Episode #36


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It’s Oscar season! And this year the Academy Awards arrive amid controversy for their overwhelmingly alabaster hue. With not a single person of color nominated in any of the acting, writing, or directing categories, the outrage around #OscarsSoWhite has many asking what the Academy values in a black performance. We’re joined by Jamil Smith of MTV News to discuss an analysis by the New York Times finding that when it comes to black actresses in particular, it’s only when portraying characters living in poverty that they get a shot at the golden statuette. But first, we sit down with Josh Eidelson, labor reporter at Bloomberg Businessweek, and Laura Durso of CAP’s LGBT Progress team, to discuss the lack of federal workplace protections for LGBT people and a lawsuit against Walmart that could expand gay rights nationwide.

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  • Jamil Smith, Senior National Correspondent, MTV News: @jamilsmith
  • Josh Eidelson, Reporter, Bloomberg Businessweek: @josheidelson
  • Laura Durso, Senior Director of LGBT Progress: @thedursoisin