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Why American Leaders Relish Hot-Dog Diplomacy

Doug Mack Atlas Obscura
When King George visited Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1939, the White House lunch included hot dogs. It kickstarted an enduring tactic of American international relations: hot-dog diplomacy. The King asked for seconds, accompanied by beer.

Before Roe

Peter Neil Carroll
They say you can’t go home again, but the Supreme Court says otherwise. Peter Neil Carroll’s Before Roe offers a glimpse of “normal” from the bad old days.

The Fire She Fights

Jane LaTour New York Labor History Association
Women working in the blue-collar “nontraditional” occupations, traditionally occupied by men, have been writing about their experiences, contributing to our knowledge of “the hidden history of affirmative action.” Here is such a story.

A Great Awakening

Molly Worthen The New York Times
This decade-old book is especially relevant now.

Good Luck to You, Leo Grande Has a “Magic Sex Worker” Problem

Eileen Jones Jacobin
Critics are fawning over Good Luck to You, Leo Grande for its “brave” sex positivity. But the crowd-pleasing comedy is actually anxiously prescriptive, and it relies on an angelic and selfless sex worker to teach a middle-aged woman how to love her body.

Biden Signs the School Meal Waivers Bill Into Law, but Free Meals Are Over for Many

Ximena Bustillo npr.org
Before the pandemic, meals were either free, reduced price or full price to students. During the pandemic, the waivers allowed for all meals to be free. The House bill included only free and full-price options. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., blocked the bill in the Senate, urging lawmakers to bring back the "reduced price" category of the National School Lunch Program.

Dance to the Music

Amy Soricelli Freshwater Literary Review
Amy Soricelli’s poetry captures the grit of The Bronx: the passing “radio from an open car window” or a “random gunshot.”