WBEZ | Ali Weiss Klingler http://www.wbez.org/tags/ali-weiss-klingler Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Teacher vs. student: An ancient relationship gets turned on its head http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-08/teacher-vs-student-ancient-relationship-gets-turned-its-head-101627 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/828798424_9a0dc62e68_z.jpg" style="float: right; height: 201px; width: 300px; " title="(Flickr/Shan Ran)" />The power dynamic between teachers and students has changed in recent years. What was once a teacher as leader, student as folllower relationship has switched, something many have credited to the turning tides of technology, when the personal life of teachers is so easily accessible to students who once knew little about this person they see daily.</p><p><em>The Paper Machete</em> co-founder Ali Weiss Klinger brings us this story of teacher vs. student that&#39;s just the latest in this long string of students triumphant. Read an excerpt below or listen above:</p><p><em>&quot;High School Student Files Lawsuit Over C+ Grade in Chemistry&quot;</em></p><p><em>Let&rsquo;s stare into the inkblot of that headline. What we see there likely stems from our visceral reaction as Americans to the legal system, the education system, and nerds.</em></p><p><em>A DJ in Seattle tweeted it best: &quot;Bowen Bethards, 17, has sued his chemistry teacher after she gave him a C+. I think we can all agree that Bowen is probably a virgin.&quot;</em></p><p><em>Yes, some kid suing over his grade is one of those rare stories upon which we can all agree.</em></p><p><em>That&rsquo;s probably why it made national news last week,<a href="http://albany.patch.com/articles/c-in-chemistry-leads-to-lawsuit-against-school-district"> sprouting from the pages of the Albany, CA, Patch</a> to the sun-drenched Huffington Post, wherein the intertubes rose up like a thousand lawn spinklers to douse it with nutritive hate.</em></p><p><em>From professors at <a href="http://overlwayered.com">overlwayered.com</a> to chem students at <a href="http://gamespot.com">gamespot.com</a>, commenters spewed forth faster than Mentos in a bottle of diet coke.</em></p><p><em>Here&rsquo;s what we know. Soon-to-be High School senior Bowen Bethards, through his mom Lauren as guardian, has filed a Federal lawsuit against the Albany, CA, school district, the superintendent, the Albany High Principal, and his former chemistry teacher, for upwards of $10,000 due to a C+ grade she gave him in chemistry when he was a sophomore.</em></p><p><em>Bethards has since transferred schools, and the teacher, a veteran of more than 30 years, has slipped away on a leave that will blend into her retirement.&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>Before we go any further: What do we believe now? What does &ldquo;30-year veteran teacher&rdquo; mean to us now?</em></p><p><em>Cast your mental movie at this point. What actor is currently playing the chemistry teacher? It&rsquo;s Bryan Cranston, right? A season one, still sympathetic Mr. White. Even if you don&rsquo;t watch </em>Breaking Bad<em>, trust me, this is who you&rsquo;re picturing. An overqualified, disgruntled, under-dressed professional who&rsquo;s had enough with this funny business.</em></p><p><em>As one 20-something in New Orleans tweeted after reading this headline appparently: &ldquo;I will lose all respect for <a href="https://twitter.com/UCLA">@UCLA</a> and [UC San Diego] if Bowen Bethards gets in. We don&#39;t need another entitled brat being glorified and rewarded.&rdquo;</em></p><p><em>Right??</em></p><p><a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/" target="_blank">The Paper Machete</a>&nbsp;<em>is a weekly live magazine at the Horseshoe in North Center. It&#39;s always at 3 p.m., it&#39;s always on Saturday, and it&#39;s always free. Get all your</em>&nbsp;The Paper Machete Radio Magazine&nbsp;<em>needs filled&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/paper-machete" target="_blank">here</a>, or download the podcast from iTunes&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-paper-machete-radio-magazine/id450280345" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p></p> Sat, 11 Aug 2012 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-08/teacher-vs-student-ancient-relationship-gets-turned-its-head-101627 An 'expectant libertarian' takes on the contraception debate http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-25/expectant-libertarian-takes-contraception-debate-96705 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-February/2012-02-24/ali klingler.JPG" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-24/ali klingler.JPG" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 300px; height: 225px; " title="(Photo by Kristen Nemoto)">There's been a lot of talk about contraception in the past couple weeks, most of it serious. <em>Paper Machete</em> co-founder Ali Weiss Klingler felt the best way for her to tackle it would be through humor. More specifically, with her playing the character of&nbsp;Penny Pillsbury, an "expectant libertarian." Read an excerpt or listen below:</p><p><em>"I stand for a lot of issues. I stand for keeping the government and scientists off my body and out of my moral sphere. And I realize that's a bit of a mouthful of a tagline, so let's try this-- and this was my sign at an anti-Obamacare rally: If Obama wants it in, it's either wasteful or a sin!</em></p><p><em>And of course I'm talking about the issue that stands before us so prominently in the headlines, that is, the one of the birth control rule. Exactly seven months ago, a panel&nbsp; from the Institute of Medicine recommended that all insurers should be required to cover contraceptives for women free of charge under the new healthcare law.</em></p><p><em>Obama was into the idea. I was pissed off. My first objections were fiscal. Here I'd paid hand-over-fist since high school for something to keep me from bringing an unwanted child into the world, and now this new generation of hussies is going to get it for free?! There goes the neighborhood!"</em></p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332740064-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/ali klingler.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p><a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/" target="_blank">The Paper Machete</a><em>&nbsp;is a weekly live magazine at the Horseshoe in North Center. It's always at 3 p.m., it's always on Saturday, and it's always free. Get all your</em>&nbsp;The Paper Machete Radio Magazine<em>&nbsp;needs filled&nbsp;<a href="http://wbez.org/thepapermachete" target="_blank">here</a>, or download the podcast from iTunes&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-paper-machete-radio-magazine/id450280345" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p></p> Sat, 25 Feb 2012 12:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-25/expectant-libertarian-takes-contraception-debate-96705 The Paper Machete Radio Magazine: The Etiquette Show http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-21/paper-machete-radio-magazine-etiquette-show-92234 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-September/2011-09-20/dan sinker.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-20/dan sinker.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 332px;" title="Dan Sinker performs at 'The Paper Machete' (Photo by Evan Hanover)"></p><p>This week, we're going to to get schooled. Schooled on how to <em>behave</em>. Dan Sinker teaches you how to handle your sportsfan child who exists in art nerd family.&nbsp;Mel Evans talks about how to announce that you're pregnant, Beyonce-style. And Brian Babylon discusses the let-down that is the mass text from President Barack Obama. And Blane Fonda gives us something to dance to with "Bear Lee Lee Gull."&nbsp;As usual, if you can hear us, this magazine is LIVE.&nbsp;Download it&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=450280345" style="color: rgb(0, 104, 150);" target="_blank">here</a>, or listen below.</p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483725-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/2011-09-17-papermachete-radio-mag.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p>This <a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/">Saturday at the Horseshoe</a>, we'll be talking about Texas Governor Rick Perry, the Domu apartment ads Chicagoans love so much, and art as terrorism. Rob Anderson of <a href="http://impresstheseapes.com/">Impress These Apes</a> will be there; author <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Half-Baked-History-ebook/dp/B005IBNSAK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1316179381&amp;sr=8-1">Chip Bagnall</a>; performer and writer&nbsp;<a href="http://justforlaughschicago.com/justforlaughschicago/stories/story/0,,251678,00.html">Jet Eveleth</a>; playwright <a href="http://www.aredorchidtheatre.org/ensemble/brett.html">Brett Neveu</a>; Second City performer <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjMxzxP8ibU">Katie Rich</a>; Matt Ulrich, a real, live Texan and member of the WBEZ family, and <a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/2011/07/19/about/">Ali Weiss&nbsp;Klingler</a>, who you may know from <em>this very podcast</em>. Music from Justin Hayford and rock and roller <a href="http://www.myspace.com/bobbyconn">Bobby Conn</a>.&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-20/mel evans.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 398px;" title="Mel Evans shares the wisdom of Beyonce (Photo by Evan Hanover)"></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-20/brian babylon.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 398px;" title="Brian Babylon discusses texting, while not texting (Photo by Evan Hanover)"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 21 Sep 2011 11:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-21/paper-machete-radio-magazine-etiquette-show-92234 Introducing: The Paper Machete Radio Magazine http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-13/introducing-paper-machete-radio-magazine-89106 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-July/2011-07-13/rondireedevanhanover.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-July/2011-07-13/rondireedevanhanover.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 332px; " title="Rondi Reed (Photo by Evan Hanover)"></p><p>This week, we introduce a new podcast as part of our staple of programs and segments. It's called <em>The Paper Machete Radio Magazine</em>. It's based off the wildly popular live stage show <a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/">The Paper Machete</a>, which can be seen in Chicago at the Horseshoe every Saturday afternoon. The live stage show (and podcast) is hosted by Christopher Piatt. Piatt and his merry gang of writers and producers tell us that the Machete is where "journalists, comedians &amp; storytellers discuss current events, pop culture and American manners." Each week, Piatt challenges his creative and talented crew to writing assignments - which they perform live on stage.</p><p>Once the Saturday show is recorded, Christopher and producer Ali Weiss Klingler edit and produce a podcast version for you to download. It's just that simple.</p><p>You can download the first one on iTunes <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=450280345">here</a>, or subscribe via Feedburner.&nbsp;This week's episode dives deep for their "last ever podcast."&nbsp;<a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0715671/">Rondi Reed</a>, the Tony-award winning actress of<em> August: Osage County</em>, tells us about labor disputes in the theater world, and hits us with a few old-school Steppenwolf stories. Peter Kremedias of <a href="http://chicago.ioimprov.com/io/shows/245">iO </a>and <a href="http://www.comedysportzchicago.com/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=328&amp;Itemid=166">Comedy Sportz</a> talks about Denver and their rash of marijuana dispensaries. And Marcus Gilmer of <a href="http://www.avclub.com/">The A.V. Club</a> discusses his work as an escort...for Planned Parenthood. Finally, we wrap things up with a musical performance by Jessie Fisher and Erik Hellman. As usual, if you can hear us, this magazine is LIVE.</p><p>This Saturday's line-up includes new <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/mark-bazer">WBEZ blogger Mark Bazer</a>&nbsp;in his Machete debute, as well as <a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/2010/11/02/bulls-on-boobs-jordan-pippen-review-breast-cancer-awareness-month/">The History Girls</a>, <a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/2011/04/01/ken-barnard-on-the-kiev-zoo-or-a-few-good-giraffes/">Ken Barnard</a> of Impress These Apes, <a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/2010/09/14/coya-paz-on-boycotting-target/">Coya Paz</a> and <a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/2011/06/23/the-paper-machete-radio-magazine-issue-date-61111-podcast/">Ricky Gamboa</a>&nbsp;of Barrel of Monkeys,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.secondcity.com/about/people/castbio/1363/">Katie Rich</a>&nbsp;as Patti Benassi of The Second City,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.tangelopie.com/">Tim Sniffen</a> also of The Second City,<strong style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 12px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; ">&nbsp;</strong>Aemilia Scott,&nbsp;and&nbsp;Brendan Dowling of <a href="http://www.improvisedshakespeare.com/">Improvised Shakespeare</a>.&nbsp;Also music by Will Phalen! Hear them cover the Bachmanns, Chicago's new tourism motto, the debt ceiling and much more.&nbsp;</p><p>And check back in weekly to get lineups and extra interviews and features about the Machete ensemble.&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 13 Jul 2011 19:22:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-13/introducing-paper-machete-radio-magazine-89106