This week, we’re sharing stories from Tim Alberta, Jane C. Hu, Katy Kelleher, Jimmy Thomson, and David Marchese.
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1. The Inside Story of Michigan’s Fake Voter Fraud Scandal
Tim Alberta | Politico | November 24, 2020 | 29 minutes (7,400 words)
“How a state that was never in doubt became a ‘national embarrassment’ and a symbol of the Republican Party’s fealty to Donald Trump.”
2. COVID’s Cassandra: The Swift, Complicated Rise of Eric Feigl-Ding
Jane C. Hu | Undark | November 25, 2020 | 28 minutes (7,200 words)
“The scientist has gained popularity as COVID’s excitable play-by-play announcer. But some experts want to pull his plug.”
3. Verdigris: The Color of Oxidation, Statues, and Impermanence
Katy Kelleher | The Paris Review | November 24, 2020 | 8 minutes (2,213 words)
“Verdigris is emblematic of that movement. It’s a blue-green, yes. But more importantly, it’s a quality. It is hard to give it a hex code because it’s not flat. It’s a color made from change.”
4. Grizzlies at the Table
Jimmy Thomson | Beside | November 23, 2020 | 12 minutes (3,149 words)
“The carcass is a reminder that bears remain a threat even today; accordingly, there are a few things I need to know before I step outside the Wuikinuxv lodge, according to the facility’s manager. ‘If you smell something, it’s a bear,’ Judy says. “If the dogs are going crazy, it’s a bear.’”
5. Yo-Yo Ma and the Meaning of Life
David Marchese | The New York Times | November 20, 2020 | 12 minutes (3,132 words)
David Marchese interviews cellist Yo-Yo Ma on music, politics, culture, the pandemic, stereotypes, and the meaning of life.