Why you should care
Here’s what USA Today, NPR and Saturday Night Live picked up this week.
We have an awesome assortment of OZY’s best for you, ranging from a champion chess player and some super commuters to a serious sit-down with President Bill Clinton.
The Clinton Collection
OZY’s five-part interview with former president Bill Clinton continued to attract attention over the weekend, most notably Part 2, during which he said President Obama should allow Americans to keep the health-care coverage they had. NPR featured the story, which was also picked up by the national press, prompted a detailed response from the White House and was part of a Saturday Night Live skit. Be sure to watch the whole thing:
Magnus Carlsen is the highest-ranked chess player in the world and may soon become world champion, as he’s now leading the big matchup with Vishwanathan Anand 4-2. With pop-star good looks (and some fashion photos to his credit), the 22-year-old Norwegian is upending chess’s stuffy image. He has fully embraced the role of chess ambassador — from defeating Stephen Colbert in a game of rock-paper-scissors to modeling alongside Liv Tyler for clothing company G-Star Raw.
While he’s not the first chess player to appear in Sports Illustrated, he might be the first to pose shirtless, spiking a volleyball. Even Cosmopolitan has noticed — the U.K. version listed him among 2013’s sexiest men.
We’ve all heard about studies showing that extreme commuters are some of the Most Unhappy People in the world. According to the U.S. Census, there are about 10.8 million of ‘em with an hour commute or longer.
No wonder. Spending five mornings and evenings a week staring blankly at clogged lanes of traffic, scheming of ways to move to New Zealand — and getting fatter, lonelier and more depressed by the mile — is no way to live.
But feeling the wind, sun and water on your face as you paddle — or pedal — downriver or across the glistening ocean bay? A better start to the workday, wouldn’t you say?
“Much better,” says Judah Schiller, CEO of AIKO, a San Francisco design and innovation agency. He has literally been making waves with his new mode of transportation: a water bike. OZY explores other healthy, car-free, low-tech commutes.
Caviar is an Uber-esque company (with a kind of annoying name) that launched in San Francisco last September. Co-founders Jason Wang, Andy Zhang and Richard Din, all food-obsessed friends from UC-Berkeley, have — just like that — solved the city’s sorry food-delivery situation. They recently started pilot programs in Seattle and New York City, and the ultimate plan is to be in every major metropolitan area.
“Wait, it’s a food-delivery service called Caviar that doesn’t deliver caviar?” tweeted NYC-based food writer Francis Lam.
Correct. Not yet, anyway. In the meantime, though, they deliver everything else: fish tacos and fresh sushi, beef pho and biftec encebollado, chicken tikka masala and chicken parm.
The Great Recession caused one of the biggest, swiftest displacements of Americans in history. But where did everyone go?
While sociologists and demographers are just beginning to grapple with the fallout from the foreclosure crisis — no one knows for sure how many Americans were foreclosed on, although the best estimates are about 10 million — it’s clear that most of the displaced have stuck close to home.
At the height of the recession, from 2009 to 2010, only about 10.5 million people moved outside their counties, according to the Census Bureau — the lowest proportion since the bureau started tracking the number in 1947.
Instead, the displaced likely moved within their towns and cities. In 2010, the number of local moves increased sharply, to 24.2 million, the highest level in a decade, according to a study by Michael Stoll, professor of public policy at UCLA. Nearly a quarter of them moved for cheaper housing.