Political News: ‘Brooks & Capehart’ On Republican Reluctance To Vaccinate

New York Times columnist David Brooks and Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week in politics, including Republican reluctance to get the COVID-19 vaccine, the response to violence against Asian Americans and the Atlanta attacks, and the Biden administration’s immigration policy.

Views: Parícutin Volcano Church Ruins, San Juan Parangaricutiro, Mexico

Located in the state of Michoacán  Mexico, this church is the only remaining building left from the village of San Juan Parangaricutiro. On February 20, 1943, a volcano began to erupt, slowly consuming two villages in lava and ash.

It took almost a year for the lava to reach and melt the rocks around this small church. The Paricutin volcano continued to erupt for another eight years, but the small church withstood it all.

Nuevo San Juan Parangaricutiro is a small village in the Mexican state of Michoacán near the Parícutin volcano. The city is called “Nuevo” because the original San Juan Parangaricutiro was destroyed during the formation of the Parícutin volcano in 1943.

Parícutin is a cinder cone volcano located in the Mexican state of Michoacán, near the city of Uruapan and about 322 kilometers west of Mexico City. The volcano surged suddenly from the cornfield of local farmer Dionisio Pulido in 1943, attracting both popular and scientific attention.

Architecture & Culture: Harvard Design Magazine ‘American Paradigm’ (2021)

The latest issue of Harvard Design Magazine reveals full redesign and new editorial model as it assesses the establishment, and reconsideration, of the paradigm of “America”.

Harvard Design Magazine 48: America marks a turning point for the magazine as the first issue under new editorial director Julie Cirelli, featuring Mark Lee and Florencia Rodriguez as guest editors. This issue also debuts a full redesign by Alexis Mark, the Copenhagen-based graphic design firm. Publishing this month, the issue gathers contributions from leading figures across the fields of architecture, design, urban planning, fashion, art, and governance, including Maurice Cox, Shaun Donovan, Michèle Lamy, Sylvia Lavin, and Marc Norman. Join Lee, Rodriguez, and Norman, alongside contributors Paul Andersen, Neeraj Bhatia, and Maite Borjabad Lòpez-Pastor, for a virtual launch event next Tuesday, March 23, 7:30pm ET.

Harvard Design Magazine 48: America reflects on the theme and definition of “America” through lenses of cultural production, racial justice, and architectural and design practice. In the 20th century, a paradigm of America characterized by progress, openness, and democracy was perpetuated—but with an ominous underbelly of exclusion, racism, and inequity left unexamined. While viewpoints on America’s story and history differ, if not reject one other, what is widely shared is a sense of 2020 as a breaking point—or, “a consciousness of an imminent existential threshold,” as write Lee and Rodriguez.

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Views: The ‘Fairy Chimneys’ Of Cappadocia, Turkey’

Take a hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia, Turkey with Vural Demircioglu, one of the region’s 200 hot air balloon pilots. Our unique aerial perspective allows us to look over these incredible capped pillars called “fairy chimneys” and discover the world’s most unusual high rise neighbourhood.

Travel & Culture: ‘Life In The Torres Strait Islands’

It’s a remote paradise between Australia and Papua New Guinea. Only a few thousand people live on the islands in the Torres Strait. They depend on a supply ship that sails to their isolated archipelago once a week.

There are 274 islands in the Torres Strait between Australia and Papua New Guinea, their white coral-sand beaches rising from warm, shallow waters. Around 20 of the islands are inhabited, with many several kilometers apart. The main island, Thursday Island, sounds like it could have been lifted from the pages of Robinson Crusoe. Residents who want to visit family or friends must do so by boat, having to deal with unpredictable tidal currents. Cargo ships from the mainland supply the islands with everything from food and medicine to cars and spare parts – and they don’t always arrive on schedule. But Torres Strait Islanders have always used their great ingenuity to cope with the scarcity of resources. They include Ken, who’s currently working on a sculpture for the reopening of a local church, Paula, a midwife, and Sylvia, who reads the weather reports on local radio.

Italian Villa Tours: ‘Lastra a Signa – Florence’ (Video)

Lastra a Signa is a comune in the metropolitan city of Florence in the Italian region Tuscany, located about 12 kilometres west of Florence.

This prestigious estate dates back to the 16th century and features the typical design of Florentine noble country homes: an elevated entrance, a square tower, and symmetrical elements on the façade.

The main villa measures 900 m2 and has several staggered levels. Its rooms feature elements which are typical of Tuscan tradition, such as some refined old floorings, vaulted ceilings or with wooden trabeation, some massive stone fireplaces, and frescoed walls. Every room has been furnished and decorated with great attention to detail.

This charming 16th-century home overlooks the valley leading to Florence, a city which is well-known as the cradle of the Renaissance, and offers a stunning view over the surroundings. It is surrounded by over 10 hectares of grounds which are completely fenced and feature many terracings, olive trees and tall trees. A Renaissance well and some charming potted lemon trees adorn the part of Italian-style in front of the villa.

Stock Market: ‘GameStop & Payment For Order Flow’

Following the GameStop trading frenzy, the SEC is expected to take a fresh look at payment for order flow, a decades-old practice that’s at the heart of how commission-free trading works. WSJ explains what it is, and why critics say it’s bad for investors. Illustration: Jacob Reynolds/WSJ

Village Walks: ‘Bassiano – Central Italy’ (Video)

Bassiano is a municipality in the Province of Latina in the Italian region Lazio, located about 60 kilometres southeast of Rome and about 14 kilometres northeast of Latina. As of 31 December 2004, it had a population of 1,664 and an area of 31.6 square kilometres.

𝗧𝗶𝗺𝗲𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗲 🔻 0:00​ – [Drone intro] 1:30​ – [Walking tour begins / Northern gate] 3:34​ – [Via Manunzio] 10:28​ – [“Gate of the Holy Souls” / Archangel Micheal – the angel is visible past the gate on the left] 15:00​ – [Via Giulio Bernardini] 19:32​ – [Gate “Decarcia Tower” – holes for the ancient door still visible. On a house nearby there is scupted the head of God Fauno] 21:20​ – […tour continues…] 24:12​ – [Beautiful view on stone stairs] 30:00​ – [Beautiful little square] 31:28​ – [St.Erasmus Square & Chrcuh (closd unfortunately)] 33:20​ – […tour continues…] 34:34​ – [Suggestive interior hallway] 35:20​ – […tour continues…] 39:50​ – [*Poem on Bassiano* – 𝘁𝗿𝗮𝗻𝘀𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗶𝗻 𝗰𝗮𝗽𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀] 41:29​ – [Via Manunzio] 43:04​ – [Inside the town again] 46:25​ – [Northern wall hallway] 49:05​ – [Outside the Walls / Monument to the fallen soldiers of the town]

The history of Bassiano certainly begins around the 10th century and starts with a small group of shepherds and farmers forced to take refuge in this place completely covered by the view of the plain, due to the continuous barbarian raids. The first written records of Bassiano date back to 1169. In a document found in the archive of the collegiate church of Santa Maria in Sermoneta, reference is made to the recovery of the Castrum stolen by deception by a certain Gregorio Leonis from a Lord of Bassiano. 𝗠𝗶𝗱𝗱𝗹𝗲 𝗔𝗴𝗲𝘀 In 1240, Pope Gregory IX appointed Tasmondo Annibaldi as Lord of the Castles of Sermoneta and Bassiano, to thank him for the help received against the invasion attempts of Frederick II. The Annibaldi ruled the town until 1297 when the castle passed into the possession of the Caetani who ruled it until the fiefs were abolished, except for a decade (1492 – 1502) in which the Borgias ruled. The history of Bassiano is profoundly marked by the action of the spiritual movements of the 13th and 14th centuries, which were the promoters of a social renewal, also by the Knights Templar who, it is believed, have left the mark of their passage here. 𝗥𝗲𝗻𝗮𝗶𝘀𝘀𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲 It was only at the beginning of the 16th century that the Caetani, with the construction of the Baronial palace, left an imprint of their dominion on the land of Bassiano. It was Bonifacio Caetani who in 1554 had an important palace built, as a refuge from the dangers of the swamp and a place of treatment for his ill health. The palace incorporates in its interior houses and medieval shops that the Caetani had bought in the 15th century in the “Porta salamandra” area which was the main access road to the Castrum. Important citizen of the town is the humanist typographer Aldo Manuzio.

Walks: ‘Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, Germany’ (4K Video)

The Brandenburg Gate is an 18th-century neoclassical monument in Berlin, built on the orders of Prussian king Frederick William II after the temporary restoration of order during the Batavian Revolution.

Berlin, Germany’s capital, dates to the 13th century. Reminders of the city’s turbulent 20th-century history include its Holocaust memorial and the Berlin Wall’s graffitied remains. Divided during the Cold War, its 18th-century Brandenburg Gate has become a symbol of reunification. The city’s also known for its art scene and modern landmarks like the gold-colored, swoop-roofed Berliner Philharmonie, built in 1963. 

Tropical Views: ‘Akaka Falls – Hawai’i Island’ (8K)

Akaka Falls State Park is a state park on Hawaiʻi Island, in the U.S. state of Hawaii. The park is about 11 miles north of Hilo, west of Honomū off the Hawaii Belt Road at the end of Hawaii Route 220. It includes its namesake ʻAkaka Falls, a 442-foot tall waterfall.