Why you should care
From Chinese startup secrets to at-home brain stimulation, here is the best of OZY this week.
This week we uncovered a dirty secret about the dumping of Northern waste into Southern states. We also learned that Chinese startups are edging out their Silicon Valley competitors with a secret weapon: optimism.
Read on for stories about mainstream trans porn, a once-in-a-lifetime hike and a shocking disappearance that you may not have heard of. Here are our favorites on OZY this week.
No. 1: Love Thy Neighbor: The Bible Belt Is Becoming a Dumping Ground
Why You Should Care: Progressive waste laws are playing a game of “pass the trash” that falls mostly on poor, rural, minority communities in the South.
No. 2: DIY Health: Can At-Home Brain Stimulation Really Treat Depression?
Why You Should Care: Companies are increasingly peddling personal brain-stimulating devices, but there’s little evidence yet that they work.
No. 3: Positive Business: Chinese Startups Are Beating Silicon Valley … at Hopefulness
Why You Should Care: Despite the trade war, China’s business climate is more hopeful than in the United States — at least for startups.
No. 4: Eye-Opening History: Taking the First — and Only — Reproduction Tour in America
Why You Should Care: Want to know more about the history of birth control and abortion in New York City? Take this two-hour tour.
No. 5: Expanding Options: Trans Porn, Long Shunned, Goes Mainstream
Why You Should Care: Led by stars with growing evidence of audience appeal, trans porn is stepping out of the shadows and into the limelight.
No. 6: Original Series: How Digital Banks Are Breaking Up Latin America’s Finance Monopolies
Why You Should Care: Banks have enjoyed decades of monopolistic control in Latin America. A growing band of new digital banks is threatening their hegemony.
No. 7: The Thread: The National Team With a History of Fighting Back
Why You Should Care: Because Team USA’s stars hope their World Cup triumph will carry over to their legal battles off the field.
No. 8: Meet Her at OZY Fest: She Knows How to Bank on Female Sexual Pleasure
Why You Should Care: Because making money can be gender-blind. Or not.
No. 9: Worldly Walks: Take a Magnificent Glimpse Into Myanmar’s Tribal North
Why You Should Care: It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see an untouched corner of the country.
No. 10: Flashback: Why Thousands of Sikh Men Disappeared at the Hands of Police
Why You Should Care: A crackdown saw a generation of young men go missing at the hands of Indian security forces.