This week: The future of the office / Faces of power / COVID-19 on my phone? / Meeting the “macho banana” / Autism and friendships
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1. Is the office finished?
The Economist | September 2020
“The fight over the future of the workplace”
Also see, from The Guardian: Covid will force us to reimagine the office. Let’s get it right this time
2. Faces of Power: 80% Are White, Even as U.S. Becomes More Diverse
By Denise Lu, Jon Huang, Ashwin Seshagiri, Haeyoun Park and Troy Griggs | The New York Times | September 2020
“The most powerful people in the United States pass our laws, run Hollywood’s studios and head the most prestigious universities. They own pro sports teams and determine who goes to jail and who goes to war. … Even where there have been signs of progress, greater diversity has not always translated to more equal treatment.”
3. Spanish court sends ex-colonel to prison for 1989 Jesuit killings in El Salvador
By J.J. Galvez | El Pais | September 2020
“Over three decades after a massacre that drew international attention, Inocente Orlando Montano was found guilty of ‘terrorist’ crimes”
4. Will This Be a Lost Year for America’s Children?
By Emily Bazelon | The New York Times Magazine | September 2020
“As students across the country start school, education experts reckon with the long-term implications of remote learning, vanishing resources and heightened inequality.”
5. Can COVID-19 survive on my phone?
Viral Questions :: Associated Press | May 2020
“Yes. That’s why a daily wipe down of “high-touch” surfaces like phones, keyboards and tablet computers is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”
6. Plantain, the ‘macho banana’
By Niki Segnit | 1843 :: The Economist | April / May 2020
“Is it a fruit? Is it a vegetable? It’s definitely more than just a big banana”
7. Citigroup becomes first big Wall Street bank to be run by female CEO
By Jasper Jolly | The Guardian | September 2020
“Scottish-American banker Jane Fraser will replace Michael Corbat in February”
8. The Chocolatier for the Hip-Hop Ear
By Majorie Hernandez | Narratively | March 2014
“A soul-searching Los Angeleno finds religion in the rhythm of hip-hop and seeks to spread the faith, one sweet boom-box-shaped bite at a time.”
9. Praying in time of COVID-19: How world’s largest mosques adapted
By Arwa Ibrahim | Al Jazeera | April 2020
“As mosques ban congregational prayers due to coronavirus, many set up live-streaming to broadcast prayers and sermons.”
10. How People with Autism Forge Friendships
By Lydia Denworth | Spectrum :: Scientific American | April 2020
“Most autistic individuals want to and can make friends, though their relationships often have a distinctive quality”