Friday, March 11 2022

Dive In


So I was denied access into the clubhouses. That’s fine. Put my shoes on here in the parking lot. I asked two questions only, that was it. Where was the first tee, and what was the course record? Not complicated.

That’s Tiger Woods making a rare comment about the racism he faced as a black kid playing in whites-only golf clubs. It was part of a longer, emotional speech at a ceremony to mark his entry into the World Golf Hall of fame. Interestingly, his 15-minute speech made no mention of his many victories—but focused on his childhood and years of struggle.


Stuff to check out: On the latest episode of the splainer podcast ‘Press Decode’, the splainer team discussed the politics of rescue—be it freeing students in Ukraine or the ocean of plastic waste. Be sure to head over to the IVM website, Spotify or Apple Podcasts to listen to it.


Missed talking to Konkona? You can now watch our AMA with the brilliant actor Konkona Sen—who offered lively, thoughtful and frank answers to our subscribers’ questions. 

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Big Story

The state election results: A major triumph, a big relief and utter despair

The TLDR: The outcome of the five state elections offered reassurance to the BJP, an outsized victory to the Aam Aadmi Party and an unmitigated debacle to Congress. It also marked the definitive end to hopes that either the Gandhis or their party would redeem themselves.

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • The Russian invasion: The latest update
  • Tinder gets serious about safety
  • Black Panther director arrested
  • Indians invade Bridgerton
  • Google Arts and Culture celebrates diversity
  • Jorō spider invades America
  • New to science: A rainbow-coloured fish
  • The Hill's horseshoe bat found in Rwanda
  • Sebastian Vettel shows support for Ukraine


Sanity Break

  •  An 18th/19th century painting titled ‘Elephant with female mahout’


Weekend Advisory

  • Good stuff to watch this weekend
  • A list of good reads


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