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HEALTH

A Role in a Renaissance

A gift from an unlikely source supports research into psychedelics as a tool for treating mental health disorders. (Planning Matters)

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Physician, Heal Thy World

You probably don’t associate Google with public health. But physician and public health expert Vuong “Von” Nguyen is doing his best to change that. (Rice Magazine)

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A Transformation of Mercy

A former West Philadelphia safety-net hospital is becoming something totally new: a resource hub for achieving health equity and sustaining public health. (Penn Medicine)

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Investigating Dizziness

A neurologist searches for a way to help physicians distinguish between harmless dizziness and the kind that indicates a stroke. (Planning Matters)

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Taking Eye Care Into the Community

A community-based program aims to help older public-housing residents safeguard their vision. (Columbia Medicine)

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Violence, Interrupted

Arrests and incarceration won’t stop urban gun violence. But community violence prevention might. (HBPH Magazine)

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Warning! Sepsis Ahead

A leading killer of hospitalized patients just may have met its match. (Hopkins Medicine)

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Gun Violence: Can Research Help?

A Columbia University coalition aims to create a new generation of researchers to help solve gun violence. (Columbia Medicine)

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Obituary for a Motion Sickness Expert

Meet Victor Wilson, a WWII refugee who escaped Nazi-occupied Europe and helped  figure out why astronauts get space-sick. (Rockefeller News)

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How to Convince Reluctant Republicans to Get COVID Vaccines

In a polarized nation, a dose of partisan public health messaging can be more effective. (Stanford Business)

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A Fuller Picture

Rasika Mathias wants to level the playing field of genetic studies—and make the benefits of personalized medicine available to all. (Hopkins Medicine)

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The Future of Hospitals

Economics and technology are driving big changes in patient care. (Penn Law Journal)

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Invisible Pandemic

The initial coronavirus surge has passed, but the mental health fallout persists. (HBPH Magazine)

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The Life of a Hospitalist

Meet the doctors who never leave the hospital. (Columbia Medicine)

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Mapping the Good and the Bad of Pandemic-Related Restrictions

A new computer model could help policymakers choose the right reopening strategy. (Stanford Business)

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Public Health in Prison

The coronavirus pandemic is underscoring the  importance of caring for prisoners and their communities. (Columbia Public Health)

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Save the World, Baker

Injury prevention expert Sue Baker has spent her career making the world a safer place. (HBPH Magazine)

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The Man Behind the Curtain

In a career spanning decades and continents, Henry Mosley quietly transformed the field of public health. (HBPH Magazine)

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Overcoming Depression

A psychologist combats an upsurge of hopelessness. (art|sci)

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Printing in 4D

Engineers develop origami-inspired heart implants that grow along with patients over time. (Johns Hopkins Magazine)

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The Good Behavior Game: The Game that Keeps on Giving

A simple classroom management strategy pays dividends for a lifetime. (HBPH Magazine)

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Emerging from the Age of HIV

First, it was a death sentence. Then, a life sentence. Now researchers aim to rid the world of the virus once and for all. (Seek)

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Flood of Injustice

The latest health impact of a warming planet? Climate gentrification—the pricing of vulnerable populations out of their homes. (HBPH Magazine)

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Understanding an Epidemic

Researchers delve into the expanding opioid epidemic—and try to combat it. (Think)

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Food For Sight

A vitamin deficiency threatens the vision and lives of millions of children in sub-Saharan Africa. Biofortified staple crops could provide a nutritional safety net. (HBPH Magazine)

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Expanding the CDM Footprint

Columbia University’s College of Dental Medicine goes abroad. (Columbia Dental Medicine)

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All That Buzz

The newest hope for disease control? Hack mosquitoes’ sense of smell. (HBPH Magazine)

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Physics Is the New Biology

Scientists explore the mechanics of being alive. (Seek)

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Expanding Access to Reconstructive Plastic Surgery

Janis Luque had all but given up on doctors. Then she found the right one. (NYU Langone News & Views)

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Beyond Recognition

Face blindness leads neuroscientists into uncharted nooks of the brain. (Seek)

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All the World’s Genes, at Our Fingertips

A bit of genetic trickery, borrowed from bacteria, has made gene editing easy. The question now is how to make good use of it. (Seek)

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A Biologist’s Mission

Biologist Emmett Jolly beat the odds to become a scientist. Now he fights monsters. (art|sci)

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Stalking the Zika Virus

A biotech startup tries to thwart an emerging health crisis and develop a new model for vaccines. (Penn Law Journal)

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Sound Patterns

Searching for the genetic roots of speech disorders. (art|sci)

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Information Overload

A blizzard of big data promises to revolutionize biomedical science—if researchers can make sense of it all. (Dartmouth Medicine)

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Social Science

Jean and Joe Sanger have spent a lifetime together in the lab, revolutionizing cell biology along the way. (Dartmouth Medicine)

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Navigating the Brain

High-tech gear helps brain surgeons operate more safely and effectively. (Biomedical Computation Review)  

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Unlocking the Secrets of Insulin

Discovering exactly how insulin interacts with cells could point researchers toward new, improved treatments for diabetes and other diseases. (Think)

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The Race Against Alzheimer’s

Want to keep your aging brain in tip-top shape? Don’t get too excited. (Arts & Sciences)

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Turning Spaghetti into Numbers

A newly discovered cognitive impairment scrambles the brain’s ability to perceive letters and numbers. (Arts & Sciences)

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Dogs, Doses and Devices

How the FDA uses computational modeling to improve health and safety. (Biomedical Computation Review)

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BUSINESS

Turning Science into Startups

How a public research university in the Rocky Mountains became one of the nation’s top incubators for deep-tech startups. (Coloradan Magazine)

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What Lies Beneath

Shifting to clean energy means electrifying transportation. KoBold Metals is trying to get us there faster. (AMS Newsletter)

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Yes “We” Can

Replacing “you” with “we” can make a message less threatening—and less likely to be censored. (Stanford Business)

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Chief Sustainability Officers Are in It for the Long Haul

Want to know what, exactly, a chief sustainability or impact officer actually does? Read on. (Stanford Business)

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Solving for Z

Gen Z workers are in high demand—and they know it. Here’s how companies can recruit and retain the next generation. (HBS Alumni Bulletin)

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Curb Appeal

Can Sanitation Commissioner Jessica Tisch clean up New York City? (HBS Alumni Bulletin)

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“We Have 30 Extra Years”: A New Way of Thinking About Aging

People around the world are living, working, and learning longer. Get ready to upgrade your old ideas about longevity. (Stanford Business)

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Is AI Ok?

Massaging machine-learning algorithms to reduce—not perpetuate—human bias. (HBS Alumni Bulletin)

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Clearing the Air

A Texas startup aims to decarbonize industrial chemical processing, and prevent a gigaton of carbon emissions from entering the atmosphere. (Rice Business)

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The ESG Generation Gap

Younger investors are more willing to put money behind environmental and social goals—even if it’s costlier. (Stanford Business)

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Eyes in the Skies

Harnessing the power of space-age intelligence for the commercial sector. (HBS Alumni Bulletin)

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The Promise and Pitfalls of Investing for Change

Navigating the line between opportunity and uncertainty in the ESG boom. (Stanford Business)

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Full Circle

As businesses aim to reduce their environmental impacts, circular practices that can be tracked back thousands of years are gaining momentum. (Macalester Today)

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An Insider’s Perspective

A concerned father uses venture capital to drive advances in autism care. (Denison Magazine)

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New Wave

Marine-energy startups tap the power of tides and waves to fuel a low-carbon future. (HBS Alumni Bulletin)

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Why Divestment Doesn’t Hurt “Dirty” Companies

Bad news for impact investors: Selling off stocks in corporations that don’t meet your values doesn’t really change their behavior. (Stanford Business)

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Keeping the Lights On

In the Congo, few people have access to reliable energy, and even fewer have access to formal financial services. Tony Ngumbu is trying to solve both problems with one startup. (Rice Business)

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Green Giants

Forget about electric cars and meatless meat: If you really want to combat climate change, look to risk management and private equity. (Stanford Business)

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Pandemic, Panic and Profit

Which businesses will thrive, and which will struggle, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic? (The Darden Report)

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Going Up?

You’re riding a wage escalator. And your race and gender can make a big difference in the quality of your ride. (W.P. Carey Magazine)

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How We Adapted

If you want to move a business school’s curriculum online in a single weekend due to a global health crisis, you better practice what you teach. (Stanford Business)

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The Rise of the ‘Liberaltarian’

Tech industry millionaires are moving the Democratic Party to the left on almost every issue except government regulation. Unions beware. (Stanford Business)

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Up on the Corner

Nadine Dlodlo’s community-centered approach to redeveloping a once-vibrant section of Baltimore offers a blueprint for reviving neighborhoods across the globe. (HBS Alumni Bulletin)

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The Crisis Leadership Playbook

Don’t just tell your constituents how you’re responding to a crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic. Ask them what they want, listen to them, and engage. (Stanford Business)

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Beyond the Plastisphere

We’re burying the planet in plastic waste. Can a rising tide of good ideas help pull us out? (HBS Alumni Bulletin)

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City on a Hill

There’s no silver bullet for economic recovery in Appalachia. It’s going to take a whole new ecosystem—which is just what Geoff Marietta has built. (HBS Alumni Bulletin)

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The Blue-Green Revolution

Can algae deliver on the promise of a biofueled future? (HBS Alumni Bulletin)

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Up by the Roots

Inside New York City’s push to become a global fintech capital—and what its ascent can teach other cities. (HBS Alumni Bulletin)

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Ethical Threads

Behind the global apparel industry’s push for human rights. (Hue)

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Boxed In

Fewer Americans are moving across state lines in search of higher wages. That’s a problem. (Think)

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Supercharged

Is the electric car finally on the road to mass-market adoption? (HBS Alumni Bulletin)

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Life in My ($135) Bargain Shorts

Test-riding a pair of fancy-fabric action pants. (Pomona College Magazine)

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SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Seeking the Origin Story of De Novo Genes

A scientist studies the mysterious genes that emerge from silent stretches of DNA. (Rockefeller News)

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My Own Devices

A Google engineer discusses the future of digital privacy. (Techer)

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The Drug Hunter

After decades of groundbreaking work here in the US, a Kenyan chemist dreams of turning his home country into a scientific powerhouse. (art|sci)

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This Isn’t Drosophila

Scientists are on a mission to defang one of the world’s most dangerous mosquitos. Step one? Get her to cooperate. (Seek)

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Ready to Rumble

A geophysicist brings fault lines into sharper focus. (TECHER)

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Quantum Leap

A physicist explains how quantum computers work, what makes them special—and how soon we might get our hands on them. (Denison Magazine)

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Sensing a Pattern

How wearable and implantable technology is changing the future of health care. (HBPH Magazine)

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A Great Chill Has Unlocked Biology

The ultra-cold technique of cryo-electron microscopy has set the world of structural biology on fire. (Seek)

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Making Sense of What We Hear

A researcher uses the science of sound perception to combat hearing loss. (art|sci)

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A Shining Light

A photochemist mentors aspiring scientists. (art|sci)

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The Universe Might Just Be Curved

New research suggests that maybe, just maybe, the universe could be sphere-shaped. (Johns Hopkins Magazine)

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Taming the System

Keeping the peace in the rough-and-tumble world of online gaming. (TECHER)

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Dark Matters

Scientists discover a new law of nature—and throw into question much of what we thought we know about the universe. (Think)

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Pieces of Me

Miniature plastic chips with cells embedded are a quick and effective way to test drugs. (Discover)

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Device Offers a Roadside Dope Test

A handheld doohickey uses magnetic nanoparticles to detect trace amounts of weed, meth, and heroin. (MIT Technology Review)

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Spinning a Good Tale

Quantum mechanics may hold the key to a hand-held biology laboratory. (The Economist.) [This one’s behind a paywall, so I’ve linked to the audio version, complete with a posh British accent.]

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Startup Plans to Solve Online Identity Theft, But Does Anyone Care?

A Montreal startup has a plan to make online identity theft a thing of the past. The only problem? No one gives a rat’s ass. (Wired)

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Rising Rents Give Rise to Shrinking Audio Studios

Rising rents and new technology are cramming recording studios into ever-smaller spaces. Welcome to the vest-pocket studio. (Wired)

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LAW & JUSTICE

Firearm Forensics on Trial

Defense attorneys appealing a murder conviction enlisted the expertise of statisticians to determine whether the field of firearm forensics is grounded in solid science. The answer? Not even close. (HBPH Magazine)

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Democracy in Crisis

With democracy under siege around the globe, legal scholars seek to understand—and resist—authoritarianism. (Gargoyle)

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An Independent Mind

Libertarian legal scholar Jonathan Adler pursues principle over politics. (Think)

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Providing Access to Justice for Immigrants and Asylum Seekers

Erin Barbato, director of the Immigrant Justice Clinic (IJC) at the University of Wisconsin Law School, has a knot in the pit of her stomach. (Gargoyle)

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Bending Toward Justice

In the face of police brutality and mass protests, a business school asks: How can we answer the call to improve our world and address systemic racism and oppression? (Rice Business)

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The Case of Inmate No. A246292

Dean Gillispie has spent 20 years in prison for kidnapping and rape. Former Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro has made it his job to free him. (Denison Magazine)

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The Organizer

Activist and organizer Dante Barry talks about the people and events that shaped him, and his ongoing fight for social justice. (Monmouth Magazine)

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Open-Door Policy

How a small group of faculty and students helped bring gay life at Denison University out of the closet. (Denison Magazine)

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No Más

After witnessing terrible wrongs as a medical student, Dr. Karen Benker devoted her career to the fight for medical justice. (Pomona College Magazine)

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Restoring Justice

Confronting a man involved in the murder of her own parents turned Noreen Deiss into an advocate for restorative justice. (Gargoyle)

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Women in Law: Six UW Trailblazers

The playing field is not level for men and women entering the legal profession. But as the stories of these six pioneers demonstrate, the situation has improved over the past century or so. (Gargoyle)

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ARTS

A Dance in the Sky

With help from famed architect William Pedersen, a multibillion dollar project is transforming the New York City skyline. (Minnesota Alumni)

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The Sound of Hacked Dolls’ Heads

Dan Farkas subjects kids’ toys to Borg-like modifications, then makes music with them. (Wired)

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From Pixar to Beyoncé

Celebrating 30 years of pioneering computer art. (Visual Arts Journal)

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Habitats for Humanities

Loosening up artists’ residencies. (Visual Arts Journal)

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Real Enemies

A multimedia show uses an anxiety-inducing score and set to bring audience members face to face with some of America’s classic conspiracies. (The Guardian)

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Plucky Move

A picture of his Polish grandfather’s mandolin orchestra inspired Avner Yonai to start his own. (Tablet)

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Jazzed Up

Former U.S. poet laureate Robert Pinsky’s poetry gets a rhythm section. (Tablet)

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The Sounds of Science

Computer music moves out of the lab. (The Walrus)

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From Crypto to Jazz

A jazz saxophonist draws on cryptography and number theory for his riffs and rhythms. (Wired)

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TRAVEL

Whale Watching from Land

If you want to see whales, you needn’t bother chasing after them in a boat. Just pitch a tent by the St. Lawrence River and wait for them to come to you. (The Montreal Gazette)

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Barbadian Wonders Coax Kids Out of Their Shells

Calm waters, green monkeys, and giant caves: Barbados has something for everyone, no matter how young. (The Boston Globe)

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Lost Music of Istanbul’s Sephardic Jews

Istanbul was once a center of Sephardic Jewish life and music. But that energy has moved elsewhere. (The Forward)

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Ocean Pew

Though only a tiny fraction of what it was in the 18th century, Barbados’s Jewish community—and its 1750 synagogue—still stand proud. (Tablet)

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A Food Tour of Montreal’s Plateau

Bingeing on Jewish delicacies in my hometown. (The Forward)

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Visiting the Hamptons, but Not Paying the Price

For resort chic on a budget, pitch a tent and (sort of) rough it. (The New York Times)

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PERSONAL ESSAY

Sefarad No More

In which the author’s attempt to discover traces of Spain’s medieval Jewish community does not go as planned. (Kveller)

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Drums, Lies, and Audiotape

When I was invited to drum in Ghana, I gladly accepted. Then something went wrong. (Nautilus)

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Gut Check

A tale of love and dysentery. (Skive)

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Bending Traditions in Ghana

Though you’d never guess it by looking at me, I was once an African drummer. (The Forward)

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Meet the Satans

Superficial? Judgmental? Who, me? (Fresh Yarn)

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