The Daily Beat

Premiere DateFeb 25, 2013
Categories Culture Politics Talk
00:00 The Daily Beat Intro
00:39 Top Story
01:29 Dawn McCarthy & Bonnie "Prince" Billy So Sad
05:51 PROMO
06:07 In Other News
08:59 Mount Moriah Bright Lights
11:47 Finish

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The Daily Beat is a daily news podcast inspired by the power of social media to spark social change. Tune in Monday through Friday at 7 p.m. as BTR’s social media director, DJ Jen, culls the “Twitterverse” and “blogosphere” to bring you the top stories regarding social justice and human rights issues.

Not to mention, we’ll also feature some of BTR’s top tracks.

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Today Seth MacFarlane is under fire for for what The New Civil Rights Movement describes as ” poor performance laced with anti-gay, anti-women, racist, and otherwise juvenile jokes.”

The Daily Beast writes:

“The event, honoring the best in cinema for 2012, was a disaster, with host Seth MacFarlane—the creator of a few TV series, including Family Guy, and the blockbuster comedy film Ted—doing an incredibly awkward Rat Pack-meets-Crank Yankers routine, replete with silly jokes touching on rape, race, sexism, Nazis, and the Lincoln assassination.”

Here are a few of the questionable jokes, courtesy of Huffington Post:

On “Django Unchained”: “This is the story of a man fighting to get back his woman, who’s been subjected to unthinkable violence. Or as Chris Brown and Rihanna call it, a date movie.”

On slavery: “If you bumped into Don Cheadle in the studio lot, would you try and free him?”

On the price of beauty: “For all those women who had the ‘flu.’ it paid off. Lookin’ good.”

On Daniel Day Lewis’ method acting: “I would argue that the actor who got most inside Lincoln’s head was John Wilkes Booth.”

On Ben Affleck: “First time I saw him with all that dark facial hair I thought, my God, the Kardashians have finally made the jump to film.”

On Hispanic actors: “We’ve reached that point where Javier Bardem, Salma Hayek or Penelope Cruz takes the stage and we have no idea what they’re saying but we don’t care because they’re so attractive.”

There’s also this:


Reuters reports:

Radio broadcasts in English from the BBC World Service are being jammed in China, the British broadcaster said on Monday, suggesting the Chinese authorities were behind the disruption.

“The BBC strongly condemns this action which is designed to disrupt audiences’ free access to news and information,” the BBC said in a statement.

China, which enforces strict restrictions on its domestic media, has been accused by several prominent foreign media of seeking to stop their news reports reaching Chinese audiences.

Turning our attention to Scotland, today The Telegraph reports that an independent Scotland would increase taxes on the wealthy.


Today the U.S Census bureau released a study illustrating how the nursing profession remains overwhelmingly female, but the representation of men has increased as the demand for nurses has grown over the last several decades

The aging of our population has fueled an increasing demand for long-term care and end-of-life services,” said the report’s author, Liana Christin Landivar, a sociologist in the Census Bureau’s Industry and Occupation Statistics Branch. “A predicted shortage has led to recruiting and retraining efforts to increase the pool of nurses. These efforts have included recruiting men into nursing.”

Men typically outearn women in nursing fields but not by as much as they do across all occupations. For example, women working as nurses full time, year-round earned 91 cents for every dollar male nurses earned; in contrast, women earned 77 cents to the dollar men earned across all occupations.

We’re closing out the show today by pointing to a Tumblr for some thoughtful feminist commentary. We found the Actual Swamp Mermaid Tumblr through the Crunk Feminist Collective. Check out Actual Swamp Mermaid’s reblogged post called On Protecting (White) Children.

*** Here’s the original post on Ramou Starr.

The post talks about The Washington Post story that ran earlier this month in which a white mother wanted Beloved removed from her son’s school district. Blake Murphy was 18 years-old when he complained to his mother that Beloved “disturbed” him. He said, “It was disgusting and gross. It was hard for me to handle. I gave up on it.”

The post compares the reaction of the Fairfax county school district to “Beloved” with the reaction to a tweet by the Onion calling Quvenzhané Wallis a cunt.

From the Ramou Starr post:

We have parents calling into their school districts complaining about their precious little children (but really, an 18 year-old man) being affected by reading Beloved. They want this book banned. It’s too much for them to handle. The violence. The hatred. The abuse. It’s too much. But it’s not too much for those little black and brown children who are subject to the violence, the hatred, the abuse on a daily basis because, so far, there is no entity powerful enough to protect them, or even one who believes that they are worthy of protection.

There is no one to protect a 9 year-old girl from being called a “cunt” on a twitter account that is currently being followed by over 4 million people.

*** In a Facebook post, the editors of the The Onion wrote that the tweet was “crude and offensive—not to mention inconsistent with the Onion’s commitment to parody and satire, however biting.”