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The Amazing Race 25, Episode 8: The #SweetScientists persevere as challenges mount

I was sincerely worried about the #SweetScientists right from the start of the episode, when Amy mentioned a leg injury she sustained that was becoming a problem. The worry increased as I watched the team have a lot of trouble with the first challenge. >More
 Scrupulous sleeping around on The Ethical Slut

Hussy, floozy, strumpet, slut: So many colorful words have been invented to weaken a woman's power by condemning her sexual past, even without knowledge of her actual behavior. Many of these terms come from the Victorian Era, when a lady's virtue was measured by her aloofness. Desires -- material, sexual and otherwise -- were the province of fallen women, the lowest of the low. >More
 The Amazing Race 25, Episode 7: Go-karts and opera help the #SweetScientists build teamwork

Wanna know what a couple of professional wrestlers call a duo of food scientists movin' along at a steady clip? They call it the "Candy Girl Jog," and with any luck it'll be sweeping the nation -- or, at the very least, the corridors of Babcock Hall -- in no time! >More
 The Amazing Race 25, Episode 6: #SweetScientists flaunt some mad butter-churning skills

It's been all fun and games up until now in the 25th season of The Amazing Race. The roadblocks and detours in the first five episodes have been more bothersome than anything, but all that changed in Morocco. >More
 The Amazing Race 25, Episode 5: #SweetScientists embrace local culture in Morocco

This episode marked the leg of the race where the contestants started to crack. I'm an Amazing Race virgin, so I have no idea if there's a point in every season where folks start to go bonkers due to the stress, the pressure and the general pace of the proceedings, but if there is, this was it for Season 25. >More
 The Amazing Race 25, Episode 4: The #SweetScientists show attention to detail

The thrill of travel arrangements and fuel efficiency were the highlight of the latest episode of the CBS reality series The Amazing Race. Starting on a high note, #TheCyclists Kym and Alli squeezed a mere 0.01 gallon of gas out of a Ford C-Max Hybrid, a car they each received as the winners of this leg. >More
 The Amazing Race 25 Episode 3: #SweetScientists show off their animal-whispering skills

While others were watching Wisconsin's gubernatorial debates on Friday, I was dutifully following -- and sort of live-tweeting -- the CBS reality series The Amazing Race. It looks like Madison's #SweetScientists, a team composed of UW food-science grad students Amy and Maya, is going to go pretty far in the competition. >More
 A woman gets pregnant by mistake in the wonderful telenovela satire Jane the Virgin

Jane the Virgin has fun with telenovela conventions. Jane (Gina Rodriguez) is an ordinary young woman swept up in extraordinary events when she's accidentally inseminated during a routine exam. >More
 The Amazing Race 25, Episode 2: Are the #SweetScientists too sweet for their own good?

As of week two, Madison's #SweetScientists are still in the running on The Amazing Race. Amy and Maya, a team of UW food science grad students, landed in eighth place, but that's more than good enough to keep the flame going for another week. >More
 A to Z tells the complete story of a modern romance

A voiceover sets the scene: "Andrew and Zelda dated for eight months, three weeks, five days and one hour. This television program is the comprehensive account of their relationship, from A to Z." The framing device makes A to Z feel like a story told after the fact, exaggerated for comic effect. >More
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