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This week: Dating in the COVID-19 era / The stories that still stand today / Coronavirus and currency / New armor for Marines / Enduring and accepting fat

This week: Dating in the COVID-19 era / The stories that still stand today / Coronavirus and currency / New armor for Marines / Enduring and accepting fat

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1. Colin Powell Still Wants Answers
By Robert Draper | The New York Times Magazine | July 2020
“In 2003, he made the case for invading Iraq to halt its weapons programs. The analysts who provided the intelligence now say it was doubted inside the C.I.A. at the time.”

2. Coronavirus FAQs: What Are The New Dating Rules? And What About Hooking Up?
By Isabella Gomez Sarmiento | NPR | September 2020
“Their main takeaway? Just like before the pandemic, open and honest communication is key.”

3. With schools closed, public libraries are being used as day-care centers, angering some people
By Samantha Schmidt | The Washington Post | September 2020
“Nationwide, millions of working parents, especially working mothers, are dealing with the same dilemma. Remote-learning plans require full-time working parents to find care for an average of 43.5 hours a week, roughly triple the amount of child-care time they needed before the pandemic, according to a report from the Urban Institute.”
Also see, from Apollo: Public libraries have been vital in times of crisis — from conflict to Covid-19

4. Stories of Then That Still Hold Up Now
The New York Times Book Review | September 2020
“Margaret Atwood, Héctor Tobar, Thomas Mallon and Brenda Wineapple on older political novels they admire that have a lot to say about the world today.”

5. Rain is sizzling bacon, cars are lions roaring: the art of sound in movies
By Jordan Kisner | The Guardian | July 2015
“Skip Lievsay is one of the most talented men in Hollywood. He has created audioscapes for Martin Scorsese and is the only sound man the Coen brothers go to. But the key to this work is more than clever effects, it is understanding the human mind”

6. Can the coronavirus survive on paper currency?
Viral Question :: Associated Press | May 2020
“Yes, but experts say the risk of getting the virus from cash is low compared with person-to-person spread, which is the main way people get infected.”

7. Estoria Da Boca
By Steven Lee Moya | Mixcloud | April 2020
“Playing tracks by Astrud Gilberto, Afternoons In Stereo, Bebel Gilberto, Abicah Soul and Kyoto Jazz Massive.”

8. Marines to get better-fitting, lighter body armor
Stars and Stripes | April 2020
“Tests of a prototype of the new vest, which is around 25% lighter than the legacy system, showed that it also significantly reduces fatigue in the field. …”

9. The friendly Mr Wu
By Mara Hvistendahl | 1843 :: The Economist | April / May 2020
“The weakest link in America’s national security may not be foreign technology but its own people. Mara Hvistendahl traces the story of the single mother who sold out to China”

10. The Truth About Fat
NOVA :: PBS | April 2020
“Could it be that body fat has more to do with biological processes than personal choices?”

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