Podcast: America’s Covid-19 Response, Hong Kong & African Mercenaries

The Economist Editors Picks Podcast logoA selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, how the world’s most powerful country is handling covid-19, China’s decision to impose a security law on Hong Kong threatens a broader reckoning (10:04). And why mercenaries are still hired by African governments (18:30).

 

Tiny Home Design: “Base Cabin” By Studio Edwards – “Efficient Micro Living”

Studio-Edwards-Base-Cabin-mobile-tiny-home InteriorThe design is inspired by the A-Frame cabin & iconic airstream trailer.  The A-frame structurally efficient & using less material than conventional portal framed buildings. Mute in its appearance & clad in black rubber to blend into its surrounds.

Designed by Studio Edwards for Base Cabin . A mobile retreat providing a fresh design approach to the ‘micro-home’ typology. Designed to be transported on a trailer & wheeled into its desired location.  Providing an intimate connection to nature & the great outdoors.

Base Cabine - Studio Edwards - Micro Home exterior

A cosy sleeping space sits below the A-frame roof with triangular window framing views outwards . Complete with central bathroom shower bathed in light from the roof-light above. A kitchenette to the rear of the cabin provides kitchen functionality with a window seat & fold out table adjacent to a large operable glazed facade.

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Medical History: “The Facemask Through The Centuries (CBS Video)

 

Originating during the Black Death of the Middle Ages, face coverings to protect against the transmission of disease are not just medical requirements; they’re now a fashion statement. Mark Phillips talks with medical historian Mark Honigsbaum (“The Pandemic Century”) about the purpose and style of facemasks.

Top New Travel Videos: “Bali-Air” In Indonesia By Chris Grewe (2020)

Filmed and Edited by: Chris Grewe

Totally in love with all what I discovered. I had a wonderful four week trip to Bali and I took this footage home. Take your break and visit Indonesia to discover this lovely part of our beautiful world!

Bali is an Indonesian island known for its forested volcanic mountains, iconic rice paddies, beaches and coral reefs. The island is home to religious sites such as cliffside Uluwatu Temple. To the south, the beachside city of Kuta has lively bars, while Seminyak, Sanur and Nusa Dua are popular resort towns. The island is also known for its yoga and meditation retreats.

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Lockdown Art: Italian Illustrator Pierpaolo Rovero – “Rooftop Views”

Pierpaolo Rovero - London Drinks Tea“Imagine all the people” is a project by Turin-based artist and illustrator Pierpaolo Rovero that fantasizes about the way people around the word spend their time in quarantine. Depicting a diverse range of metropolitan panoramas, from New York and Paris, to Jerusalem, to Tokyo, Rovero imagines the citizens of each city indulging in the same activity while stuck at home, allowing viewers to catch glimpses through windows, balconies and skylights. 

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Podcast Interviews: Vanity Fair Italia Editor In Chief Simone Marchetti

The StackMonocle 24’s “The Stack” speaks with ‘Vanity Fair Italia’ editor in chief Simone Marchetti. 

Plus Andrew Trotter from ‘Openhouse’ magazine and Liz Schaffer from travel title ‘Lodestars Anthology’.

Top New Travel Videos: “The Majesty Of Turkey”

Filmed and Produced by: An Otter Studio

A few months ago we traveled to Turkey to follow the magic of this land. Once there we noticed the majesty of this beautiful country for their arts, history, colours and specially, for their people.

Seduced by the music, the food, the sights and the beauty behind the variety of their culture. We were fascinated by it and that´s why we wanted to show you this video.

Music by Light in Babylon – “Baderech El Hayam”.

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Political News: “Shields & Brooks” On The Latest In Washington (PBS Video)

 

Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the latest political news, including former Vice President Joe Biden’s comments on the death of George Floyd and what action it should prompt, President Trump’s approach toward Twitter and truth and the milestone of 100,000 American deaths from COVID-19.

Cocktails With A Curator: Barbet’s ‘Angel’ (The Frick)

In this week’s episode of “Cocktails with a Curator,” discover the fascinating history of Jean Barbet’s Angel, an incredibly rare bronze from fifteenth-century France whose origins are shrouded in mystery. Xavier F. Salomon, Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator, discusses the royal cannon-maker who cast the sculpture and the possibility that it once resided in Paris’s Sainte-Chapelle. This week’s complementary cocktail is the Angel Face, customarily garnished with an apple slice.

To see this bronze sculpture in detail, please visit our website: https://collections.frick.org/objects/35

 

Coronavirus: “Confusing Hydroxychloroquine Studies” (Nature Podcast)

Coronapod ReportPresident Trump’s preferred coronavirus treatment is the focus of a new study suggesting it could cause more harm than good, but not everybody agrees. We discuss the fallout as trials around the world are paused and countries diverge over policy advice.

12:12 Are we rushing science?

Coronavirus papers are being published extremely quickly, while normally healthy scientific debate is being blown up in the world’s press. Is there a balancing act between timely research and accurate messaging?

18:49 One good thing

Our hosts pick out things that have made them smile in the last week, including hedgerow brews and a trip into the past using AI.

Recipe: Elderflower ‘Champagne’

Video: Denis Shiryaev restores historic footage with AI

22:30 The latest coronavirus research papers

Noah Baker takes a look through some of the key coronavirus papers of the last few weeks.

News: Coronavirus research updates

medRxiv: Full genome viral sequences inform patterns of SARS-CoV-2 spread into and within Israel

Harvard Library: Reductions in commuting mobility predict geographic differences in SARS-CoV-2 prevalence in New York City

Science: DNA vaccine protection against SARS-CoV-2 in rhesus macaques