Why you should care

From Broadway’s next rock star to Nicaragua’s Forrest Gump, here’s the best of OZY this week.

The week started with a warning from a United Nations panel on climate change that our planet is headed for an unprecedented crisis by 2040 at the current rate of warming. The week is ending with the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, which struck the Florida Panhandle with unprecedented fury.

Need some good news? A new solar farm is being opened on the uninhabitable site of the former Chernobyl nuclear power plant. And a Minnesota man revived a squirrel with CPR.

The weekend is here — a good time to relax with some great reading: Here are our favorite stories on OZY this week.

No. 1: In the Spotlight: Bikers Broadcast Slovakia’s New Cold War Divide

Why You Should Care: Slovakia is emerging as the next political battleground between the West and Russia.

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No. 2: You Oughta Know: Is She Broadway’s Next Rock Star?

Why You Should Care: Lauren Patten got a standing ovation at every sold-out performance of Jagged Little Pill. Could her next stop be the Great White Way?

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No. 3: Good Sh*t: The Nicaraguan Film That’ll Make You Angry Enough to Box, Happy Enough to Cry

Why You Should Care: Like many a sports film, La Yuma will have you rooting for the underdog, but it’s the characters that really steal the show.

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No. 4: Need to Know: Solar Finds Its Place in the Sun Among America’s Poor

Why You Should Care: Clean energy, long seen as a luxury for the affluent, is reaching more low-income homes.

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No. 5: The Huddle: This Chicago Cub’s Season May Never Be Seen Again

Why You Should Care: Because having your name forever connected with Sammy Sosa’s and Ryne Sandberg’s is a big deal in baseball.

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No. 6: Around the World: Nicaragua’s Forrest Gump Runs Against President Ortega

Why You Should Care: Alex Vanegas risks his life by running to protest a murderous regime, but he doesn’t know how to stop.

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No. 7: Meet: The Woman Who Saved the Sandinistas

Why You Should Care: Nora Astorga is remembered for a seduction and an assassination, even though her life was spent rebuilding Nicaragua’s government.

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No. 8: Sun Shift: Chinese Entrepreneurs Launch the Next Caribbean Invasion

Why You Should Care: Forget Beijing’s big government-sponsored projects. Chinese immigrants have a new home: the sun-soaked islands of the Caribbean.

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No. 9: Now Read This: Six Great Reads by Mexican Women

Why You Should Care: These translated texts by Mexican women bring grief into clear focus, touching on the loss of heart, home and sometimes self.

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No. 10: Flashback: How a Small Black-Owned Newspaper Fought a Racist Establishment and Won

Why You Should Care: Despite boycotts and racism, Black journalists built a community that’s still going strong.

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