We're revisiting our 2016 trips to a Planned Parenthood clinic in Brooklyn.
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Well, we're halfway into the first full work week of 2020. We're doing it. 

I was driving to pick up my kid from preschool yesterday and decided I needed to re-listen to Saeed Jones talk about New Year's determinations to keep me in the reflective/intentional mindset. I may just re-listen to it once a week.

Today, we are sharing one of my favorite episodes of ours with you. It first came out in June 2016, when a lot in the world was different. We went to a Planned Parenthood clinic in Brooklyn over a series of days, and waited in a back conference room. In the lobby, there were fliers letting people know that we were there doing interviews about what had brought them into the clinic. The episode features the people who volunteered to speak with us, and what they told us about why they were there. 

A lot has changed since we first released this episode. We have a different president. The Supreme Court has two new justices, and in March, this newly configured court will hear its first abortion case. And how Planned Parenthood pays for many of the services we hear about in this episode (contraception, STI tests, etc.) has changed. In 2019, the organization chose to leave the Title X program and stop taking family planning funds after the Trump administration made a new rule stating that Title X grantees can't provide or facilitate abortions, except in certain situations. 

This episode is partially about that policy landscape, yes, but it's also about the private stories unfolding alongside those debates and headlines—about illness, relationships, sex, and how you figure out where to go when you need help. 

Anna and the Death, Sex & Money team
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We're revisiting the days we spent at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Brooklyn back in 2016, where we talked with staff, patients, and protesters. Four years later, the landscape around reproductive rights has changed, but the stories of the people who work at, oppose, and seek care at Planned Parenthood are still relevant. Listen in your feeds now.

Your Stories: Determinations
We've been seeing some great determinations pop up on social media over the last week! Here are tweets from teacher Mike Astuccio and archivist Sierra King:
We're also sharing some of your determinations in our new episode this week. Keep sending them in! Here are a few others that have come into our inbox:
"My determination for 2020 is to play the piano more. I played from the time I was five until I was in my twenties, and then I didn't have a piano for a long time. Now I'm 47 and I've had a piano for about five or six years, thanks to my husband who got it for us when my mother in law passed away. Well, I don't play it very much. It sits down in my basement, I don't see it, I don't make time for it, I get easily distracted by other things. So this year, I think what I'm going to do is put a reminder in my calendar for once a week and go down there and play this silly thing. Not silly thing. Amazing, amazing thing."
—Glenda, 47, Victoria, BC
"I recently learned how to make cheesecake and it was a lot easier than I thought. So I thought, well, probably, there's a lot of things that I've been wanting to do that are easier than I thought. So I have dubbed the year 2020 the year of being curious, and I'm going to try new things! And explore this part of the state that I have moved to, and try to be more curious about the world and the things that I've always wanted to do."
—Pamela, 51, Oxford, MS
"One of my favorite poets is Brian Andreas. He posted a piece recently about his Uncle Carl and a conversation they had when Brian was little. His uncle was asking him how many people he could love, and he thought 10... maybe if he practiced, he could get to 20. Then he asked his uncle, 'How many people could you love?' And his uncle said, 'Pretty much everyone I'll ever meet, but I've been doing it a long time, so it's as easy as breathing for me now.' And that's my determination: to practice so that loving others becomes as easy as breathing."
—Erin, 64, Castro Valley, CA

Listen to This: Audio We Love

Our relationship with Iran has been a huge part of the news this week. So if you want to learn more about U.S.-Iran relations over the years, NPR's podcast Throughline and their episode "Four Days in August" is a great place to start. While many people think of the 1979 hostage crisis as the most important part of the countries' relationship, hosts Ramtin Arablouei (who's of Iranian descent) and Rund Abdelfatah go back even further and take a look at the 1953 coup of Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh, which was orchestrated by the CIA.

And a recent episode of Criminal, called "Panic Defense," begins with a murder case from the 1990s in which one man shot and killed another after they both went on The Jenny Jones Show. While on the show, the victim had told the shooter that he had a crush on him—and in the resulting murder trial, criminal defense attorneys argued that the shooter's "feeling that he had been humiliated on the show...pushed him over the edge." The episode goes on to examine this defense strategy, which attempts to shift blame in a murder trial from the criminal defendant to the LGBTQ victim, and looks at why it's been so hard to ban its use in courtrooms. 
As we work on our race and friendship episode, we want to hear from you: what have you read that's helped you think more deeply about race and friendship?

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