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Newsweek 10/11/2019

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1 min.
the archives

1968 “Head shaven, gold teeth glistening and torso shining, onstage James Earl Jones is at least twice as large as life,” Newsweek wrote of Jones’ groundbreaking performance in The Great White Hope. His portrayal of Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight champion, was “one of those rare instances of the right man in the right vehicle at the right time” mirroring the “tragedy of the American black man.” Jones once told Newsweek, “I might even become a star… but I’ll never be a rich actor.” Fifty years later, Jones’ rich, seven-decade long career marks him as one of the greatest actors in American history. 1999 “They are a generation stuck on fast forward, in a fearsome hurry to grow up,” Newsweek said of “tweens,” the liminal life-stage between childhood and adolescence. What can…

24 min.
hopelessness and hope

IN 2018, PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP ASKED, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” That not-so-subtle implication—poor people from poor countries are inferior to rich people from rich countries—properly outraged most people. But the question contains an uncomfortable truth. Many countries are indeed terrible places to live, especially for those on the bottom rungs of the socio-economic ladder. There’s no official definition of Trump’s “shithole,” but we know which ones he means. Countries that are poor, violent and mostly brown. Guatemala. Sudan. Yemen. Myanmar. Niger. Haiti. Bangladesh. Pakistan. Although most of the countries that fit Trump’s definition are in sub-Saharan Africa. Even as worldwide well-being rises, these troubled countries fall further and further behind. Nothing we do seems to help. Over the last 50 years, developed nations…

5 min.
oceanic proportions

IN 2012, JAMES CAMERON, creator of Avatar and Titanic, became the first person to reach the deepest part of the ocean on a solo dive. When he arrived at the Challenger Deep—the deepest spot on Earth at 7 miles below sea level—he spent hours mapping the region and taking photos and samples. “As human beings, we’re drawn to absolutes—the deepest, the highest, the coldest, the farthest,” he says. “My logical justification was if we could build a sub to go to the deepest place, it could dive anywhere and open up the entire ocean to exploration. And as a storyteller and curious monkey, I just wanted to see what was there.” And over the following years, and subsequent dives to the surrounding Mariana Trench, it has become very apparent what is down…

1 min.
talking points

“When you put value into a person, it empowers that person to get in touch with their own inherent value.”—ACTOR MICHELLE WILLIAMS“LAST TIME I TRAVELED TO THE UNITED STATES…I STAYED AT THE TRUMP TOWER.”—UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT VOLODYMYR ZELENSKY TO PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP“This is not the way everybody behaves. The degree of self-dealing… is so egregious, and it comes at a time when you've got…folks across the country looking out at Silicon Valley and wondering if there’s the appropriate level of self-awareness.”—FORMER TWITTER CEO DICK COSTOLO ON WEWORK’S CEO, WHO SINCE STEPPED DOWN“That’s real smart strategy, Democratic leftists, that’s real smart strategy. Mock and make fun of everybody who believes that God is powerful.”—2020 DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE MARIANNE WILLIAMSON“THERE IS GREAT WORK TO BE DONE; WE HAVE NO ROOM FOR EITHER CYNICISM…

9 min.
come and get me

ON THE DAY HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI SAID she would allow an impeachment investigation to commence, Donald Trump at first was “gleefully defiant,” say two of his aides. He would release a transcript of his controversial phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, showing—as he put it in a press conference at the United Nations on September 25—that there was “no pressure” and no quid pro quo. He just wanted dirt from Ukraine about one of his main political rivals, former Vice President Joe Biden, but didn’t offer anything in return. What could be wrong with that? When it became clear that the Ukraine controversy would become the centerpiece of an impeachment effort, his glee turned to anger, the aides say. And those who know Trump best know what that means:…

8 min.
best nursing homes 2020

THERE ARE MORE THAN 47 MILLION AMERICANS AGE 65 and older today—and 14 more will reach that age in the two minutes it takes you to read this. Taking good care of aging family members is something we all want to get right. But it’s not easy. In the U.S. today, the median cost of a private room in a nursing home is more than $100,000 a year—a staggering burden even for well-off families. Added to the undeniable financial strain: the emotional and physical cost to caregivers, exorbitant in its own way. “Family care of frail elderly people has been linked to significant negative consequences for caregivers’ mental health,” one study reported, and “feelings of guilt are significantly related to caregiver distress.” By 2030, the 65+ demographic will account for more than…