Political Views: China Gets It Wrong, Ukraine Stakes, Crypto Utopias

A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, what is China getting wrong? Also, why the world should stand up to Putin (10:43). And, crypto and web3: libertarian dream, or socialist Utopia? (18:27).

Nature Photography: A ‘Hovering Red-Tail Hawk’

The National Audubon Society announced the winners of their 2021 Audubon Photography Awards. Bill Bryant’s video of a Hovering Red-Tailed Hawk won First Place in their first-ever video award.

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Cinematic Travel: The Sahara Desert, Morocco

Few places on earth compare to the Sahara Desert, a natural wonder of vast plains and sun-baked dunes that dominates the south and east of Morocco. The world’s largest hot desert, the Sahara stretches a staggering 5.6 million square miles (9 million square kilometers) over several countries. Hemmed in by the Atlas mountain range, the Saharan sands are one of Morocco’s many highlights.

Previews: The New Yorker Magazine – April 25, 2022

Christoph Niemann’s “Virtual Reality”

On the cover of the Innovation & Technology Issue, Christoph Niemann captures the eternal tug of war between the lure of the outside and the joys of technology. Even for a prehistoric cave dweller, the tablet could prove potently absorbing. The dilemma has only grown as the number and variety of technological gadgets has proliferated. We recently talked to the artist about the place of digital tools and good old-fashioned paper and pencil in his creative process.

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Morning News: Ukraine Refugees In Poland & New York, Russians In Turkey

The war in Ukraine has created the greatest flux of refugees in Europe since the second world war. 

We visit Poland, where the response has been remarkably smooth, and a New York neighbourhood that is no stranger to émigrés from the region. And we consider the displaced who are largely overlooked: why are so many Russians exiling themselves in Turkey?