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Your Weekend Reader for Oct. 23-24

Let's start this weekend with a provocative new piece from The Atlantic's Pulitzer-winning science writer, Ed Yong, about the future of public health -- a particularly timely topic these days. Here's a quote that gives you a feel for the piece: As the 20th century...

Your Weekend Reader for Oct. 16-17

Update: Washington State University head football coach Nick Rolovich, who's mentionedin an item below, was fired on Monday, along with four of his assistants, for refusing to get a COVID vaccination. With that update out of the way, let's start this week -- as we...

Your Weekend Reader for Oct. 9-10

Let's start with a deep dive into the state of local newspapers today. I promise I have some fun reads in store this weekend, but this isn't one of them: Elaine Godfrey, a staff writer at The Atlantic, took a long look at what happened when the newspaper chain...

Your Weekend Reader for Oct. 2-3

I'm posting this edition of Your Weekend Reader earlier than usual so that you have a few hours to bid on some of the Duck Stamp paintings that "Last Week Tonight" entered into the annual U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service competition; bidding ends Friday evening. For...

Your Weekend Reader for Sept. 25-26

Wait: This is the last weekend of September? How did that happen? It's an eternal question, that "How did that happen?" I'm not sure there's always a good answer. But, as you ponder it, you could also ponder these selected readings. This might change in the wake of...

Your Weekend Reader for Sept. 18-19

Let's start this edition of Your Weekend Reader (I'm still waiting for the lawsuit from the Weekly Reader folks to roll in, but in the meantime, I like that title) the same way that we started last week: with a story about Oregon wildfires. The Atlantic's October...

Your Weekend Reader for Sept. 11-12

So, um, I got distracted this weekend, which explains a little bit why this edition of the Weekend Reader is being posted late on Sunday afternoon. My apologies, although I have a modicum of an excuse, which I'll hint at below. In the meantime, if you wanted to hang...

Your Weekend Reader for Sept. 4-6

It's the Labor Day weekend, so you have an additional day to check out the cornucopia of curated material that I have carefully tracked down and assembled for your reading pleasure. (I sound like Stephen Colbert introducing his "Meanwhile" segment on "The Late Show.")...

Your Weekend Reader for Aug. 28-29

It's the last weekend of August. Where HAS this summer gone? Oh, that's right -- delta came and snatched il away. The emergence of the delta variant of the coronavirus has put a big damper on this summer. But maybe it has given us a little more time this weekend to...