Posts Tagged ‘New York Times’

The Loneliest Job in Soccer

October 16, 2020

Legendary Arsenal FC goalkeeper Bob Wilson explains why goalies have the loneliest job in soccer. Video by Andre Andreev for The New York Times

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New York City: Empire in Decline?

July 30, 2020

 

Even before the rich fled New York City during the pandemic, native New Yorker Mara Gay asked if the Big Apple has run out of big ideas. A New York Times video Op-Ed.

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The Dead City

April 28, 2020

Die Tote Stadt” (“The Dead City”), an opera by Erich Korngold (1897-1957), is back from the dead. Premiered to great acclaim in Vienna in 1920, it dissappeared after the Anschluss in 1931, since it’s the work of a Jewish composer. The exiled Korngold became a legendary Hollywood film composer. In the past year “Die Todt Stadt” has been revived by the Teatro alla Scala in Milan and the Bavarian State Opera in Munich.

More:

“How a Forgotten Opera Made a Big Comeback,” Joshua Barone, New York Times

“Erich Wolfgang Korngold, the Opera Composer Who Went Hollywood,” Alex Ross, The New Yorker

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Why does the moon look so much bigger when it’s on the horizon?

February 4, 2020

The moon looks bigger when it’s on the horizon. Why? A New York Times video.

Related:

“What Is a Supermoon?” Elizabeth Howell, Space.com

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Losing the War Against Bacteria

January 29, 2020

Bacteria are outsmarting our wonder drugs. A New York Times videos.

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Is Your Plastic Really Being Recycled?

January 24, 2020

Is your plastic actually being recycled? A New York Times Video Op Ed.

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The Front Lawn

November 29, 2019

The largest irrigated crop in America is grass, all those front lawns. How did that happen? A New York Times video.

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Namaste! Largest Yoga Studio Chain Is the Biggest Scam

April 10, 2019

Namaste! Largest Yoga Studio Chain Is the Biggest Scam

CorePower Yoga, America’s largest chain of yoga studios, is a pyramid scheme that’s scammed thousands of teachers, promising enlightenment, but not wages.

“At yoga studios around the country, teacher training is a popular way for instructors to supplement income from one-off classes and for students to advance in skill level — to deepen one’s practice, in yogi parlance. It’s not usually promoted as a career path. Rather, teacher training is offered as a kind of advanced workshop.

But CorePower, the country’s largest yoga studio chain, has a distinctly profitable approach: It enlists teachers as salespeople and incentivizes them with bonuses.”

— “Should Every American Citizen Be a Yoga Teacher?” Alice Hines, New York Times

More:

“How Teaching Yoga Is Like Multilevel Marketing,” Tanja Hester, OurNextLife

Related:

“CorePower Yoga Pays $1.4M in Class-Action Lawsuit,” Joy C. Einstein, Martindale

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The President was elected In the checkout aisle.

December 18, 2018

The President was elected In the checkout aisle.

National Enquirer publisher David Pecker admitted to felony campaign law violations in the “trap and kill” hush money operation to silence Donald Trump’s mistresses, but his other undeclared contribution to the Trump campaign, worth millions, reached the candidate’s low-information supporters close to home, at the checkout counter magazine rack.

“It was the real-world embodiment of the fantasy online world of trolls, Russian and domestic, who polluted the political discourse. From its perches at Publix and Safeway, it was often doing the same job as Alex Jones, of the conspiracy site Infowars, and the more strident Trump campaign surrogates on Twitter and Facebook.

The Enquirer spread false stories about Hillary Clinton — illnesses concealed, child prostitution, bribery, treason. Each cover trumpeting these tales was arguably more powerful than a tweet from an account with millions of followers.”

“‘Wondering what The Enquirer’s covers were worth to the Trump campaign, I called Regis Maher, a co-founder of Do It Outdoors, the national mobile and digital billboard company. He said a campaign with that level of national prominence would cost $2.5 million to $3 million a month. ‘It’s such a powerful placement,’ Mr. Maher said. ‘Everybody’s gotta go to the grocery store.’”

“More Powerful Than a Russian Troll Army: The National Enquirer,” Jim Rutenberg, New York Times

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Climate Change Is Making Hurricanes Worse

November 22, 2018

Climate change is making hurricanes worse. New York Times climate team reporter Kendra Pierre-Louis explains.

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