Tracey Emin’s Bed, Christians and Gay Marriage, + Bad Waiters

Tracey Emin’s ‘My Bed’ Is Up For Sale
Few pieces of art have divided opinion quite like My Bed – in which Tracey Emin claimed to have spent a week after a bad break-up. Fifteen years on, it can be yours for an estimated price of between £800,000 and £1.2m.

How the NRA Enables Massacres
As a shooting spree leaves seven dead in California, the gun lobby is trying to thwart attempts to study gun deaths and officials who see gun violence as a public health crisis.

Did Christians Get Gay Marriage Right?
The marriage equality fight is all but won. Will the future of marriage be boring as hell, or a Bible-thumper’s idea of Sodom and Gomorrah?

Pope to Meet Sex-Abuse Victims
David Clohessy, the executive director of Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP), said “The simple truth is this is another gesture, another public-relations coup, another nice bit of symbolism that will leave no child better off and bring no real reform to a continuing, scandal-ridden church hierarchy.”

The Worst Waiter in History
Edsel Ford Fong — the world’s most insulting waiter —  greeted patrons with a “sit down and shut up!

Miley Cyrus’s Bangerz Tour: When Sex Stops Selling
The only thing more entertaining than the Bangerz tour is witnessing the stunned expression of short-straw dads watching it with their kids. There were plenty of empty seats at the O2 and, unusually for an artist of her sway, she only played one night there.

Snowden Journalist Set To Make ‘Biggest’ Disclosure Yet
Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who helped NSA leaker Edward Snowden expose state secrets to the world, is set to make his “biggest” disclosure yet — the names of Americans the government spied on.

NYPD Officers To Carry Heroin Overdose Antidotes
Thousands of New York City police officers should soon be carrying emergency antidotes to help deal with the recent spike in heroin overdoses.


Electric Chair, Drug Dealing Vets, and Queer Kurdish Art Rock

Drug Dealing Inside Miami V.A. Hospital
A V.A. law enforcement officer is accusing Miami’s V.A. Hospital of drug dealing, patient abuse and other crimes.

Twitter Censors ‘Blasphemous’ Tweets
For the first time since it operated in Pakistan, Twitter has begun to censor tweets deemed “blasphemous” or “unethical” by bureaucrats in the Pakistani government.

Putin: Russia Will Respect Ukraine Vote
President Vladimir Putin says that Russia will recognize the outcome of Ukraine’s presidential vote.

Tennessee Brings Back the Electric Chair
Welcome back ‘Ol Sparky. Retro death!

WikiLeaks Says Afghanistan is NSA Target
According to WikiLeaks, the NSA records and stores almost all domestic and international phone calls in Afghanistan, which it says is an important part of the drone targeting program.

Billy Corgan and His Cats Give Us The Magazine Cover We Never Knew We Needed
Billy Corgan featured for his support of a cause that will make you purr.

Meet the New Faces of Queer Kurdish Art Rock
The Berlin-born Turkish singer and songwriter produces songs in two Kurdish dialects. Tekîn’s band Adirjam is gaining steam for being the uniquely first Kurdish queer art rock band.

Google is Working to Build a Wi-Fi Network in the Cloud
Google plans to offer business Wi-Fi services in a very Google-like way; it’s building a virtual Wi-Fi network in the cloud that could connect hundreds of thousands of wireless nodes.

Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains How Rich Bill Gates is
Neil deGrasse Tyson helps put Bill Gates’ fortune in perspective.

World Cup Watch: Controversy and Subways

With the World Cup under a month away, excitement is ramping up from football (soccer) fans across the planet. It’s the greatest sporting contest on earth, where country vs. country goes head-to-head.

How is Brazil going to handle the beautiful game? In Sao Paulo there’s a bus strike (not good)— it makes you wonder how the city will accommodate  the huge influx of World Cup attendees. Here’s what the Sao Paulo subway looks like just a few weeks before the World Cup. Help!

For every World Cup, there’s always a few bad eggs. Brazilian police have put together security guidelines for visitors traveling to the event, including much needed advice to tourists not to scream if robbed:

“Don’t fight, scream or argue,” advises a brochure filled with World Cup safety tips compiled by the São Paulo police that will be published in four different languages, Brazilian newspaper Estadao de Sao Paulo first reported.

According to São Paulo-based writer, Kevin Raub: “People have been killed over a backpack and others have been killed simply out of frustration when the thieves couldn’t get what they wanted. It’s best not to antagonize them whatsoever.”

With every World Cup, there comes controversy—be it Maradona’s Hand of God score, or a Zidane headbutt.

Brazilian artist Paulo Ito’s World Cup mural goes viral:

After spending $11 billion on World Cup preparations, tensions are understandably high to make the event a major success. And Brazilian artist Paulo Ito has succinctly summarised the discontent in a mural at a schoolhouse.


“Two years ago I painted in an abandoned building and I was thinking to paint something about poverty, but when I went inside I changed my mind,” Ito said. “They already live what I was supposed to paint.” Instead, Ito said he painted what the people asked him for: football team symbols, and SpongeBob SquarePants.


Hipster Beekeepers, 3D Guns, + The Death of the Homepage

What the Death of Homepages Means for the Future of News
News publishers lost the homepage firehose and gained a social media flood. It’s making the news more about readers, and less about news.

How 3-D Printed Guns Evolved Into Serious Weapons In Just One Year
The 27-year-old Japanese man arrested last week for allegedly owning illegal 3-D printed firearms did more than simply download and print other enthusiasts’ designs.

Building Fully-Automatic Wolverine Claws
We’re glad these aren’t commercially available, because we’d never take them off and end up stabbing ourselves in our sleep.

Photos Of The Room Where The NSA Plants Bugs In Electronics
Welcome to the bug factory!

Sterling Refuses to Pay NBA Fine
The attorney, Maxwell M. Blecher also wrote that Sterling doesn’t warrant “any punishment at all” for his racist comments that were recorded in a conversation with a female friend and made public.

MTA Scrambles To Keep Up With “Entitled” Millennials’ Expectations
“The Millennials’ expectations are really things that we thought were luxuries when we first rode the system, but they think are entitlements—and they are our customers.”

Urban Hipster Beekeepers Are All The Buzz
Show me the honey!

Drunk Driver Crashes Right Into NYPD HQ


Party Monster Michael Alig Mostly Blames Murder On Drugs, Victim

“So does he think of himself as a murderer? ‘No,’ Mr. Ailg said the other week before his release. ‘I think of myself as a drug addict who made some really, really, really poor choices, like the worst choices ever.”


Smelly Phones, UK Herpes + More L Trains

Donald and Shelly Sterling Divorcing
You mean these two weren’t happily married?

New York Times Fires First Female Boss
New title: First Female Boss To Be Fired.

CDC Recommends Daily HIV Pill
Federal health officials recommended that hundreds of thousands of Americans at risk for AIDS take a daily pill that has been shown to prevent infection with the virus that causes it.

Neil Patrick Harris Rejected ‘Late Show’
“I think I would get bored of the repetition fast and the structure of it is so set that I don’t have any interest in doing monologue or commercial—sketch, sketch, guest, musical act.”

Taking A Ride In Google’s Self-Driving Cars
If you saw the last episode of Silicon Valley , we hope the cars don’t have the same real-life flaws.

A Phone That Sends Smells
David Edwards, Harvard professor and creator of what he calls the oPhone–an app-plus-atomizer combo that lets users tag images with scents and send them around the Web: “We think it’ll just be a lot of fun to be able to include olfactory notes as a wink, an emoticon.” So what smell do you send to telemarketers?

Bike To Work Day Is Friday, Here’s Everything You Need To Know
Friday is Bike to Work Day in NYC, one of the few celebrations in which hundreds of people who bike to work, bike to work…

We’re Getting More L And M Trains This Fall
Sorry G train, you will still suck!

In the UK, You Can Be Jailed for Giving Your Girlfriend Herpes
After his then-girlfriend found out that he’d given her herpes, she dumped him, reported him to the police, and watched as he was jailed for 14 months for passing on the STI.

Moral Robots, Biggest Losers + Google Glass for All

Vermont Becomes Latest State to Hike Minimum Wage
The $10.50 per hour floor by 2018 is highest in the country… so far.

iPhone 6 With Larger Screen in Testing
Apple is preparing to release a new iPhone with a larger screen later this year.

The Military Wants To Build Robots With Morals
Their goal is to build a sense of right and wrong and moral consequence into autonomous robotic systems.

The Inside Story Of The Birth Of The NSA’s Electronic Surveillance Program
The story of America’s biggest intelligence leak started simply: with an email.

Now Anyone In The U.S. Can Buy Google Glass
Douchebags, are you listening?

‘Searching For Sugar Man’ Director Dead At 36
Swedish police say no crime suspected in death of filmmaker who won 2013 Oscar for documentary about the elusive musician.

Former Contestant Reveals The Horrible World Of ‘The Biggest Loser’
“If you didn’t act grateful enough, or you had the audacity to demand to be treated like a human being, they made you look like a huge jerk on TV.

35% Of People Have Never Heard Of The Holocaust
About a quarter of the world’s population agrees that a number of negative statements about Jews are “probably true,” according to a poll aimed at providing a statistical underpinning to the question of how widespread anti-Semitism is globally.

TALE Podast: Behind the Storytelling with Kelli Dunham & Christine Gentry


The TALE is a NYC storytelling show.

Podcasts are like radio – except over the Internet and no one gets paid.

TALE Podcast is like VH1’s Behind The Music, but without guitars (or drums for that matter) – and very much so with storytelling. Basically, cohost Alex Schmidt and myself dig deeper into storytellers’ tales to find out more.

Storytelling shows are huge in New York City. To update, storytelling is the new Pilates, which is the new selfie, which is the new non-racist tweet. It’s just that popular.

TALE podcast brings you the best storytellers in NYC with cred built from places like NPR, Comedy Central, McSweeney’s, Vice, The Nation, and HBO.

This week’s stories and guest:
Kelli Dunham is everyone’s favorite ex-nun, genderqueer, nerd comic (she talks more about that combination), and the author of numerous books.

Christine Gentry’s work has been published in Word Riot, Flashquake, and Printer’s Devil Review magazines, and her oral stories have been featured on the Story Collider, RISK, and This American Life podcasts.

Alex and I find out more with what’s behind the stories.

Listen here:

Condoms for NY Sex Workers, World Cup Robbery Tips + Sterling’s Apology

Donald Sterling Apologizes During CNN Interview
He blames his racist comments on Paula Dean…

Neil deGrasse Tyson Praises Scientist Who Knew to Check His Religion at the Door
It’s hard to please the dogmatic creationists, who fundamentally hate science.

Why Marijuana Works Better Than Opiates to Control Pain
One compelling argument for the legalization of medical marijuana is its ability to ameliorate intense pain.

Clay Aiken’s Opponent Dies Suddenly
Less than a week after losing to former American Idol Clay Aiken in a close North Carolina primary election for Congress, 71-year-old businessman Keith Crisco died in a fall at his home. Is this the start of the Aiken Curse? 

Radio Host Casey Kasem Is Missing
At a hearing Monday, a lawyer for his wife, Jean, said “I have no idea where he is” and claimed he had been removed from the country.

Heads Up, Assholes: NYPD Cracks Down On Texting And Pedestrian-Ignoring Drivers Today
The NYPD is on day one of a two-day crackdown on drivers who aren’t paying attention to the rules of the road.

NYPD Will Stop Seizing Condoms From Sex Workers
According to a department release for minor arrests: “Condoms will be secured for safe keeping along with other items of personal property and returned to individuals after they are released from custody.”

Artist H.R. Giger Dies At 74
Swiss artist H.R. Giger designed the creature in Ridley Scott’s sci-fi horror classic Alien.

Brazilian Police Warn Visitors: Don’t Scream If Robbed

Brazilian police have put together a pamphlet of top tips for staying safe during the World Cup next month, with suggestions such as making sure not to scream if someone tries to rob you.

Bearded Eurovision, Stolen Bikes + London Billionaires

Bearded Austrian Drag Queen Wins Eurovision
For the first in nearly three decades, Austria won the Eurovision Song Contest — and it was all thanks to a bearded drag queen.

Ukraine Forces Open Fire on Crowd
The Ukrainian national guard opened fire Sunday on a crowd outside a town hall in eastern Ukraine.

Nigeria Refused Help Finding Girls
Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan is already under fire for delays in the search for the over 300 kidnapped school girls and ignoring warnings leading up to it.

London Has the Most Billionaires
Conversely, it also has the most wankers.

How To Get Your Bike Back After It’s Been Stolen
Less than half of stolen bicycles are recovered by police and barely 5 percent are reunited with their owners.

Inside The NYPD’s Program To Recruit Muslims Informers
The Police Department’s anti-terrorism unit combs the city’s jails for Muslim immigrants to see if any might be persuaded to become police informants.

Putin Is As Good At Hockey As He Is At Bare-Chested Horseback Riding
The Russian president scored multiple goals and managed to glide down the ice very slowly, with the opposing team watching from a safe distance.

ReBar Owner Owed IRS Millions, Claim Former Employees
Former reBar owner Jason Stevens has seemingly disappeared.