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How Tokyo Olympics Officials Are Working to Keep Athletes on the Field Even as Infections Pile Up

7/23/2021
Tokyo Olympics officials are working to ensure athletes can continue to compete—even as COVID-19 cases threaten to disrupt the Games even before the Opening Ceremony. Olympic organizers put in place a strict set of rules for athletes, coaches and staff that they hoped would keep the Tokyo Games safe from COVID-19 outbreaks.

Duration:00:07:20

Why the Respiratory Disease RSV Is Having an Off-Season Surge

7/23/2021
Dr. James Antoon, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, often goes an entire summer without diagnosing a single case of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). The common illness, which typically results in mild, cold-like symptoms but can be severe in infants and elderly adults, usually goes along with the winter flu season. But this summer, RSV cases are spiking, particularly in southern states. Around 2,000 confirmed cases were recorded across the U.S.

Duration:00:05:15

Tsar Nicolas II Thought Vodka Was Hurting Russians—But Banning It Helped Destroy His Empire

7/23/2021
Prohibition is among the most misunderstood chapters in world history, especially since we falsely assume it was a uniquely American history. In reality, more than a dozen countries banned the liquor trade around World War I. The first to do so was actually imperial Russia, five years before the United States—a policy decision that would hasten the empire’s demise. Russia’s prohibition came not through legislation or imperial decree, but rather via a telegram dated Sept.

Duration:00:09:45

LGBTQ People Across the U.S. Face Many Disparities In Health Care. A New Fellowship Aims to Bridge Those Gaps

7/23/2021
The American Medical Association Foundation announced on Tuesday that the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Public Health and Medicine will be the first institution to participate in its new National LGBTQ+ Fellowship Program, which aims to combat shortcomings in the medical care provided to LGBTQ people in the United States.

Duration:00:04:52

Review: M. Night Shyamalan Squanders a Rich Premise in Old

7/23/2021
If you can find only one good thing to say about M. Night Shyamalan’s movies—and his defenders can find many more—it’s that they’re usually wrapped around at least a germ of a poetic idea.

Duration:00:06:49

Tokyo Olympics Officials Fire Opening Ceremony Director Over Past Holocaust Joke

7/22/2021
(TOKYO) — The Tokyo Olympic organizing committee fired the director of the opening ceremony on Thursday because of a Holocaust joke he made during a comedy show in 1998. Organizing committee president Seiko Hashimoto said a day ahead of the opening ceremony that director Kentaro Kobayashi has been dismissed. He was accused of using a joke about the Holocaust in his comedy act, including the phrase “Let’s play Holocaust." “We found out that Mr.

Duration:00:05:47

Madagascar's Famine is the First in Modern History to be Solely Caused by Global Warming

7/22/2021
Heatwaves, wildfires, floods. If there's still any doubt that the summer of 2021 is a turning point for a global awakening over the looming climate crisis, you can add one more plague of biblical proportions to the list: famine. The southern part of the island nation of Madagascar, off the east coast of Africa, is experiencing its worst drought in four decades, with the World Food Program (WFP) warning recently that 1.14 million people are food-insecure and 400,000 people are headed for...

Duration:00:06:25

Column: How Far Has America Come Since the George Floyd Protests?

7/22/2021
We’re more than a year out from the murder of George Floyd, which sparked a summer of national protests, rallies and dialogue for an end to police brutality and for racial justice writ large. To racial justice advocates and community organizers who have been fighting for decades to address embedded racism within our systems and institutions, the national discourse seemed like an amazing opportunity to finally have our voices heard and valued, and for real, systemic change to finally come.

Duration:00:07:38

Ted Lasso and TV’s Strange Quest to Build the Perfect Man

7/22/2021
Ted Lasso was either TV’s most or least surprising breakout hit of 2020. On one hand, it was a sitcom adapted from a series of commercials and debuting on the relatively overlooked Apple TV+ platform. But it was also a sweet soccer comedy with a recognizable star, co-creator Jason Sudeikis, that arrived at a mid-lockdown moment when the demand for comfort viewing and sports content was surging. The combination proved irresistible.

Duration:00:10:26

Forget the Bezos and Branson Spaceflights. The Real Deal Happens This Fall

7/21/2021
This has been a big month for billionaires in space. On July 11, Richard Branson flew aboard his Virgin Galactic VSS Unity spacecraft 80 km (50 mi) up to suborbital altitude, returned safely to Earth, and earned his astronaut wings in the process. Tuesday morning, Jeff Bezos followed, flying his Blue Origin New Shepard ship even higher—100 km (62 mi) up—and similarly joined the astronaut club.

Duration:00:07:17

Pegasus Spyware Reportedly Hacked Thousands of iPhones Worldwide. Here’s What to Know

7/21/2021
On Sunday, an international collaboration between The Washington Post, The Guardian and other media organizations, published a massive report detailing the global usage of a spyware tool called “Pegasus" to infiltrate personal cell phones. The Pegasus tool, which was developed an Israeli cybersecurity organization named NSO Group, was sold to the governments of countries including Hungary, Rwanda and India.

Duration:00:06:36

Aging Athletes Are Enjoying A Moment. Team USA’s Oldest Olympian Plans To Keep It Going

7/21/2021
We've entered a golden age for graying athletes. Tom Brady, for example, just won his seventh Super Bowl. He's 43. In May, Phil Mickelson, 50, became the oldest golfer to ever win a major championship. So does America's oldest Olympian at the Tokyo Games, 57-year-old equestrian rider Phillip Dutton, feel extra pressure to match the age-defying performances that have recently been sweeping sports? Dutton laughs at the question. "Um, yeah," says Dutton. "I'll be doing my best to deliver.

Duration:00:05:38

This Is What Happens When an Athlete Tests Positive for COVID-19 at the Tokyo Olympics

7/21/2021
Japanese health authorities have an aggressive testing plan in place for the Tokyo Olympics, but positive COVID-19 tests are already cropping up. With the Olympics taking place during a pandemic, in a city under a state of emergency, the Tokyo Organizing Committee has created a stringent set of policies governing how athletes and their coaches, trainers and other staff must behave to minimize the risk of both importing infections and spreading disease in the Olympic community.

Duration:00:05:52

Governments Used Spyware to Surveil Journalists and Activists. Here’s Why Revelations About Pegasus Are Shaking Up the World

7/20/2021
Activist groups are calling on governments to step in to regulate the sale of spyware after data was leaked to major news outlets showing hundreds of journalists, activists, dissidents and lawyers around the world likely had their phones targeted by invasive surveillance software.

Duration:00:06:27

U.S. Capitol Rioter Who Breached the Senate Gets 8 Months in Jail

7/20/2021
A crane operator from Florida who breached the U.S. Senate chamber carrying a Trump campaign flag was sentenced Monday to eight months behind bars, the first punishment handed down for a felony charge in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and one that could help determine the severity of other sentences in hundreds of pending cases. In pronouncing the sentence on Paul Allard Hodgkins, U.S.

Duration:00:06:51

Global Electricity Production Is Roaring Back—and So Are CO2 Emissions

7/20/2021
Carbon emissions from power plants around the world declined in recent years, but they're poised to make a dramatic comeback over the next 18 months, according to a worrying report released July 15 by the International Energy Agency (IEA). https://datawrapper.dwcdn.net/cQ7Ua/2/ COVID-19 lockdowns were responsible for some of the recent decline, as office buildings, for instance, reduced their energy consumption while employees were working remotely.

Duration:00:03:52

A Fourth Wave of COVID-19 Is Brewing in the U.S. Is There Enough Time to Stop it?

7/20/2021
With every passing day, the United States appears more likely to be on the cusp of a dreaded fourth wave of COVID-19 infections, even as the percentage of fully vaccinated Americans inches toward 50%. In the past two weeks, the number of average new daily cases has more than doubled, from 13,200 on July 4 to more than 32,300 on July 18, a surge that harbors grim reminders of the fronts of the second and third waves in the summer and fall of 2020.

Duration:00:06:39

Wally Funk Is Going to Space Aboard Jeff Bezos’s Rocket. Here’s Why That Matters

7/19/2021
There's a good reason for all the fuss about Wally Funk this week. On July 20, Funk, 82—an aviator, the first female air-safety investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), and the first female inspector for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)—will climb aboard a Blue Origin New Shepard spacecraft and fly a suborbital arc more than 100 km (62 mi.) up, becoming the oldest person ever to go to space.

Duration:00:06:25

Texas Lawmaker in D.C. on Testing Positive for COVID-19: ‘Let This Be a Reminder’

7/19/2021
On Monday, 57 Texas lawmakers boarded planes to Washington, D.C. The legislators, the bulk of the Texas House of Representatives Democratic delegation, had fled their state in hopes of stopping a vote on bills that would change the times and ways that citizens in the state may vote, as well as the experience Texans may have while casting a ballot.

Duration:00:04:34

What You Need to Know About COVID-19 Booster Shots

7/19/2021
Since the U.S. began a massive country-wide vaccination effort against COVID-19 last winter, a majority of adult Americans have been immunized. But now it seems that all of them may need an additional dose next year. Public health experts including Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, stress that studies continue to show that the three vaccines currently authorized in the U.S.

Duration:00:06:23