Posted on March 8, 2019
Today is International Women’s Day. Navigator is marking this in several ways including with our newest Political Traction episode (featuring Ontario’s current Attorney General Caroline Mulroney, former Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Deputy Leader of the provincial NDP Sara Singh).
Building on this, I am taking the opportunity to honour female writers (I’ve included writing credits below). The pieces this week look at female billiards players, the least politically prejudice place in America, the making of the Fox News White House (from the esteemed Jane Meyer), Mt Vesuvius (which was of GREAT interest to me as a child), eating San Fran alive (everything is going public!) and disrupting (or not?) the wedding industry.
[PSA – don’t forget to “spring back” this weekend – !]
- Ball Breakers ~ The life of a female billiards player is built on long hours, bad pay, and frequent travel. But at least you don’t have to share the table with men. | Megan Greenwell for Topic
- The Least Politically Prejudiced Place in America ~ As American towns become more politically segregated and judgmental, what can we learn from one that hasn’t? | Amanda Ripley for The Atlantic
- The teen idol vanishes ~ Luke Perry’s untimely death reminds us that Dylan McKay was one of the last icons of adolescence. | Soraya Roberts for Long Reads
- The Making of the Fox News White House ~ Fox News has always been partisan. But has it become propaganda? | Jane Mayer for The New Yorker
- The major scandal engulfing Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, explained ~ Trudeau has been accused of pressuring his attorney general to interfere in a case for political reasons. | Jen Kirby for Vox
- Playtime Is Over! ~ The modern demand to constantly pretend-play with our kids is exhausting. Is there a better way? | Rebecca Onion for Slate
- There’s new evidence for what happened to people who survived Vesuvius ~ Archaeologist studied tomb inscriptions and matched names to historical records. | Jennifer Ouellette for ars technica
- What’s Next For New Yorker Reporter Jane Mayer? | Molly Langmuir for Elle
- Thousands of New Millionaires Are About to Eat San Francisco Alive ~ Uber, Lyft, Airbnb and Pinterest plan to go public. California’s newly minted rich will be hungry for parties, houses, boats, bikes — and ice sculptures. | Nellie Bowles for the New York Times
- Huawei: The story of a controversial company ~ Soon 5G mobile internet will be everywhere. Huawei is a pioneer but is accused of being a gateway for China to spy on Western nations. Is the firm guilty? Or the victim of unfair rumours? | Karishma Vaswani for the BBC
- Why is the wedding industry so hard to disrupt? ~ Weddings are big money — but not for Silicon Valley. | Kaitlyn Tiffany for Vox
- Turning Our Garden’s Bounty Into Community ~ Nature is never obedient. It rallies forward. This is the reality on a farm: The bounty comes all at once. | Christine H. Lee for Catapult
- This Black Woman Was Once the Biggest Star in Jazz. Here’s Why You’ve Never Heard of Her. ~ Hazel Scott was a piano prodigy who wowed the worlds of music, TV and film. But when she stood up for her rights, the establishment took her down. | Lorissa Rinehart for Narratively
- Recycling Is Broken ~ This week, we are writing about waste and trash, examining the junk that dominates our lives, and digging through garbage for treasure. | Maddie Stone for Gizmodo/Earther
- We’re terrible at predicting time, so do these things instead ~ Many of us are victims of the planning fallacy. | Jessica Green for Fast Company
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