New Travel Videos: “Dark Skies – Pure Michigan”

Director – Kurt Schneider
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Production Company – Eightfold
Executive Producer – Nick Stachurski
Producer – Rich Hutchins
DOP – Paul Theodoroff
Timelapse Photography – Shawn Malone
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What if we told you that magic existed, and you could see for yourself if you just kept going north? Northern Michigan is know as one of, if not the best place to experience the magic of the Northern Lights in the continental US. This piece for Pure Michigan and MRM//McCann tells the story of what we sacrifice to the city lights, and the journey to retrieve it.

Health: What To Expect From The Spread Of Coronavirus (Covid-19)

The Economist Radio PodcastIn public health, honesty is worth a lot more than hope. It has become clear in the past week that the new viral disease, covid-19, which struck China at the start of December will spread around the world. Many governments have been signalling that they will stop the disease. Instead, they need to start preparing people for the onslaught 

CDC Coronavirus Disease Infographic Symptoms

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Political Interview: Mike Bloomberg Discusses His 2020 Campaign (PBS)

Michael Bloomberg was New York’s Republican mayor from 2002 to 2013 and is now vying for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Although he entered the race relatively late, Bloomberg has poured hundreds of millions of dollars into political advertising. Bloomberg sits down with Judy Woodruff to discuss COVID-19 preparation, management experience, surveillance of Muslim Americans and more.

Fitness: 62-Year Old Man Sets World Record For Holding Plank Position

From a New York Times online article (Feb 27, 2020):

Mr. Hood, a former Marine and Drug Enforcement Administration agent, held a plank for eight hours, 15 minutes and 15 seconds.Credit...Josef Holic
Mr. Hood, a former Marine and Drug Enforcement Administration agent, held a plank for eight hours, 15 minutes and 15 seconds. Photo by Josef Holic

Mr. Hood, a former Marine and Drug Enforcement Administration agent, held the plank on Feb. 15 for more time than an average day’s work. 

The plank is a feat of static, but strenuous, exercise. The torso is sustained in a horizontal position, anchored by the toes on one end and the forearms on the other. The abdominal and thigh, back and arm muscles are among those firing away, turning most of the human body into a gravity-defying platform.

George E. Hood, a 62-year-old retiree from Naperville, Ill., strapped a heart monitor band across his chest, attached a catheter to his body, climbed onto a custom-built table covered with a lambskin and dialed up a curated rock ’n’ roll playlist on his phone.

And then he raised himself into a plank — and held the position for eight hours, 15 minutes and 15 seconds to set a Guinness World Record.

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