Politics Monday: Tamara Keith And Amy Walter On Presidential Transition

NPR’s Tamara Keith and Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report join Amna Nawaz to discuss the latest political news, including President Trump’s continued resistance to conceding the election, what his refusal to authorize the transition means for the incoming Biden administration, the pandemic’s effect on voters and the outlook for additional federal coronavirus relief.

Evening Walking Tours: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Filmed on July 11th, 2020. A walk in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

【Locations】 00:00 Preview 00:24 Starting Point 00:33 Grachtengordel-West 00:40 Nine Little Streets Neighbourhood / Negen Straatjes 02:31 Prinsen Canal / Prinsengracht 03:43 Jordaan District

Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ capital, known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades, legacies of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age. Its Museum District houses the Van Gogh Museum, works by Rembrandt and Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum, and modern art at the Stedelijk. Cycling is key to the city’s character, and there are numerous bike paths. 

The Future Of Driving: Designing ‘The Apple Car’

Every time Californian tech giant Apple puts out a new product, it makes headlines around the world. That was true of its early home computers – the first to use a recognizably modern user interface – and it was even more true of the iPod, which singlehandedly revolutionized the music industry. Not to mention the very smartphone you’re probably watching this video on.

But the world’s biggest and best-loved technology company isn’t done yet. For several years, now Apple engineers have secretly been eyeing up transportation as the next industry ripe for their unique brand of scorched-earth disruption. So today we’re asking the question – when will we see the Apple Car?

Top Architecture Books: ‘Scott Mitchell Houses’

The first volume on his work, Scott Mitchell Houses is an exploration of the architectural designer’s impressive portfolio of projects. Mitchell’s houses are studies in space, materiality, and light. Emphasizing an elegant economy of space, his projects respond to the natural appeal of their locations, be they bucolic retreats on Long Island or resplendent beach houses overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The utilization of  monolithic concrete, glass and steel curtain walls, and  cantilevered roof planes reduces each building to its essential elements, cultivating a sense of balance and repose.

Merging formalist spatial logic and an atmosphere of calm, the work bridges disparate architectural typologies to create places that are both poetic and profound.

Mitchell’s monolithic forms draw on the surrounding environment via floor to ceiling windows that open onto vistas so cinematic that Tom Ford utilized one of Mitchell’s homes in his neo-noir drama Nocturnal Animals. Through previously unpublished photographs, readers are given an exclusive view into eight pivotal projects that span the globe from the Hamptons to Melbourne, featuring images by  Ross BlecknerScott Frances,  Trevor Mein  and  Steve Shaw.

A foreword by Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic  Paul Goldberger, contribution by fashion designer Calvin Klein, and essay by architecture and design writer and author  Michael Webb  further highlight the seductive style of Mitchell’s work.

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Travel Video: ‘Greece From Above’ – Santorini, Athens, Meteora & Lindos

Known for its plethora of ancient ruins, whitewashed villages, sunny beaches, tasty cuisine and friendly atmosphere, it is no wonder that Greece ranks among Europe’s top travel destinations. Greece is made up of a mountainous mainland and hundreds of islands where each one offers its own share of stunning landscapes, historic sites, nightlife scenes and cultural delights. Many tourists like to begin their trip on the mainland, which is home to the capital city, Athens. One of the world’s oldest cities, Athens is known the world over for classic ruins and temples like the iconic Parthenon complex. Spreading out beyond Athens, some of the most visited Greek Islands include Santorini, Crete, Corfu, Rhodes and Mykonos.

Health & Nature: ‘How Bats Can Transmit Viruses’

When it comes to viruses jumping from animals to humans, bats hold a unique place in the transmission chain. Christopher Golden and James Longman investigate an abandoned mine for signs of poaching or viruses impacting the bat population.

Social Media: U.S.-China Fight Over Tik Tok Is A Data Privacy Battle (WSJ Video)

The Chinese-owned app TikTok has been labelled a national-security threat by the U.S., but it’s not unique in the data it collects. WSJ explains why countries are building digital walls and treating user data like a sovereign asset, and how that could change our tech.

Illustration: Zoë Soriano

Culinary Travel: Street Food In Gaziantep, Turkey

Today we are in the food Mecca of GAZIANTEP, one of Turkey’s BEST food cities. We are exploring more Turkish street food of Gaziantep in this episode! We start our day eat Yuvalama (soup with yogurt broth, rice balls, chickpeas, lamb and mint oil) for breakfast on the street. We ventured into the old bazaars to see what the traditional vendors are selling. The Coppersmith Bazaar was super interesting and had a traditional feel. After breakfast, it was time to have Gaziantep’s best dessert: BAKLAVA!

Here in the bazaar you can order baklava of any size or kind, but in Gaziantep it is a MUST to eat pistachio baklava. Next we head to a local shop serving a Gaziantep specialty known as Dürüm Nohut (chickpea wrap). Here you can choose all of the fresh ingredients yourself. It is extremely filling, satisfying and healthy. It is also a great vegetarian street food option! Next, we visit the Zeugma Mosaic Museum, which is one of Gaziantep’s top attractions. Zeugma is the name of ancient Gaziantep and these mosaics were discovered all around Gaziantep. It is a great way to spend the afternoon and don’t forget to check out the Gypsy Girl piece!

After the museum, we walk 5 minutes up the street to try the delicious Küşleme (grilled lamb backbone)! This is a rare meat dish, as there isn’t much of this cut of meat on a lamb. It is tender and juicy. Cooked to perfection! It was served with a fresh salad and a few spicy Küşleme pieces. You can also get delicious baklava here as well.

Kanafeh is a traditional Middle Eastern dessert made with shredded filo pastry, or alternatively fine semolina dough, soaked in sweet, sugar-based syrup, and typically layered with cheese, or with other ingredients such as clotted cream or nuts, depending on the region.

Design Tour: Interior Designer Alidad’s London Mayfair Home (Video 2020)

Join us in London for a behind the scenes visit with interior designer Alidad in his sophisticated Mayfair home. With a passion for textiles, antiques and history, Alidad has created timeless spaces that are a testament to his wide ranging interests and tastes. See how his love of opulent color and pattern translates to a different effect in every room. Learn how he segued from his position at Sotheby’s as the youngest departmental director for Islamic works of art and textiles to opening his own studio.

Alidad is an award winning interior designer, world renowned for his opulent yet supremely comfortable interiors.

Alidad first decided to establish his interior design studio whilst working at Sotheby’s where he was the youngest departmental director for Islamic works of art and textiles. Whilst there, he realised that his interest lay more in styling the space than the actual objects within.

Alidad’s design style is inspired by an idyllic childhood spent in the ancient, rich and mysterious land of Persia. His deep appreciation for history means that he can completely immerse himself in any true design aesthetic from Baroque to Neo-Classicism, Chinoiserie to Art Deco.