Why you should care
From the Afghan App Store to predicting the next recession, here’s the best of OZY this week.
In a week of radical transformations, China’s President Xi became somewhat of an emperor; America’s President Trump became an anti-gun campaigner; and Russia’s President Putin gave a pre-election speech that was … actually pretty standard Putin. Above all the noise, OZY is here to help you see beyond the headlines. This Oscars weekend, cuddle up with this hand-picked selection of OZY highlights from the past seven days.
No. 1: Election watch: Can a Hillary-Voting Republican Thrive in Texas?
Jenifer Sarver worries the GOP is losing a generation, and is using her long-shot run for Congress to win them back.
Why You Should Care: Because there are plenty of political orphans these days.
No. 2: Plug in: Afghanistan’s Great App Escape
Mobile phone use is rocketing in this war-torn nation — and apps are changing how people communicate, stay safe and fill governance voids.
Why You Should Care: Because this war-torn country is rebuilding itself, one app at a time.
No. 3: Get Streaming: The Perfect Follow-Up Flicks to This Year’s Oscar Nominees
Liked Lady Bird or Get Out? Try these genre-bending options to keep feeding your moviegoer appetite.
Why You Should Care: Because Lady Bird and Carrie are similar. Trust us.
No. 4: Be smart: Can Emperor Yuan Dethrone King Dollar as the World’s Currency?
China is the world’s biggest buyer of most commodities — so what happens if it demands to pay its suppliers in yuan instead of dollars?
Why You Should Care: Because dethroning the dollar means devaluing the entire U.S. economy.
No. 5: Stick it to the man: Meet Moldova’s Rabble-Rousing Journalist
TV presenter Natalia Morari has an impressive track record and a passion for social activism.
Why You Should Care: Because change takes guts.
We asked whether children should be allowed to select their own gender. Here’s what you had to say.
Why You Should Care: Because trans people are here to stay.
No. 7: True Story: The Dead Kid Next Door
Bad stuff can be pretty remote if we’re lucky, but if we’re not so lucky? It’s anything but remote.
Why You Should Care: Because bad things happen to good people with much greater frequency than we care to admit.
No. 8: Lone Stars: LGBT Candidates Are Rising … Starting in Texas
The push for a “bathroom bill” — and Donald Trump — inspired a surge of LGBT candidates.
Why You Should Care: Because looming primaries are an early test for this movement.
No. 9: Believe it or not: The New Age of Aerospace Is in Huntsville, Alabama
A key player in the original space race, this surprising city is reprising its crucial role as the private sector invests in the final frontier.
Why You Should Care: Because a lot of the people who will get us to Mars hang their hats in Huntsville.
No. 10: Be inspired: How This (Female) Star Made Basketball History
When Ann Meyers Drysdale became the first woman invited to an NBA tryout, some called it a publicity stunt. Others called it historic.
Why You Should Care: Because Ann Meyers Drysdale didn’t back down from any challenge.