January 31, 2021

Ep. 28 We Got Trashed

This week on the Carolina Snowflakes Podcast we take a look at the current state of recycling in the U.S. and critically examine what’s working and what isn’t.  What’s the point of dropping recyclables in the blue bin if they’re not actually being recycled?

Since the 1990s there’s been a massive push through the use of marketing and propaganda to get Americans on board with sorting out our recyclables from household trash. Remember all those “save the Earth” commercials with seagulls stuck in plastic wrap and turtles choking on bottle caps? They were brilliant sources of media and they worked to motivate! Many of us do in fact take the time to recycle and that’s a plus. Recycling is a good thing and it happens to feel good too.  

After all, we’re doing our part to protect the environment, right?

The short answer is yes, but also no. We as the end consumers may be doing our part, but the folks responsible for all that marketing, who coincidentally are also responsible for creating much of the problem in the first place, aren’t doing their part. Guess what else? They never really intended to do their part at all despite spending millions of dollars in advertising to make us believe otherwise. That’s right, we were lied to. 

So join us as we discuss what lies were told and what materials in the U.S. are actually being recycled. Spoiler alert: it might not be what you think.

 

References:

Sullivan, Laura. September 11, 2020. “How Big Oil Misled the Public into Believing Plastic Would be Recycled”. NPR: Morning Edition. https://www.npr.org/2020/09/11/897692090/how-big-oil-misled-the-public-into-believing-plastic-would-be-recycled

This week on the Carolina Snowflakes Podcast we’re tipping our hats to all things British as we embark on our quest for knighthood. Our understanding of attaining knight-ness is you must first be epic for England and thus appealing to the Queen.

We figure there’s no better way to demonstrate our worthiness than by sharing how British history and pop culture has influenced who we are as Snowflakes. Yes we attempt accents and we’re sure you’ll enjoy it.

From our adoration of Robin Hood to our love of Mary Poppins and our nerding out over The Canterbury Tales, we salute our neighbors across the pond and hope they’ll give us a wave or a nod or something….knighthood perhaps? Are we doing this right?

We also discuss a very special British-Carolina connection with the locals living on Ocracoke Island, North Carolina. Descendants of Blackbeard’s pirates, the residents of Ocracoke still speak a unique dialect called Hoi Toider, which is comprised of old Elizabethan English and pirate slang. The Hoi Toider dialect isn’t found anywhere else in the world and we do our best to share a few words and phrases one might hear when visiting.

So grab a spot of tea and tuck into this week’s episode as we hail the Queen and all things British.

January 17, 2021

Ep. 26 Wild Wild Wilmington

This week on the Carolina Snowflakes Podcast we take a trip back in time to 1898 when America’s only successful coup d’Etat occurred in Wilmington, NC.

A group of armed white supremacists violently overturned Wilmington's local government in a riot not dissimilar to the one seen recently in the Nation’s capitol.

Through gross media manipulation, physical intimidation, abuse and even murder, the group chased thousands of Black citizens out of the North Carolina town and took control of what they believed was rightfully their own.

No one was ever prosecuted or held legally responsible for the acts that occurred in Wilmington and for over 100 years the story was either obscured (whitewashed) or downplayed by the media and government institutions.

Considering recent events in the U.S., the story of the Wilmington Massacre has seen a resurgence of interest. It should be no surprise that today’s events tend to parallel the ones of 123 years ago. As they say, history repeats itself. They also say when we remain ignorant to the truth, we are doomed to repeat history over and over again.

The story of the Wilmington Massacre is fascinating, but also angering when we (The Snowflakes) admit that we were blissfully unaware of it. How did we not know something so historic happened in the state where we reside? This wasn’t taught in our history courses. Was it taught in yours?

 

References:

Consider This Podcast/NPR. (January 8, 2021).  “Race and the Capitol Riot: An American Story We’ve Heard Before”. https://www.npr.org/2021/01/04/953286955/race-and-the-capitol-riot-an-american-story-weve-heard-before

 

Randle, Aaron. (October 7, 2020). “America’s Only Successful Coup d’Etat Overthrew a Biracial Government in 1898”. https://www.history.com/news/wilmington-massacre-1898-coup

 

Lafrance, Adrienne & Newkirk II, Vann R. (August 12, 2017). “The Lost History of an American Coup d’Etat”. https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/08/wilmington-massacre/536457/

 

January 11, 2021

Ep. 25 Knee Deep In It

This week on the Carolina Snowflakes Podcast we’re wading deep into the muck of life, liberty and uh…other smelly stuff.

Recent events in the country have left us bloated with questions and possessing very strong urges to push those questions out. Who will answer these explosive inquiries? Well, no one really, but perhaps we’ll get a sense of relief once they’re flushed.

So many questions, so little toilet paper. Can someone pass the plunger?

That’s right. We’re going in and we aren’t coming back until the clog is gone. So hoist up your waders and light a match because this week we’re Knee Deep in It.

 

References:

CNN Article: https://www.cnn.com/.../capitol-hill.../index.html

Lavin, Talia. (2020) “Culture Warlords: My Journey into the Dark Web of White Supremacy”

This week on the Carolina Snowflakes Podcast we invite you to join us as we take a close look at Dolly’s private parts. Country music legend and Tennessee native Dolly Parton has seen a recent up tick in attention lately due in large part to her generous contribution towards the research and development of the Moderna vaccination against Covid-19. Much of the attention has come from the larger media, but admittedly a lot has come from us too – we are in awe. What an incredible lady. So, we decided we couldn’t put off talking about her because the woman is amazing.

Not only is Dolly a philanthropist working to save humanity from its own demise, but she’s a prolific song-writer and singer too. We were stunned and are thoroughly impressed to learn of her many awards and accolades over the last 57 years in the music business. And they just keep coming!

Dolly Parton is an American badass and we’re here for it. She’s also a southerner with a kind heart and we’re here for that as well. You don’t even have to like country music to know and understand how important she is. So Tune in to hear which parts of Dolly we found most compelling as we discuss her rise to fame and all that followed.

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