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The Week of May 1: What You Need to Know

The Week of May 1: What You Need to Know

By Libby Coleman



Because we all like a little cure for the Sunday-night blues.

By Libby Coleman

Here’s what’s on our radar for the week of May 1.

Let’s Talk About Sex and Gender, Baby

“One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman,” Simone de Beauvoir, endlessly ahead of her time, said. This week, we’re rolling out original stories on gender bending and sexuality, covering everything from a bisexual health crisis to a cross-dressing Russian war hero. We thought we’d drag some drag into the equation, dig up an American prophet who refused to be called “he” or “she” and then cover much more, to look at the past, present and future of gender. It’s true: Everything’s fluid, and it’s all a spectrum. 

A Day Off From Work — But Not in the U.S.

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Every year, across the globe, different countries celebrate International Workers’ Day, or Labour Day, on May 1. In some countries, where they have the day off, that means one thing and one thing only: day drinking and block parties. Why don’t we do this in the United States? Why do we celebrate Labor Day in September? Chalk that one up to anticommunist (read: labor) sentiments that led Dwight D. Eisenhower to instate May 1 as “Law Day” in America.  

Getting Into the Ring

They want a contested convention. This week, the pastor’s son and John Kasich sang kumbaya and promised to cede states to each other in an effort to stop the Donald from reaching a magic number. It might be futile, nonetheless — the real estate and steak mogul swept all five states last Tuesday. Indiana’s primary this Tuesday should be a neck-and-neck race, according to polls, between Trump and Ted Cruz (who has an official running mate in Carly Fiorina), with an overall haul of 57 delegates. Here are the factors contributing to a possible Cruz victory. 

Mother’s Day 

PSA: It’s on Sunday. Make sure to call your mother.  

Balling Out

It’s a good time for sports fans. Everybody hoops: Round 2 of the NBA playoffs will be getting off the ground all week long. And in hockey, the playoffs continue — we’re backing the Pittsburgh Penguins, with superstar Kris Letang. And the baseball season is already building its narratives: Jake Arrieta and Japanese rookie Kenta Maeda’s pitching dominance top the list. 

Should Salaries Be Transparent?

Tune in on Tuesday to watch OZY’s CEO, Carlos Watson, moderate a debate on whether salaries should be transparent. Let us know what you think by emailing


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