Today's Takeaways: The Misogyny and Sexism of Nerd Culture and Silicon Valley

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Friday, May 30, 2014

The 1980s classic, "Revenge of The Nerds." (Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)

The Misogyny & Entitlement of Nerd Culture | Inside The Frat Past of Snapchat's CEO | The New Movie Releases of The Week | Jesse Eisenberg's New Role: An Angry Environmental Terrorist | An Uncertain Future For Al Jazeera Journalists | Global Community Anxiously Awaits Obama's Climate Address

VA Secretary Resigns Amid Healthcare Scandal

"Our veterans deserve the best — they've earned it," President Obama said today at a press conference. "General Shinseki offered me his resignation, and with considerable regret, I accepted.”

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The Misogyny of Nerd Culture Can Have Terrible Consequences

Eleven-time Jeopardy! champ Arthur Chu is a nerd champion, but he says the prevalent aspirational narrative of "geek gets girl as prize" is hugely problematic.

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Inside The Frat Past of Snapchat's CEO

Leaked emails from Evan Spiegel's undergraduate days show a culture of drinking, sex, and drugs. His comments about female co-eds are unflattering at best, misogynistic at worst. Is Silicon Valley sexism — "brogrammer culture"—all too prevalent?

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Jesse Eisenberg's New Role: An Angry Environmental Terrorist

The actor talks about the challenge of his role in "Night Moves," opening this weekend. It also stars Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard.

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An Uncertain Future For Al Jazeera Journalists

Over the weekend in Cairo, Egyptian prosecutors will make their closing remarks in the case against three Al Jazeera journalists accused of helping a terrorist organization.

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Anxiously Awaiting Obama's Climate Address

Lawmakers and environmentalists in the real world are waiting anxiously ahead of President Obama's Monday announcement on how the administration will plan to reduce carbon emissions. Joining The Takeaway is Justin Gillis, who covers environmental science and policy for The New York Times.

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News Quiz | Week of May 30, 2014

Are you a newsie? Do you know what's happening from Washington to Hollywood to Pyongyang? Be smarter than your pals. Prep your dinner party factoids. Gauge your knowledge about what happened this week, as heard on The Takeaway.

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