The Breakroom: Oscars Blunder, Regulating Tanning, President Oprah

Mar 3, 2017

The Breakroom gang joins host Celeste Headlee to weigh in on the week's news. The panel includes Soumaya Khalifa of the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta, former NPR correspondent Kathy Lohr, environmental blogger Ken Edelstein, and Republican strategist Julianne Thompson.


1) Outside of all the glitz and glamour at the Academy Awards on Sunday, the big highlight of the night came at the very end.

"La La Land" producer Jordan Horowitz graciously saying the award he accepted for Best Picture actually belonged to the producers of "Moonlight." That moment will go down in history as probably the greatest blunder in Oscars history. Do you think it ruined the moment for “Moonlight”? 


2)  The screens on our tablets and phones are a big reason some of us may not get enough sleep. However, it turns out people who live WITHOUT screens and technology also don’t sleep well. For this study, Duke University researchers looked at a Madagascar farming village without electricity and few other sources of artificial light. Why do humans have so much trouble getting rest?  


3) During his address this week to a joint session of Congress, President Trump condemned attacks of anti-Semitism.



How concerned are you about the rise in anti-Semitic attacks?


4) Indoor tanning can be really harmful. A new study in the Journal of Cancer Policy says it accounts for about $350 million a year in medical bills. In 2015, there were more than 260,000 cases of skin cancer tied to indoor tanning. Do you think indoor tanning needs to be more tightly regulated, like cigarettes? 


5)  Two lucky space tourists will get to go on a journey to loop around the moon thanks to Tesla CEO Elon Musk. The trip is scheduled for next year. There are risks, as Musk told the public radio show, "Marketplace."


“We certainly will do everything we possibly can to avoid any loss of life but in any dangerous endeavor," he said. "That is a risk that has to be considered and likely will occur as it does in any mode of transport.”


The two space travelers will pay millions for the opportunity. Assuming you had unlimited funds, how much would you pay to make the trip? 


6) Often, U.S. presidents will escape the White House for the quieter pleasures of Camp David, located in a peaceful and secluded forest. So far, not President Trump. He owns the Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, which he calls the Southern White House. If you were president, which retreat would you prefer? Camp David or Mar-a-Lago?


The Mar-A-Lago Club
Credit Derek Metoyer

7)  President Trump’s disdain for the media is no secret. Here he is speaking at the recent gathering of CPAC.

What do you think it means when you hear someone use the word media? Do you associate the media primarily with cable news? Talk radio? Newspapers? Twitter?


8) One of the hottest cell phones on the market right now isn’t a smartphone at all. it’s the classic Nokia 3310, first released 17 years ago. Why do people want this old school phone?