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This week on The Deep Dive: The athleisure industry wants us to think that millennials killed wool too, TikTok’s fugitive is hiding something, the many contradictions of cheerleader representation in media, once upon a time Harvard had a 90 percent acceptance rate, and a look back at the actual most dramatic season of The Bachelor franchise yet.
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Athleisure: Destroying Fashion & the Environment by Abby Cox (30:45)
With a solid decade of modern athleisure trends under our belts, it’s about time we take a look back at its impact on the environment and fashion. In this video, Abby Cox throws it all the way back to the roots of athleisure in the early 20th century, to its early widespread popularity in the 1970s, and the yoga pants revolution of the 2000s. The bad news is that the stuff today’s athleisure is made of is pretty detrimental to the environment, as you probably could have guessed. But before you jump to the conclusion that activewear can only be made of synthetic materials, naturally waterproof and temperature-regulating wool is probably just as good, if not better, than a lot of them. Another problem with athleisure? It’s not all that interesting to look at when you really think about it.
Why the FBI Wants This TikToker by CHUPPL (43:25)
A man falsely accused by the FBI of kidnapping his own child has no choice but to live in and is unable to leave the island nation of St. Kitts and Nevis while his health rapidly deteriorates with little to no access to treatment – sounds like a compelling story, right? About 200,000 of Chad Hower’s TikTok followers would agree with you, and many of them have dedicated hours to helping him get out of this impossible situation. But what if that’s exactly what Chad’s situation is? Impossible. In this video, CHUPPL gets to the bottom of the notorious TikTok fugitive’s story through a tangled web of lies, conspiracy theories, and the very boring intricacies of federal and international law.
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the unlikely rise of the lesbian cheerleader trope by Rowan Ellis (44:35)
Cheerleaders in media: we know them, we love them, and we apparently have many conflicting feelings about them – especially when they’re used as cultural shorthands to tell queer stories. In this video, Rowan Ellis examines cheerleaders as the ultimate symbol of all-American teenagehood and the ways recent media has subverted that image. What are the origins of the American cheerleader? Do cheerleaders represent purity, peppiness, and sweetness or popularity, promiscuity, and a mean girl spirit? And, as Rowan asks, who is the cheerleader when she can’t fall in love with the star quarterback?
The Problem With Applying to College by Quinn Henry (55:50)
A little fun fact about me: I went to high school in a city where college was everything, where universities weren’t just schools, they were brand names that prospective students wore as badges of honor. With every new round of acceptance letters from top schools came gossip of who was accepted and who was rejected, gossip that would spread like wildfire in a matter of hours. In this video, Quinn Henry says what I and plenty of my former classmates probably needed to hear, but didn’t have the capacity to take to heart under the immense pressure of creating “opportunities” for “our futures.” The absurd, racist, and classist college admissions process wasn’t built for today’s level of demand. And maybe, just maybe, we don’t have to buy into those rankings.
The Most Unhinged Season of the Bachelorette: A Deep Dive by Ashley Norton (1:55:58)
Has it been years since I even remotely cared about anything going on in The Bachelor franchise? Yes. Did that stop me from watching a nearly two-hour-long analysis of one of its most eventful seasons in recent history? Absolutely not, and I loved every second of it. In this video, Ashley Norton walks through each episode of Hannah Brown’s season of The Bachelorette and holy moly did a lot happen over the course of just 11 episodes. You might remember Luke P.’s misogynistic end-of-season rant and Hannah and Peter’s rendezvous in the windmill, but do you remember Hannah’s painful breakup with Mike or Jed’s insistence on singing the same song about being her “Mr. Right…girl” over and over again?
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