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On Saturday, Nellie Bowles, a technology reporter for The New York Times, wrote a piece about Campbell Brown, the former news anchor recently hired by Facebook to help the social media giant improve its relationship with the news media. One obvious problem is Facebooks contribution to the dissemination of fake news, which Brown is now fighting. How? Let the Paper of Record tell you all about it.
Ms. Brown, wrote Bowles, wants to use Facebooks existing Watch product a service introduced in 2017 as a premium product with more curation that has nonetheless been flooded with far-right conspiracy programming like Palestinians Pay $400 million Pensions For Terrorist Families.
Let’s just get it rollin’. No messing around. It’s your Week In Rear View.
Chuck Schumer will not rest until you’re stoned: The senator from New York introduced a bill today that would decriminalize marijuana, announced earlier this week in an interview with Vice.
My friend, writer Stephanie Dolgoff, has been eradicating my SAD (Schmuck-in-the-White-House Affective Disorder) all week with manic Facebook musings about whether the sweet Michael Cohen she kissed at sleepaway camp in the Poconos in 1979 grew up to become the sour Cheetos chief counsel. Equipped with only her memories and a blurry black-and-white picture of a tween boy in a pukka-shell necklace, she and her camp friends did a ton of difficult forensic work, trying to figure out if that cute wee Mike developed a post-adolescent pugnacious chin and a penchant for only having three clients. Her anxiety and detective skills produced a truly hilarious story for Next Tribe, a new website for women aged 45-plus, which you must check out.
Steph’s mission was tough, because, as she noted, You couldnt swing a tetherball at Jewish camp in the late 1970s without hitting a Michael Cohen. Indeed, they were as numerous as the stars in the sky and the sand of the seashore. She mused: That floppy brown hair. That entitled confidence. That slightly agape, indignant mouth. Was that the same mouth that had inexpertly met mine, all those years ago? And if it was, do I have retroactive cooties?
An ambitious new musical has opened off-Broadway, titled One Thousand Nights and One Day (and, in the spirit of Angels in America playing a few blocks away, wordily subtitled “a postmodern musical fantasia”). A jam packed ninety minutes spans millennia, continents, different versions of reality. The program describes the setting as “mostly a mythological medieval Persia and New York City in the present and near future, the piece goes everywhere,” and that is an understatement.
The initial story is familiar, and fairly straightforward. The show begins with the tale of Scheherazade, the young woman wed to a murderous king who indefinitely delays her own execution by regaling her husband with cliffhangers. As the show progresses, however, her tales bleed over into another world present-day New York. It is the story of the romantic relationship between two young people, Dahna and Alan. They meet at Columbia University, when Dahna, a Palestinian-American, gets into an argument with Alan Dershowitz about BDS. Alan (not Dershowitz) is smitten.
Unorthodox, the world’s leading Jewish podcast, takes questions from its listeners about all aspects of Jewish life, from the religiously profound to the utterly inconsequential. Every week, we discuss one of these questions in Ask Unorthodox. If you have a question, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What to do with leftovers? Turns out its as much a spiritual as it is a practical question. Our listener David Mann Stark, a member of the podcasts Facebook group, wrote to us with a simple but stark conundrum: Aluminum foil or plastic baggies?