‘Women Rule’ with Democratic Senator of North Dakota Heidi Heitkamp

On this week’s episode of ‘Women Rule – Backstage with Female Bosses’, POLITICO’s Anna Palmers sits with Heidi Heitkamp, the Democratic Senator of traditionally Republican North Dakota, for an open talk about her politics.

The conversation touches upon many topics, for example Heitkamp’s impression that in American politics, regional divides are actually often stronger party or gender lines. (She comes from a very North Dakotan small, where her family made up 10% of the constituency.) They talk also about how it is to be a woman in politics, about alliances between female politicians, and about the importance of putting gender aside in political battles.

And then they speak of course about her – for a Democrat controversial – support for the Second Amendment and reluctance towards stronger gun control, and her cooperative stance towards president Trump.


Podcast of the Week: Reggaeton In The Age of #MeToo

This week Alt.Latino, NPR’s program about Latin Alternative music and Latino culture, discusses the controversial aspects of Reggeaton, a genre often criticized for its highly sexualized portrayal and use of women. In the context of #MeToo and #TimesUp, the topic got attention once again after the recent Grammy performance of ‘Despacito’ by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, had many scantily clad women shaking their butts around the two male singers.

Alt.Latino host Felix Contreras and his two guests, the scholars of Latin American culture Petra Rivera Rideau and Omaris Zamora, take both an academic and a personal look at the issue. They are neither out to defend, nor to condemn Reggeaton. Rather they are trying to understand why the music sounds as it does, and the various perspectives from which it can be interpreted, without propagating one truth.