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Hannah CranstonHannah Cranston, born on February 15th, 1991 in Los Angeles, California, USA is an actress and producer, known for News Dive, Top 30 and Why Metal Detectors at Schools Is Racist.

Hannah grew up in a middle-class Jewish family, with her younger sister Jessi, who was born in 1994. She went to a private high school for girls in Los Angeles, then attended Duke University in Durham, and graduated in Arts with a major in Psychology and minor in Economics, and also has a certificate in Marketing and Management.

At one time she thought about becoming a marine biologist, but that got put on the backburner as other opportunities arose for her.

Hannah’s first appearance on YouTube was connected to the TYT University YouTube Channel, which served as a sub channel of The Young Turks. The videos on this channel were posted in the form of a show with Ana Kasparian as the host, beginning in December 2010.

Ana was replaced as a host in 2012 by Iadarola, and worked alone until 2014. In October 2014 Hannah became a production intern of the show, and in early 2015 became a fulltime co-host with Iadarola, when the TYT University channel changed its name to ThinkTank.

These two did really well on the show and in one year the numbers of their subscribers doubled. They were talking about a diversity of topics on the show - social events, relationships and marriages, politics, medical research and other topics.

Hannah CranstonThinkTank signed off five months ago so it’s no longer on air. Hannah also works as a producer and a guest host on the biggest internet news network out there – The Young Turks – and has also been a host on Fox TV for the Top 30 Show.

She is the creator and host of Too Much To Handle, an audio podcast made specifically for single women who are labelled as “too much to handle”. There are 12 tapes, the last one recorded on 26th October 2018.

Hannah Cranston is the creator and host of the podcast Too Much To Handle. On her show, Hannah explores issues involving gender and its influence on everyday life and culture.

Hannah was formerly the host and executive producer of YouTube’s ThinkTank, a news and talk show with over one million subscribers and half of a billion minutes watched.

On ThinkTank, Hannah’s passion for informing Millennials about current events, discussing social issues, and debating the hard questions, from relationships to politics to pop culture, was always obvious.

TYT is the biggest American news and commentary program on YouTube, and Hannah is a part of it – you can listen to Hannah and John talk about all kind of topics. This channel started as a radio program in 2002 on Sirius Satellite Radio, then moved to Air America, and then switched to YouTube in 2005.

Hannah CranstonIn additional to YouTube videos, you can also find it on Hulu, Roku, and Pluto TV. There is a documentary movie about The Young Turks called Mad as Hell which was shot in 2014.

The show was nominated for awards ten times and won six of them – in the Political category at the Podcast Awards in 2009, and also for the Best Political News Site in the same year.

In 2011, it won in the News category at the Third Annual Shorty Awards and the Best News and Political Series, and the following year it won as the Best Video Podcast, and finally a Streamy Award in 2015.

She was also the host of Top 30, a nationally syndicated daily show, during its 4-week market test on FOX TV stations. On Top 30, Hannah discussed the most important stories of each day, from politics to international relations to current trends, and new discoveries.

Hannah was formerly a regular guest host on The Young Turks, the largest online news network in the world and is a contributor for The Huffington Post and Pop Sugar News.

Hannah is originally from Los Angeles, California, where she first discovered her love for the spotlight (obviousely you most probably recognize her as Pilgrim #3 from her kindergarten’s production of a Thanksgiving Story). She graduated from Duke University with a major in Psychology, a minor in Economics, and a certificate in Markets & Management.

Hannah CranstonWhen she’s not in front of the camera, Hannah enjoys being active, spending inordinate amounts of time with her family, and eating Nutella by the spoonful.

She won the “Golden Play Button Award” along with her co-host for gathering a million subscribers on the ThinkTank YouTube channel. One of the things that she is really passionate about is travelling, and has already visited more than 30 countries, while her favorite ones include Botswana, Peru and Israel.

She is a contributor to The Huffington Post and has spoken quite openly about feminism. She loves animals and has a pet called Charlie.

Hannah has an Instagram account with 1,000 posts and around 75,000 followers – her profile says how she is ‘too much to handle’, which actually just refers to her audio podcast of the same name.

She is also active on Twitter – she tweeted about 500 times and has over 25,000 followers. There is a “HannahCranston” community on Reddit with 616 people in it, and mostly serves as a place where people post Hannah’s pictures and videos.

Below are two different commentaries written by Hannah Cranston on Huffpost.com

Hannah CranstonF*ck Your ‘Cool Girl’ Compliment

When a woman is described as being “cool,” it’s because she embodies stereotypical male traits.

I will never be the “Cool Girl.” I’m cool and I’m a girl, but I’m not a capital “C,” capital “G,” Cool Girl - and I never want to be.

The “Cool Girl” is the woman of every man’s dreams. She’s down for whatever, ready whenever, and aims to please however. The “Cool Girl” is sexy but sporty, smart but not nerdy, and crazy in bed but never in her head.

Being called a Cool Girl, is the ultimate compliment a woman can receive from a man. In “Gone Girl,” Gillian Flynn describes what it means to be this coveted creature to a T:

“Being the Cool Girl means I am a hot, brilliant, funny woman who adores football, poker, dirty jokes, and burping, who plays video games, drinks cheap beer, loves threesomes and anal sex, and jams hot dogs and hamburgers into her mouth like she’s hosting the world’s biggest culinary gang bang while somehow maintaining a size two, because Cool Girls are above all hot.

Hot and understanding. Cool Girls never get angry; they only smile in a chagrined, loving manner and let their men do whatever they want. Go ahead, sh*t on me, I don’t mind, I’m the Cool Girl.”

From Andy in “How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days” to Carl’s Jr commercials of hot, bikini-clad women stuffing burgers down their throats while washing cars, women are told that in order to be desired, they must curb their desires. That their own needs are too needy and that they must do everything in their power to suppress any stereotypical “girliness” to be a guy’s girl. Because in order to be the perfect “Cool Girl,” you must be the perfect guy.

When a woman is described as being “cool,” it’s because she embodies stereotypical male traits. She’s into sports, casual sex, and you’ll never know when she’s PMS-ing, because she’s always chill.

Hannah CranstonDon’t get me wrong, I love basketball and I LOVE hotdogs (like, I really love hotdogs). But I also cry during sad commercials, I get bitchy and bloated when I’m on my period, it takes me 45 minutes to get the perfect “makeup-less” makeup look, and I definitely will not take your sh*t.

I have lots of fun and positive traits, but I also have some not-so-fun and moody traits as well. These traits prevent me from ever being the “Cool Girl,” but they’re also the traits that make me human.

The “Cool Girl” is not allowed to be human. She’s forced into the confines of what men want of her and from her, never slipping up with an emotion of her own or, god forbid, a need. She wears shirts like this (below), because she knows that while she must act like a bro, she still must present like a girl ― not just any girl, but a Kate Upton, Kim Kardashian girl.

Now don’t get me wrong, if you look like Kate Upton or Kim Kardashian, good for you! I’m jealous. If you love stereotypical “bro” activities, again, good for you! But that doesn’t mean that you need to shy away from emotions, or your own wants and needs, or your super comfy, but old and tattered sweats to be the “Cool Girl.”

Because in reality, the fact that you have ups and downs and dress the way that makes you feel like your most confident self makes you cool. The fact that you are a multi-faceted, complex being makes you cool. And the fact that you are a girl makes you cool.

I am cool, but I will never be “Cool.” And that’s the way I like it.

**The use of the term “girl” is referring to gender and how individuals identify and/or present** 10/23/2017
Original article: www.huffpost.com

Hannah CranstonToxic Masculinity Is The REAL Cause Of Mass Shootings

In the wake of the Texas Church mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, the media has spiraled into a frenzy, profiling the shooter, speculating about his motives, delving into his record of criminal behavior, whether or not he has a medical history of mental illness, and investigating how he acquired the murder weapons in the first place.

It seems as though we witness the same pattern every time one of these mass shootings occur. Which, unfortunately, feels all too often these days. And just as predictable as this pattern of reporting is, we can also often predict the pattern of something else— a history of domestic violence.

Amidst the investigation into the most recent shooting in Texas, the shooter’s previous run-ins with the law have been uncovered and reported. And they fit the mass shooter profile: the shooter had committed domestic abuse against his wife and child, a conviction that led to a 12 month prison sentence and a bad conduct discharge from the military.

And while being convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor is supposed to trigger the federal ban on gun ownership, domestic violence remains a common theme in mass shooters’ backgrounds. In fact, 1 in 6 mass killers have a history of domestic violence, and those are just the reports that we know we about...so that number could be much greater.

The Las Vegas shooter? Verbally abused his girlfriend in public. The Pulse nightclub shooter? Abusive and beat his first wife repeatedly and threatened to kill his second wife, after physically abusing her as well.

Hannah CranstonThe shooter who opened fire on Republican members of Congress at a baseball practice? Physically abused his daughter and other women. The Planned Parenthood shooter? Accused of physical abuse by 2 of his ex-wives and previously arrested on a count of sexual violence and rape.

And this trend is not limited to incidents of gun violence… The man who drove his car into protestors at the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville? Hit and beat his mother. The eldest Boston Marathon bomber? Accused of domestic violence too.

The Virginia Tech shooter had harassed female students and the UC Santa Barbara shooter wrote an entire manifesto detailing his plan for a “War on Women,” writing that he wished he could kill every female on earth.

When it comes to violence, specifically gun violence, research suggests how we can mitigate some of these tragic losses. We can impose universal background checks, we can close gun show and private seller loopholes, we can criminalize the procurement of AR-15s and other military-style assault weapons - we can even reduce the number of guns in circulation, which has been proven to be the most effective method of reducing gun violence.

But it seems like there is a bigger, more pernicious issue at play here. When you look at the pattern among many of the men who have committed some of the most heinous acts of violence in our nation’s recent history, they frequently share a common trait of hating, and perpetrating violence against, women.

Hannah CranstonAnd while I fervently believe we need stricter and more comprehensive gun safety legislation, we also need to take a look at the bigger issue here. We have created a culture of toxic masculinity wherein some men come to view violence as an acceptable means to exert control over the women in their lives.

Since 1966, only 3 women have been responsible for a mass shooting, compared to the hundreds men have carried out over the same time period. Gun violence is a men’s problem.

And I’m not blaming men for that. Our society conflates masculinity with toughness, weaponry, lack of empathy or emotion, and yes, disregard for women. We give little boys toy guns to play with and tell them that if they like pink or dolls or talking about their feelings, they are weak and less of a man.

We tell teenage boys that it’s cool to call girls sluts and whores, but that as a “man” you should sleep with as many of them as you can, without emotion attachment. In fact, we even tell men that showing affection towards a partner makes you “whipped.”

And we tell men that their wives must be subservient to their husbands, as if women have no human agency, and that if they “act out” then men have permission to slap ‘em around a little...because no one believes the woman.

And when that same boy, who was handed a toy gun to play with and told it was manly at age 5, who learned to call women “bitches” at age 15, and who beat his wife at age 25, obtains a gun and commits a senseless act of violence - we are the ones who are being senseless if we do not target this issue at its inception—in how we teach young boys about what it means to be “man,” how to treat and respect women, and frankly, that their male privilege does not exempt them from being moral and ethical humans.

Hannah CranstonDo we need a cultural shift around gun control and the second amendment? Yes, we do. But that’s merely attacking a symptom of the problem.

Gun rights defenders like to say “Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.” But it’s not “people.” Overwhelmingly, when it comes to mass shootings, it’s men— 98%, in fact. So while stricter gun laws seem like a no brainer, we can’t just focus on symptoms. We also need to attack this problem at its source, which is toxic masculinity.

Toxic masculinity hurts women, it hurts men, and it is responsible for the deaths of innocent children, women, and men in these mass shootings. 11/07/2017 10:27 pm ET www.huffpost.com

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Travels Through Indian Medicine

BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week India defies definition, and the story of medicine in India is similarly rich and complex: shaped by unique challenges and opportunities, uniting cutting-edge technological developments with ancient cultural traditions, fuelled by political changes which transformed the lives of millions and moulded by the energy of forceful individuals. Here, Aarathi Prasad investigates how Indian medicine came to be the way it is. Her travels will take her to bonesetter clinics in Jaipur and Hyderabad and the waiting-rooms of Bollywood's best plastic surgeons, and introduce her to traditional healers as well as the world-beating heart surgeon who is revolutionising treatment of the poor around the globe.

Like a Virgin
Exploring the Frontiers of Conception

Sexual evolution is a slippery business. Like all mammals, we humans seem to have been left no choice in the matter: even though it is costly, inefficient and dangerous, if we want to reproduce we simply have to have sex. Yet most human cultures tell the tale of a maiden who gives birth untouched by a man; and in the wild there are plenty of creatures such as turkeys, komodo dragons, sharks and the Jesus Christ lizard (which walks on water, too) that take various approaches to reproducing without sex.

In LIKE A VIRGIN, the biology writer Aarathi Prasad discusses how reproduction without sex is achieved in animals and explores why evolution hasn't made it an option for humans yet. In doing so, she provides a quirky, entertaining and perceptive overview of the mysteries of evolutionary biology, sex and reproduction past, present and future.

It’s a remarkable story that ranges across Greek mythology, natural history, agriculture, conservation and medicine; takes in some of the most exciting areas of developmental genetics and molecular biology that other popular science books largely ignore; and is packed full of a cast of amazing characters, be they obscure animals or eccentric scientists such as the respected geneticist Dr Helen Spurway who in the UK in the 1950s unwittingly sparked a nationwide search for a virgin mother.

There is now a plethora of strategies being developed in reproductive medicine that could ultimately keep our species going in a world of embellished sex: the creation of artificial eggs and sperm from bone marrow, labs-on-chips on which eggs are fertilized, silicone wombs and artificial wombs (where fetuses can spend their full nine months), and even research to prepare us for reproduction in space. What's more, we are finally beginning to understand what genetic modifications are needed to allow for the creation of women who could have babies without having sex. Now that we have the competent hand of science in our lives, will girls still need men?

Publisher: Oneworld (UK/US)
Pub Date: 16 August 2012
Status: Draft manuscript
Length: 288 pages

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