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March 29, 2020

This week: How our lives changed in only weeks / The obstacles capitalism poses to women / Mormons and American democracy / Remembering Hurricane Katrina / The judgment of Bernie Sanders

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1. American life has been transformed in a few short weeks
The Economist | March 2020
“The next few will be even tougher”
Also see, from The Cut: How to trim bangs at home without screwing up
Also see, from Jezebel: Why Are Only the Wives of Heads of State Getting Covid-19? Some Theories
Also see, from Vulture: How Coronavirus Accidentally Gave Us a Cardi B Hit
Also see, from The New York Times: Which Country Has Flattened the Curve for the Coronavirus?

2. Teams, toddlers and cabinets: The joys of working from home
By Matt O’Brien and Mae Anderson | Associated Press | March 2020
“This massive, unplanned social experiment can strain productivity and domestic tranquility as toddlers scurry around untended and business meetings and classes shift to noisy group video chats that resemble a checkerboard of talking heads.”

3. Her Incredible Sense Of Smell Is Helping Scientists Find New Ways To Diagnose Disease
By Alix Spiegel | Shots :: NPR | March 2020
“For most of her life, Joy Milne had a superpower that she was totally oblivious to. She simply had no idea she possessed an utterly amazing, slightly terrifying biological gift that scientists would itch to study.”

4. The Seminal Novel About the 1918 Flu Pandemic Was Written by a Texan
By Michael Agresta | Texas Monthly | March 2020
“Katherine Anne Porter’s Pale Horse, Pale Rider tells the tale of a pandemic she barely survived.”

5. Feminist economics: the obstacles US women face under capitalism
By Noa Yachot and Nicole Clark | The Guardian | February 2020
“[The] new series reveals the dilemmas women face in a nation in which parity in pay, political representation and more remain out of reach”

6. How Joseph Smith and the Early Mormons Challenged American Democracy
By Casey Cep | The New Yorker | March 2020
“In Nauvoo, Illinois, Smith established a theocracy, ran for President, and tested the limits of religious freedom.”

7. From Fight Club to Brief Encounter: How self-isolation would change classic films
By Stuart Heritage | The Guardian | March 2020
“It’s now difficult to watch movies without worrying about the two-metre rule – here are the retrospective plot changes required to mean old movies pass muster”

8. Did America Misjudge Bernie Sanders? Or Did He Misjudge America?
By Robert Draper | The New York Times Magazine | March 2020
“Throughout his insurgent campaign, he remained steadfast in his radical vision — and forced a reckoning for the Democratic Party.”

9. Happy Universe
By Caleb A. Scharf | Scientific American | March 2020
“Distract yourself with some amazing views of the universe around us”

10. Floodlines
By Vann R. Newkirk II | The Atlantic | March 2020
“The story of an unnatural disaster”

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