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Wednesday, May 12 2021


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Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes, it is a quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow.'

In these trying times, this quote from Mary Anne Radmacher offers a reminder of how brave each of us are already… so well done!

Big Story

Editor’s note: Attention, founding members! We have a fabulous guest lined up for our second edition of the Splainer AMA: Madhavi Menon, who is Director, Centre for Studies in Gender & Sexuality, at Ashoka University. She has written and spoken extensively (and brilliantly) about the history of sexuality in India—and is often nicknamed the ‘historian of desire’. So bring your questions about Bollywood, bhabhis, Mahabharata, the Kamasutra and all other sexy/sexual things under the Indian sun. Read: a review of her book here, and a wide-ranging interview here. Time/Date: 6 pm on Saturday, May 15, via Zoom. Sign up: for one of the limited slots here ASAP! Any remaining slots will be opened to the rest of our subscribers!

 

A flurry of fake-ish news

The TLDR: In recent days, two articles have been making the rounds on social media and WhatsApp—each published in dubious sounding publications. Wtf is going on? Here’s a brief investigation based on the available information. Note: Thank you to all our subscribers who messaged or emailed us about the Australia Today op-ed—often with excellent leads. You make splainer better!

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • The great pandemic: Good and bad vaccine news
  • Forced labour at a US temple
  • Rising temperatures will devastate tea plantations
  • A crazy tale of a Bengal tiger

 

A list of curious facts

  • The new slang to know is ‘cheugy’
  • Lego has come out with a ‘white noise’ album
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