April showers found us seeking a higher proportion of fresh, new and fun links than our usual mix of substantive fodder for serious thinkers and change makers. Here, ICYMI, are our top picks from what we were reading (and watching) in April.
Monthly top picks: 5 links we loved in April
Losing Your Marbles? (Mental Floss)
It was a rough month, so first, some fun. Are you convinced that picking a presidential candidate is like being shot or poisoned or chloroformed? Revolted by revelations that the rich get richer by stashing billions in offshore tax havens? Resigned to the fact that you’ll never get a ticket to “Hamilton”? Just watch this video. You’re sure to feel better.
Generation Rent (Jacobin)
This article delivers on its subtitle: “How one person’s housing crisis becomes another’s housing boom.” Amidst the never-ending talk and increasing angst about workforce housing, I appreciated this clear recap of the problematic basics of the U.S. and U.K. housing market.
Can the web save the press from oblivion? (Guardian)
Newspapers have been battered by the Internet. But the industry could be about to fight back – with help from websites that aim to be the iTunes of journalism. I must confess that the promise of an ad-free, one-stop source for news from top publishers is mighty appealing. Check it out.
Famous Names, Lost Interviews (PBS Digital Studios)
Time for another break. These are vintage interviews of famous people transformed into animated shorts. Very cool and very interesting. But be careful — easy time suck.
The Woman’s Card (New York Times)
Intrepid columnist Nick Kristof was unable to resist jumping into the political fray of this year’s presidential campaign to point out the role of unconscious bias. This is a quick read for a research roundup on gender bias and inequity that everyone needs to be familiar with today. “There’s abundant research showing that men and women alike tend to judge women more harshly than men.”
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