Why you should care
From high-speed trains to a smart urn, here is the best of OZY this week.
This week on OZY we reported on a project in Texas that is at the heart of a quiet revival of high-speed rail plans, and that the nation’s first — a route connecting Houston to Dallas — could break ground later this year.
We have even more provocative stories for you to discover — Iceland’s only rabbi, an environmentalist fighting Colombia’s biggest-ever dam project, the rise of extremism in South African politics, a Wi-Fi-enabled urn that keeps a memorial tree alive, a huge religious festival notorious for people going missing and a look back at how Emperor Akihito brought Japan into the future. Plus we have an amazing love story about a man’s epic journey to find his wife. Here are our favorites on OZY this week.
No. 1: In the Spotlight: Can Texas Put American High-Speed Trains Back on the Rails?
Why You Should Care: A new model to finance high-speed train projects is drawing bipartisan support.
No. 2: Rising Star: The Story Behind Iceland’s Only Rabbi
Why You Should Care: Brooklyn native Avi Feldman is hoping to revive a population that, in official terms, does not legally exist.
No. 3: Against the Spread: Sports Leagues Bet Big on Winning Gambling Proceeds
Why You Should Care: MLB and the NBA are eyeing earnings from the very sports betting laws they’re officially opposing.
No. 4: Tree Tech Support: How to Keep Your Memory Tree Alive
Why You Should Care: This Wi-Fi-enabled, sci-fi plant pot will help you grow a memorial tree from ashes and prevent you from killing it.
Why You Should Care: Environmental activist Isabel Zuleta is fighting Colombia’s biggest-ever dam project to protect her people.
No. 6: Lost and Found: How the World’s Biggest Religious Festival Tracks 250K Missing People
Why You Should Care: The Kumbh festival in India is notorious for people going missing. Organizers finally have a fix.
No. 7: Copy That: Why the West Should Follow China in Push for National Death Education
Why You Should Care: Encouraging conversations around death would help people and their families prepare better for life’s one certainty.
No. 8: In the News: How South African Politics Is Going to Extremes
Why You Should Care: The African National Congress and the Democratic Alliance remain the country’s political poles, but they’re losing ground to more extremist parties.
No. 9: True Story: My Terrifying Trek Across Borders, Rivers and Jungles to Find My Wife
Why You Should Care: A Rohingya Muslim travels thousands of miles and risks his life to be reunited with his loved ones.