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#102: Las Matadoras

It’s 9:10 am, and you know what that means: The Highlighter #102 is here! Today’s issue is robust and
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#102: Las Matadoras
By Mark Isero • Issue #102 • View online
It’s 9:10 am, and you know what that means: The Highlighter #102 is here! Today’s issue is robust and chock full of goodies: 4 articles, 2 photos, 1 photo essay, 1 podcast episode, 1 giveaway, and 1 exciting update on the new podcast. Let’s dig in!
The first two pieces this week are about young people doing the opposite of what’s expected of them. In “Las Matadoras,” female bullfighters find they’re gaining popularity at the same time they’re facing longstanding exclusion. In “The Teenage Whaler’s Tale,” a boy from Alaska kills a bowhead whale, bringing him fame in his village and scorn everywhere else.
Be sure to check out the second pair of articles, too. They focus on Latinx youth fighting for a high-quality, inclusive education. “Youth From Every Corner” tells the story of a swanky private school that prides itself on diversity but doesn’t meet its promises. “Arizona Banned Mexican American Studies” tells the story of a conservative state that destroyed a popular elective program and how students are now in court, fighting back.
Today’s issue ends with a scintillating podcast interview between Reveal host Al Letson (#67) and Roger Stone — who live in the same country, worlds apart — and with an excellent piece by a writer from Florida who brings the eccentric state to life. Please enjoy today’s issue and let me know what you think!

Las Matadoras
The Teenage Whaler’s Tale
Loyal subscriber Erin (here with her students) has won The Highligher’s first giveaway! Congratulations, Erin, on beating out the other 12 contestants (via a random number generator). You’ll be receiving your copy of Blood at the Root in the mail today. Loyal subscribers, look out for the next giveaway in next Thursday’s issue!
Loyal subscriber Erin (here with her students) has won The Highligher’s first giveaway! Congratulations, Erin, on beating out the other 12 contestants (via a random number generator). You’ll be receiving your copy of Blood at the Root in the mail today. Loyal subscribers, look out for the next giveaway in next Thursday’s issue!
Youth From Every Quarter
Arizona Banned Mexican American Studies. Now the Case Is Back in Court.
Bacon, who belongs to loyal subscriber Nick, gets his second appearance (see #80) in The Highlighter. If you feel jealous that your pet has not yet been included, please send me a photo!
Bacon, who belongs to loyal subscriber Nick, gets his second appearance (see #80) in The Highlighter. If you feel jealous that your pet has not yet been included, please send me a photo!
Al Letson Interviews Roger Stone
The Problem With Writing About Florida
Big Podcast Update: The Highlighter Podcast is performing better than expected, with 82 listeners last week and 79 in its first episode. This past Monday, I really enjoyed chatting with loyal subscriber, artist, and art teacher Heidi, the podcast’s first-ever guest. Heidi asked me great questions about how I select articles and put the digest together. You can listen to the episode here! Thank you, Heidi! For now, the podcast will come out weekly on Mondays. We’ll focus on getting to know our digest community and talking about articles we like. If you’d like to be on an upcoming show, let me know. Also, subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a review!
Wow, that was a lot! Thank you for reading this week’s edition of The Highlighter — hope you liked it. As always, please let me know what you thought. Also, let’s please welcome new subscribers Brian and Jonathan. Loyal subscribers, keep getting the word out about the digest, so that our community can grow, and see you next Thursday at 9:10 am!

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