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Bathroom Break Required

by Alex Arata

I’ve never been a terribly confident person. Now, sure, if my close friends ask me for the millionth time to do my tried and true Alanis Morissette impression, I’m not going to waiver. Compare that, however, to getting up on a stage and performing, or introducing myself to a classroom full of strangers, or co-anchoring an entire election night’s worth of coverage, and you’ve got a situation that’ll leave my hands shaking. Despite all this, I actually somehow put myself in that last position. On real, live radio, I signed up to co-host five hours’ worth of impromptu discussions, candid interviews, and–oh God, the horror–ad libbing. In my mind, I’d be facing my worst fears–or so I thought.

Okay, so everyone has an opinion, or at least most of us do. I am particularly noted as commonly having strong ones. However, I worked hard the night of the election to remain unbiased. I tried not to code my language or reveal something in the tone of my voice, and in the early stages of the night, I thought I was doing a pretty good job. It wasn’t like the candidate I truly and honestly feared, was going to win… right?

Wrong, apparently.

I learned a lot more than I had expected whilst covering this election. And one of those things is sometimes, if what you’re covering is going to make you lose your cool, you simply have to go to the bathroom on one of your fleeting breaks, have a three minute cry, and then get back to work. This was a valuable lesson for me, and one I plan to hold on to. After a half hour, my nerves were overcome, but my emotions were another story altogether. What I took away from this experience that night is that, if I can just hold it for a little while (and keep holding, and keep holding even longer if I must), there’s nothing wrong with an emotional release–as long as I still get the job done.

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Election Night Anchors starting to the far right:  Alex Arata, Dylan Buchweitz and National Desk anchor Maggie McCoy.

How the “Go Blue” State Went Red

By Maggie McCoy

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I had always thought it would be exciting to live in a swing state, to have the whole country look to your state on the night of the election. I thought it would thrilling to know that your vote, every vote, matters in this race. But what I learned in this election is that it isn’t fun to be from a swing state. It’s actually the most terrifying thing in the world.

I grew up in Michigan, a state that in my memory has always voted blue. I thought I knew my state. I thought that there was no way a Republican candidate could win our 16 electoral votes. I laughed at anyone who predicted that Michigan would be a state to watch on election night. But as I write this, President-elect Donald Trump has  just been declared the winner of our state. A whole 20 days after election night, the votes have finally been counted.

I view my state differently now. I question who I know that might have voted for Donald Trump. I wonder what drew so many people, people who had similar experiences to me, to this candidate. My whole life, I’ve always seen Republican states as a faraway places; but now I am living in one. It’s a fact I couldn’t believe on election night. As the numbers came in, I kept telling myself, “They haven’t counted Wayne county, Washtenaw county is only 30% in, and Oakland county is always late.”  Michigan wasn’t officially declared on November 8th, so I was able to convince myself that Trump didn’t win my home state. But he did. On November 28th, Donald Trump was declared the winner of Michigan with a 10,704 vote margin.

Now I know my wishes for being in a swing state were misguided. There is nothing exciting about living in uncertainty. There is no glamour in not knowing what your next-door neighbor is truly thinking.  I would gladly give up any excitement of being in a swing state to get my boring true-blue state back.

To learn more about how Michigan voted Republican, read here: http://www.mlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/11/how_did_donald_trump_win_michi.html

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice Review

By Joshua Winchester

This week marked a monumental occasion for the superhero movie genre. After 75 years, two of the great titans of superhero lore, Batman and Superman, have finally appeared on the big screen together in a loud, noisy, character and plot crowded film that almost clocks in at 3 hours in length. And the movie is nothing short of glorious.

The film adds a whole new level to the fledgling DC Cinematic Universe, especially with the various casting decisions for the film that are propelling the series towards the inevitable Justice League (slated for release in 2017)

Two of the strongest elements in the film are the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman (aka Bruce Wayne) and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman (aka Diana Prince).

Affleck’s performance as a older, more embittered Batman is superb. He steps into the role with all the dedication of any actor who has taken up the mantle of Batman and yet also adds something by playing a Batman who has (according to the dialogue setting up the character) spent 20 years fighting crime in his native Gotham City which explains his reactionary approach to dealing with the apparent threat that is Superman to the balance of the world. All in all, Affleck certainly lives up the hype that was surrounding his portrayal of Batman, and the same can be said for Gal Gadot in her role as Wonder Woman.

Wonder Woman, the ultimate female warrior, blessed by the gods of Greek mythology and raised on an island of warrior Amazons, tasked with coming to man’s world to help make it right. This is a super-heroine who has been a strong example of the ultimate woman, and Gal Gadot steps into the role with clear conviction about how to play the character.  Incidentally,  this is Wonder Woman’s big screen debut.  Wonder Woman is only seen in costume (and out of costume) in brief parts of the movie, but she steals these scenes and left me and the audience wanting more.   Thankfully, her own movie is also slated to come out in 2017.

All in all, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice delivered big on the promise of a drag’em out, no holds barred superhero action film. The cast was amazing, stellar special effects and the start of the DC Cinematic Universe. This is a must-see movie for anyone, both fans of the comic books and average movie-goers alike.

Listen to the “Comic Boys” with Josh Winchester and Kevin McLaughlin on WCRX-FM every Wednesday evening from 6 to 7pm.