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The Best Articles of the Week – 07/01/16
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Food for Thought:
NYMag – I, Snowbot. For a man accused of espionage and effectively exiled in Russia, Edward Snowden is also strangely free.
WSJ – England Makes a Shocking Exit (Again). Tiny Iceland pulls off huge upset of Three Lions in its major-tournament debut. This was Iceland, a country where most domestic soccer is semi-professional and the co-head coach has a side job as a dentist.
Some of the best new content is on podcasts – just find the Podcast app preloaded on your iPhone to enjoy. Here are a few to get you started:
Material World – Craft is Dead. Long Live Craft. Lindsey and Jenny discuss why it is that so many people want the stuff they buy to be special, one-of-a-kind, artisanal. It’s a trend that’s helping small, local businesses and hurting old standbys like MillerCoors and Kellog. Is “craft” just another meaningless marketing term? Can people even tell the difference.
Freakonomics Radio – Are We in a Mattress-Store Bubble? You’ve seen them — everywhere! — and often clustered together, as if central planners across America decided that what every city really needs is a Mattress District. There are now dozens of online rivals too. Why are there so many stores selling something we buy so rarely?
Revisionist History – The Lady Vanishes. Episode 1 of Malcolm Gladwell’s new Podcast – In the late 19th century, a painting by a virtually unknown artist took England by storm:The Roll Call. But after that brilliant first effort, the artist all but disappeared. Why?