5 Friyays: June 7

5 Friyays: June 7

Happy Friday, everyone! It’s Dr. Hinson back with my 5 Friyays. Dr. Donnelly is away on her holidays and I’m away next week, so it’s a potted and quick Friyays for me – let’s get going!

Hail To The Queen of Jeopardy (for now)

It amazes me that I’ve haven’t yet talked about my love of Jeopardy in my Friyays. But for those of you who aren’t super fans, or who have been living under a rock, Monday marked the end of the second longest and second highest winnings streak in Jeopardy history when Emma Boettcher beat 32-day champ James Holzhauer. It’s a great story – especially James’ reaction on Twitter and how he handled himself in defeat. I know Jeopardy gained loads of new viewers during the streak, but it’s always been a favorite of mine, hopefully just a few of those newbies stick around. As of writing this, Emma has continued to win all week, we’ll see how she does tomorrow!

Your Friendly Neighborhood Beer

If you didn’t know, Pittsburgh is a craft beer haven. One of our oldest, and most favorite brewers, East End Brewing, recently announced its ambitious plan to name a beer after each of Pittsburgh’s 90 neighborhoods. Though there is a great collective sense being from Pittsburgh, it is a city of neighborhoods, and each one has its own identity. Fair play to East End, you can bet I’ll be waiting patiently for the Swissvale brew!

Freedom Should Be Free

I recently saw a news report about the cash bail system in the US. In short, bail was codified by the founders as a way to incentivize people to show up for court dates. Flash forward 250 years and we currently have 450,000 people in prison because they cannot afford to pay their bail. These people have not been convicted of a crime, they are merely held in a system because they cannot write the check. Since most people cannot afford to sit in jail for months on end – they have a family, children, and a job – many people plead guilty in order to get out of jail. This is not how the criminal justice system is supposed to work. I learned about the wonderful work of the Bail Project – a charity that pays for people’s bails so they can return to their lives until their trial. Learn about their wonderful work here.

“We can’t be what we can’t see.”

Yet again I’m caught sharing another fabulous piece from Sunday Morning. The below video is about the cultural cost of the lack of female representation in public statues, place names, and building names. It’s hard for young girls to believe they can be anything they want, when almost every street, building, park, and statue represents a man. But we can fix that – and this video tells the story of a few women who are trying to do just that!

Celebrating Pride: A history of Trans people in the US

With our ongoing coverage of LGBTQ+ Pride this month and every month throughout the year, I came across this wonderful TED Talk from trans activist Samy Nour Younes. Trans people have been around a while and he’s got the receipts to prove it.

That’s my Friyays for the first full week of June! Dr. Donnelly will be back next week – until then, happy reading!

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