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Sent on 19 May 2020 Edition
This Thursday, I’m doing something special. It’s been one year since my TED talk about living while black went online. Considering COVID-19, and the murders of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, I am returning to the themes of that talk and inviting you to join me to discuss the year since and what’s next.
This Thursday May 21 at noon PT and 3pm ET I’ll be doing a one hour live stream. I’ll share the full talk (with some bonus moments), and I’ll take your questions after. Call it a TED talkback. There’s no cost. Register here to be notified of exactly where the stream will live, and to maybe get your question or comment to the top of the queue.
Now, for your regularly-scheduled content in these irregular times.
Thanks to Eliza who shared this during Sunday's show taping. It's on the Reddit.
Essential reading in The New Yorker
Written by Atul Gawande, this is one of the most clear and comprehensive explanations of how we need to adapt to safely reopen society: hygiene, distancing, screening, masks, and culture. Also umlauts. I’ve never seen so many umlauts in a piece of modern English-language writing.
Video moment from Live On Lockdown
Zoom wasn’t meant to handle all we are asking of it. I offer a public acknowledgment and appreciation for this business conference call software that’s been asked to save society.
Impressive resource by Columbia University
Ensuring stable housing is way more complicated that temporarily blocking evictions. The team at the Eviction Lab reviewed all kinds of approaches and scores each state. Look yours up, then fight for something better.
Video moment from Live On Lockdown
Not sure if you’ve noticed, but white men with guns are having a moment in the U.S. The re-open protestors in Michigan managed to shut down the legislature, and I had some thoughts on the matter.
Practical tips from The Wirecutter
I participated in my first physically distant birthday party yesterday. We were literally dancing in the streets.
Op-Ed in The Washington Post
The team behind that “mobilize and transition” plan I cited weeks ago keeps cranking out the best ideas for how we should proceed. In this case, testing, tracing, and supported isolation but with geographic distinctions based on disease prevalence. Please send this to your elected officials.
Article in The Guardian
For the parents. This piece is for you.
Article by Associated Press
This will make you feel better.
Article in The Atlantic
Another bit of good news from that parallel universe known as NOT-the-United-States, where leaders lead, and institutions respond according to the scale of the crisis. Slovakia has the lowest per-capita death rate in all of Europe. They saw what happened to Italy, and decided, “No thanks.”
Video re-construction by The New York Times
This is hard to watch, but if you’ve been at all confused about what happened to Arbery, the Times threw its journalistic resources at the question and came back with the most comprehensive visual view of the tragedy.
Images on Instagram
This is how you ally. It’s a really thoughtful and generous post about what being in the outdoors means for people of color versus white people in the U.S.
Video on Instagram
Nimrod Kamer interviewed anti-5G, anti-lockdown protestors in London’s Hyde Park, and it just made me sadly glad that America doesn’t stand alone in our crazy.
Short video on Twitter.
Sarah Cooper is back with another re-enactment (or should I umlaut it? reënactment??) of our dear leader.
Story from Sky News
I double dog dare you not to cry.
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