Monday Show Prep – Dream Gap Edition

There’s a campaign to create a “Judge Barbie” this year in an effort to expose girls to different sorts of careers at a young age. If they’re going to have the doll, they should clearly sell a “Barbie’s Dream Courthouse” to go along with it. They’re trying to close something experts call the “dream gap,” which was proven by researchers at New York University, the University of Illinois and Princeton University. They found that stereotypes associate a high-level of intellectual ability with men more than women. Thus, when young girls are exposed to these stereotypes, they don’t always pursue careers that require intelligence. I wouldn’t think there are many astronauts who decided to get into the space business because of the doll they had when they were five years old. However, it’s certainly not impossible, so I’d say let’s do anything we can to encourage young girls that they can do anything if they’re willing to work hard.

A Phoenix Airbnb host says guests left behind what he believes was a packet of heroin that his 1-year-old toddler nearly put in his mouth. I’ve only had one Airbnb experience… mine was a guest… and it was delightful. But I can see how stories like this would give people pause about hosting guests. Although, I’d be pretty creeped out about renting my actual home anyway. I’d only do it if I somehow had an extra place to rent.

Rhode Island is looking to add a cover charge to visits to their DMV offices. The fee would apply to license and registration renewals that could have been completed online or by mail. Do they actually believe that people who don’t need to go to the DMV are just stopping by?

Three employees at a North Carolina assisted living facility were arrested after police said they ran a fight club with elderly residents with dementia. I can’t even imagine what would be like to hand a loved one over expecting them to be treating with dignity and compassion to live out their remaining years in the comfort they deserve. It’s just about the most horrible thing I could imagine. That having been said, the very idea of an elderly fight club is absolutely hysterical. However, I’d want it to be a voluntary elderly fight club, not one of dementia patients who have no idea what’s happening.

Keith Conrad got his first job in radio in Huntsville, Alabama the day after the 2000 Presidential election when he was a freshman in college. He’s produced radio shows in Huntsville, Milwaukee, WI, Atlanta, GA and finally back in his hometown of Chicago. Currently he lives in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood steps away from the Red Line. The train goes by so often you don’t even notice it. Keith has been dabbling in the Internet arts for a while now, in various roles both professional and just for fun.

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