On Our Radar: The Latest Cultural Commentary

What we are reading, eating, listening to, and watching right now...just to name a few.
Illustration: Lauren Tamaki

Illustration: Lauren Tamaki

To inspire & listen: NPR correspondent Nina Totenberg is a journalistic legend, winning countless awards for her groundbreaking legal reporting. (She broke the story of the Anita Hill allegations against Clarence Thomas.) Here's how she gets it done every day, and listen to her take on the current political landscape on the Words Matter podcast


To process: Good, practical advice from someone who's been there: On how to be laid off. "The guilt of not doing 'enough' never truly goes away, but accepting it and telling it that it doesn’t need to define your laid-off self helps." 

Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images via NPR

Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images via NPR

To take a stand: Here's where the majority stands on abortion rights in the US right now, with a great deal of complexity and some contradiction. And this guide will help decipher the latest legality. 


To try: Our founder and executive editor recently brought this Lanima mask on a weekend getaway with friends and it was a huge hit among all five women. "Not your average clay mask," Amanda admitted. And as a self-proclaimed skin care junkie, we'll take her word for it. 


To do: Are you a goal-oriented or leisurely reader? Here's the case for, and against, adult reading challenges. Whichever camp you fall into, our favorite way to unwind is with a good book. This, this, and this are on our nightstands right now.  

Illustration via The Lily 

Illustration via The Lily 

To remind: For this month and always: "I don’t want our Pride celebrations to be reduced to posts in matching T-shirts with clever hashtags. I want Pride to be a time to come together with people and families that look like ours — and people and families that don’t."


To consider: Have you heard of the FIRE movement? These women are adopting the lifestyle on their terms, carving out their own niche in the frugal-living movement — and, along the way, helping others realize the benefits. 


To buy: Doen, one of our favorite brands, is offering a limited-time discount on past season apparel and donating a portion of the proceeds to Planned Parenthood. 

To watch: For those beyond Seattle, you can watch the profound and enlightening conversation we presented with KUOW last week featuring Jodie Patterson, author and activist. It was a discussion we won't soon forget. 

Image credit: New York Times Parenting 

Image credit: New York Times Parenting 

To laugh: To honor Father's Day, here's one dad "making the case for the virtue of our much-mocked brand of humor" present in dad jokes



Social Justice & Climate Action: A Conversation With Ashley Engle On Why You Cannot Separate The Two and How You Can Help Combat Them Both

"My advice to anyone wanting to stand up for Unci Maka (Grandmother Earth) and our future generations: Start where you are because the frontlines are truly everywhere!"


April 2021 Tarotscopes

Dear Aries: You thought you knew where you stood, who you were, and what made up your compass, but you somehow awoke to spinning ground beneath your feet and a spinning head to match.

Sandrine Duval, 'In the Mood', 2018

Street Photographer & Author Gulnara Samoilova On Empowering Women, Artistic Expression & The Power of Confident Work

"I want to create an inclusive community for women artists from around the globe who are pushing the boundaries of street photography in new and exciting directions. I’m interested in empowering women so that can tap into their creativity and feel confident about making work, whether they are professional or amateur photographers."


Money and The Art of Receiving

"In our modern world, the connection between wealth and feminine energy has been mostly forgotten."


Motif Founder Shanetta McDonald On Storytelling, Healing, & Connection

"By opening up about these unique experiences, women of color build esteem and lift the shame of hiding their true selves from the world. We’re able to be seen, and feel heard, and that is healing."

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Where Do We Go From Here? Join The Fold For A Conversation About The Impact of COVID-19 on Women and Mothers In The Workplace

Join us for a free virtual event featuring Angela Garbes, The Fold's Nora Gomez-Strauss and hosted by Executive Editor, Amanda Carter Gomes.


March 2021 Tarotscopes

Dear Pisces: Striving towards your vision is very different than gazing wistfully upon someone else's. There are amazing gifts out there all around you, being offered freely and with great love, but if you don't bother to raise your head then you surely won't bother to see them.