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President Obama took a swipe at the humanities during a speech about job creation yesterday. We get reaction from the chair of USC’s art history department. Plus, why are politicians always touting manufacturing jobs? Are they all they’re cracked-up to be? We also visit L.A.’s first cat art show, and we get prepped for this weekend’s Super Bowl.

Banner Image: US-flag emblazoned factory on Wilmington Ave and 223rd St in Carson, CA; credit: Flickr user nikzane

Obama and Art History 8 MIN

In a speech yesterday, President Obama claimed that a manufacturing career is more lucrative than the kinds of careers that art history majors go into. But, really? Madeleine talks to the chair of USC's art history department, Kate Flint, about the value of a humanities education.

Kate Flint, Chair of Art History, University of Southern California

Why the Focus on Factory Jobs? 8 MIN, 39 SEC

We hear a lot of political rhetoric touting good middle-class manufacturing jobs. But what's so great about factory jobs? How many people do they still employ? Is this the economic future we should be shooting for? We talk to someone who can put the political emphasis on factory jobs into focus.

Harley Shaiken, Professor of Labor, UC Berkeley

Cats in the Art World 9 MIN, 2 SEC

Artists of all stripes are contributing to what is being heralded as “the largest multi-artist exhibition of cat inspired artwork for sale ever exhibited.” Madeleine visited L.A.’s Cat Art show to find out what all the buzz is about. And she talks to producer Matt Holzman, who hit-up another cat show across town - this one focusing on celebrity cats and their online videos.

Matt Holzman, Producer, 'The Document' (@KCRW_Matt)

Super Bowl Prep 14 MIN, 1 SEC

Sunday is the big game! The Denver Broncos take on the Seattle Seahawks in this weekend’s Super Bowl Matchup. NPR’s Mike Pesca joins us to discuss everything novice viewers need to know. Plus, Americans will eat 1 billion chicken wings during the game. Turns out, they’re eating them all wrong. We’ll find out why -- and how you dip a chip says a lot about your personality.

Mike Pesca, The Gist / NPR (@pescami)
Dan Pashman, Sporkful Podcast (@TheSporkful)

Oscar Voting versus the General Election 8 MIN, 55 SEC

TheWrap.com lead film critic Alonso Duralde and New York Magazine senior editor Kyle Buchanan join us for our weekly chat on all things movies and Hollywood. This week we’ll cover the new releases hitting theaters and why the Oscar horse race might be more annoying than a presidential election horse race.

Alonso Duralde, Film Critic (@ADuralde)
Kyle Buchanan, Editor (@kylebuchanan)

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