A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week: Biden’s new China doctrine, a jailed ex-president won’t go quietly in South Africa (8:44), and carbon border taxes (14:32).
Daily Archives: July 18, 2021
Tokyo 2021 Olympics: The Rocky Road For Athletes
Postponed by a year. Plagued by existential rumors. The Tokyo Olympics have had a rocky road, thus far. But what’s it like for the athletes? This film looks at how Olympic hopefuls experience Olympic-sized uncertainties, under the already strained circumstances of a global pandemic.
Despite the rampant Coronavirus pandemic, the mythos of the Olympic Games is alive and well. The world’s top athletes dream of participating, though only a fraction of them will make it that far. This film accompanies four athletes over the course of a year, as they try to reach the Olympic Games in Tokyo. For fencer Alexandra Ndolo, high jumper Marie-Laurence Jungfleisch, javelin thrower Thomas Röhler and taekwondo master Madeline Folgmann, the time leading up to the Summer Games constitutes the greatest sporting challenge of their lives.
The postponement of the Games throws a wrench in their intensive training plans. It also forces them to confront some uncomfortable questions. What if all of this intensive preparation goes to waste? Are they working towards a moment in their lives that may never come? These four competitive athletes experience a year full of disruption, hardships, health risks, small successes, and big disappointments.
For one athlete, the pandemic even becomes a stroke of luck – but can she take advantage of it? The challenges that these elite athletes face striving for their dream of competing in the Olympic Games are unique. It is a time that will leave its mark on these athletes, as they embark on a journey with an uncertain outcome.
Nature Views: Caddo Lake, Texas-Louisiana Border
“Sunday Morning” takes us to Caddo Lake on the Texas-Louisiana border, home to a flooded forest of bald cypress and water tupelo trees. Videographer: Scot Miller.
Caddo Lake is a 25,400-acre lake and bayou on the border between Texas and Louisiana, in northern Harrison County and southern Marion County in Texas and western Caddo Parish in Louisiana.
The Cotswolds: A History Of Broad Campden (4K)
Situated just outside Chipping Campden, Broad Campden is a small village in Gloucestershire, England, with a church and pub, and notable for its beauty and fine walking trails.
360° Views: The Matapiiksi (Hoodoo) Trail, Alberta, Canada (NatGeo Video)
Immerse yourself in Alberta’s wide-open spaces in this 360-degree experience as National Geographic Travel Photographer Kahli April hikes the Matapiiksi (Hoodoo) Interpretive Trail in Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park. Kahli is joined on the trail by Blackfoot Elder Saa’kokoto who explains the immense cultural and spiritual significance of the land to the Blackfoot people, and how the rock art was made on the ancient hoodoo rock formations. All aerial imagery was obtained under permit from Alberta Parks. Paid content for Travel Alberta.
Channel Island Views: Monuments Of Jersey
Famous for its Jersey Royals, honey-coloured cows and international finance industry, Jersey is perhaps less well known for its rich history and distinct culture. Evidence of human activity dates back 250,000 years (the caves at La Cotte de St Brelade are associated with mammoth hunting) and its more recent Norman links give it a very French feel.
Electric bikes, available to rent, are an ideal way to explore the landscape, as you look out for a glimpse of a bottle-nosed dolphin, red squirrel or puffin, or you could simply take to your feet to stroll around the island and drink in the magnificent views.
Alaska Views: Brown Bears Hunting At Brooks Falls, Katmai National Park
Brooks Falls in Alaska’s Katmai National Park is the best place in the world to watch brown bears feasting on salmon as they swim upstream to spawn. Find out the best time to watch live and learn more about Katmai and its brown bears on Explore.org @ https://goo.gl/fhMmQy.
Front Page Views: New York Times (July 18, 2021)
Sunday Morning: News & Stories From Zurich, Berlin, London & Tokyo
Tyler Brûlé dissects the weekend’s biggest and most interesting news stories with panellists Chandra Kurt and Florian Egli, and our friends and contributors in the UK, Japan and Germany.
Village Walks: Marcote, Lake Lugano, Switzerland
Morcote is a municipality in the Swiss canton of Ticino situated about 10 kilometres from Lugano in the district of Lugano on the shore of Lake Lugano.