Welcome to fall! It’s thoughty Thursday, your opportunity to get your mental corn popping in time for the weekend!
Jelani Cobb: the man behind critical race theory. The New Yorker
Matt Lavietes reports that the Department of Justice limits use of chokeholds and no-knock warrants. Axios
Patty Nieberg: police in Elijah McClain’s hometown racially biased, officials say. Associated Press
Alysia Harris: “We have to evaluate the motives of health care institutions.” Scalawag
Curtis Bunn: digital records from 19th century give Black families a glimpse of their ancestry. NBC News
Ashawnta Jackson explains how Eyes on the Prize, one of the most influential historical documentaries of all time, almost didn’t get made. JSTOR Daily
Sagamok Anishnawbek, Mississauga, and Serpent River First Nations to host ceremony before searching residential school site. CBC
Kelly Hayes reports that Line 3 resisters light the way in a battle for life on Earth. TruthOut
Lindsey Bark reports that Lawrence Panther teaches first Cherokee language class at University of Arkansas. Cherokee Phoenix
Leila Fadel: for many American Muslims, the legacy of 9/11 is the fight for civil rights. NPR
1,000 Dreams shares the stories of refugees. Compelling.
Livia Gershon: evading abortion bans with mutual aid. JSTOR Daily
Brian Naylor: Aly Raisman, Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, and Maggie Nichols blast the FBI’s mishandling of their allegations about Larry Nassar. NPR
Joe Friessen and Molly Hayes: Western University reels as student dies from assault; social media sparks investigation into sexual violence. The Globe and Mail
Avis Favaro, Elizabeth St. Philip, and Alexandra Mae Jones take us inside an Ontario ICU where all the covid-19 patients are largely young, and all unvaccinated. CTV News
Guy Kawasaki interviews Juliet Funt (daughter of Alan, of Candid Camera fame) about how you can really be productive at work (spoiler: it’s not do more with less). The Remarkable People Podcast
The entire SpaceX Inspiration4 launch. The exciting part is in the last 30 minutes or so, but if you have the time, the commentary throughout is fascinating. NASA Spaceflight
Frank Jacobs: did dark magic conjure up the British Empire? Big Think
Alice Albina reviews history from Boudicca to modern Britain: the dream of island utopias ruled by women. The Guardian
Olivia Box explains how wind energy could affect marine ecosystems. JSTOR Daily
Jessica Steward shares Albert Dros’ enchanting photos of Madeira’s ancient Fanal Forest filled with 500-year-old trees. My Modern Met
The mystery of Earth’s disappearing giants. In our nature | It’s okay to be smart
Thank you for visiting, and I hope you took away something to inspire a future creative project.
Until next tipsday, be well and stay safe; be kind and stay strong. The world needs your stories!