Welcome to thoughty Thursday, the curation of random stuff intended to get your mental corn popping.
Nina Bahadur explains how Black doulas are fighting the maternal mortality crisis. CBS
Rashawn Ray interrogates what defunding the police means and does the idea have merit? Brookings
Evie Muir: racial gaslighting and microaggressions can’t be ignored any longer. Refinery 29
Margot Gage Witvliet: I’m a covid-19 long-hauler and an epidemiologist—here’s how it feels to have symptoms for months. (Included in the BLM section because there are elements of racial gaslighting at play.) The Conversation
How and when will we have a covid-19 vaccine? ASAP Science
Sarah Newey and Paul Nuki explain how the pandemic set global development back 25 years in 25 weeks. The Telegraph
Sophie Haigney: the pandemic is transforming how Americans use public libraries, parks, and streets—and it’s depriving vulnerable people of space when they need it most. Insider
Minda Zetlin shares five habits that will help you stay focused all day and Traci Stein explains why they work. (To help with covid brain.) Inc.
Why do we dream? Amy Adkins | TED-Ed
Nina Totenberg reports on the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, champion of gender equality, at 87. NPR
Hope Reese interviews Noam Chomsky about his new book: there’s reason for hope. JSTOR Daily
Nadia Drake: possible sign of life on Venus stirs heated debate. National Geographic
Jonathan Amos wonders, will private firms win the race to Venus? BBC
Dark matter is even stranger than we thought. SciShow Space
Ian Bogost: your phone wasn’t built for the apocalypse. The Atlantic
Rachel Lovell explains how nanoclay turns desert into farmland in the UAE. BBC
Enjoy some frissons musicale with this Pentatonix cover of Tears for Fears’ Mad World.
Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you’re able to take away something to inspire your next creative project.
Until next tipsday, be well and stay safe, be kind, and stay strong. The world needs your stories!