Settle in for some great reading, guys. I have collected a myriad of interesting stories for you. From human interest stories to deep dives on politics and issues, we’ve got it all this week.
Something About This Russia Story Stinks: By this point, the Russia leaks story has been buried under many new scandals. But this piece from Rolling Stone is a great cautionary response.
Jared Kushner Will Take Over the World: Trump’s favorite son-in-law has surprised many in his support of and sway over the president. It will be interesting to see where he goes.
Living in Andy Cohen’s America: If you don’t know, as I didn’t, Andy Cohen is the mastermind behind the “Real Housewives” franchise. But he’s also a late-night show host and an author and a very clever man. And he saw Donald Trump coming. Why? Because of “Real Housewives,” of course.
Is Trump Stronger Than He Seems?: Everyone has seen the record-breaking bad approval ratings, but this article takes a more nuanced view of the numbers.
Graphing Hamilton: If you’re a Hamilton nerd, you’ll go nuts over this interactive visualization of every line of the musical. If you’re not a Hamilton nerd, take a look and see if you can begin to understand the genius of Lin-Manuel Miranda.
When the Debutante Met the Tribe: A high-society woman left Toronto to spend 50 years with a remote Amazon tribe as a missionary. But along the way she also became an anthropologist and a surprisingly influential figure in a little-known corner of the world. I’m fascinated by our degrees of celebrity and influence, which could have rendered this accomplished woman unknown in history.
A Sober Utopia: Fort Lyon is Colorado’s radical attempt to rehabilitate the drug-addicted homeless population. This piece about it is part interview with the residents and part record of this pioneer attempt and its place in government.
Iceland Knows How to Stop Teen Substance Abuse, But Nobody is Listening: If that title isn’t enough to make you click, I can’t say anything that will. It’s honestly not clickbait–Iceland has drastically reduced teen substance abuse, but other countries and communities are still skeptical.
Meet the Bag Man: The bag man is the shadowy benefactor for high school and college athletes. He isn’t technically affiliated with a school and what he does is definitely not openly acknowledged, but it’s happening all the time.
What the World Got Wrong About Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: The guys in my office all laughed when I asked about Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as if they might not know who he was. But I previously didn’t and found this profile fascinating. If you’re a Myers-Briggs enthusiast like I am, I would love to entertain your theories about his type in the comments. (I have a definite theory.)
The Education of a Queen: Interesting look into how the current Queen of England was educated. Very different from today!
Has the Queen Become Frightfully Common?: The Queen’s diction has changed dramatically over the years and it’s a fascinating look at the fluid nature of language.
What do you know about college unemployment?: Neat little test of assumptions about college unemployment.
How a TV Sitcom Triggered the Downfall of Western Civilization: This piece is a touch tongue-in-cheek, but surprisingly believable. [Note: some strong language.]
That Time I Turned a Routine Traffic Ticket into the Constitutional Trial of the Century: Traffic cams are extremely controversial and this law professor decided to subject his ticket to some serious legal analysis.
Who Decides Who Counts As Native American?: Some tribes have been dramatically cutting their membership lists and creating chaos.
Dave Barry’s 2016: Funny, as everything from Dave Barry is.
Days of Rage: This…well, honestly, this might one of the stranger and more controversial things I’ve ever posted, but it’s a fascinating read. This was initially a series of tweets as David Hines read Days of Rage, an account of the revolutionary violence of the 1970’s and 80’s. He then expands into drawing comparisons to the current political climate, which is when things get fuzzier, but make for great discussion fodder. Long read, but well worth it. [Because of the length and original form (tweets), this is somewhat less polished a piece than I usually share. Worth it, I promise.]
Why the war on poverty failed: Again, if this title doesn’t entice you, I have no useful commentary.
Can You Turn Terrorists Back Into Good Citizens?: Answer: maybe.
British Rebellion Against High Heels: The fact that heels are still required in any dress code is barbaric. They are literally a health hazard. Good grief.
Whew. That was a lot. Let me know which was your favorite in the comments!