This short piece by Gary Younge, giving some context and insight about the state of America at the moment. BLM, domestic terrorism, protest, state sanctioned violence, COVID, Trump, etc… It’s a powerful watch.
Take time to listen to this short lecture by @garyyounge. He does a strong job of contextualizing the current moment. A primer on this week’s news for those who need. There are triggering images, so take care of yourself as needed. Overall, a strong watch. pic.twitter.com/4g0Dpy8te0— Ava DuVernay (@ava) August 27, 2020
Call Out Culture: Def Jux vs Rawkus.
Not sure I’ve mentioned them here before, but Call Out Culture is a rap podcast with very long episodes talking about very specific area of rap. I love it. This week, it’s a 2 hour discussion about the relative highs and lows of these two record labels who dominated New York ‘indy’ rap from the late 90’s. I was heavy into both of them at that time (and still am), so this whole chat ticked all the boxes. It definitely works best if you have a bit of a familiarity with that era, but if not, there’s a ton of music mentioned that you should delve into. We’re talking Aesop Rock, Pharoahe Monch, Cannibal Ox, Black Star, El-P, and the rest of them…
For whatever it’s worth, for me, Def Jux overall take the win in terms of music that’s stood the test of time but Rawkus Presents: Soundbombing II almost single-handedly puts that entire label on top forever. Still gets play weekly.
99% Invisible Episode 392: The Weather Machine.
Some snippets from a book by Andrew Blum which explains the state of weather forecasting and how we got to the stage where people can actually predict accurately whether (👀) you’ll need an umbrella or not tomorrow.
The very idea of forecasting weather across great distances was essentially a non-starter until information was able to travel faster than the weather itself. With faster-than-weather communication systems like telegraphs, the landscape of forecasting was transformed. Suddenly, in the mid-1800s, it became possible to map out phenomena like the paths of hurricanes by relaying data in realtime.