February 1990 Teen Life: Divorce, Dude Defects & A New Sassiest Girl In America

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Thirteen months have gone by since Sassy crowned Rinnan its first Sassiest Girl In America, so it’s time to pick a new one from a notably smaller field of finalists. Did we agree with the judges’ choice? (Would we bring it up here if we did?) Catherine reports on a woman who was divorced before she was old enough to vote. Kim France makes her debut with a confusing piece on “dude defects.” Karen tries her hand at fiction again. All this, plus What He Said about fantasy women, an It Happened To Me that’s more It Happened To Dad, a Stuff You Wrote that inspires musical interpretation, and much much more!

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Episode Rundown

It Is February 1990

Feature: Four Of The Sassiest Girls In America

Feature: Diary Of A Marriage

Feature: The 7 Deadly Dude Defects

Feature: Beauty Pageants Are A Lot Like The Army

Fiction: 10-4 Good Buddy

Body Talk

What He Said: Who Is Your Fantasy Woman?


It Happened To Me: Father Was Having Surgery During 1989 California Earthquake

Stuff You Wrote

Goodbye For Now

Episode Notes

Kellie Feltman on Pinterest
Kellie Feltman's website
Kellie Feltman's CV
Club Stain on @ThisDayInDanzig on Twitter
Dr. Gina Marie DeGiovanni on Vitals.com
Wisconsin State Cow Chip Throw
Cathy Davies on Flickr
Cowgirl (NYC)
Groucho Club
“A Brief History Of The Military’s Unsightly ‘Birth Control Glasses’” at TaskAndPurpose.com
“5 Struggles Those Who Wore BCGs Will Remember” at Military.com
On BCGs getting a redesign, at NPR.org
Shop "birth control glasses army" at EyeBuyDirect.com
The 1989 Miss Teen USA Pageant on YouTube
Our May 1989 Teen Life episode, in which we discussed Karen's last published fiction piece, "Red"
WXII reports on the current Adderall shortage
Chris Connelly on Twitter
Chris Connelly on Instagram
Period Pals Austin on Instagram
Gillian Zaharias Miller, PhD on EcoCenter.org
Dr. Zaharias Miller's paper on detecting hazardous chemicals in consumer products
Mr. Show flag desecration sketch on YouTube
Tara's interview with The Drew Barrymore Show's co-head writer Cristina Kinon at Cracked.com