Facebook India Vice President Moves Supreme Court Against Summons Issued By Delhi Assembly Committee Looking Into Delhi Riots

first_imgTop StoriesFacebook India Vice President Moves Supreme Court Against Summons Issued By Delhi Assembly Committee Looking Into Delhi Riots Sanya Talwar22 Sep 2020 9:27 AMShare This – xFacebook India Vice President Ajit Mohan has moved the Supreme Court challenging the summons issued by the Delhi Assembly’s “Peace and Harmony” Committee, which is looking into Facebook’s alleged failure to track down hate-speech. Mohan has stated that this issue falls within the exclusive domain of the Union of India.The assembly panel on peace and harmony is looking into complaints on…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginFacebook India Vice President Ajit Mohan has moved the Supreme Court challenging the summons issued by the Delhi Assembly’s “Peace and Harmony” Committee, which is looking into Facebook’s alleged failure to track down hate-speech. Mohan has stated that this issue falls within the exclusive domain of the Union of India.The assembly panel on peace and harmony is looking into complaints on the “role or complicity of Facebook officials in the Delhi riots” that took place in February 2020.Mohan was issued two summonses on August 31, 2020 and the second, on September 18, 2020.The petitioner has clarified that although he does not seek judicial review of a State Legislature’s right to merely discuss issues outside of its legislative competence, so long as it does not seek to exercise power over non-members, however, “when an enquiry into a subject matter over which the Legislature lacks jurisdiction extends beyond its members – whether by summoning non-members at the threat of sanctions for refusing to appear, or by directing agencies to take actions against those non-members – the matter is amenable to judicial review. Petitioners submit that those precise circumstances are present here and require this Hon’ble Court’s intervention”.It is averred that the Committee improperly seeks to exercise its powers and privileges in a manner that exceeds the constitutional limits of the Legislative Assembly.Mohan states that the Committee has summoned him and threatened to hold him in breach of the Committee’s privileges if he does not appear and give testimony.  In this context, he submits that there is no law that empowers a State Legislature, including a committee formed by that Legislature, to take coercive action against any person unless it obstructs or impedes its legislative functions. “The rights and liberties of persons are protected by Part III of the Constitution, particularly Articles 14, 19 and 21, and coercive action cannot be taken against any citizen unless that action has been authorised by law,” the petition reads.Further, on the aspect of impinging upon the exclusive jurisdiction of the Union of India in this regard, the plea states that Committee is seeking to make a “determination of the veracity of allegations levelled against Facebook” in the Delhi riots, which intrudes into subjects exclusively allocated to the Union of India.”Regulation of Intermediaries, including in connection with the Facebook service, falls within the exclusive domain of the Union of India under Entry “communication” in the Union List (Entry 31 of List I of the Seventh Schedule). Parliament, in exercise of these powers, enacted the Information Technology Act, 2000 to regulate intermediaries. Any assessment of the veracity of allegations against Petitioner No. 3 as an intermediary is exclusively a Union subject” – Excerpt of PleaIn this perspective, the plea puts forth that by targeting the Facebook service – a platform that allows users to express themselves – the Impugned Summonses create a chilling effect on the free speech rights of users of the Facebook service. The petitioner formulates the following questions for consideration of the Court:-1) Whether the privileges of Respondent No. 1, the Legislative Assembly of the NCT of Delhi, include the power to compel the appearance of non-members before Respondent No. 1 to express their views or subject them to examination?2) Whether the constitutional right to free speech and expression includes the right to silence, and whether compelling a person to speak violates the right to free speech and the right to privacy, which this Hon’ble Court recognized as a fundamental right in K.S. Puttaswamy v. Union of India, (2017) 10 SCC 1?3) If the answer to question two is in the affirmative, whether the privileges of a State Legislature can be applied in a manner that would violate Part III of the Constitution?4) Whether a Committee of the Legislative Assembly of the NCT of Delhi can compel witnesses to testify with respect to “public order” and “police” in the NCT of Delhi, in contravention of Articles 239 and 239AA(3)(a) of the Constitution of India, which confer the power to regulate “public order” and “police” in the NCT of Delhi exclusively with the Union of India?5) Whether a Committee of the State Legislature can compel witnesses to testify on the issue of “communication”, which is within the exclusive jurisdiction of the Union of India (Entry 31 of List I of Seventh Schedule of the Constitution of India)?The petition has been filed by Advocate Mayank Pandey.Click Here To Download PetitionNext Storylast_img read more

Weather – Roads Update

first_img Weather – Roads Update Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Previous articleSafety concerns raised after wind turbine struck by lightning in InishowenNext articleMain Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday 16th January News Highland Pinterest WhatsApp Snow is continuing to fall across Donegal, with four weather warnings now in place.An orange weather warning has been issued for strong winds across Donegal, a yellow alert has been issued for strong winds for Leinster, Monaghan, Roscommon, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford.While a nationwide weather warning is in place for snow showers and a yellow advisory for high seas.It will be very cold today with wintry showers and strong winds while temperatures will drop to minus 1 tonight.Met Eireann Forecaster is Pat Clarke:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/weather3pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ Donegal County Council is urging all motorists to take extra care on the roads and allos extra for journeys.The local authority is also advising that gritting crew will be out this afternoon gritting all main routes in the county.You can check the council’s Winter Gritting map at www.donegalcoco.ieRoads Updates:Gardaí in Letterkenny are reporting snow on roads in the town and are advising motorists to drive with extreme careReports of bad road conditions at Bridgend, RameltonCollision on Termon to Creeslough Road – drivers advised to approach with cautionRoad slippy at Lurgybrack to Kilross junction on Letterkenny to Ballybofey RoadBuncrana to Clonmany Road very icyA lot of snow reported to be lying on the Newton to Killea Road into DerryMeenaroy Road passable with care, snow on roadPolice in Derry are advising motorists to avoid Upper Southway following a single-vehicle collision and treacherous driving conditions Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Facebook Pinterest Twitter By News Highland – January 16, 2018 Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Google+ Homepage BannerNews Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennan Twitter Community Enhancement Programme open for applications last_img read more

Body cam shows deputy save boy from choking

first_imgPottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office via KOCO-TV(OKLAHOMA CITY) — An Oklahoma sheriff’s deputy helped save a 3-year-old boy who was choking on a quarter he swallowed, an ABC affiliate reported.Pottawatomie County Deputy William Wheeler noticed a woman asking for help at a local car wash on June 8, according to the Shawnee News-Star.The woman, later identified as Victoria Terrill, noticed her son, Chaz, was choking while they drove back from dinner, ABC Oklahoma City station KOCO-TV said. She pulled over into the car wash parking lot to try to find help.Terrill reportedly told the deputy she thought Chaz was choking on a sucker, so Wheeler tried to hit Chaz on the back to hopefully get the sucker out.However, after Wheeler gave Chaz some swift swats to the back, a quarter popped out onto the ground.Wheeler’s efforts were captured on his body camera.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Survey reveals why employees stay home or return to work

first_imgWorkers cite Covid-19 risks for not returning to office; fewer than half who return cite productivity (iStock)Americans are divided on whether to return to the office — and on the reasons for their choice.Fifty-two percent of respondents to a large annual survey are choosing to work from home, and of those, 58 percent cited Covid-19 risks while commuting or working as a reason, according to the Wall Street Journal.One in three remote workers cited an enhanced work-life balance, while 26 percent said they are more productive at home, according to the Edelman online survey of 31,050 adults from Oct. 19 to Nov. 18. Respondents could choose more than one reason.Read moreCuomo announces plan to get workers back to officesReturn to the office? Manhattan workers say no thanksOffices remain empty, and big cities are feeling the crunch Email Address* Full Name* TagsCommercialCommercial Real EstateNew York City Share via Shortlinkcenter_img Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Of the 48 percent who have returned to the office, 42 percent said they are more productive there, 34 percent said their employer made them feel safe and 22 percent said it made for a healthier work-life balance.Still, other data show that not many office workers have returned to their desks. By the end of October, only one in 10 Manhattan workers had returned; by mid-November, only a quarter of employees nationwide had returned. Key-card data show the leading return-to-work cities, such as Dallas, still have fewer than half of workers back.The real estate industry has been pushing for employees to return, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week announced a plan to encourage them.[WSJ] — Sasha JonesContact Sasha Jones Message*last_img read more

Academic Scholar, Division of General Internal Medicine

first_imgPosition SummaryDivision of General Internal Medicine, Jacobs School of Medicine (JSMBS ) and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo (UB), seeksqualified clinical educators for full-time positions based atoutpatinet sites Qualified candidates will be appointed at theClinical Assistant/ Associate Professor level.Overall duties include:• Serving as attending physician for ambulatory services;• Teaching students;• Training residents, and;• Supervision of fellows.This is an opportunity to join an organization focused on thefuture of medicine-one whose physicians and advanced practitionerspartner with their patients to ensure a higher state of care andbetter outcomes. At UB Department of Medicine, you will experiencea deeper sense of compassion, greater breadth of diversity and anever-ending desire to raise the standard of medical excellence,regionally and nationally.University at Buffalo is an affirmative action/equal opportunityemployer and, in keeping with our commitment, welcomes all to applyincluding veterans and individuals with disabilities.Minimum Qualifications-MD-BE/BC in Internal MedicinePreferred Qualifications- Eligible for medical licensure in the State of New York- Current and unrestricted DEA Certificate- Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the UnitedStates on a full-time basis.For more information, click the “How to Apply” button.last_img read more

Vanderburgh County Council Agenda For October 3, 2018

first_img(C) SHERIFF – CCD(D) LIT PUBLIC SAFETY – JAIL(E) SUPERIOR COURT (4)(F) HEALTH DEPARTMENT (4)(G) HIGHWAY (2) civic center PUBLIC COMMENTREMINDER NEXT MEETING DATE/TIME: October 31, 2018 @ 8:30 A.M.ADJOURNMENT (D)  SUPERIOR COURT(E)  HIGHWAY(F)  HEALTH DEPARTMENT – WIC NEW BUSINESS:(A)  SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT DISTRICT/Budget Adoption(B)  EVANSVILLE-VANDERBURGH AIRPORT AUTHORITY DISTRICT/Budget Adoption(C)  GAGE/Tax Phase-in Compliance PERSONNEL AND FINANCE MEETING SEPTEMBER 26, 20188:30 A.M.ROOM 301 (A) CLERK(B) AUDITOR(C) AREA PLAN (2) AMENDMENTS TO SALARY ORDINANCE: AGENDA OF VANDERBURGH COUNTY COUNCILOCTOBER 3, 2018 8:30 A.M. ROOM 301 APPROPRIATION ORDINANCE: (A) CORONER(B) AREA PLANREPEAL: (A)TRANSFERS: (A) AUDITOR(B) AREA PLAN (4)(C) COMMISSIONERS (D) JAILOLD BUSINESS: (A) OPENING OF MEETINGATTENDANCE ROLL CALLPLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCEINVOCATIONAPPROVAL OF MINUTES:(A) Special Meeting August 29, 2018(B) Personnel & Finance August 29, 2018 (C) County Council September 5, 2018 (D) Budget Cuts September 5, 2018PERSONNEL REQUESTS:(A)  CLERK/Request to fill vacancy for M/T Calendar Clerk(B)  AUDITOR/Request to fill vacancies for two Real Estate Clerks(C)  AREA PLAN/Request to fill vacancy for GIS Administrator/Web Developer(D)  HEALTH DEPARTMENT – WIC/Request to fill vacancies for Health Educator and Extra Help Breast Feeding Coordinator FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Red denotes Personnel and Finance meetingBlue denotes County Council meetinglast_img read more

Ocean City High School Made a Splash at the Philadelphia City Rowing Championships

first_imgOcean City High School Girls 2nd 8+, (left to right);Coxswain Lucy Greene, Stroke Alexa Japzon, Juliana Giardina, Maggie Clunn, Margaret Kane, Grace Broschard, Emily Culmone, Samantha Perro, Bow Kira Tracy & Coach Ian Tapp The Ocean City High School Crew Team had a great showing this weekend at the Philadelphia City Championship Regatta on the Schuylkill River.Overcast skies were present, but the rain held off, so the weather was not a significant factor in the outcome of the races.Girls Light Weight 8+, (left to right); Coxswain Maura Siciensky, Stroke Laney Guido, Ryleigh Mack, Alexia Schmidt, Carly Dougherty, Rebecca Dubbs, Marian Wisham, Katherine Coffey, Bow Aura LopezThe competition attracted 78 teams from throughout the Philadelphia region. As usual, the Red Raiders were in the middle of the action, and represented well in the medal count, highlighted by a 1st place performance by the Girls Second 8.The two-day event began with preliminary races on Saturday, during which teams qualified for Sunday’s finals.On Saturday the Girls Novice 8, Boys Novice 8, Girls Freshman 8, Girls Varsity 8 and Boys Varsity 8 all qualified to advance to the six-team finals.Girls Freshman 8+, (left to right); Coxswain Francesca Mastrendo, Carlee Rumaker, Genevieve Mulhall, Michaela Carroll, Vanessa Karayiannis, Julia McKeon, McKenna Howells, Sofia Keir, Bow Haley StricklandThey joined the Girls Lightweight 8, Girls Second 8 and the Boys Second 8 in the final rounds on Sunday.Sunday saw the Girls Second 8, coached by Ian Tapp earn gold. The boat included Lucy Greene, Alexa Japzon, Juliana Giardina, Maggie Clunn, Margaret Kane, Grace Broschard, Emily Culmone, Samantha Perro, and Kira Tracy.Also on Sunday, the Girls Lightweight 8 (Maura Siciensky, Laney Guido, Ryleigh Mack, Alexia Schmidt, Carly Dougherty, Rebecca Dubbs, Marian Wisham, Katherine Coffey and Aura Lopez) won the Silver medal.The Girls Freshman 8 took the Bronze medal (Francesca Mastrendo, Carlee Rumaker, Genevieve Mulhall, Michaela Carroll, Vanessa Karayiannis, Julia McKeon, McKenna Howells, Sofia Keir, and Haley Strickland).Boys Varsity 8+, (left to right); Coxswain Matthew Catanoso, Stroke AJ Oves, Blase Japzon, Greg O’Connell, Luke Hornick, Jack Branin, Seth Pierson, Noah Centrone, Bow Jake RuskeyOn the Boys side, the Varsity 8 (Matthew Catanoso, AJ Oves, Blase Japzon, Greg O’Connell, Luke Hornick, Jack Branin, Seth Pierson, Noah Centrone, and Jake Ruskey) took Bronze, as did the Second 8 (Mitchell Bartello, Stroke Eric Love, Zachary Greger, James Papperman, Alexander Yoa, Ryley Burns, Max Carter, Daniel Millar and Garret Longstaff).Boys 2nd 8+, (left to right); Coxswain Mitchell Bartello, Stroke Eric Love, Zachary Greger, James Papperman, Alexander Yoa, Ryley Burns, Max Carter, Daniel Millar & Bow Garret LongstaffAll in all, it was another great showing by the Ocean City Crew Team.Next week, the Raiders will be competing in the Atlantic County Championship on Lake Lenape in Mays Landing.last_img read more

Press release: British High Commission celebrates the Commonwealth

first_imgThe British High Commission in partnership with local NGOs Green Brunei, Beach Bunch and Hand4Hand organised a beach cleanup and tree planting followed by a Commonwealth Big Lunch with over 200 volunteers to celebrate the Commonwealth, community and build connections. Volunteers picking up rubbish on Berakas BeachThe beach cleanup was organised by Beach Bunch. Assistance was provided by The Brunei Four Wheel Drive Association to collect and transport the collected rubbish along the beach. Among the 53 Commonwealth nations, 46 are ocean states and 24 are small island developing states that are reliant on strong ‘blue’ sectors, such as tourism, fisheries and shipping. The world’s oceans are essential to life on our planet, they provide humanity’s largest source of protein, capture around a quarter of our carbon emissions and provide a livelihood for hundreds of millions of people across the world.But the health of the world’s oceans is under threat. Each year, around 12 million tonnes of plastic is dumped in the ocean, which can have devastating consequences for marine life. Without urgent action to reduce vulnerability and increase resilience, the impacts of climate change could push an additional 100 million people across the world into poverty by 2030. This is particularly relevant for the Commonwealth as 39 of 53 members are small or other vulnerable states. Each year across the Commonwealth, natural disasters affect 28 million people and cause economic losses of almost $8 billion.At the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, the sustainable development of the world’s oceans will be discussed and there will be a push for action to reduce plastic waste, underlining the Commonwealth’s on-going commitment to tackling climate change, protecting the environment and increasing the resilience of its members. The Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports watering a sapling he had planted on Berakas BeachThe tree planting was organised by Green Brunei in partnership with International School Brunei’s One Million Trees Project, sponsored by Standard Chartered Bank. First launched back in 2006, The Million Trees project aims to support tree planting and forest conservation projects across Borneo and beyond, but especially in the areas defined as The Heart of Borneo, with the specific focus on Brunei. As part of this, 400 saplings were planted by 100 volunteers with the support of Forestry Department. So far, the project has replanted over 300,000 trees in the Heart of Borneo area. The project aims to plant 500,000 trees in Brunei by 2020 and one million trees in Borneo by 2025. All the volunteers at the Commonwealth Big Lunch: Beach Cleanup and Tree PlantingThe Commonwealth Big Lunch: Beach Cleanup and Tree Planting took place at Berakas Beach, the Berakas Forest Reserve and was supported by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, Forestry Department, Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation, Brunei Shell Petroleum, International School Brunei and Standard Chartered Bank. This location is also one of the forest areas which Brunei has dedicated as part of The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy.The Guest of Honour at the event was the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Yang Berhormat Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin. Also in attendance was the Bangladeshi High Commissioner to Brunei; officials from the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports; members of the National Service Programme and representatives from International School Brunei.British High Commissioner to Brunei, His Excellency Richard Lindsay, said:center_img We are delighted to organise the Commonwealth Big Lunch in Brunei. The point of the Big Lunch is to celebrate our joint membership of the Commonwealth over a shared meal. It is wonderful that we were able to combine with these excellent Bruneian organisations to clean litter from the beach and plant new trees within Berakas Forest Reserve, one of the areas Brunei has dedicated to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy. The great turnout we had today is a sign of youth engagement across the Commonwealth to ensure that we work together to achieve a more sustainable future. This will be a focus for discussion at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London this April and the UK looks forward to welcoming His Majesty at this important event. I am really grateful to the hard work of our partners and supporters, and all the volunteers who participated this morning. Volunteers enjoying the Commonwealth Big Lunch after the beach cleanup and tree plantingThe Commonwealth Big Lunch was organised by Hand4Hand, whose founder, Iqbal Damit, was recently awarded the Commonwealth Points of Light Award, and was generously sponsored by Brunei Shell Petroleum. Reusable, eco-friendly water bottles were sponsored by Cuckoo International (b) Sdn Bhd. The gathering in Berakas Forest Reserve with over 200 volunteers is one of many Commonwealth Big Lunches happening across the 53 Commonwealth nations from 12 March – Commonwealth Day – until Sunday 22 April.Launched by the Eden Project in partnership with the UK government, thousands of people from across the Commonwealth are coming together to celebrate, discover and share their Commonwealth links, stories and experiences with one another over a shared meal.Lunches are being held ahead of and during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018. Unfolding over five days, leaders and foreign ministers from up to 53 countries and over 2,000 delegates will gather in London and Windsor, UK, from 16 – 20 April to discuss and agree how to work together to address shared global challenges.Further informationPhotos from the event can be found on our UKinBrunei Flickr.last_img read more

Small Batch Coffee to expand outside Brighton

first_imgArtisan coffee shop chain Small Batch Coffee has revealed that it will relocate outside of Brighton and Hove for the first time and will open up a site in Worthing, West Sussex in October.The company has seven shops around the Brighton area, but is now opening up a new shop 14 miles down the English coast.The new premises, which is 1,775sq ft, will have eight times as much capacity to cope with the growing demand after developing its own food range.Small Batch Coffee CEO Nigel Lambe said: “We’re really delighted to be opening in Worthing. It’s a great new Sussex destination for us and we have wanted to branch outside Brighton for a while. Worthing represents a significant investment for us, which creates over 10 jobs for local people and also allows us to bring our freshly roasted coffees and foods to a brand new seaside location.”Lambe is currently focusing on Sussex for his expansion, but said he would keep an eye on the market with a view to a possible national expansion in the next two to three years.Small Batch Coffee was founded in Hove in 2006 by Brad Jacobsen and Al Tomlins, but last year Luke Johnson bought a majority stake in the business with plans to roll it out beyond the city.last_img read more

Meet The Producer For Hamilton, Sesame Street & The New McLovins Album

first_imgGenerally speaking, Sesame Street, Hamilton: An American Musical and McLovins shouldn’t belong in the same sentence. Unless you’re arbitrarily listing cool things, the long lasting children’s TV show, the phenomenon Broadway production and the up and coming band from Hartford, CT seemingly have little in common. That is, except Bill Sherman.Through many twists of good fortune, the multi-talented musician, songwriter and producer went from collaborating with his college friend Lin-Manuel Miranda to landing a dream job as the Music Director on Sesame Street to connecting with McLovins’ drummer Jake Huffman, creating a wonderful musical web in the process. With the McLovins’ upcoming Ugly Christmas Sweater Party coming up on December 17th at American Beauty in New York, NY, the Grammy-award winning producer sat down with us to talk about his diverse resume.Read on for this exclusive interview with Bill Sherman below, and find tickets for the McLovins’ Ugly Christmas Sweater Party here.L4LM: Tell us about your work with the McLovins. How did you connect with them?BS: The short answer for that is, Jake Huffman, the drummer for McLovins, is my ex-wife’s sister’s boyfriend. He’s sorta become like a family member to me. We became friends; he started writing songs for me for Sesame Street, and I produced his solo record. It became a situation where I had been talking with a friend of mine from high school, his name is Mike Novick – he had a similar progression of life and work as me. We lost touch and then reconnected and were looking for something to do together. I told him about Jake, I told him about the music, and then all of a sudden we were managing the McLovins!It was this crazy, weird, natural progression, and then we produced their last record, and we’ve been trying to open doors for them and get them heard by as many people as possible. It’s been super fun. I’ve gotten to know other members of the band really well, they’re all wonderful musicians and they have such a great connection.It’s interesting. I went to Wesleyan University and they went to Hart, right down the street, and it’s such a different concept of music there. I was a music major but I was really into West African music and I didn’t do well in the simple music courses. Those guys are killing all of the music courses with these really heavy jazz backgrounds, but the way they apply it to what they’re doing is really interesting to me. They’re really good songwriters and they really feed off each other well.It was really fun to be in the studio with them, watch that happen. While they’re a really fantastic live entity, the way that they write songs and create in the studio is equally as interesting and equally as fun for me to be a part of.L4LM: What was the process like in the studio with such different backgrounds?BS: It’s interesting, we’re working on another record right as we speak. The process is the same, where – they’ve been on the road for months now, and they write from the road and send me demos or sketches of songs and ideas. We’ll send demos back and forth, and they set up a new demo studio in their basement. We’ll keep on going back and forth until we’re happy.The last record was done over about a week total, but we did three or four songs here, and then we’d wait a couple weeks, and then three or four songs here. With this one, we’re trying to write as many songs as possible, and then whittle it down to the best twelve. It’s been fun, I think their songwriting abilities, and what they’re writing about, has matured in a way that’s really interesting. As a songwriter myself, Jake and I – Jake’s sort of the head lyricist- we go back on forth on what should we be writing about now. Given the crazy political landscape we live in right now, there’s a lot of fodder to be written about at this point.L4LM: You mentioned that the band is touring a lot. Are you going to make it to the Ugly Sweater party?BS: I will, of course. I do love a good Ugly Sweater party. I need to up my Ugly Sweater game. We try to do one big event every six months in the city, just to keep that line open, and this is that. I’ve never been to this venue, so I’m excited to see it. They do really well in New York, it’s a bit of a hometown audience. The last show was at Mercury Lounge, and it was really fun to open other people up to their sound, and watch them control a New York crowd. It’s always great.L4LM: How’s the new album coming?BS: Good! I’m guessing it’ll be out by spring or summer of next year. There are four of five tunes that are happening. When you’re writing a whole bunch of songs, you get four good ones, and every other song on the record needs to be as good as those four. We’re in that phase, figuring out what the best twelve songs are. It’s an interesting process to see what the content is about, now that we’re in this crazy new political structure. How that’s affecting songwriting, what’s important to be writing music about now.Their sound keeps on maturing and changing a bit, too. They grew up in the jam scene and their maturing into something that’s more poppy and indie than that. The songwriting and songs have been evolving as well. This next record’s going to be real interesting to see the band’s new solid direction.L4LM: Speaking of this political climate, I know you are one of the producers on the Hamilton album. What did you think of their recent encounter with Mike Pence?BS: Like anything these days with politics, there are so many different sides to it. I’m happy that they said something, and I think what they said was the correct thing to say. I think the interesting argument is, is that the right venue to do it in? But really, why is this in the head of the news when so many things are happening? I think all of those questions are valid, and that, in turn, feeds my “what the fuck is going on” mentality. All of those arguments make sense to me, and all of the craziness makes sense to me too.Overall, it’s an interesting time to be an artist. Everybody is trying to figure that out. We haven’t had a lot of protest songs recently. In the days of the Vietnam War, people were writing protest songs. In the past few years, people didn’t really do that. Now people are writing protest songs. Entertainers and musicians and artists are becoming activists again, in a way that they haven’t really been in a long time. So it’s an interesting thing to be a part of.Also, as a songwriter, you are just constantly debating on what the best way to do that is without alienating anybody, but also trying to take a stand or say something that you would be proud of.The Hamilton thing is nuts, period. Before the whole Mike Pence situation, but I’m proud of my friends. I think what they said was right. They weren’t attacking him, they were saying, “these are the people that are in this family, this community. Can you defend us too?” I think that’s a good statement, that doesn’t bother me. I think that’s right.L4LM: Obviously Hamilton is the biggest Broadway sensation, possibly ever. What was it like working on that album? You worked with Lin-Manuel Miranda on In The Heights too, right?BS: Yeah. So Lin’s been my best friend since we were in college. We went to Wesleyan together. He was the best man at my wedding; I was the best man at his wedding. We lived together for a really long time, we’ve been best friends forever.We worked on In The Heights, and I arranged it with some of our friends. We made the In The Heights record, and that was great. Then I worked on The Electric Company and Sesame Street with PBS, and then Hamilton came around. They called me and they wanted some help producing the record with The Roots. Who would really say no to that?The process was great. I don’t know how much you know about cast recordings. It’s a weird thing. Usually when you make a Broadway cast recording, it happens in a day or two. The orchestra comes in, they record the music. The singers come in, they sing the music. It’s two days, and they mix it for about a week or two, and then it’s done.Hamilton took almost a month and a half, from tracking to mixing to mastering, which is never something that happens. Atlantic Records, who is signed on to put it out, were really committed to making the Hamilton record a “record record” as opposed to just being a cast recording. We were in the studio with Questlove and all of these other guys, figuring out how to make it pop and zing a little harder, and make it really sound like a hip hop record as opposed to just sounding like a Broadway record. If you listen to it, it really does. It was a way to take the theatricalness of it all, but really make it a record that you’d want to listen to.L4LM: How did The Roots get involved with it?BS: One of the guys at Atlantic in A&R who’s been a hip hop impresario for many years, he championed Hamilton after seeing it early on. He brought in The Roots, who saw Hamilton and were so struck by it that they signed on immediately.Funny enough, I’ve become fairly good friends with Ahmir [Thompson], with Questlove, and he does this radio show for Pandora called Questlove Supreme, and I am a co-host of his radio show. He’s a big fan of Sesame Street, so he’s written songs for me for Sesame Street and I am on his radio show, so we’ve become really good friends. Initially they just got involved because they were into Hamilton and they wanted to make an impact, and they had never worked on a cast recording and it was something that interested them a lot, so they signed on. It made a lot of sense.L4LM: I’m personally just a huge fan of Hamilton, and how well it comes across as a standalone hip hop album.BS: Well thank you, I appreciate it. It’s a fascinating thing. I work for Sesame Street, and so I meet people whose kids love Sesame Street equally as I do meet people who love the Hamilton record. It’s a weird thing that they’re in the same social group, it’s very funny to me.But yeah, it’s unbelievable what it’s doing for people, and how much they’re learning about American History, for God’s sake. It’s fantastic. I tell people when they ask me about it. It’s like strapping yourself in this hurricane, holding on as tight as you can, and wherever the hurricane takes you, you just go.We produced this record, we won all of these awards. People seem to really be into it. You get to work with these great people, and the cast was wonderful, and blah blah blah. Here we are.L4LM: When you started on it, was the Hamilton mania as strong as it is now?BS: It was off-Broadway, we were getting ready to do it. Rehearsals for Broadway is usually when the cast recording is made, so we did that in August or September of last year. Then it opened some time in September.The buzz about that show was never little. It was pretty great. It wasn’t insane yet, but once the record came out it got more and more insane. It became gold and then platinum really fast, and now it’s double platinum. I’ve produced a bunch of records and written a lot of songs, but a platinum record! It’s ridiculous. I got a platinum record sent to me in the mail. I was like, “Mom, look at that!”L4LM: Do you have any favorite moments or songs working on the Hamilton cast recording?BS: My two favorite songs in that whole show are “The Battle of Yorktown” – my friend Alex who arranged and orchestrated it did such a bang up job – and I like “Guns and Ships,” because of Daveed [Diggs]. I also play in this group called Freestyle Love Supreme, which is this hip hop improv group. We make up hip hop songs, and Chris Jackson (who plays George Washington) is in it, and there’s a bunch of other guys who are involved in Hamilton that are in it. One is Daveed. I always love to listen to his voice. When he does the rap in “Guns And Ships”and he just floors it, it’s just really incredible.Have you heard his group clipping? He raps in this avant garde, noise, hip hop group where there are these dudes that make beats and he just raps like a lunatic over the top of it. Their album is spelled CLPPNG, and it’s super dope. You should check it out.L4LM: I will! Now you’ve mentioned Sesame Street a couple times, that just speaks to your unique resume. How do you balance it all?BS: I’ve been really lucky. I’ve been the music director for eight years, and it’s the craziest job ever. Even the days when I don’t think it’s crazy, then it gets really crazy all of a sudden. It’s the longest running television show in the history of the universe. I always tell people that, there’s a few things we have in common. We all pay taxes and we all grew up on Sesame Street. It’s this one defining thing. You can talk to somebody who’s 50 or talk to somebody who’s 10, and everybody has this relationship with Sesame Street.These songs that I’ll write on a given Tuesday, by Thursday they’ll be somewhere in India. Somebody will have listened to them and they’ll have learned how to read or learn an emotion. I don’t realize the impact that it has until either someone tells me about it or I can usually see it.I’ve had this weird resume. It’s been the things that have fallen in front of me, or the things that I’ve tried to put myself in the position to work on. They’re all weird and eclectic, but they all sort of somehow make sense one way or another. It’s as weird as can be!L4LM: I have to ask. What was it like meeting Elmo for the first time?BS: It’s pretty surreal. I think the thing that was more surreal for me is that, when you walk onto the set of Sesame Street… When I talk about it, I always say it’s sort of like walking into the Oval Office. I’ve never walked into the Oval Office, but I assume it’s kind of the same thing where all of the air leaves you, and you can’t believe where you are. That’s how Sesame Street is! You see the 123 steps and Hooper’s Store and all this other stuff!You go there every day because it’s your job, and then you bring somebody to the set. Seeing someone having that experience for the first time is really fun to watch. They cannot believe what’s going on! That just happened recently with Jake Huffman from the McLovins. He’s been writing songs for years for Sesame Street but just came last week and walked onto the set. He turned pink and couldn’t believe where he was. It was really moving and wonderful.L4LM: Have you had any cool experiences with musical guests on Sesame Street?BS: The first year I started working there, I wrote a tune for will.i.am, which is called “What I Am?”. This big song I wrote in my first year is now this benchmark that I’ve been trying to live by ever since. At this point, I’ve written tunes for just about everybody who’s out there. There was Bruno Mars, there was Ed Sheeran, One Direction, John Legend, and Common, some other rap people.When I was growing up and I was in college, I was a huge Dave Matthews fan. He came on the show, and he’s become a decent acquaintance of mine. It’s cool to have access to all of these people and some of my heroes. That part of it is really cool, I’ve really written songs for just about everybody at this point.L4LM: What are you working on now?BS: Well Sesame Street is in production now so we’re headlong into that, and the McLovins record is on the way for early next year.L4LM: Right on, well thank you so much for taking the time!Enter to win tickets to the McLovins Ugly Christmas Sweater Party below:last_img read more