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Episode 47 - Butterfly Swords by Jeannie Lin

Happy lunar new year!  We rang in the Year of the Ox with Butterfly Swords , which was Jeannie Lin's first book.  It won the Golden Heart Award back in 2009 and started her illustrious career. Ai Li is to be married to the powerful and hawt Li Tao, a scheming jiedushi.  When she discovers his treachery and his murder of her brother she escapes to warn her father, the Tang Emperor.  Except her father isn't really all that fussed about it?  She's helped along the way by Ryam, Noted White Guy.  They travel all around China meeting people and running away from people and hitting people with swords, which is delightful. There's really no content to be concerned about in this book (it's a more recent book!) - if you dig action packed historical romances there won't be anything in here that's an unpleasant surprise.

Episode 34: Blackout



In this episode we take a timeout to reflect on the ghastly history of racial violence in America by doing a deep dive into South Carolina's ugliest past and inviting Leslie from Geeky Girls' Night In and Geeky Girls' Guide to Life to speak. The first two segments carry strong content warnings about murder, legal lynching, and a police shooting mischaracterized as a riot.  If you'd like to skip to Leslie's emotional segment, you can start around the 35 minute mark.


Black lives matter.  Put your money where your mouth and your Zoom background credibility bookshelf is:

Know Your Rights Camp
The National Bail Fund Network directory
Black Voters Matter Fund
National Police Accountability Project
Equal Justice Initiative
NAACP Legal Defense Fund
Third Wave Fund
Homeless Black Trans Women Fund - Atlanta
The Okra Project
The Marsha Johnson Institute
The Ida B. Wells Society
Black Emotional and Mental Health
National Black Disability Coalition 

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