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The hat that inspired the so-called #lakshmeme (Sahar Baharloo)

Studio 360’s Sideshow Live! Lakshmi Wears the Hat

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

7:00 PM

Tribute comes in all shapes and sizes, especially on social media.  Since mid-December, Sean Rameswaram, host of Studio 360's Sideshow podcast, has been taking photos of public radio personalities, producers and strangers on the street wearing a hat that makes an obviously false claim: “I AM LAKSHMI SINGH.” 

The so-called "#lakshmeme," a tribute to the NPR newscaster who inspired Rameswaram to pursue a career in public radio, has amassed hundreds of portraits, posted and shared on Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr. Join Sean in The Greene Space to see Lakshmi Singh finally don the now-famous hat bearing her name, talk about her career in public radio, and discuss the importance of diverse voices, names, and faces in media.  


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For the latter conversation, they will be joined by current This American Life and former Snap Judgment producer Stephanie Foo, as well as "The Whiteness Of Public Radio Voice author and Clemson University communications professor Chenjerai Kumanyika
Afterwards special guests and audience members will test their orthographic prowess when it comes to the names of their favorite broadcasters in the first annual Sideshow Public Radio Spelling Bee. Expect libations and a piñata!