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This week, blogs welcomed Bill Moyers’s new show and the new Carol Channing documentary, recruited new women candidates and fashion designers, and hailed a groundbreaking judicial appointment in Canada.

  • We’re later than we’d intended to be on this, but Time Goes By’s Ronni Bennett is quick to hail the return of Bill Moyers to broadcast journalism with his new show Moyers & Company.  “Moyers stands alone. He is the only interviewer on television who does not seek the superficial soundbite from his guests, who does not cut them off in mid-sentence or . . .  tell guests the answer he is looking for with the wording of his questions as most other political interviewers do. Instead, he allows guests to thoroughly explain their theses as he probes with exacting questions for more information, more detail, more of their knowledge giving us, the audience, the most enlightening and substantive hour of learning on all of TV.” Click over for video bonuses, including a preview of the new show and Moyers’s appearance on Stephen Colbert’s show, telling Colbert some secrets from the LBJ days.
  • As reports trickle in of Paris Fashion Week, perhaps the most elite fashion week there is, Women’s Wear Daily reports on an innovative collaboration between CoverGirl and Polyvore, an online forum founded by graduates of the Fashion Institute of Technology. “Polyvore’s community will be able to preview the four collections through a series of online challenges—one for each designer—which will take place Jan. 16-27,” writes WWD‘s Kristi Garced. “Users will be asked to create ‘sets,’ i.e. digital collages, with pieces from the featured designer’s collection as well as items from Cover Girl. The designers will personally choose their favorite Polyvore set, and the winner will get the chance to sit front row at the show.” If this all works out well, we think Polyvore will have taken quite a step toward its mission to further democratize  fashion.
  • As the testosterone fest known as the current presidential nominating season continues to unfold, we can’t find a better time to get more women into  the candidate pipeline for next time. A good place to start might be Morgan Pehme’s Candidate College: 10 Essential Tips for Running for Office, at New York Civic.  The tips sound at first like corporate networking, like “Master Your Rolodex,” but the text is far more pointed and savvy: “3. Make a list of the 50 people you need to know to win. When a recent statewide candidate for office went to Mike Bloomberg for advice, the Mayor counseled him to start by making a list of the 50 people whose support the candidate needed most in order to win the race..” Click over for the rest, and then go file nomination papers—AFTER doing #1, “Choose the right race to run. All politicians might seem the same to you, but not all elected offices are created equally.”
  • At least we can hail some groundbreaking judicial appointments, including Patty Shwartz in the Third Circuit and, in Canada, reports Indian Country Today, Shannon Smallwood to the Northwest Territories (NWT) Supreme Court.  Smallwood was “Born in Inuvik,  grew up in Fort Good Hope and dreamed of being a lawyer before knowing what one was”; she  tells the site, “As I grew older and thought about and realized the impact that law has on everybody’s lives, I began to become interested in the law and wanted to pursue that career path.” The post also quotes Marilyn Napier, president of the NWT Native Women’s Association,  telling CBC News “It’s really wonderful to see an aboriginal woman in a career like that.”
  • Before the only movies we all pay attention to are those nominated for the Oscars, Women and Hollywood interviews the director of a brand-new documentary about an old friend, Carol Channing. Director Dori Bernstein, acclaimed for years on Broadway but also director of photography for movies like Dirty Dancing, whispers a secret about her subject: ” Carol has stage fright. . . still does. . . . Given her magically captivating stage presence and her high-voltage charisma, its hard to believe she’s nervous before she ‘goes on’. . . but it’s true. That ‘fright’ fuels her performance.” Can you tell, from the clip below?

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