Thursday, April 14 2022

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Some people cannot believe a bird can defy documentation by modern humans because we have such dominion over nature but it is endlessly interesting because if it has done that, it’s one pretty impressive bird. People who are into birds are fascinated by them. Ivory bills couldn’t care less, though. They hate all people.

That’s biologist Geoffrey Hill’s amusing (but accurate) response to reports of multiple sightings of the ivory-billed woodpecker—which was declared extinct last year. It was the happy end to a three-year quest to spot a bird last seen in 1944 in the US. Prized by hunters, their numbers started to dwindle and it entirely disappeared. Turns out the survivors may have learned to hide from human sight.


Stuff to check out: On the latest episode of the splainer podcast ‘Press Decode’, the splainer team looks at Punjabi music’s dominion over Indian pop culture—and the messy history of ancient monuments. Be sure to head over to the IVM website, Spotify or Apple Podcasts to listen to it.


No splainer tomorrow: Tomorrow is Good Friday, and the splainer team will be taking the day off. We wish you an excellent long Easter weekend—and will see you Monday morning! Try not to miss us too much:) 

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Big Story

Depp vs Heard: Is it defamation or domestic violence?

The TLDR: Actor Johnny Depp has sued his ex-wife Amber Heard for writing a Washington Post op-ed that implicitly accused him of domestic violence. We typically do not focus on celebrity drama, but the lawsuit is notable because it follows a familiar pattern in the #MeToo movement—where a woman airs her accusation in a public forum and is then sued for defamation (as with MJ Akbar). We look at the laws involved and whether Depp is likely to win.

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • The Russian invasion: The latest update
  • India’s aid strategy in Sri Lanka
  • Elon Musk is being sued
  • IVF could save the koalas
  • A price tag to make Gatsby proud
  • The alarming shrinking of tree coverage in the Amazon rainforest


Sanity Break

  • A funny ad for Swiss tourism with Anne Hathaway and Roger Federer


Reading Habit

  • A list of good literary reads
  • Quick fixes, aka, a few varied recommendations


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