This Week in News: 3/1/19
Oscars updates; impending asteroid doom; Ice Tsunamis; 13 year old millionaires and more in this week’s news bulletin.
Episode 9: March 1, 2019
TITLE: This Week in News: 3/1/19
SUBTITLE: BIG FIRSTS. BIG SPACE ROCKS. EVEN BIGGER ICE!
EPISODE DESCRIPTION: Oscars updates; impending asteroid doom; Ice Tsunamis; 13 year old millionaires and more in this week’s news bulletin.
- This year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences dropped host Kevin Hart like a hot rock. Some say they didn’t miss a host. I say, Horsefeathers! https://www.vox.com/2019/2/24/18238697/2019-oscars-no-host-whos-hosting-controversy
- Did you know that Marawa (Mur-rah-wah) Ibrahim now holds the Guinness World Record for most hula-hoops twirled simultaneously? This physical phenom twirled a whopping 200 Hulahoops at one time! https://youtu.be/mC4LWiXyUDo
Here is a snappy summary of the news – a weekly digest of the latest events and happenings at home and abroad. I’m your host, Rodge Bigsby and this is your Retrotone News Minute!
Good Evening Mr. & Mrs. America and all the ice in Sinatra’s gin. Let’s get a moveon.
1) IN GLITTERDOME
The 91st Academy Awards
This year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences dropped host Kevin Hart like a hot rock. Some say they didn’t miss a host. I say, Horsefeathers! Why... just think what this news digest would be without a host! The job of hosting the 91st Academy Awards was put on ice, see. Evenso, Hollywood brought the heat.. with Green Book taking best picture, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper lassoing the moon, and Spike Lee making a scene. Attaboy Oscar!
2) IN ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS...IT’S ICE! ICE! ERIE!
The icy mitt broke with news of the Ice Tsunami this week. Affiliates in Fort Erie witnessed a first-of-its-kind wall of ice race in from the Niagara River… wreaking havoc up and down the Eastern Lake Erie coastline. The natural phenomenon, powered by 80 mile per hour gail force winds and a surplus of surface ice, sent 30-foot-high-walls-of-ice over retaining walls, ripping up roadways, and forcing 1,000s to evacuate.
***Around the horn, cheers of activists could be heard from Erie’s western waters, as the Great Lake itself was awarded the same rights as people. That’s right folks, according to Vox news, “Ohio voters passed groundbreaking legislation that allows citizens to sue on behalf of the lake when it’s being polluted.” The Lake Erie Bill of Rights, is the first rights-based legislation aimed at protecting a whole US ecosystem: the lake, its tributaries, and the many species that live off it. Ain’t that swell!
Wait a minute! (insert the sound of news bulletin -- beep beep da beep beep) Wait just a second. This just in: NASA has verified an icy giant... hurling through space. Sputniknews.com reports,That’s right! Our space agency repudiated that in 2013, calculating there to be a mere 150,000/1 probability of an impact in the year 2068. Rodge thinks that’s TOO CLOSE for comfort...
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WELCOME BACK WINNERS!
3) IN WORLD RECORDS
Did you know that Marawa (Mur-rah-wah) Ibrahim now holds the Guinness World Record for most hula-hoops twirled simultaneously? This physical phenom twirled a whopping 200 Hulahoops at one time! The record was previously held by Paul “Dizzy Hips” Blair with a mere 132 hoops. Maybe next year... “Dizzy Hips.” In the meantime: Keep twirling, Marawa!
4) 13 YEAR OLD SOCCER PRO STUNS THE GLOBE
Listen...when Rodge was 13, he was still playing tee ball in the sandlot. Olivia Moultrie? Holy cow! This 13-year-old girl is now the youngest female soccer player to go pro, since signing a Nike deal worth more than the full scholarship she was offered at age 11 by UNC. She kicked off her career in Nike’s “Crazy Dreams” commercial that aired during the Academy Awards, with the likes of Serena Williams, Alex Morgan and Diana Taurasi. You go, girl! Next steps for Moultrie are unclear, since she is now ineligible to play at the collegiate level and because she can’t sign with foreign clubs until she’s 18. Wishing the best to this bearcat!
5) NOW FOR SOME HEP RHYTHMS...
All these celebrations of firsts go nice… over ice. (insert sound of ice into a glass and pouring whiskey) Let’s raise a glass to all you winners for Bigsby’s Beat of the Week, “I Got Rhythm,” made famous by first-timer, Ethel Merman, who stole the show with her rendition of Gerswhin’s Girl Crazy number… on second thought, let’s make it a toast… pour me a double...
6) SIGN OFF STATEMENT:
And that's one for the Republic! I'm your host Rodge Bigsby and this has been news from Retrotone, a service of Evergreen Podcasts.
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