LIFE/STYLE: “Cancel Culture”

by Ian Hatcher, Meredith Topian –

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“Cancel Culture” is a new phenomenon in which a person is effectively boycotted in response to some allegation. Since first popping up on social networking sites around 2017 the term has picked up major traction. In most instances where an individual is cancelled they are usually high profile celebrities. David Dobrik is latest in a long line to be cancelled, and the YouTube star has lost nearly all his sponsorships. Celebrities aren’t the only people who can be cancelled and there are multiple instances of normal people being cancelled for resurfacing evidence.

On this Life/Style podcast, Ian and Meredith discuss the origins of “cancel culture” and what it really entails. With this idea becoming more and more commonplace as the day passes they grapple with the implications of this phenomenon.

ARTS/CULTURE: Performing Arts, pandemic restrictions easing

by Juan Zapata and Madeline Quiroz-Haden–

In this Arts & Culture podcast, reporters Juan Zapata and Madeline Quiroz-Haden discuss the impact Covid-19 has had on the performance arts scene in the New River Valley. With social distancing guidelines being enforced and businesses being told to limit customer capacity, many theatres, art galleries and even student run organizations have suffered.

Zapata and Quiroz-Haden talk about how organizations are doing what they can to keep business and morale high even when the only options are to appreciate the arts virtually or 6ft apart. With virtual concerts,  social distanced rehearsals and outdoor performances becoming more popular during the pandemic, it’s safe to say that while performing arts events have taken a hit due to the Coronavirus, they are finding ways to spread creativity to the community regardless.

INTERNATIONAL: Nigerian bandits and boarding schools

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by Jett Hooker, Darrell Grant —

The number of kidnappings has been rising in Nigeria over the past year due to the county’s economic crisis. Several groups of armed men operate in northern Nigeria and rely on raiding boarding schools and abducting boys and girls to receive ransom money or bargaining deals. Abduction has become a growth industry in Nigeria as a result of these events. 

Just last week, a group of gunmen abducted hundreds of schoolgirls from the Girls Science Secondary School despite the fact that the Nigerian military had a camp set up nearby. Fortunately, the schoolgirls were released but the Nigerian people are highly disappointed with the lack of help from their government and military. 

The frequent raids and abductions have caused many teachers to flee to other states for protection, while many school children have abandoned their education to avoid the violent attacks. As a result, residents of northern Nigeria are demanding that local authorities bring the action needed to keep the schools safe. 

SPORTS: Interesting solutions for lack of fans in stadiums

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by Brandon Alimanestiano, Abass Alzanjne–

As sports come and go during the Covid-19 pandemic with various safety measures in place, many venues remain mostly empty. While the NFL and several other leagues entertained socially distant guests at some stadiums, they also had equally unique ways of dealing with the lack of a cheering crowd — including a fake cheering crowd.

In this edition of the Newsfeed podcast, Abass and Brandon talk about some of the strange things they have seen while watching games. They range from video conferenced fans on screen in the stadium to artificial crowd noise and cardboard cutouts. They discuss whether the “home team advantage” is no more during the pandemic and how it negatively affects both players and fans, in addition to the sports venue economy as a whole.

SPORTS: Gambling Made Mobile Friendly

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By Juan Zapata and Alaya Burrill-

The world of sports betting is not new; However, its popularity continues to increase as third party applications make it effortless to place sporting bets. Various states have made it legal to engage in these types of betting/gambling practices, but it takes an informed gambler to successfully place wagers. There are many advantages and disadvantages that one must be aware of before diving into betting opportunities. Not being knowledgeable about what you can bet on, and the type of bets you are able to seek may end up costing you more money than you earn in payouts. 

In this edition of The Newsfeed podcast Juan Zapata and Alaya Burrill discuss the increase in popularity of sports betting and how the legalization of such activity makes it easy for anyone to get involved.  

International: Worldwide Coronavirus Updates

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by Nick Harpold and Maddi Dempsey-

The coronavirus pandemic has taken over much of 2020 and has continued to be a major part of our lives going into 2021. The world is starting to get a better grasp of how to handle the pandemic and learning about the ways to prevent from getting the virus.

In this edition of the International News Feed podcast, Nick Harpold and Maddi Dempsey talk about how COVID-19 is impacting countries around the world, the global rise of cases, new variants of the virus that are being discovered, and how Iran is banning the coronavirus vaccine from the United States and the United Kingdom.

ARTS/CULTURE: Debating Spotify vs Apple Music

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by Madison Storm, Jillian Smith–

Millions stream music daily, and the preferences of music platforms are seemingly never ending. Two streaming services have continually held high ratings over time– Spotify and Apple Music. The question remains though, which is best?

Each platform offers similar plans in regard to pricing, with options set to best meet user needs. Many of the differences come to light when comparing access to music, new music discovery, and options for things outside of music like podcasts.

In this edition of the Arts and Culture podcast, The News Feed’s Madison Storm and Jillian Smith debate which streaming platform they think is best and why.

INTERNATIONAL: World response to U.S. Presidential Election

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by Madison Storm, Reid Campbell–

With the close of the 2020 election, Joe Biden has been named the 46th President of the United States. Reactions to this news have been seen across the globe, with several international leaders offering their thoughts on the future that’s possible with Biden in the White House. Majority of these comments were positive and also offered congratulations to Kamala Harris for being the first female, first black, and first Asian American to be elected as Vice President. 

Several international observers also commented on the disorderly conduct of current President Donald Trump. Criticisms over doubt cast on mail-in ballots, discriminatory statements, and falsely declaring victory were just a few of the opinions expressed.

SPORTS: NFL’s Sexual Assault Problems

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by Reid Campbell, Emily Carter–

Yet again the NFL is finding itself in a controversy surrounding its handling of sexual assault cases. Antonio Brown, a star wide receiver and former New England Patriots players has been allowed back in the league despite numerous allegation of rape and an ongoing civil lawsuit filed against him for sexual assault.

This is not the first time this has happened in the National Football League. Numerous players in the past have been accused of similar crimes, and have only been given suspensions from a handful of games, not forced out of seasons or outright banned from the league like many have called for.

The NFL has created programs in the past to change how people view the leagues handling of these situations, like a series of PSAs from 2014. In this podcast Reid Campbell and Emily Carter discuss the Brown case, prior issues in the league, and the failures of the NFL