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Thursday, April 1 2021


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I didn’t watch the documentary but from what I did see of it I was embarrassed by the light they put me in. I cried for two weeks and well …. I still cry sometimes!!!!

That’s Britney Spears finally breaking her silence on ‘Framing Britney Spears’—a recent documentary that turned the spotlight on the objectification and vilification of Spears as a teenage pop star. Why this quote struck us: filmmakers or journalists who think they are calling out the exploitation of a woman may, in fact, make her feel more exploited than ever. Something to chew on… Also: Spears posted her reaction along with a heartwarming video of her dancing. 

Big Story

India’s big and tragic forest fire problem

The TLDR: A massive forest first is raging through Bandhavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh. But it is just the latest in a series of forest fires that have devastated India’s largest and most precious biospheres this year. So who is to blame for this tragic trend? Climate change, yes. But what about the Adivasis—who are often the first to be named as a cause? We look at the big picture and deeper causes for this growing threat to our forests.

 

Paging all present/future founding members

The TLDR: As you may know, splainer’s origin story is rooted in the generosity of 200-odd founding members who donated Rs 2,000-10,000 to help us get started in June, 2020. To this day—as the ranks of our founding members continue to grow 🙏🏽—they help support our growth plans, including the development of an app (yay!). How do we do more for you, and deepen our relationship with you?  

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • Jair Bolsonaro is in trouble
  • India’s shocking gender ranking
  • Google is worse than Apple
  • Swiss Army’s new underwear policy
  • SpaceX gets a big-ass window

 

Reading Habit

  • Sylvia Plath’s fascinating relationship with food in her private journals
  • ‘Dead Wake’: An engrossing read about a luxury ship during WWI
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