It’s “Of Memes and Men” time on The Leftscape! One does not simply “talk about feelings” may be a meme-worthy sendup of a certain type of masculinity, but some men are diving into the difficult emotions and conversations. This week, John Tod talks about hosting and taking part in a men’s group. He reveals a lot about this unique chance for men to get together to explore and express the things they find most challenging, and to unlearn all that keeps them from their vulnerability.
Later in the show, co-hosts Mary McGinley, Wendy Sheridan, and Robin Renée bring women and transgender leaders they admire into the spotlight. They give props to some well-known and some lesser known people worth learning about: Eleanor Roosevelt, engineer and musician Wendy Carlos, scientist Stephanie Kwolek, artist/scientist Julia Van Etten, and activists Brenda Howard, Marsha P. Johnson, and Sylvia Rivera.
The recent news has been harsh with the shock of mass shootings in New Zealand and Netherlands still very much on everyone’s minds. After decompressing that reality plus discussion of a few more serious topics, the conversation turns to a bit of humor via silly name memes inspired by Matthew Calamari and “Tim Apple.” Check out The Leftscape website to pick your new monikers, check out Julia Van Etten’s fascinating project, Couch Microscopy, and to find out more about an organization from which John Tod took inspiration, The ManKind Project.
The end of March and beginning of April give us all some oddball reasons to celebrate: Manatee Appreciation Day, National Joe Day, Weed Appreciation Day, and of course, April Fool’s Day. Also in the mix is Vietnam Veterans Day, and all of April is devoted to Jazz Appreciation, Mathematics Awareness, and NaPoWriMo. Birthday shout outs at the top of the show go to Mariah Carey, Quentin Tarantino, Lady Gaga, Eric Clapton, MC Hammer, Al Gore, plus the late Cesar Chavez and Marvin Gaye.
The Leftscape – the shape of progressive conversation: “Of Memes and Men (Episode 41).”