Why you should care
From good deaths to underwater rugby, here’s the best of OZY this week.
This week saw an emotional send-off for President George H.W. Bush, Brexit chaos for U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May and the arrest of Huawei top executive Meng Wanzhou. In lighter news, the Dick Cheney biopic Vice snagged the most 2019 Golden Globe nominations (with six nods).
We had many shining-star stories on OZY this week. Find a comfy spot to relax and enjoy some of our favorite reads.
No. 1: Good Deaths: Going Out on a High: The Doctor Advocating LSD for the Dying
Why You Should Care: Dr. Ira Byock advocates a formula to make the last few years of living suck a little less.
No. 2: Canine Calmer: Herbal Tea Has Gone to the Dogs
Why You Should Care: These concoctions for canines are specially blended to help with Fido’s anxiety and digestion — and to freshen his breath.
No. 3: Opinion: What George H.W. Bush Taught Us All About Governing
Why You Should Care: The 41st president, who has died at age 94, leaves a compassionate legacy that stands in contrast with today’s Republican Party.
No. 4: Grand Slam: Osaka Is Just the Beginning: The Rise of Tennis in Japan
Why You Should Care: With investments in school tennis and a resurgence in the number of players, Japan is preparing for a future as a tennis power.
No. 5: Auto Pilot: Mary Barra’s Unpopular Bid to Save General Motors
Why You Should Care: Can GM’s bold CEO successfully steer the automaker through its latest storm?
No. 6: Coming Together: Forget Brexit: Central Asia Moves Toward Its Own ‘Schengen’ Zone
Why You Should Care: For a quarter of a century, the five ’stans were divided and at one another’s throats. Now, they’re planting the seeds for integration.
No. 7: “Yabacon Valley”: Nigeria’s Tech Startups Defy the Odds
Why You Should Care: Without the startup ecosystems of the West, Nigerian entrepreneurs are building their nation, innovation by innovation.
No. 8: Feline Fixer: How a Cat Helped South Asia’s Bikini Killer Escape Prison
Why You Should Care: How did a mystery man become the world’s most wanted criminal? A deep dive into the dark chronicles of Charles Sobhraj is a good place to start.
No. 9: Take a Bite: New Wave Varieties Upset the Apple Cart
Why You Should Care: Increasingly diverse food preferences are spawning a wave of new apple varieties that could soon push out old, familiar ones from stores.
No. 10: Defying Death: Breathing Is Optional: How to Become an Underwater Torpedo
Why You Should Care: The extreme sport of underwater rugby trains people to last longer underwater without breathing via the art of distraction.