Why you should care
From Hollywood’s hottest producer to your next great read, here’s the best of OZY this week.
This week has seen a game of chess between the U.S., North Korea and China; a game of cat and mouse between Europe and the tech industry; a game of two halves as the NFL cracked down on kneeling players. Meanwhile the game is up for Harvey Weinstein, who is finally facing criminal charges.
On this long weekend, get ahead of the game with some forward-looking OZY spice in your life. So put your feet up with these 10 hand-picked highlights.
No. 1: The future’s bright: Because Food and People Are Terrible Things to Waste
A sustainable, equitable food model brings farmers and chefs together to address food shortages in Los Angeles.
Why You Should Care: Because this idea could grow nationwide.
No. 2: Remember the name: From Model to Hollywood’s Hottest Producer
Datari Turner was living it up as a model and then lost everything. Today, he’s a leading African-American producer of films and TV.
Why You Should Care: Datari Turner learned that starting over can put you on the path to success.
No. 3: Note this: Why This Linguistic Masterpiece on Slavery Should Be Your Next Read
This beguiling novel about an escaped slave lives up to Milan Kundera’s description of the author as the “heir of Joyce and Kafka.”
Why You Should Care: Reading this story compels you to help unravel its shape-shifting language.
No. 4: Watch: Straight Outta the Bronx — a Cambodian Rickshaw Driver
Luka Meas came to the U.S. as a child in 1981. More than 30 years later, he was deported and sent back to a country he barely remembered.
Why You Should Care: Because hundreds of people are deported from the U.S. every day.
Marie-Antoinette Tichler will make sure your family gets your b when you die.
Why You Should Care: Because she could be the Oprah of the crypto universe.
No. 6: Around the world: Malawi Doubles Down on Diesel for Power
The world’s second-poorest nation is buying Chinese diesel-powered generators to take on a crippling electricity shortage. But the move could backfire.
Why You Should Care: The future of this strategy could shape the future of Malawi’s fragile economy.
No 7: Need to know: Fixer, Pedophile, Star Witness for Robert Mueller — Meet George Nader
Many wonder whether this convicted pedophile could help connect the dots from Trump Tower to foreign powers.
Why You Should Care: Because he’s Darth Vader’s doppelgänger, and he could be the key to the Mueller investigation.
No. 8: Check it out: Your Next Great Listen — an Afrobeat and Metal Mashup
This fusing of two styles that typically wouldn’t be caught dead in the same record store together is deliciously catchy.
Why You Should Care: Because this could be your new favorite band.
No. 9: Get smart: The Philippines Gets Creative
Long reliant on outsourcing and remittances, this Southeast Asian country is building its creative industries to remain one of the world’s fastest-growing economies.
Why You Should Care: Films, art, advertising and software could propel the Philippines’ next economic boom.
No. 10: After dark: The Life and Strangely Sexual Death of Nelson Rockefeller
The famed businessman’s 70 years on Earth before succumbing to an alleged sex-fueled heart attack are truly the stuff beyond legend.
Why You Should Care: Because payoffs to porn stars are so 2018.