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Good morning! Whenever I’m really confused, I instinctively turn to my paati (grandmother in Tamil). A short chat later, I’m calm again. That’s what paatis around the world do. In today’s Wednesday whiskey, you’ll meet grandmoms from Mexico and Zimbabwe who are doubling up as innovative educators and psychiatrists, read about the fascinating history of the toothbrush and oral contraceptive pill, test your sporting knowledge and discover fun ideas for first dates!
It isn’t, according to Louisville, Kentucky’s mayor, even as the city agreed to pay a $12 million wrongful death settlement — the largest in its history — to the family of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old paramedic shot dead by police officers in her home in March. The city also promised major police reforms. But the officers involved in the shooting are still free. How meaningful is the settlement without their arrest? Vote on Twitter.
In a deal with Oracle that American regulators will review today, the viral Chinese app would be incorporated as its own U.S. company. But its parent, ByteDance, would retain majority shares and continue to own TikTok’s algorithm. Will Trump allow this immigrant in?
I’m not the only one who turns to their grandmother in their moments of need. In Mexico City, there’s an entire “corner” dedicated to just that.
Tortilla Con Tele
Grandma’s Tortilla Shop, a tortilleria on Mexico City’s southern edge, has set up a learning area where children can access free internet and educational television. Mexico’s government started televised classes in August amid the pandemic. But many homes have one television and several kids who need to access different lessons. The tortilla shop’s “Corner of Hope” can serve 50 children each day.
Let's Reimagine Work Together
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If you struggled with that quiz, don’t worry. My brain’s frequently scrambled these days too. As the pandemic casts fresh attention on mental health, meet some of the pioneers transforming the way we mind our minds — and yes, grandmothers figure here too!
Caste discrimination hit her on the first day of college, when other students snubbed her over her English. That only drove Kandukuri, the daughter of parents from socially disadvantaged groups, to found Blue Dawn, a unique mental health support group targeted at the trauma experienced by these communities, which constitute 80 percent of India’s population. "It is like racism in America but like a thousand times more complicated," Kandukuri says. Indeed, 65 percent of hate crimes there are against the lowest caste Indians. It'll take a new dawn to change that. A Blue Dawn.Read more.
Nylon bristles that take the shape of your teeth as you scrub them are actually fairly recent. Until as late as 1938, toothbrushes used boar bristles. They were invented in China, where boar hairs were first used to clean teeth in 1498. Wild, right? And in India, twigs of the medicinal neem plant have been used for millennia.
2. E-Waste 3D Printer
It’s hard to imagine in many of our consumerist throwaway societies. But at WɔɛLab, a Togo-based incubator for tech firms, innovators have built a 3D printer out of a discarded refrigerator. Read more about the innovations turning the poor West African nation into a leader in e-waste management.
3. Contraceptive Pill
Like the toothbrush, we take it for granted. But did you know that the man who first synthesized the main chemical of the pill was from Mexico? Chemist Luis Miramontes, the co-inventor of the pill in 1951, is the only Mexican in the U.S. Inventors Hall of Fame. It’s hard to reproduce such brilliance.
You will find plenty of brilliance in this new LinkedIn interview series.
Leading the B-Suite
Rhonda Morris, chief human resources officer at Chevron, and Adam Bryant, a former New York Times writer, interview leading Black entrepreneurs — including OZY CEO and co-founder Carlos Watson and Ruth Simmons, president of Prairie View A&M University.
If your idea of a pandemic-era date is to binge watch Netflix, you need to get creative. These unconventional ideas might just spark that romance — but they’re also just fun by themselves!
No, do not play the movie and gawk at Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. Instead plan to wake up early and watch the sunrise together. Find the best sunrise spot in your city for what could be the dawn of a new relationship.
2. City Tour
If you’re ready to make a day of it, pack some water and snacks, and take your date on a tour of the stunning yet unheralded parts of your city that you love. The streets are still fairly empty and you’re visiting offbeat places, so social distancing shouldn’t be too hard.
3. Board Games
If the day has gone well, you could round it off with a board game — ideally in a park. It’ll tell you how competitive and fun your date really is. Trust me, everyone lets their “I’m perfect” guard down during a competitive board game.