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How Disney Princesses Influence Girls Around The World

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Many academics and parents have said that Disney princesses are "bad for girls" because they are defined by their appearance – and they often must be rescued by men rather than act on their own (see: Sleeping Beauty and Snow White).

Sociologist Charu Uppal in Sweden has another concern – the fact that many classic Disney princesses are white and Western.

When students who aren’t enrolled in a free school meal program lack the money to pay for their food, what results is an accumulating lunch debt. It’s a problem facing many schools across the country. About 75% of districts reported having unpaid student meal debt at the end of the 2016-17 school year, according to the School Nutrition Association.

We're nearly halfway through 2019 and have already been musically blessed with so many joyous sounds. From ancestral Afro-Colombian psych-punk to exhilarating Latinx hip-hop, bomba to banda, it feels like Santa Cecilia, the patron saint of music, is making it rain gold on us. World Cafe is here for all of it. Take a look and listen to five of our favorite Latinx Alternative songs in 2019... so far.

Kenya's High Court has chosen to uphold colonial-era laws that criminalize gay sex, dashing the hopes of activists who believed the judges would overturn sections of the penal code as unconstitutional and inspire a sea change across the continent.

Three judges said Friday that the laws in question did not target the LGBTQ community. They were not convinced that people's basic rights had been violated, they said.

Music festival season is here, with lots of bands and swarms of fans descending on fields and fair grounds across the U.S. This weekend, Boston Calling will enter its 10th edition, but it’s also the 50th anniversary of what’s been called the mother of American music festivals: Woodstock.

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The Latino USA broadcast show for May 17, 2019.

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Listen to the full Latino USA episode for May 17, 2019.

The fashion industry is estimated to contribute up to 20% of industrial water pollution in addition to millions of pounds of fabric waste.

Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd speaks with Stephanie Benedetto, CEO and co-founder of Queen of Raw, about how her company uses blockchain technology to reduce textile production waste.

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President Trump announced a $16 billion aid package this week for farmers affected by the trade war with China. Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson talks with Mike Regan (@Reganonymous), senior editor for Bloomberg News, about some of the impacts of the trade war on the markets, the economy and how long the dispute may last.

Celebrity chef Mario Batali, who stepped away from his restaurants and television appearances after facing accusations of sexual harassment, pleaded not guilty on Friday in a courtroom in Boston, where he is standing trial over allegedly kissing and groping a woman against her will in 2017.


This is FRESH AIR. The new high school comedy "Booksmart" is the filmmaking debut of actress Olivia Wilde. It stars Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever as high school seniors who, on the night before graduation, finally decide to stop hitting the books and go party. Our critic-at-large John Powers says that the movie stirs some new ingredients into an old formula.

After a daylong meeting with fellow aviation safety officials from around the world, the head of the Federal Aviation Administration is sounding more optimistic about efforts to approve a fix for Boeing's troubled 737 Max, hinting that the FAA could recertify the plane to fly passengers again by as soon as late June.

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Setbacks.

About Charly Haversat's TED Talk

As a former pro runner, Charly Haversat would fixate on an unattainable goal: perfection. She discusses the crippling effects of perfectionism, including how it can prevent learning from failure.

About Charly Haversat

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Setbacks.

About Jon Bowers's TED Talk

Everyone makes mistakes, but sometimes mistakes have big consequences. Jon Bowers argues that we should always strive for perfection—knowing we will fail and we have to learn from those failures.

About Jon Bowers

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Setbacks.

About Phil Plait's TED Talk

When it comes to scientific research, mistakes are not only part of—but also crucial—to the process. Phil Plait explains how small setbacks can play a critical role in making big discoveries.

About Phil Plait

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Setbacks.

About Leticia Gasca's TED Talk

After her business failed, Leticia Gasca didn't talk about it for seven years. But once she finally shared the story with her friends, she realized failure is far more common than she thought.

About Leticia Gasca

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Setbacks.

About Alison Ledgerwood's TED Talk

Why do we fixate on the negative? Why do setbacks stick in our minds for so long? Alison Ledgerwood shares ideas on how we can change our thinking patterns to reframe setbacks in a positive light.

About Alison Ledgerwood

Alison Ledgerwood is a social psychologist and a professor and Chancellor's Fellow at the University of California, Davis.

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Harvey Weinstein and his former film studio board members have reached a tentative deal with women who accused the movie mogul of sexual misconduct.

On Thursday, Adam Harris, a lawyer for Weinstein Co. co-founder Bob Weinstein, told a bankruptcy court judge that "an economic agreement in principal" had been reached.

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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May announced earlier today that she is stepping down. Her announcement comes after months of failed efforts to sketch out a plan for Brexit, the U.K.'s separation from the European Union.

Civil rights advocates and law enforcement groups have reached an agreement in the California legislature on new rules for when police can use deadly force.

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Four years after implementing a policy to allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses, Connecticut has seen a reduction in hit-and-run crashes and a steep decline in the number of people found guilty of unlicensed driving.

More than 50,000 undocumented immigrants in the state have taken written exams, vision tests and road tests to obtain driver's licenses, funneling several million dollars into the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles.

This opinion piece is written by sociologists Sarah Bowen of North Carolina State University, Sinikka Elliott of the University of British Columbia and Joslyn Brenton of Ithaca College. They are the co-authors of Pressure Cooker: Why Home Cooking Won't Solve Our Problems and What We Can Do About It.

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Earlier today British Prime Minister Theresa May walked to the podium outside of 10 Downing St. and said this.


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Amy Poehler's newest film is based on an actual girls' trip with her friends to California wine country. Except her friends — both in the movie and in real life — are fellow Saturday Night Live alumni such as Maya Rudolph, Ana Gasteyer, Tina Fey, Rachel Dratch, Paula Pell and Emily Spivey.

"I'm lucky to have some of the funniest people in the world be my actual friends," Poehler says in an interview. "And so I tried to quickly exploit that as fast as I could."

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Time now to check in with film critic Kenneth Turan, doing the hard work in the south of France at this year's Cannes Film Festival. He is taking a break from all the screenings to talk with us.

Hi, Ken.

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A few years ago, a British government agency proposed letting the public suggest names for a multi-million-dollar research ship.