server, you would probably use something other than Basic Auth. You would also need to look up the user in a database and make sure they provided the right password. To keep things simple for the demo, I’ve just hard-coded a single username and password here, so we can focus on the JWT functionality.

The /verify endpoint takes a JWT as a parameter to be decoded.

const express = require('express')
const app = express()
const port = process.env.PORT || 3000

app.get('/create', (req, res) => {
  if (req.headers.authorization !== 'Basic QXp1cmVEaWFtb25kOmh1bnRlcjI=') {
    res.set('WWW-Authenticate', 'Basic realm="401"')
    res.status(401).send('Try user: AzureDiamond, password: hunter2')

  res.send('TODO: create a JWT')

app.get('/verify/:token', (req, res) => {
  res.send(`TODO: verify this JWT: ${req.params.token}`)

app.get('/', (req, res) => res.send('TODO: use Okta for auth'))

app.listen(port, () => console.log(`JWT server listening on port ${port}!`))

You can now run the server by typing node_modules/.bin/nodemon .. This will start a server on port 3000 and will restart automatically as you make changes to your source code. You can access it by going to http://localhost:3000 in your browser. To hit the different endpoints, you’ll need to change the URL to http://localhost:3000/create or http://localhost:3000/verify/asdf. If you prefer to work in the command line, you can use curl to hit all those endpoints:

$ curl localhost:3000
TODO: use Okta for auth

$ curl localhost:3000/create
Try user: AzureDiamond, password: hunter2

$ curl AzureDiamond:hunter2@localhost:3000/create
TODO: create a JWT

$ curl localhost:3000/verify/asdf
TODO: verify this JWT: asdf

Create JSON Web Tokens in Your Node App

A JSON Web Token has three parts. The header, the payload, and the signature, separated by .s.

The header is a base64 encoded JSON object specifying which algorithm to use and the type of the token.

The payload is also a base64 encoded JSON object containing pretty much anything you want. Typically it will at least contain an expiration timestamp and some identifying information.

The signature hashes the header, the payload, and a secret key together using the algorithm specified in the header.

There are a number of tools out there to create JWTs for various languages. For Node, one simple one is njwt. To add it to your project, run

npm install njwt@0.4.0

Now replace the res.send('TODO: create a JWT') line in index.js with the following:

  const jwt = require('njwt')
  const claims = { iss: 'fun-with-jwts', sub: 'AzureDiamond' }
  const token = jwt.create(claims, 'top-secret-phrase')
  token.setExpiration(new Date().getTime() + 60*1000)

Feel free to mess around with the payload. With the setExpiration() function above, the token will expire in one minute, which will let you see what happens when it expires, without having to wait too long.

To test this out and get a token, log in via the /create endpoint. Again, you can go to your browser at http://localhost:3000/create, or use curl:

$ curl AzureDiamond:hunter2@localhost:3000/create

Verify JSON Web Tokens in Your Node App

Well, that looks a bit like gibberish. You can see there are two .s in the JWT, separating the header, payload, and signature, but it’s not human readable. The next step is to write something to decode that string into something that makes a little more legible.

Replace the line containing TODO: verify this JWT with the following:

  const jwt = require('njwt')
  const { token } = req.params
  jwt.verify(token, 'top-secret-phrase', (err, verifiedJwt) => {

In the route /verify/:token, the :token part tells express that you want to read that section of the URL in as a param, so you can get it on req.params.token. You can then use njwt to try to verify the token. If it fails, that could mean a number of things, like the token was malformed or it has expired.

Back on your website, or in curl, create another token using http://localhost:3000/create. Then copy and paste that into the URL so you have http://localhost:3000/verify/eyJhb...R8We4. You should get something like the following:

  "header": { "typ": "JWT", "alg": "HS256" },
  "body": {
    "iss": "fun-with-jwts",
    "sub": "AzureDiamond",
    "jti": "3668a38b-d25d-47ee-8da2-19a36d51e3da",
    "iat": 1542146783,
    "exp": 1542146843

If you wait a minute and try again, you’ll instead get jwt expired.

Add OIDC Middleware to Your Node App to Handle JWT Functionality

Well, that wasn’t so bad. But I sure glossed over a lot of details. That top-secret-phrase isn’t really very top secret. How do you make sure you have a secure one and it’s not easy to find? What about all the other JWT options? How do you actually store that in a browser? What’s the optimal expiration time for a token?

This is where Okta comes in to play. Rather than dealing with all this yourself, you can leverage Okta’s cloud service to handle it all for you. After a couple minutes of setup, you can stop thinking about how to make your app secure and just focus on what makes it unique.

Why Auth with Okta?

Okta is a cloud service that allows developers to create, edit, and securely store user accounts and user account data, and connect them with one or multiple applications. Our API enables you to:

If you don’t already have one, sign up for a forever-free developer account.

Create an Okta Server

You’re going to need to save some information to use in your app. Create a new file named .env. In it, enter your Okta organization URL.

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