Extra! – There’s Nothing “Only” About Being a Doctor + Our Gap Months

NEW VERITY ABOUT THE NEW DOCTOR!

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It’s official! We have a new Doctor! And she’s a SHE. Join Deb, Erika, Katrina, and Lynne as we dive into our reactions to this truly momentous news. There were many tears, though not for all the same reasons.

But we won’t see Jodie Whittaker in the role for months. And then after that, it’ll be a lotta months before we get the next series. In our second timey-wimey segment we talk about what we’re gonna do to fill those lonely, Who-less months. “Shadow cabinet of spreadsheets,” anyone?

How do you feel about Whittaker’s impending Doctorhood? And what will you be doing while we wait for the new Doctor and new series? Let us know in the comments!

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New Doctor links:
Maxi-pad pool raft
Alex Kingston learns about the new Doctor
John Barrowman’s reaction
JanetFielding’stweetswereonfire
ColinBaker’sreaction
Erika’s interview on the ABC

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Episode 144 – The Doctor Falls Over

ICYMI, New Verity where we discuss the finale!

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That’s it. Series 10 is over. None of us are happy to see it go, but many of us are happy about how it went. Join Erika, Katrina, Lynne, and Tansy as we hash over this finale and discuss what we might see (and what we want to see) at Christmas.

How do you think the Doctor fell? Let us know in the comments!

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Episode 143 – Cool World Enough and Time

New Verity!

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It’s a rare on-location Verity! with an even-rarer special guest! Join Erika, Liz, and returning guest, Caroline Symcox as we discuss part one of the season finale story. It was some intense Doctor Who, and we have some intense reactions to it. We also have some wacky theorizing.

Warning: Wacky theorizing may cause disappointment when the show doesn’t do what the wacky theory said it might. Or, at least, it will if you’re Liz.

How did this part-one-of-two strike you? What are your theories? Tell us in the comments!

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Verities Doing Stuff: Mother of Invention

Signal boost for Mothers of Invention!

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Welcome to our new blog category: we all have so many projects on the go that may or may not intersect with our Verity lives (cough, hockey podcasts, cough, award-winning magazines). This is a way to keep our listeners up to date with what ELSE is going on in our worlds.

As I (Tansy) mentioned on our last episode, I’ve spent this month feeding and caring for a Kickstarter project: Mother of Invention.

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Edited by Tansy Rayner Roberts & Rivqa Rafael, and published by Twelfth Planet Press, Mother of Invention will be a speculative fiction anthology of diverse, challenging stories about gender and artificial intelligence. We’re raising $20,000 to pay our authors and other upfront costs of this book, which will be published by Twelfth Planet Press alongside such previous fantastic publications as Kaleidoscope and Defying Doomsday. Our authors include such names as Kameron Hurley, Seanan McGuire, John…

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Episode 142 – The Death Eaters of Light

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What a fascinating discussion this week’s Doctor Who episode lends itself to. Join Deb, Erika, and Tansy as we discuss women who are allowed to fail and still be heroes, the sexual politics of Romans, the Doctor’s (possible?) impatience, Bill’s outlook on history and its denizens, Nardole as a “space tourist”, and much more.

Erika, of all people, even has a cracktastic fan theory about the next season of the show. Incredibly unlikely, but kinda fun, depending on your outlook.

What did you think about this story? Was it slight? Were the stakes high? Was the monster the point? Was the doctor impatient or irritable or something else? What’s up with Missy? SO MANY QUESTIONS. Please feel free to play in the comment section like it’s one big happy fandom sandbox.

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Episode 141 – Empress of Mars Attacks

New Verity!

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Low expectations may have helped, but all three Verities enjoyed this ep to varying degrees. Join Deb, Erika, and Katrina as we talk about what we liked and, of course, the few things we didn’t. There was some definite “iffy” territory to cover as well.

What did you think of “Empress of Mars”? Was it rollicking, fanservicey fun? Did it make you uncomfortable from a representational perspective? Possibly both? Does the title need a definitive article? Let us know in the comments!

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Bonus links:
Gene Demby mentions Doctor Who
Does the dog die?

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An Open Letter to Sen. Mitch McConnell and the GOP

Caitlin and her dad Michael, as she graduates from middle school.

Dear Sen. McConnell,
I’m writing because you are trying to kill Obamacare/ACA, and your choice to do that as Senate Majority Leader could force my child into an underfunded institution, or force my family into bankruptcy. I find this especially frustrating because I was a college classmate’s of your daughter Claire (we were in the same dorm at Smith), so this feels personal.
My daughter, Caitlin, is 14 and she has Aicardi Syndrome, a congenital disorder (i.e. nothing genetic, just a thing that happened). She uses a wheelchair, is tube fed, and has massive cognitive delays related to her intractable epilepsy. Her epilepsy is controlled by a drug (Sabril/Vigabatrin) that is recently FDA approved under the Orphan Drugs provision. The official cost of her meds is about $15K per MONTH before insurance. We tried every other option before Sabril; none worked. On Sabril, Caitlin went from 15 ten-minute seizures per DAY to one or two seizures PER YEAR. We are able to care for her at home, which is cheaper than institutionalization, because Obamacare doesn’t let our insurance company decide she’s too expensive. She would have hit the typical lifetime limit by her 12th birthday.

I am a state of Illinois employee (librarian at a public university) and my husband is a small business owner; I GLADLY pay my premiums for the really good insurance, understanding that it’s only a drop in the bucket. We don’t qualify for Medicaid for Caitlin because we make “too much money.”

Obamacare’s ban on lifetime limits means that we can’t be forced to give up the expensive medication that actually controls Caitlin’s seizures, and we can’t be forced to institutionalize her in a state that has a billion-dollar deficit. Repealing Obamacare means that my family could be bankrupted at the moment when our insurance decides that they don’t want to pay for Caitlin anymore. That would mean that our small business would fold, and we would stop contributing to the economy positively. Our family would be MORE of a drain on the system without Obamacare. We are able to run a small business BECAUSE of OBAMACARE.

Caitlin didn’t choose to have Aicardi Syndrome. She was born this way, and we have been able to give her a pretty awesome life so far. She goes to school (she just graduated junior high) and she is part of a community; she has friends, and a social life. She has family who love her.

Caitlin’s syndrome is fatal; the average age of death is around 18. Repealing Obamacare’s protections is a choice to sentence my family to choose between bankruptcy and institutionalization for my daughter’s possible last years, and you should be ashamed of yourself.

Please, stop hurting families just to score political points. If you properly funded Obamacare, the economy would boom because people wouldn’t be terrified of being bankrupted by illness that they don’t choose to have, and don’t control.

I’ve enclosed a link to my website, which talks about Caitlin’s life a bit, in case you need a face to go with the name.

Cordially,

Lynne M. Thomas

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Change, my dear.

There is a big change coming to the Thomas family in the next few months.

I’m changing day jobs. And we are moving house.

As of September 1, 2017, I will be beginning my new role as the Head, Rare Books and Manuscripts Library, and Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My last day at Northern Illinois University will be August 31, 2017.

In my new role, I will be the main administrator for the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library, supervising a team of curators, catalogers, and staff as they work with world-class collections and contribute directly to a world-class university experience. This is a senior administrative appointment with tenure and a named professorship: the Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson Rare Book and Manuscript Professorship, to be precise.

I am very aware of how few positions like this there are, and I’m honored to have been selected from among a group of very worthy colleagues. (It’s a small field; trust me when I say we ALL KNOW EACH OTHER). I will be reporting to Tom Teper, who is the Associate University Librarian for Collections and Technical Services and Associate Dean of Libraries.

RBML is where I trained as a rare books librarian and curator in library school at UIUC; I served as a graduate assistant there 20 years ago in 1997-1999, working on the Carl Sandburg papers. I will now be taking over the role that Barbara Jones so ably demonstrated twenty years ago to me as an impressionable graduate student, putting my own spin on it.

Champaign-Urbana is where Michael and I met, and we are both pleased to have a chance to move back there. We still have friends in the local area, and are looking forward to getting Little Porgy’s on the regular again.

I have been very, very happy at NIU, and I am incredibly proud of the work that I’ve accomplished here, alongside truly excellent colleagues. It has been a really good place to work, and to raise Caitlin. The collections that I’ve built and stewarded will remain here, supported through an interim person taking over as curator (A Curator To Be Named Later, for baseball fans), with a national search to replace me in my role at NIU in the nearish future. I am confident that my successor(s) will be in a good position to keep stewarding these collections in an admirable manner. In the meantime, the rest of the RBSC staff — including Angie Schroeder and Annie Oelschlager — remain to keep things running smoothly. I will still be part of Digital POWRR in a consulting-style role, I will be part of CARLI, and I will be only a phonecall away for the “What WERE you thinking when you decided X” conversations that inevitably happen when a collection moves from one steward to another. I will also likely be more active in the CIC and in RBMS, too.

In terms of other life questions: Yes, we plan to sell our house in DeKalb. We have found a place to live in Urbana. No, we are not leaving science fiction-land. I will still be part of Verity! and Uncanny Magazine will be moving with the family; our hope is that we’ve timed everything to be as smooth as possible in terms of not disrupting our production schedules. Caitlin gets to keep her entire team of specialists at Lurie in Chicago (I will still be a state employee in the exact same insurance system), and will be attending high school in Urbana.

Thank you to everyone who has been (or has volunteered to be) supportive of us during this process, from serving as references to offering to help with moving prep. It’s a big leap, but I’ve been practicing for years, and I’m feeling ready.

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Verity! Episode 139 – Exploring the Pyramid at the End of the World

New Verity!

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It’s another Verity! three-hander, but we soldier on to dig into this “meaty” episode. Join Deb, Erika, and Tansy as we talk about consent–as it relates to our feelings about the word as well as world politics. We speculate about a possible impending reset button (or not?). And there’s an awful lot of squee. Not all of it is related to the episode itself. Spreadsheets, man. Spreadsheets.

Did you enjoy this episode? Did you also feel our discomfort at the use of “consent”? Do you think there’s a reset in our future? Let us know in the comments!

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Episode 138 – Verities’ Veritas on Extremis

New Verity! EXTREMIS

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After a mind-bendy episode of Doctor Who, we need to talk it through to really come to terms with us. Join Deb, Erika, and Tansy as we do just that. What was real? What did it mean? What did it portend for the future? What’s the deal with Nardole? And who’s really in the vault? We answer…maybe one of these questions. Maybe.

What did you think of “Extremis”? And all those other things? Let us know in the comments!

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