The Madeleine Brand Show for March 14, 2012

"Awesome/Not Awesome" with Luke Burbank: A dress code for chess?

Garry Trudeau

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Garry Trudeau smiles as he enters a classroom to speak to students at the Center for Comic Studies in White River Junction, Vt., Monday, Oct. 22, 2007. In a rare public appearance, "Doonesbury" creator Trudeau talked Monday to students about his work and the challenges he's faced drawing the comic strip.

Luke Burbank, host of the podcast 'Too Beautiful to Live,' weighs in on the 'Doonesbury' abortion controversy, a new dress code for women chess players and Volvo's new airbags for pedestrians.

Several newspapers across the country have pulled Garry Trudeau's 'Doonesbury,' the long-running, political satire comic strip, due to its recent take on abortion practices. The Portland Oregonian justified their decision to pull 'Doonesbury' in an open letter, explaining that Trudeau "went over the line of good taste and humor in penning a series on abortion using graphic language and images inappropriate for a comics page."

In chess news, the European Women’s Championship has buttoned up its dress code rules. Participants will no longer be able to display cleavage and may only have the top two buttons on their blouses unbuttoned. The new rules also require that skirts be at most 10 centimeters above the knee.

Most car safety measures focus on the individuals inside the car. But Volvo has announced new airbags on its V40 series that will protect pedestrians in accidents. These airbags will deploy outside of the vehicle.

Guest:

Luke Burbank is host of the podcast 'Too Beautiful to Live.'


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