A Flaneur in the Cloud – November 11, 2013

  • Slaid Cleaves: Breakfast In Hell – YouTube
  • Disabled Athlete Tatyana McFadden Completes Marathon Grand Slam – The Takeaway 110713
    On Sunday at the New York City Marathon, Tatyana McFadden sped across the finish line a full 3 minutes and 41 seconds ahead of her nearest competitor. She also rolled her way to an unprecedented victory, becoming the first athlete to ever win a marathon Grand Slam—winning races in Boston, London, Chicago and New York in the same year. | McFadden remained unphased as she navigated her wheelchair over the uneven streets of New York—they are nothing compared to what else she has had to overcome. | The 24-year-old Maryland resident was born in Russia with a condition called spina bifida, which left her paralyzed from the waist down. She spent the first six years of her life in an orphanage before being adopted by an American family. | Outfitted with her first wheelchair, McFadden quickly became interested in racing. But when she encountered resistance from her high school track coach, she sued the state of Maryland, arguing for equal access to school athletics for people with disabilities. | The suit resulted in the passing of country’s first ever law allowing and encouraging students with disabilities to participate in school sports programs. | At 15, McFadden was the youngest member of the USA track and field team at the Athens Paralympic Games. She has since gone on to win 10 Paralympic metals and six world championships, in addition to her marathon wins. | After her win on Sunday, McFadden doesn’t have much time to catch her breath. She’s already preparing for her next race—the Paralympics cross-country skiing World Cup, with the hope that she will qualify for the U.S Paralympic Team in Sochi this winter.
  • Senate Considers Extending Americans with Disabilities Act – The Takeaway
    The United States already has a set of laws protecting the rights of people with disabilities. It set the gold standard on this issue when it passed the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. | Now, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is considering the United Nations Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, a treaty which would put American support behind a broader international effort to ensure the rights of the disabled. | Some Republicans are fiercely opposed to it, saying it would make the United States subject to United Nations laws. | Judith E. Heumann, Special Adviser for International Disability Rights at the U.S. State Department, lives with a disability herself. She joins The Takeaway to explain why the treaty is being held up in Senate.
  • The Roaring Twenties
    Sound archive of Manhattan in the 1920s.
  • Emily Thompson – Princeton University History Department
    Emily Thompson is a historian of technology who studies late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century America. Her research explores the cultural history of sound, music, noise, and listening, and focuses on how these phenomena and activities intersect with technologies like the phonograph, motion pictures, and architecture.
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