Plasticity - Snap #109

It's an amazing world.  It used to be that whatever life served you that's what you got.  You didn't like your nose, skin, class or gender?  Too damn bad.   But times have changed and nothing is fixed.  If you don't like what you see in the mirror, start anew.  But are there limits?  Are there boundaries, internal or external?  How much can you really change and how much can you demand the universe change for you?
 

Lite Brite


Glynn's always been in the shadow of his caramel-colored cousin Virgil.  But he's about to fight back--even if that means the ultimate sacrifice.


Storm the Bard


Storm always knew he felt more like a man than a woman. But he also knew that he was a singer, and as a female, had spent years cultivating a beautiful singing voice. So when he decides to transition, many of his labels have to be reinvented. Find more of Storm's music on his website: stormflorez.com.

Produced by Stephanie Foo.


Only Volunteers


On one reality TV makeover show, it takes lengthy surgery and extreme diets to turn ordinary women into TV stars.  But what happens when a TV producer's personality begins to change just by working on the show? 

 

Produced by Rebecca Hertz.


100% Girl


Kids always made fun of the way Sara looked growing up. She never quite looked like a boy or a girl. Now, at the age of 49, she's finally starting to realize the truth about her identity.  A picture of Sara here. It does contain a spoiler.

Produced by Stephanie Foo.


Look-See Test


What does the story of Noah and his three sons Shem, Japheth and Ham have to do with teenage love?  All is revealed when Glynn's best friend Quan goes before the Council of Elders for the "Look-See Test."



You can find a short version of the Stanford Prison Study on You Tube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmwSC5fS40w
There are other videos that accompany this video-interviews with the chief investigator(s) and participants in the study.
I watched it in a grad school class about 8 months ago, and it was profoundly disturbing. The prof told us (I personally haven't followed up) that this study was the reason, or one of the reasons, that IRB's (Institutional Review Boards) were created to protect human subjects.

"Only Volunteers" is such a well written piece. It is a reality check for us to stop and consider the human cost of our entertainment. Keep up the good work.

Great Episode. What was the name of the prison experiment study? I'd like to read more about it.

Check it out here

http://www.prisonexp.org/

Your church sounds like the cult my mother joined back in the 70s, when I was on my way to college. I don't remember Noah and racial mixing, but I do remember reading their literature and wondering why no black folks (or brown, or yellow folks) were among the lost tribes of Israel. After my first quarter in college, I told her the church wasn't relevant to my identity as a black person.

Please tell me: was the cult "The Worldwide Church of God" with Garner Ted and Herbert W. Armstrong?

Yup!