August 1988 Teen Life: Death Row, Teacher Crushes & Boys On Makeup

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When we say the Teen Life topics of the August 1988 issue run the gamut, that is precisely what we mean. We’re going to start with the story of the youngest person ever sentenced to Death Row; then review the results of a survey conducted on 300 boys in malls, on topics ranging from when they want to get married to which outfit they’d most like to see you wear on a date. Crushing on a teacher? Christina has advice on that, some of which has not aged so well. And Barbara Bondrack’s short story takes us backstage at a rock show…sort of. On The Road takes us to Boston; Body Talk covers exercise bands and constipation; Help has some advice about confusing sex dreams and bed-wetting (unrelated). Two extremely important departments make their dรฉbut: Stuff You Wrote and It Happened To Me! And the first IHTM is about…getting an abortion! After that heavy topic, we need to wind down with What He Said about the upcoming presidential election. Tone down your eyeliner — that’s how dudes like it, apparently — and join us!

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Episode Rundown

00:00:00 It Is August 1988 00:01:59 In Our Lives + Spine Line 00:04:26 Feature: A Girl On Death Row 00:09:51 Feature: The Definitive, Ultimate "Guys Are Weird" Survey 00:22:52 Feature: Hot For Teacher 00:28:13 Fiction: Backstage 00:30:21 On The Road: Boston 00:34:07 Body Talk 00:39:16 Help 00:45:42 Stuff You Wrote 00:52:25 It Happened To Me: Amy Had An Abortion 00:57:01 What He Said: Who Do You Really Want For President? 01:00:19 Goodbye For Now

Episode Notes

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"Indiana Woman Sentenced To Die At 16 Goes Free" at NBC Chicago
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"From Death Row At 16 To Suicide At 45: The Life And Death Of Paula Cooper" at The Intercept
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"Grandson Of Murder Victim Who Worked To Stop Killer's Death Penalty Verdict Returns To Gary" at the Chicago Tribune
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Journey Of Hope
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"The Emerging Movement For Police And Prison Abolition" at The New Yorker
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Indiana Federal Community Defenders, where Paula worked as a legal assistant and spoke to troubled youth
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Paula Cooper: The Executioner Within e-book at The Indianapolis Star
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"People Over For-Profit Prisons: A Social Movement In Gary, Indiana" at Counterpunch
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We found the Harvard Lampoon penis quiz! Take it now!
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Cruel Summer on Hulu
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"It's Okay To Have A Crush, But Dating Your Teacher Is Wrong" at Teen Vogue
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"How To Cope With A Crush On Your Teacher" at WikiHow
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"It Came From The '70s: The Story Of Your Grandma's Weird Couch" at Collectors Weekly
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"Unsightly Recliner Redesigned To Attract Style-Conscious Baby Boomers" at The Los Angeles Times
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"Young Girl" lyrics at Genius.com
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"Resistance Band Snaps and Hits Guy in Eye While Exercising" at YouTube
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"What Could Possibly Go Wrong [Resistance Band Fails]" at YouTube
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"Ten Days In The Life Of A Tampon" at Jezebel
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"How I Might Have Just Become The Newest Urban Legend" at pamie.com
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"What Do Your Sex Dreams Mean?" at Everyday Health
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"When Men Need A Dick Chopp One Vasectomy Doctor Proves Man For The Job" at WackTrap
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Obvious Child on Showtime
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Grandma on Showtime
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Abortion: Stories Women Tell on HBO Max
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Never Rarely Sometimes Always on HBO Max
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Unpregnant on HBO Max
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Plan B on Hulu
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National Network Of Abortion Funds
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"Texas Senate Advances Bill Requiring Pre-Abortion Counseling" at The Texas Tribune
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The Again With This podcast
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Again With This on Patreon
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Shred Cycle