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The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - House GOP drama intensifies; BIden sets new vax goal...
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Presented by Emergent BioSolutions Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. Today is Wednesday, and Happy Cinco de Mayo! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators. Readers can find us on Twitter @asimendinger and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE to subscribe!Total U.S. coronavirus deaths as of each morning this week: Monday, 577,045; Tuesday, 577,523; Wednesday, 578,500.President Biden on Tuesday updated his months-long effort to encourage Americans to treat July 4 as a kind of COVID-19 liberation opportunity among those who long for baseball and barbecues, parades and patriotism, and something approaching normal life. The key to celebrating independence from the virus is a dose of vaccine by July, Biden said. He wants the United States to move closer to one-dose inoculation of at least 70 percent of adults, or about 160 million people (The Hill and The New York Times). As of Tuesday, at least 56 percent of all U.S. adults had received at least one COVID-19 shot, according to available data. “We're going to keep at it,” the president said with a nod to Americans who remain hesitant. “At the end of the day, most people will be convinced by the fact that their failure to get a vaccine may cause other people to be sick and die.” The administration also announced it is shifting its distribution of vaccine doses to reallocate supplies not ordered by some states to send to other states where demand is higher (The Washington Post and The Hill). Biden is stepping gingerly to drive up the vaccination rate using carrots and inducements, aware that the range of fears, obstinacy, misinformation, mistrust and political leanings are tough to overcome between now and Independence Day as virus variants spread but infection and hospitalization rates drop. Many hundreds of Americans are still dying from the coronavirus each day — new daily reported deaths in the United States rose 4.2 percent in the last week — but millions of unvaccinated adults insist the risks of severe sickness or death are low. “Two of our vaccines were authorized under a prior administration, Republican administration,” the president said without mentioning former President TrumpDonald TrumpWill Biden provide strategic clarity or further ambiguity on Taiwan? Taliban launches massive offensive after missed deadline for US troop withdrawal Republicans urge probe into Amazon government cloud-computing bid: report MORE by name. “If we can continue to drive vaccinations up, and caseloads down, we'll need our masks even less and less,” Biden added, emphasizing one plus that many fed-up mask-wearers take to heart. The next stage of the COVID-19 vaccination program will be tougher, the president conceded, because each state’s early adopters with the easiest access to appointments and mass vaccination sites have likely already received one or more doses (The Hill). The Associated Press: Pennsylvania will lift all COVID-19 restrictions on Memorial Day while retaining the state’s mask mandate. Capacity restrictions on bars, restaurants and other businesses as well as gathering limits for indoor and outdoor events will be lifted on May 31, meaning concert halls, sports stadiums and wedding venues could soon be packed for the first time since early 2020. NBC News: Chicago sets its sights on fully reopening by July 4. Niall Stanage: The Memo: Biden moves into new phase of COVID-19 fight. The Wall Street Journal: CVS Health Corp., a partner in the government’s vaccination program, says its rate of administering shots has fallen by 30 percent as the rollout slows because of persistent hesitancy. Like its rivals, CVS has begun offering walk-in and same-day appointments for injections in a bid to improve uptake. “We have kind of passed the wave of people who really wanted to get it and who signed up,” CVS Health CEO Karen Lynch said. “There is a part of the population that says, ‘I’m only going to get it if it’s easy and convenient and if I happen to be in a place where I can get it.’ There are other populations where people are just afraid.” Stepped-up education on the safety and efficacy of the vaccine and improved access are needed to address both issues, she said. Paying for persuasion: Millions of Americans lined up for COVID-19 vaccinations early this year believing that being virus-free and alive was inducement enough to scramble for doses. They waited their turns, put up with inconvenience and frustration and said they were thrilled to get jabbed. Now some states are experimenting with offering $100 as an inducement to those who waited because of skepticism or have been delayed because of where they live or other impediments. Do monetary or other perks work? Apparently so, reports The New York Times. The Hill: Washington, D.C., is offering free beer to residents who get a coronavirus vaccine. Washington Mayor Muriel BowserMuriel BowserOvernight Health Care: Biden sets goal of at least one shot to 70 percent of adults by July 4 | White House to shift how it distributes unallocated vaccines to states DC offering free beer to residents who get a coronavirus vaccine DC drops most mask restrictions for vaccinated adults MORE (D) announced Tuesday that individuals can get Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot coronavirus vaccine and a beer from Solace Brewing Co., a craft brewery, on Thursday. The Washington Post: Officials grapple with vaccine hesitancy among Latino evangelicals. Among that demographic’s worries: Will the technology allow authorities to keep tabs on immigrants? Religion also plays a significant role in vaccine hesitancy. Pfizer says it will apply to the Food and Drug Administration in September to clear use of its vaccine in children ages 2 to 11. The company said it also plans to apply this month for full approval of the vaccine for use in people from ages 16 to 85. And it said it expected to have clinical trial data on the safety of its vaccine in pregnant women by early August (The New York Times). The Associated Press: U.S. parents say they are excited about the prospect of virus shots for children. With school reopenings in mind, educators have already embraced vaccines for students 16 and up, with some scheduling vaccine clinics during school hours and dangling prize drawings and other incentives. Big bet, big payoff for Pfizer: On Tuesday, Pfizer announced its COVID-19 vaccine produced $3.5 billion in revenue in the first three months of this year, nearly a quarter of the company’s total. The company did not disclose its coronavirus vaccine profits, but it reiterated its previous prediction that its profit margins on the vaccine would be in the high 20 percent range. That would translate into roughly $900 million in pretax vaccine profits in the first quarter. Pfizer has been widely credited with developing an unproven technology that has saved lives. Other vaccine developers pledged to forgo profits from their breakthroughs during the pandemic (The New York Times). International: Rising rates of coronavirus infections in Brazil and elsewhere in Latin America pose a risk to the United States. The Biden administration has provided an initial down payment of $2 billion to the global COVID-19 vaccine alliance, shipped emergency materials to India to help stock up its vaccine-development, and “loaned” vaccines to Mexico and Canada. But shipping from the U.S. stockpile of vaccines to hard-hit countries such as Brazil and India has not occurred (The Hill). Singapore tightens its COVID-19 curbs as overseas virus variants are detected (Reuters). A MESSAGE FROM EMERGENT BIOSOLUTIONS At Emergent, we make things you never thought you’d need. A treatment to counteract an opioid overdose. Protection from anthrax, smallpox and botulism. And now, we’re in the fight against COVID-19. Learn more.LEADING THE DAYCONGRESS: The feud between House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyTucker Carlson targets McCarthy over ties to GOP pollster Frank Luntz The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Can Cheney defy the odds and survive again? Trump muddles Republican messaging on Afghanistan MORE (R-Calif.) and House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyWSJ editorial board: 'Purging Liz Cheney for honesty would diminish' GOP Gender politics hound GOP in Cheney drama Kinzinger backs Cheney on criticism of Republican Party MORE (R-Wyo.) escalated further on Tuesday as McCarthy said that he has “lost confidence” in Cheney as part of leadership. McCarthy’s comments came as part of an off-camera conversation with “Fox & Friends” host Steve Doocy and subsequently leaked to Axios. “I think she's got real problems,” McCarthy told the host off-air before an appearance on the show. “I've had it with her. You know, I've lost confidence. ... Well, someone just has to bring a motion, but I assume that will probably take place.” During the on-camera interview, McCarthy told Doocy that members of his caucus are “concerned” about the Wyoming Republican’s ability to carry out her job as chairwoman of the House GOP as the party becomes increasingly impatient with her anti-Trump stance. When asked about reports that Republicans are unhappy with Cheney in leadership because of her vote to impeach Trump, McCarthy said the concern is not her vote on impeachment but rather her ability to carry out the party’s message.” “There's no concern about how she voted on impeachment. That decision has been made. I have heard from members concerned about her ability to carry out the job as conference chair — to carry out the message,” McCarthy said (The Hill). With a vote on Cheney’s future likely to come up next week when the House returns to Washington from recess, The Hill’s Scott Wong reports that the GOP has a gender problem on its hands as the conference prepares to potentially oust the lone woman in leadership. Rep. Elise StefanikElise Marie StefanikThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Can Cheney defy the odds and survive again? Allies of GOP leader vow to oust Liz Cheney Kerry faces calls to step down over leaked Iran tapes MORE (R-N.Y.) is considered the favorite for the position, with Punchbowl News reporting this morning that House Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseCNN's Jake Tapper questions giving some GOP leaders airtime Pelosi mocks House GOP looking for 'non-threatening female' to replace Liz Cheney The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Can Cheney defy the odds and survive again? MORE (R-La.) is backing her bid for the spot. Reps. Jackie WalorskiJacqueline (Jackie) R. WalorskiGender politics hound GOP in Cheney drama The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Can Cheney defy the odds and survive again? Allies of GOP leader vow to oust Liz Cheney MORE (R-Ind.) and Ann WagnerAnn Louise WagnerGender politics hound GOP in Cheney drama The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Can Cheney defy the odds and survive again? GOP lawmakers ask acting inspector general to investigate John Kerry MORE (R-Mo.) also viewed as options for the spot. Stefanik in January objected to the presidential results in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan and Wisconsin. Walorski voted to overturn the presidential results of Arizona and Pennsylvania. Wagner voted against the motions and Stefanik split her vote. Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.), chairman of the Republican Study Committee, removed his name from consideration on Tuesday, perhaps seeing the writing on the wall. Politico: Republicans jockey to replace Cheney as McCarthy moves to boot her. The Associated Press: Cheney could be “toast” in fight with Trump over GOP future. The Hill: Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyFeehery: Biden seems intent on repeating the same mistakes of Jimmy Carter The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Can Cheney defy the odds and survive again? Biden, GOP set to find out if US wants activist government MORE (R-Utah) defends Cheney: she “refuses to lie.” > Senate strategy: Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerOn The Money: How demand is outstripping supply and hampering recovery | Montana pulls back jobless benefits | Yellen says higher rates may be necessary Senate Democrats announce B clean bus plan NYC 24-hour subway service resumes May 17 MORE (D-N.Y.) has done his best impersonation of the Flying Wallendas, keeping the liberal wing of the Senate Democratic Conference in line, while placating centrists en route to legislative action. As The Hill’s Alexander Bolton writes, Schumer has promised progress on liberal priorities such as gun control but has kept time on the Senate floor focused on bipartisan matters, including the Water Resources Development Act and China competitiveness. The Senate Democratic leader has also encouraged colleagues to find GOP partners to move centrist legislation. However, he has directed most of his media efforts toward the liberal wing of the party, having appeared on MSNBC and with left-wing anchors to focus messaging efforts in that direction, especially amid talks on a gargantuan infrastructure spending bill. Amie Parnes: Democrats fret over Biden spending. Cristina Marcos, The Hill: Five takeaways on the House's return to budget earmarks. The Hill: GOP sees opportunity to knock Biden amid rising gas prices. > Taxes: According to a new study, Biden’s plan to increase capital gains taxes from wealthy Americans will only hit a small number of taxpayers. Robert McClellan, senior fellow at the Tax Policy Center, told The Wall Street Journal that the Biden plan, which would raise the top capital gains rate from 23.8 percent to to 43.4 percent for those earning over $1 million, would only affect 2.7 percent of those who filed capital gains or losses. That group, however, accounted for 62 percent of capital gains, according to the report. The Hill: Business groups target moderate Democrats on Biden tax plans.IN FOCUS/SHARP TAKESPOLITICS: Facebook’s independent advisory board at approximately 9 a.m. is expected to announce its ruling on the future of Trump’s banned account, potentially handing the former president a boost as he prepares for a possible third bid for the White House. Trump was banned from Facebook and Instagram (which Facebook owns) following the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and months of his false and disproved assertions that he lost to Biden because of voter fraud. “We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great,” Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergOversight Board decision on Trump will raise more questions than answers Wisconsin passes law requiring schools teach students about Holocaust and other genocides Apple revenue up 54 percent for start of 2021 MORE wrote of Trump’s indefinite suspension. As The Hill’s Rebecca Klar and Chris Mills Rodrigo explain, the decision will have far-reaching implications for Trump, who launched his own blog on Tuesday that will allow his followers and supporters to share his messages on social media platforms. The decision could open the door for other social media platforms to reinstate him, including YouTube, TikTok and Twitch, all of which suspended the former president while leaving open the possibility of his return. If Facebook’s ban continues, it could push other platforms to follow suit. The ruling could also launch a new push on Capitol Hill to deal with social media companies. If the ban remains, Republicans could renew efforts to deal with Section 230, a segment of a 1996 law that provides tech companies legal liability protections for content posted by third parties, amid complaints that the platforms are censoring conservatives. If it’s taken down, Democrats could accuse the social media giant of not taking enough action against hate speech and misinformation. The Wall Street Journal explains the board’s process of decision making. The Associated Press: Facebook board’s Trump decision could have wider impacts. Politico: “It really f---s the other `24 wannabes”: How Facebook could give Trump a huge boost. The New York Times: Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiGiuliani allies press Trump team to help foot his growing legal bills: report Giuliani says federal investigators 'trying to frame' him New York Times, WaPo, NBC retract reports about Giuliani's contact with FBI MORE’s legal bills are growing. His allies want Trump to pay them. > Florida man: Rep. Charlie CristCharles (Charlie) Joseph CristCrist launches bid for Florida governor, seeking to recapture his old job Democrats confront difficult prospects for midterms The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Biden sales pitch heads to Virginia and Louisiana MORE (D-Fla.) on Tuesday announced his bid for the Florida governorship, a position he once held as a Republican. Crist released videos critical of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisDNC gathers opposition research on over 20 potential GOP presidential candidates DeSantis schedules special election to replace Alcee Hastings for January Running as a Democrat, Crist looks to join the smallest club in American politics MORE (R), adding, “That’s why I’m running for governor.” The primary is scheduled for Aug. 23, 2022 (Tampa Bay Times). The Hill: DeSantis schedules special election to replace late Rep. Alcee HastingsAlcee (Judge) Lamar HastingsThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden to take stock, revive push for big government Democrats fume over silence from DeSantis on Florida election Florida state lawmaker entering race to succeed Hastings MORE (D-Fla.) for January. The Washington Post: Democrats prepare for all-in Florida fight against rising GOP star DeSantis. The Hill: Virginia GOP candidates for governor gear up for convention. ***** ADMINISTRATION: Biden said on Tuesday he hopes to meet with Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinPranksters trick Canadian lawmakers with fake Navalny aide: report Biden hopes to meet with Putin during June Europe trip Biden's Russia strategy needs to look past Putin MORE in June when he travels to attend a Group of Seven summit in Cornwall, England, set for June 11-13, and then flies to Brussels to meet European Union leaders and attend a June 14 NATO summit. Biden proposed a summit to Putin in a phone call a few weeks ago and said Tuesday that the proposal is still under discussion (Reuters). > Pardons and commutations: Biden is preparing to use his clemency powers soon, according to sources familiar with talks underway between the president’s advisers and advocates who want to see Biden exercise mercy. The president faces a backlog of thousands of requests moving through a review process, The Hill’s Morgan Chalfant reports. Officials indicate Biden will not hold off until later in his term to issue pardons. The Morning Report is created by journalists Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver. We want to hear from you! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. We invite you to share The Hill’s reporting and newsletters, and encourage others to SUBSCRIBE! OPINIONSAmerican health depends on exporting COVID-19 vaccines, by Ezekiel J. Emanuel and Joseph S. Nye, opinion contributors, The Wall Street Journal. https://on.wsj.com/3nLPEEq Liz Cheney’s biggest problem has nothing to do with Trump, by Henry Olsen, columnist, The Washington Post. https://wapo.st/3vEZGtM A MESSAGE FROM EMERGENT BIOSOLUTIONS At Emergent, we make things you never thought you’d need. A treatment to counteract an opioid overdose. Protection from anthrax, smallpox and botulism. And now, we’re in the fight against COVID-19. Learn more.WHERE AND WHENThe House meets on Friday at 10:30 a.m. for a pro forma session. Members return to legislative work on May 11. The Senate will hold a pro forma session on Thursday at 4 p.m. The president will receive the President’s Daily Brief at 9:50 a.m. Biden will deliver remarks about his administration’s implementation of the COVID-19 relief law at 2 p.m. Vice President Harris will travel to Providence, R.I., for a 1 p.m. small business event. She will participate at 2:05 p.m. in a roundtable discussion with women business owners, accompanied by Commerce Secretary Gina RaimondoGina RaimondoThe US has a significant flooding problem — Congress can help EU tariff retaliation throttles Harley-Davidson Harris on her approach to immigration: 'Most people don't want to leave home' MORE. Harris will return to Washington this evening. First lady Jill BidenJill BidenThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Cheney's GOP battle intensifies Weird photo of Carters with Bidens creates major online buzz The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Can Cheney defy the odds and survive again? MORE travels to Salt Lake City and visits Glendale Middle School to promote her husband’s policy plans aimed at bolstering schools. Following her remarks, she will visit a vaccination clinic at Jordan Park in the city. Later today, the first lady will travel to Las Vegas and remain overnight. Second gentleman Doug EmhoffDoug EmhoffBiden plugs infrastructure with a personal favorite: Amtrak Petition calls for Jill Biden to undo Trump-era changes to White House Rose Garden The Hill's 12:30 Report - Biden's next social safety net push MORE will travel to Allentown, Pa., for events today. The White House press briefing will take place at 12:30 p.m. The White House coronavirus response team will brief reporters at 11 a.m. Secretary of State Antony BlinkenAntony BlinkenChina: Biden should seek diplomacy with North Korea, not 'extreme pressure' Will Biden provide strategic clarity or further ambiguity on Taiwan? The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Can Cheney defy the odds and survive again? MORE is in London for the conclusion of the Group of Seven foreign and development ministers’ meeting. He then departs for meetings in Ukraine through Thursday (The Associated Press). INVITATION: Join The Hill’s Virtually Live event TODAY during sessions that begin at 12:30 p.m. for “Future of Healthcare: Bold Bets in Health.” Some of the experts featured: U.S. Surgeon General Vivek MurthyVivek MurthyOvernight Health Care: Biden sets goal of at least one shot to 70 percent of adults by July 4 | White House to shift how it distributes unallocated vaccines to states The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Can Cheney defy the odds and survive again? Overnight Health Care: WHO-backed Covax gets a boost from Moderna MORE; Anthony FauciAnthony FauciThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Can Cheney defy the odds and survive again? Overnight Health Care: WHO-backed Covax gets a boost from Moderna Experts say that herd immunity is unlikely soon, if ever MORE, director, National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Katrina Armstrong, Massachusetts General Hospital department of medicine; Sen. Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowOvernight Health Care: Biden sets goal of at least one shot to 70 percent of adults by July 4 | White House to shift how it distributes unallocated vaccines to states The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Can Cheney defy the odds and survive again? Overnight Health Care: WHO-backed Covax gets a boost from Moderna MORE (D-Mich.), chairwoman of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health; and Rep. Brett GuthrieSteven (Brett) Brett GuthrieThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Can Cheney defy the odds and survive again? The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Biden sales pitch heads to Virginia and Louisiana McCarthy unveils House GOP task forces, chairs MORE (R-Ky.), ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health. Information is HERE. The Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service and the White House Correspondents' Association today host a virtual event beginning at 11:30 a.m. about “The Press, The Presidency, and Trust.” It features three panels of standout speakers, including former White House press secretaries. Join with registration HERE. The Smithsonian Institution today launches a phased reopening of seven museums and the National Zoo. Opening its doors to visitors today will be the National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va. On Friday, watch for reopenings at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the National Portrait Gallery, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum and its Renwick Gallery. On May 21, visitors are welcome again at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., along with the National Museum of American History and the Washington location of the National Museum of the American Indian (CNN). Hill.TV’s “Rising” program features news and interviews at http://thehill.com/hilltv or on YouTube at 10:30 a.m. ET at Rising on YouTube. ELSEWHERE➔ INTERNATIONAL: Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuBenjamin (Bibi) NetanyahuMORE's deadline for forming a new Israeli government expired early today, with the country's longest-serving prime minister having failed to break more than two years of political deadlock (Reuters). Netanyahu must decide which other political leader could succeed where he did not (CNN). … The U.S. policy coordinator for the Indo-Pacific on Tuesday appeared to reject calls for the United States to make a clear statement of its willingness to defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese attack, saying there were "significant downsides" to such an approach (Reuters). ➔ POLICING & COURTS: Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on Tuesday filed an appeal for a new trial following his conviction on all charges last month of murdering George Floyd. Chauvin’s attorney Eric Nelson filed the request alleging that Chauvin's ability to have a fair trial was affected by pretrial publicity. The motion alleges that the court abused its discretion by denying the requests for a change in venue and a new trial. A jury found Chauvin guilty of second- and third-degree murder as well as second-degree manslaughter in Floyd's May 2020 death (NBC News). … Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the United States District Court of Appeals in Washington said in a filing on Monday that former Attorney General William BarrBill BarrJudge orders release of Trump obstruction memo, accuses Barr of being 'disingenuous' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Can Cheney defy the odds and survive again? DOJ slow to resolve Trump-era legal battles MORE misled Congress and misled her in a dispute about advice he had received from top department officials about whether Trump should have been charged with obstructing the Russia investigation. She asserted Barr’s obfuscation was part of a pattern (The New York Times). ➔ TRANSPORTATION: Hyundai and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recalled several car models on Tuesday due to a risk of engine fires, urging individuals with affected vehicles to park outside. According to the NHTSA, certain Santa Fe Sport SUVs ranging from 2013-2015 are part of the recall, with some cars having issues including with the anti-lock brake system and brake fluid leaking into the engine, which can possibly cause a fire due to an electrical short (The Hill).THE CLOSERAnd finally … The wine was out of this world. The price defies gravity. Christie’s said Tuesday it is selling a bottle of French wine that spent more than a year in orbit aboard the International Space Station, reports The Associated Press. The auction house thinks a wine connoisseur might pay as much as $1 million to own it. The Château Pétrus 2000, normally described by expert reviewers as “magical” and “perfect,” is one of 12 bottles sent into space in November 2019 by researchers exploring the potential for extraterrestrial agriculture. It returned 14 months later subtly altered, according to wine experts who sampled it at a tasting in France. Tim Tiptree, international director of Christie’s wine and spirits department, said the space-aged wine was “matured in a unique environment” of near zero gravity some 254 miles above Earth. The Shreveport Times: What you should know about wine that ages underwater and in space. 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What is hardest part of rowing an ocean? The adventure begins long before you even see the water...
South China Morning Post
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Rowing unsupported across an ocean is hard, gruelling and life changing for most who even attempt it. Alone in the vast sea, rowing in non-stop shifts all day and night, suffering from blisters, sores, sunburn, dehydration and sleep deprivation, and going to the loo in a bucket while on a roller-coaster ride are all par for course. But you will be surprised to discover what the hardest part really is.The most common crossing is the Canary Islands to the Caribbean, usually as part of the…......
How ‘Minari’ Cast Endured a ‘Not Hollywood’ Shoot With a Shared Airbnb and Broken AC...
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A version of this story about “Minari” first appeared in the Actors/Directors/Screenwriters issue of TheWrap’s awards magazine. Family ties are tested and strengthened in the wonderful “Minari,” director Lee Isaac Chung’s drama about a family of Korean immigrants who move from San Francisco to rural Arkansas. In their new home, they struggle to start a business growing and selling Korean farm produce. The film’s fictional clan, which is based on the director’s own family, includes young son David (Alan Kim), his mother, Monica (Han Yeri), and his maternal grandmother, Soon-ja (the exceptional Youn Yuh-Jung), who enters the film at the halfway mark. (Steven Yeun and Noel Kate Cho round out the family unit.) We spoke to three of the generations on Zoom — Alan Kim from his house in California (with his white dog offscreen), Han Yeri and Youn Yuh-Jung from their homes in South Korea — about building a family while making the film. The two women are established actresses in South Korea, but all three are making their American film debuts here. “Minari,” nominated for three Screen Actors Guild Awards, including Best Ensemble Cast, is a favorite for several Oscar nominations this season. Also Read: 'Minari' Film Review: Steven Yeun Leads Charming Drama About Korean Transplants in 1980s Arkansas You’ll find out what the word “minari” means in this interview, and while we’re on the topic of names, Han Yeri’s conversational first name is Yeri (pronounced “Yeti”), while Youn Yuh-Jung is referred to as Yuh-Jung, though she also likes to be called “YJ.” (The film’s director, Lee Isaac Chung, who is mentioned below, goes by “Isaac.”) What was your obligation to your director, considering how close he was to this story? YOUN YUH-JUNG: Well, I was portraying his grandmother and I could tell that Isaac loved her very much but he had some regrets after she passed away. I asked him, “Should I imitate her in some specific ways?” And Isaac said, “No, no, it’s all yours.” That gave me some space in my imagination to go a little crazy. HAN YERI: When I read the script, I realized that my character on the page didn’t feel so unfamiliar, so I thought of my own mother and grandmother and my many aunts to add to the range of this character. The biggest question I had was why did Monica stay with (her stubborn husband, played by Yeun), and I thought about her strength that maintained the family’s solid bond. There are several important scenes that take place in the woods near a little creek, where David and his grandma find a place to grow a special plant. ALAN KIM: You mean the minari? The plant that’s the name of the movie? Also Read: How 'Minari' Star Yeri Han Came to Sing the Lullaby-Like Closing Tune (Video) Yes, exactly. What do you remember about shooting those scenes? ALAN: It was amazing because I was using the net in the water and I was really trying to catch fish. But they were so small that they could swim through the net. I couldn’t catch them. YUH-JUNG: We had a very serious time talking about the scene where me and Alan see a snake. My character says, “If you can see something, it’s not as dangerous. It’s the hidden things that are more dangerous.” Or something like that. We had a long discussion about how to translate that dialogue from English into Korean. Later on, I found out that for those lines, Isaac was inspired by an American poet from Mississippi (Claude Wilkinson). Isaac said to me, “This is what my grandmother educated me about.” It’s a meaningful line through his lifetime. Alan, you made this film during your summer break between first and second grades. What did you learn while making the movie? ALAN: Hmm, what did I learn while making the movie? YUH-JUNG: You can be honest, Alan. Remember we asked you this and you said, “nothing.” (Laughs) ALAN: I learned movie magic! And I learned the quote from grandma: “Hidden things are more scary than seen things.” YUH-JUNG: Aw, that’s very nice of you, Alan. Also Read: 'Minari': Listen to 2 Tracks From the Korean American Family Drama's Score (Exclusive) There is a Korean word, seonsaengnim, meaning teacher, which is what everyone called you on the set, Yuh-Jung. But what did you learn from making the film? YUH-JUNG: Hmm, now what did I learn? [laughs] Well actually we were learning things every day. They call me a teacher, as if I’ve experienced everything. But life isn’t that easy. They just call me that because I’m old. There is a big gap in age between Yeri and Steven and me. They are my younger son’s age. We exchanged a lot of common knowledge. Living with other people is very hard, especially for younger people living with seniors like me. You shot the film in Oklahoma. What was it like to work there? YUH-JUNG: Lots of bugs. It was very hot. And, yes, very humid. ALAN: You feel like you’re in a giant stove that’s gonna cook you! Yuh-Jung, during your first days of shooting, you told Yeri, “This is not Hollywood.” YUH-JUNG: Well, it was Tulsa, Oklahoma, so I was being realistic. I thought maybe it would be where Dorothy came from in “Wizard of Oz.” But you have to understand what I was saying. I was the first actor on the first day on set. Usually in Korea, seniors like me don’t go to the set on the first day because we know it’s going to be total chaos. But here they put me in. Of course, there was chaos. The air conditioner was broken and the costumes weren’t right. Yeri and I were staying in the same AirBnB house, and when I got back from the set on that first day, I told her, “We gotta take care of ourselves here.” Also Read: 'Mank,' 'Minari' Lead Critics Choice Awards Film Nominations What was it like to stay in the Airbnb together? YUH-JUNG: At first it was Yeri and me and a few other girls. And then later on Steven came over to wash his clothes and stayed for dinner. And then Isaac came over, he brought his wife and kids. So we were 10. We ate together and discussed the script. We exchanged a lot of ideas. Yeri organized the refrigerator. It was too small, but she was a very good organizer. I asked her, “How can you be this organized, being an actress?” We actors are not very good with putting together a kitchen. Yeri’s major in school was Korean dance, so she stayed in the dormitory with a lot of other students and figured out how to put everything in its correct place. ALAN: Are we talking about the movie? YUH_JUNG: [laughing] Alan, we’re talking about the AirBnb now. You came there and ate too. ALAN: Oh yeah, I did. Also Read: 'Minari' Director Shares the 'Poetic' Meaning Behind Immigrant Tale's Title (Video) YERI: What I really realized while living with Yuh-Jung was the importance of humor in life. Humor is impossible to learn, so after living with her I asked myself, “Why am I so boring?” (Laughs) And I had a lot of fears about being in a new place and meeting new people, but Yuh-Jung also taught me something about her courage. YUH-JUNG: Okay, Yeri, stop it now. This is embarrassing. YERI: I’m serious. Life is also about the choices we make, and Yuh-Jong still manages to try new things and enjoy herself. Live a good, fun life and don’t waste your time. That’s what I’ve learned. This is a film that tells a universal story, but it will be seen by many Korean Americans. What do you hope they take from it? YUH-JUNG: Well, the first audience I watched it with was in Sundance, so I didn’t expect anything because it was had made it that far. My best moment was after the premiere when all the audiences were clapping for Isaac. I was very touched by that. But Korean audiences are a little different than American audiences. Koreans in Korea like very dramatic and extreme movies, and this isn’t really too extreme. But that’s the beauty of this movie. It’s not about discrimination or anything like that. So I’m concerned about the Korean audiences. [Laughs] YERI: Regarding the immigrant experience, when I was shooting the film I didn’t think that much about it. But after watching the film and talking to more people from immigrant families, I realize they’ve had to endure all these struggles to lay down the roots in the US. And so something I hope it says to people from first-generation or second-generation immigrant families who will watch this film is this: They have gone through so many struggles, so I hope this film provides an opportunity for them to love themselves and love their families even more. Read more from the Actors/Directors/Screenwriters issue here. Vanessa Kirby Related stories from TheWrap:'Minari' Film Review: Steven Yeun Leads Charming Drama About Korean Transplants in 1980s ArkansasHow 'Minari' Star Yeri Han Came to Sing the Lullaby-Like Closing Tune (Video)'Minari': Listen to 2 Tracks From the Korean American Family Drama's Score (Exclusive)......
Violence is the Texture of Experience: Benjamin Krusling Interviewed by Vijay Masharani...
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Violence is the Texture of Experience: Benjamin Krusling Interviewed by Vijay Masharani The poet on his new collection, institutions of power, purity, and the possibility of total obliteration. In 2019, I heard Benjamin Krusling read from I have too much to hide, a long-form poem titled after a phrase on a T-shirt worn by rapper No Malice in the music video for Clipse’s 2006 single, “Mr. Me Too.” The rapper isn’t hidden at all, but totally visible, slouched against a decontextualized flat white background. The text on his shirt speaks to a threshold—when you have too much to hide, you either surrender or find other ways to remain inconspicuous. From this dilemma emerges Krusling’s circuitous meditation on the post-9/11 security apparatus that ballooned during the Bush and Obama administrations—an apparatus that aspires to total transparency, to identify and neutralize anyone with anything to hide. For Krusling, surveillance has foreclosed the possibility of ever being out of sight, and so, its targets settle for becoming dazzling, or blurry. Krusling’s new book, Glaring (Wendy’s Subway), bears some thematic similarities. In bright, clipped lines, Krusling habitually describes himself in terms of his proximity to institutions of power. He finds himself “in a store, state, or database,” “iridescent in the university office,” and “dwarfed by the courthouse.” His world is none other than this one: strange, chemical, psychedelic, and awful. Its material reality, and our perceptions of it, are warped by the violences of finance capital, anti-Blackness, and the law. In Glaring, these structures are present not as particular topics, but as the substance of everyday life. They’re folded into fragmented accounts of interpersonal melodrama, such that poems about love, friendship, and kinship are accompanied by the spectral presence of unassimilable loss. Krusling is sharp, distressed, and at times sardonic; if you read the phrase “my mother of color loves me” in earnest, you’ve missed the joke. In his words, “who talks like that?!” On several occasions in our conversation, Krusling refers to the possibility of being “totally obliterated”—at first by predatory urban renewal, and later by the sheer intensity of a relationship. Krusling is loath to shroud meaning in metaphor. “Obliteration” means what it means: to be there, and then suddenly, to not. --Vijay Masharani Vijay Masharani When we were texting about this book, you remarked that a point of departure for this collection of poems is the notion that “everything is so violent.” Violence appears in this book, but perhaps not in a visceral way like your statement made me expect. What kind of violence are you dealing with in Glaring? Benjamin KruslingThe first poem I published was an elegy for Aiyana Stanley-Jones. It was just an outpouring of sorrow, not theorized in any sense; it was just how I felt. It was weird to me that it was the first poem I got published, of all the other writing I was doing. Ever since then, I’ve become suspicious of how—I don’t want to say easy, but maybe that’s what I mean—it is to get work about Black death published. It can become a little liberal artifact. No offense to people who published it—I’m the one who wrote it. Anyway, the question of violence in the book, and how it’s there but also not there in ways you might expect, is me trying to deal with that in an ethical way. As part of a class I recently took with manuel arturo abreu, I read Joy James’s essay “The Dead Zone.” In it, she responds to CLR James's remarks on how historians write so well because they see so little that. She says, "what is so often unspoken and unseen is the pervasiveness of violence." If you're looking at everything going on and not talking about the vast amount of violence that makes it possible, you're not talking about much at all. It's also hard to write about. When I say something like “things are so violent,” that’s the engine of what I’m writing from. It’s not only that Black death is repetitive, but that violence is this texture of experience. When I was twenty-three, I had a horrible slow-motion mental health crisis that stretched my relationship with reality to the point of breaking. The police were a big part of it. I was living in Gowanus, and it felt like every day at Atlantic Terminal, the cops would make me stop at the checkpoint and swab my bag. I would dread it all day, and then it would happen. There’s this poem in the book called “I want to die in designer” which is partly about that experience. I don’t mean this in a sexy, theoretical way, but the feeling of being racially profiled—there's a weird ecstasy to being part of a crowd but also selected for something. I’d see people walk by, but then they’d stop me. It’s this moment not just of interpellation, but something you thought of all week coming true. It’s intense, vivid, surreal, and horrible. VM You preface the book with two quotations. The first is from a debate between Leslie Scalapino and Ron Silliman. In the section you’ve excerpted, Scalapino describes how the media manufactured consent for the US invasion of Panama—“anyone who does not agree is cut off by the newsmen.” The second is from an essay by Hortense Spillers: “the peace of the board, we might say, is subtended by the knocking of the poltergeist.” How do you relate these two quotations, besides signaling that you’re influenced by both language poetry and Black feminist theory? BK I like the sentiment of Scalapino’s statement, and its syntax—the way it moves too fast for itself. Like you say, she’s describing how a consensus is produced through routinized images of militancy. Seeing armed soldiers with assault rifles in New York subway stations, that becomes a regular part of traveling around the city. I believe what a lot of theorists, like Césaire, have said: the conditions of the colony come back to the metropole. And that’s very much where Scalapino is coming from. But in some ways that passage didn’t feel adequate. I think the Hortense Spillers quote points to precisely what escapes Scalapino’s theorizing—something that is not only materialist. Scalapino places us in a scene of receiving war on television, and I think it’s interesting to think about who is the receiving subject. Spillers has us thinking about a ghost that can’t be rendered into an image but haunts the room in which the image is broadcast, and lives in the context in which a broadcast about war could happen. Spillers’s quote comes from an essay about less-acknowledged, misunderstood African contributions to foodways in the Americas and the contested spatio-temporal narratives of modernity. Her line about the poltergeist gestures towards how unstable white European hermeneutic dominance is, and how its original violences create the conditions to overthrow it. Glaring opens with me at a young age thinking I had walked by the ballroom where Malcolm X was shot, only to learn later, after looking it up, that I was not where I thought I was. I had misunderstood what I learned about its location, the Audubon Ballroom. This poem has to do with living in false memories of real violence, how the mind is an imperfect, roving node in a violent network. So it’s about receiving information, then trying to map that onto the physical world that I’m walking through, and having things not line up. It’s also a poem about one’s capacity for revision. Photo of Benjamin Krusling by An Duplan. VM You’re from Cincinnati, and you’ve also lived in New York and Iowa City. How have these locations influenced your writing? BK Cincinnati lives in the back of my mind, but most of the poems aren’t set there. Cincinnati is an interesting liminal site, because once you crossed the river from Kentucky, you were in a free state. So you were either coming from the South towards freedom, or heading back down toward slavery. There’s a lot of Underground Railroad history in the city. Harriet Beecher Stowe had a house there, you know, not that I’m like, a Harriet Beecher Stowe stan, but it is what it is [laughs]. Cincinnati was also horribly segregated. My first impression when I moved to New York when I was eighteen was that this is much less segregated than Cincinnati. Obviously, I was wrong. There’s a line in the book in one of the poems, “millenarian amoxicillic blues,” that refers to my grandma who died last year. She lived in a big blue house that my mom grew up in, and my great grandma lived there for a long time too. The Cincinnati Zoo was expanding and bought the property for a fair amount of money. She moved to a nicer, newer house, because the old place was in really bad condition and falling apart. This is the case in New York, too. I’ve learned over the years all the different places where Black neighborhoods once stood, like Central Park and Battery Park. They just get erased in a way that white neighborhoods—and you know it’s a class thing, too—don’t seem to just get obliterated off the map, to the point that a community was here eighty years ago, and you have to do a whole archaeological dig to “prove” it existed. Talk about poltergeists knocking. I’m interested in a lingering presence in all the different places in the book. I’m getting a little abstract. VM In Glaring, even as you navigate history, architecture, film, and other texts, there’s a constant return to social relationships—the difficulty and possibility that comes with being together in friendships, romantic relationships, and family. BK I don’t only want to use poetry to theorize about the things that restrict people, mentally and physically. I think life is actually quite hard, so there’s an intense desperation in the text that is just about a struggle with living, which is not difficult in the same way for everyone, and it is maybe not as difficult for everyone. Other people are a lot. You know what I’m saying? I feel like I’ve been in relationships with people where we did almost obliterate each other. It’s like, the pure light of someone else just blasting your brain into little pieces. But not “pure”—it’s not “pure” at all. I don’t talk about purity. Cut that. Maybe a ragged light. That’s exactly why it shreds you. Part of the intensity of the book is from running that risk of being obliterated by experience. I have this poem, “Ecstatics,” that’s presented in big text, and in it, I’m thinking about pure alliteration. That’s why I like Playboi Carti; it’s like ecstatic ambient music. You can lose yourself in it. Almost like an ego death, the ego, Carti, in the song, just completely absorbs your ego. I find that energizing and relaxing sometimes. It’s hard to talk about. All that shit. [laughs] VM There are a couple of poems in which you appropriate other literary formats, the first being “In Popeyes,” in which you restage Sophocles’s play Philoctetes in the 125th Street Popeyes. BK “In Popeyes” was commissioned by a poets’ theater that some friends of mine were involved with. I was able to externalize the energies of the rest of the book and ground them in a scenario. The character “Rough Sleeper,” who lives in the Popeyes, is slightly ghostly. It’s not a realistic text in any sense, but it was interesting to root it in a real place. It’s a Popeyes that I’ve been to, it’s not my favorite in the city, but I’ve been there. I was actually trying to engage melodrama by blowing something way past proportion. I think about it like an audio effect; I was trying to make things as wet as possible and see what that does to meaning. VM And what did it do? BK It made it artificial. I taught a workshop with Sara Jane Stoner that dealt with what Aldon Nielsen calls a naturalization of experience by ideology. And I was basically trying to do the opposite of that, to create an unreal situation. The wetness is part of that—making the piece as keyed up, affected, and artificial as possible, as far as can be from how people actually speak. It’s also a question of racialized aesthetics. I feel like dry, awkward humor is often a very white-settler thing—since your lack of affect won’t get you killed, and you’re already structurally alienated from sociality. Wetness is another relationship to humor that forgoes a kind of authoritative presence. And what it gives up in authority it delivers in terms of intensity, an emotional involvement with the thing that’s being discussed. So the wetness comes from my emotional temperament as well, which catapults between euphoria and depression on a regular basis. VM There’s a sharp tonal shift in your poem “Black Boxers: A Brief History,” which reads as rote biography rather than poetry. Oftentimes, stories of Black achievement, especially within sports and entertainment, feel contrived to conform to a triumphalist narrative. This feels different from that. BK In a sense, “Black Boxers: A Brief History” is the opposite: I wanted to see if I could do something that was extremely dry. Documentary poetics are interesting to me; like, here are just the straight facts with almost no embellishment other than how I’ve sequenced them. I didn’t even make the writing particularly artful; I just made it concise. The goal of the poem is quite loud—it’s obvious that I think the system of boxing is anti-Black. The people in that poem all come from destitute circumstances, and deal with incarceration, personal loss, and poverty, often after they’ve had careers in the sport. The biggest part of Clifford Etienne’s career was getting beat by Mike Tyson. He ends up incarcerated, and due to a procedural error he gets 105 years instead of 160. What does a narrative consist of? Precisely, overcoming. I think it would be hard to name ten stories in which someone doesn’t overcome anything, including internal overcoming. What are these stories in which, you know, some of them end in suicide? They start imprisoned, and, to the extent that there’s information publicly available, they end there. It’s funny when people talk about Seinfeld as a show where nothing happens. That isn’t true. They might not change from episode to episode but things happen, because they’re middle class people. But in the stories I told in that poem, truly nothing legible happens. The poem ends with a quote from the Contender producer Mark Burnett, who is the same person who produced The Apprentice with Trump. He says something to the effect of, “This wasn’t an unusual situation. These weren’t fish out of water, so to speak. Even if they killed themselves, or are back in prison, that’s not my fault. That’s what would have happened anyway, and the TV show was never supposed to intervene in that.” I think that’s something the book is interested in, too: how things become realistic, common sense, or a foregone conclusion. VM As with your first chapbook, Grapes, the conclusion of Glaring features a list of references to a wide range of writers, from Kodwo Eshun to Lyn Hejinian to Jane Goodall. Is this interpolation, collage, sample clearance, academic citation, or something else? BK That section gives me anxiety. I originally thought of it as a form of sampling, but reading Simone [White]’s work made me realize how writing is not music, and maybe it’s not useful to make writing secondary to the privileged technique of music. Poems emerge from the world, and I’m not interested in obscuring that. Again, it’s a question of purity. I don’t care for someone being like, Here’s my pure text with the world shaved off. Some of the text is taken lovingly, and some of it isn’t—some of them I find terrible, and I wanted to make use of that, too. Goodall is hilarious to me, which is not to make light of her violence. In a forthcoming publication with Triple Canopy, I included a hilarious screenshot from a video of Goodall in Zambia, where she’s hugging a chimp, and there’s soaring orchestral music. Meanwhile, all the park rangers in the background have no interest in what’s happening. But Goodall participates in the making of the world. Before she did her research on chimps, there was a consensus in white Western academia that chimps were essentially docile, and her research proved otherwise. At the same time, she may have inadvertently started the first chimpanzee war ever recorded, because of her introduction of a feeding station, and how she made them compete for resources [laughs]. So she started a chimp war, I guess.......
Discovery+: Here’s Every Original Series Available on Discovery’s New Streaming Service at Launch...
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Discovery Inc launched its streaming service, Discovery+, Monday. And while the new platform is debuting in an ever-crowded SVOD space, it’s coming ready to compete with a slew of original series available on Day 1. Per Discovery, Discovery+ has “the largest-ever content offering of any new streaming service” at launch, including more than 50 original titles and over 150 hours of exclusive content,” like the preview of Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Network. Discovery+ costs $4.99 per month with ads or $6.99 without ads. Or perhaps you can get it for free: Discovery has partnered with Verizon to give its 55 million customers up to a free year of Discovery+, depending on their service plans. Disney made a similar deal with the phone carrier when it launched Disney+ a year ago. Also Read: Discovery+ Gets 'The Other Way Strikes Back!' and 3 New '90 Day Fiancé' Spinoffs See below for all of the original titles that are available on Discovery+ today, and a couple more coming toward the end of January, in the list below. Descriptions are in Discovery’s own words. More shows and specials will be announced at a later date. LAUNCHING JANUARY 4, 2021 Love and Relationships 90 Day Bares All: Get ready for your favorite 90 Day couples to bare it all – the lies, the secrets and everything we couldn’t show on TV. Hosted by Shaun Robinson, this companion series to 90 Day Fiancé will put cast members in the hot seat where they reveal pivotal new information and speak completely uncensored. Exclusive content, must-see footage and all the stories behind 90 Day Fiancé! 90 Day Diaries: an intimate look into the lives of our couples, told from their perspective. Without producers or crew, the cast members film themselves in their day-to-day lives as they continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and all of the new challenges it brings to their relationships. 90 Day Journey: The ultimate collection of 90 Day Fiancé stories for the 90 Day Superfan are now on-demand! Each curated mini-series is made up of every single scene a beloved couple has appeared in across each show in the 90 Day Universe. Now fans can watch each couples’ story from the very beginning how and when they want to. The Other Way Strikes Back!: Viewers will get a fresh look at the duos that fans have come to know and love, sharing their home lives, behind-the-scenes details missed by cameras and addressing some of the most outrageous, cringe-worthy moments and sassy social media and pillow talk commentary of the second season of The Other Way. Food Amy Schumer Learns to Cook: Uncensored: discovery+ offers an updated and uncensored look at the Emmy-nominated series. Bobby and Giada in Italy: Longtime friends Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis take viewers on a culinary tour of Italy. It’s the ultimate road trip across the most delicious country on earth. Cakealikes: This comedic, ultimate cake off competition challenges experts to create life-size cakes that are the spitting image of famed celebrities. Hosted by Tregaye Fraser and judged by hyper-realistic cake artist Natalie Sideserf, hilarious food commentator Kalen Allen, and a rotating guest judge, this panel will keep you laughing through every red carpet cake-win and cake-fail! Chopped Challenge: Chopped Challenge brings the high drama of Chopped episodes into the homes of Judges Maneet Chauhan, Scott Conant, Amanda Freitag, Marc Murphy, Marcus Samuelsson and Geoffrey Zakarian as they use their culinary mastery to create delicious and inventive recipes from three rounds of mystery basket ingredients. Intercutting self-shot footage, the judges compete against the clock to answer the ultimate Chopped aficionado question…what would the judges make? Lovely Bites with Chef Lovely: Lovely Bites invites viewers to the Lovely home and lovely world of Chef Connie “Lovely” Jackson as she prepares fabulous bites for special occasions. Tregaye’s Way in the Kitchen: Tregaye Fraser is a youthful, modern mom – and professional chef! – who’s not afraid to push the boundaries of traditional cuisine… and not afraid to push her kids’ palates, finally solving the age-old question of “Mom, what’s for dinner?” Also Read: Chip and Joanna Gaines' New 'Fixer Upper' to Debut on Discovery+ Ahead of Magnolia Network Launch True Crime American Detective with Lt. Joe Kenda: Lt. Joe Kenda, one of the toughest, most experienced homicide detectives in ID history, is back exclusively on discovery+ with an all-new series. Over the years, Kenda has heard about cases that defy logic – investigations so confounding that they feel more scripted in Hollywood than reality. In American Detective, Kenda trades in his own case files to bring viewers astounding investigations from across the country, with each episode featuring a different homicide detective whose tireless efforts helped put a killer behind bars and bring justice for the victim. Onision: In Real Life: Greg Jackson, known to the world as “Onision,” discovered YouTube when the platform was still burgeoning in the digital world. And as the power of YouTube grew, the character “Onision” grew with it. Jackson amassed millions of subscribers across multiple channels, luring in viewers with his off-kilter, opinionated and dark humor. But while his channels were twisted, his real-life might be more sinister. This cutting-edge investigative series explores the mystery, controversy and alleged criminality surrounding Greg Jackson, bringing forward new research and revelations about the man that the YouTube community loves to hate. Home Frozen in Time: Maureen McCormick and designer Dan Vickery overhaul homes that are stuck in a design timewarp. Dan will update the structure, while Maureen sources beautiful decade-specific pieces to give the home a refreshed look and a wink to its original era. House Hunters: Comedians on Couches Unfiltered: America’s favorite pastime — watching and commenting on House Hunters — will get a fun new twist in this pithy new series led by comedians Dan Levy and Natasha Leggero. The series will feature eight popular comedians as they deliver hilariously unfiltered color commentary on classic episodes of House Hunters. The celebrity lineup includes Seth Rogen, John Mulaney, Ali Wong, JB Smoove, Chelsea Peretti, Whitney Cummings, Margaret Cho and NBA star-turned-comic, Blake Griffin. Home Town: Ben’s Workshop: Master woodworker Ben Napier will share his expertise in craftsmanship and carpentry with celebrity guests including astronaut Scott Kelly, tennis legend Martina Navratilova, comedian Loni Love, and country singer Chris Lane. In this four-episode series, Ben’s visitors are in for a fun Southern experience – building iconic wood projects and making surprise visits to donate them to the community or a neighbor. HGTV’s House Party: This exciting new talk show features interviews with top HGTV talent, including David Bromstad, Tarek El Moussa, Jasmine Roth, Alison Victoria and more. Stephen “tWitch” Boss, Allison Holker Boss, Derek Hough and Margaret Cho are among the many HGTV superfans who stop by to join the fun. Each episode features games, DIY challenges and some good old-fashioned gossip. Tarek’s Flip Side: Star house-flipper Tarek El Moussa has a lot to celebrate in his personal life. In this series, the real estate and home renovation expert shares the stories behind his proposal to fiancée Heather Rae Young and candidly reveals a few wedding plans. Along the way, Tarek takes his daughter Taylor on a tour of his latest house flip. He wants to know what she thinks of the project and hopes he can inspire her to get an early start in the family business. Christina: Stronger By Design: Christina Anstead, star designer and home renovation expert, starts a fresh chapter in her life and reflects on what inspires her as she as rethinks her own home’s design, including a bedroom refresh and a beautiful tablescape for her backyard. Christina also shares her personal wellness journey, her routine for self-care and a few of her favorite go-to beauty regimens with her makeup artist and best friend Shannon. The pair, along with friend Cassie, chat about life, motherhood, friendships and new beginnings. Also Read: Discovery to Launch New Streaming Service in January With $5 Monthly Subscription Price Magnolia Network Preview Magnolia Table with Joanna Gaines: Infused with her warmth and passion for all things family, Joanna Gaines spends time in the kitchen sharing her favorite recipes, where they come from, and why she finds herself returning to them time and time again. New episodes will rollout weekly. Magnolia Network: A Look Ahead: Chip and Joanna give a first look at some of the stories, people and projects that inspired the couple to create a network. Road to Launch: Chip and Joanna catch up with some of the extraordinary storytellers and highlight the exciting selection of shows coming to Magnolia Network. The Courage to Run with Chip Gaines and Gabe Grunewald: In this documentary special, Chip Gaines fortuitously meets professional runner and rare cancer fighter Gabe Grunewald. Together they set out to train for a marathon, and along the way find a friendship that alters Chip’s perspective forever. Premiere episodes from 10 upcoming Magnolia Network original series, including: The Lost Kitchen: In brave pursuit of following her passion, Erin French opened a restaurant in her hometown of Freedom, Maine. Travelers from all over the world gather at The Lost Kitchen to enjoy Erin’s locally-inspired and sourced menu. Family Dinner: Host Andrew Zimmern visits families across America to explore how the cultural, regional, and historical facets of who we are inform what and how we eat. The Fieldhouse: At The Fieldhouse, physical and personal challenges are tackled head-on. Owner Justin Bane and his staff change lives by restoring and rehabilitating clients from the inside out at this cutting-edge fitness facility in Abilene, Texas. First Time Fixer: First-time house flippers take their home renovation dreams into their own hands and experience the risk and reward that comes with trying something new. Home on the Road with Johnnyswim: Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano Ramirez of the musical duo Johnnyswim document their three-month cross-country tour, while juggling their growing family and finding new adventures in each city along the way. Restoration Road with Clint Harp: Carpenter Clint Harp hits the road in search of incredible historical structures across the country that are in need of restoration, while exploring their origins and dreaming of their futures. Super Dad: Father and DIY expert Taylor Calmus, along with his team of skilled builders, help aspiring DIY dads turn their kids’ outrageous backyard dreams into playtime realities. Point of View: A Designer Profile: Giving a behind-the-curtain look into the mind of interior designers, this anthology series lets in on their creative processes and introduces the inspirations and influences that shape their designs. Self Employed: Entrepreneur Jonathan Morris travels the country to share the inspirational stories and new challenges of small business owners and their journeys to building their dream jobs. Growing Floret: Erin and Chris Benzakien have spent the last decade building their family-run business Floret Farms in the fertile Skagit River Valley of Washington State. Now considered one of the most well-known flower farms in the world, they’ve decided to risk everything by adding and rehabilitating 24 new acres of land to expand their business. 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Installation view of Shame Space at Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia, 2019. Courtesy Technology Residency at Pioneer Works, Brooklyn. Photo by David Hunter Hale. © Martine Syms, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London, and Bridget Donahue Gallery, New York. Martine Syms by Steffani Jemison Syms’s research-driven and multi-platform works make use of surveillance and image-capture technologies to present Black female experience in both virtual and physical space. By 2007, Martine Syms had graduated from college and launched Golden Age, a nationally significant shop selling artist books and editions; she was instantly one of the most influential entrepreneurs in Chicago. In 2008, she turned twenty. Today, from her current home base in Los Angeles, Syms continues to forge a creative path that is playfully idiosyncratic (she sells keychain lanyards on the website for her publishing house, Dominica) and completely matter-of-fact, just like she is. Navigating easily between distribution and exhibition contexts—from the Museum of Modern Art to public billboards to your cell phone—Syms dismisses disciplinary boundaries and disregards the very notion of medium-specificity. Her creative practice begins with her personal shoebox of raw materials: the visual flotsam and jetsam of Black popular culture at the turn of the millennium, the snappy pacing of commercials and made-for-Internet TV, the deadpan flatness of slogans and quotations that have been extracted, abstracted, from their origins. Juicy, wild, weird distortions unfold when physical bodies are translated into virtual space, which in turn is represented in two- and three-dimensional images and objects. The result: fluid cultural platforms that are grounded in the embodied (and disembodied), networked (and intimate), complex (and joyous) experiences of Black women. This spring, we had a chance to catch up about her day-to-day life in Los Angeles, including the feature film she’s incubating and her daily triathlon training. —Steffani Jemison Steffani Jemison I was trying to remember when we met, and I’m curious whether your memories are the same as mine. Maybe it’s a quiz! Martine Syms (laughter) I think we met at this party... SJ It was a party. I don’t remember who was there, but the apartment was really Chicago—there was dark wood everywhere. MS Yeah, a lot of molding. (laughter) SJ I knew who you were because I knew about the Golden Age project. At the time, it felt like there was a vast difference in our ages—you were in your early twenties and I was in my late twenties. But in our community, there were so few Black women. Immediately we knew we’d have to be connected, because it would be silly otherwise. MS There were not a lot of Black women in experimental film at SAIC at that time, or in that general scene in Chicago. So I was like, This must be Steffani. (laughter) SJ When we met, I was an MFA student, and you had finished college, and I think that you had already started Golden Age, right? MS I started it simultaneously to graduating. Golden Age was an artist-run project that focused mostly on publishing. It was a storefront in Pilsen originally, and then eventually moved to the West Loop, into more of a gallery space. It was a bookshop where we also did readings, screenings, music shows, and parties. It was a very flexible, multidisciplinary space. I had come from a community in Los Angeles that was very DIY. I worked at this bookstore Ooga Booga, and at the Echo Park Film Center, and a venue called The Smell. When I moved to Chicago, I felt the loss of those spaces, so immediately I wanted to start something similar. I’d always been involved in the music and film communities in addition to visual art and at SAIC, most people I was introduced to were from the art world. So Golden Age became this gathering place in Chicago where people from all fields could meet. But mainly we sold books; that’s the short story. SJ Okay, can we take a step back? Why did you want to go to Chicago for college? MS Hmm. Actually because of SAIC’s website. I graduated high school early and was going to community college in Los Angeles. In LA, you’re encouraged to be precocious and I was given access to work on stuff, follow my interests. Many of my friends went to Cal Arts and I went to a pre-college program there, but I wanted to move to another city. I was already making a lot of digital stuff. I learned coding in a science class in middle school. SAIC had a program called “Art and Technology” and the website intrigued me so I applied. It was the best of all the art schools. Once I got in, I went to visit. That first night in Chicago, I went out to a loft to see a band I really liked, Tracy + the Plastics. And at this show, DJ Total Freedom (Ashland Mines) came up to me and was like, “Hey, who are you? What are you doing after the show?” And I was like, “I don’t have plans. I’m just visiting a school.” And he asked me to come hang out. So that first night in Chicago, I met Ashland, Wu Tsang, and Math Bass. Obviously, this was the school to go to. They sold me on it. SJ Amazing. When did you start college, 2005? MS Well, I started in 2003 but I went to Chicago in 2005. Installation view of Boon at Secession, Vienna, 2019. Photo by Peter Mochi. © Martine Syms, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London, and Bridget Donahue Gallery, New York. SJ Let’s take another step back. Were you an athlete as a kid? MS I was. I played soccer from age four to sixteen. I love the sport, and after a long hiatus, I started playing again a few years ago. The last team I played on was the Maranatha High School varsity team, and that was intensive. We met every morning to go run before school. We had practice every day after school. But around that time, I started to feel a split happening between my body and my mind. I felt that what I was doing on the field was disconnected from my other interests. And I got into this art program that was three hours a day after school, the same amount of time as soccer practice. I chose the art program. I kept some of my workout habits, but I had created a divide in my head, between the type of people I wanted to be around, the stuff I wanted to do, and sports. I never thought of it as less intellectual or a lesser kind of knowing. As I’ve gotten back into both playing soccer and running races, it’s integrated these two sides of me. SJ You are very interested in movement, right? MS Yes. I was doing all this work about movement, looking at vernacular movements, like gesture and body language and the more psychological side of movement. Someone suggested I think about dance, so I started going to this dance class. In childhood I did ballet for many years, with my best friend who went on to join a dance company. As I started to reinvestigate dance in my own body, I realized how much these movements and the muscle memory had shaped and conditioned me. When I started playing soccer again, the feeling was crazy, like, I know how to do this thing. These experiences are just so ingrained in your body. SJ I was a gymnast growing up, so this really resonates with me. So much of your identity is wrapped up in your sport. Like you, I developed intellectual interests that made it impossible to spend as much time at gymnastics as I had before. I was worried about what I would be missing. Now, I take adult gymnastics. MS That’s so cool. It’s wild—I was nervous to start playing soccer again. A friend of mine started a team, and I remember it took me a few weeks to go because I didn’t want to be bad. You know? Even though it didn’t matter. This was just low-stakes pickup. (laughter) But it mattered to me. And then I was like, Whoa! Actually, my body is just like [kicking noises]. You just lock back in. SJ Yeah, it’s amazing. One of the first resources for my work is my embodied experience of living in the world. MS Absolutely. So much of my personality was shaped by playing sports. I continuously go back to visualization, self-talk, play… Or just like, you know, game mode. Moments like, It’s game time. This is the thing; you‘ve put in the work; now you do this. SJ One-hundred percent. I have not heard anyone talk about this! (laughter) MS One person I recruited for my soccer team is Petra Cortright, who also played soccer competitively. We were talking about how practice is more fun than games, which makes sense for an artist with a studio process. My own studio practice, in a weird way, is tied to my experience playing sports. There’s a way in which I break things apart. Like, I’m just going to work on this technique today. I have to maintain this schedule with it. I don’t put too many parameters on it, but there is a momentum that is similar to how I play soccer; I just need to go and kick the ball around every day. No matter what, I have to keep the practice ongoing. SJ That makes so much sense. I’m wondering if we should try to fill in some gaps. Do you want to talk about how Golden Age came to a close and why you moved back to LA? MS Sure. I graduated in 2007 and started Golden Age. At the same time, I was also participating in group shows with friends. I did two shows at the Green Gallery in Milwaukee, I did a lot of screenings, and I started doing these performances. I should say I was broke the whole time I was doing this. SJ (laughter) MS As was everybody I knew. There were really no jobs available. So why did I move back to LA? The first year we did Golden Age, 2007, I kind of caught the tail end of this sort of lush, totally crazy art world. We did the Dark Fair in New York— SJ Oh, wow. MS —which was simultaneous to the Armory Show. I was only eighteen and there were collectors handing me stacks of money to buy art for them! We also did NADA in Miami at the end of that year, and it was the same thing. It was crazy. I got this sense of abundance. A teenager selling her friends’ art, I was like, Oh, shit, this is going to be easy. (laughter) And then, obviously, the year after the bottom fell out of the economy. But that one year was enough to make me see some possibilities. My art at that time was primarily web- and text-based because those effectively cost no money to make. They cost time, and I had lots of that. And then those projects eventually transformed into performances. SAIC was really focused on painting at the time I went there. SJ Yeah, I remember. (laughter) MS So I really didn’t feel seen or recognized and understood. I was making similar work to what I make now. But this was pre-YouTube and pre-Instagram. I used to make these super-short videos. People were like, “What the fuck are you going to do with a thirty-second video?” And I said, “I’m going to put them online.” I also made websites and to me it all made sense. But most of my teachers, especially in the film department, which had such an essential cinema pedagogy, were like, “I guess you could show these in between other people’s films at a screening.” So I left school being like, I guess I’m not an artist. And then I started making movies and talks from the essays and stuff that I was writing. I was writing a lot—for Kaleidoscope, for Mousse, for Bad at Sports. You and I worked on a book together in 2011. And those writings became like performances; they were super multimedia. And I realized through that, that I was just making films again, but I had to find my way to recognize them as that. I had worked for a few artists in Chicago, most notably Barbara Kasten and Theaster Gates. Installation view of Intro to Threat Modeling at the Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 2019. Digital video (color, sound), continuously looping inset in MDF pedestal mount, eight archival pigment prints, latex wall painting. Photo by Gregory Carideo. © Martine Syms, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London, and Bridget Donahue Gallery, New York. SJ When did you decide to head to LA? MS I worked on Documenta with Theaster in 2013, and at that point I felt like there was nowhere left for me to go in Chicago. It had been good to me as a young person. It’s also a great place if you’re more established. But I was in the middle, and there weren’t that many places where I could show at that stage. There weren’t many places I could work either. I didn’t plan to move back to LA; I was here in the beginning of 2012, just visiting my family. I had applied to so many jobs in Chicago and hadn’t gotten any, and then I just thought, You know what, Golden Age is closed. I don’t need to go back right away. I’m just going to stay another week and apply to a couple jobs. And then I got offers for all the jobs I applied to, so I took one of them and was like, Guess I live here again. (laughter) It was really that simple. Because I was like truly, truly, in extreme poverty for all the time I lived in Chicago, and that was wearing on me. So I came back to LA and I worked at a production company. SJ Yep. MS Golden Age had been so focused on other people. And I think at the beginning of that I was like, I’m not an artist, but I want to help other artists. And through the process of doing Implications and Distinctions, working on that book with you, made me take what I was doing more seriously. SJ Oh, wow. MS I loved going down to Houston and meeting the artists and the community through Future Plan and Program. It made me go, Hey, maybe it’s time to focus on your work again. So I moved back to LA where I could get a job so that I could have a studio and give it a go. SJ I remember that some of the things you worked on back then were writing-related performances, hybrid projects that felt very flexible in terms of their form. MS Definitely. SJ And part of that flexibility, to me, seems related to the fact that you weren’t afraid to move between making work with other people, about other people; there was a spirit of generosity, as opposed to the proprietary feeling that artists often have regarding what it means for something to be “their work.” Including the difference between making art and writing about art, for example. Or, making art versus making design, or being a studio artist versus a producer. MS Honestly, I think that was so ingrained in me from independent music. I always talk about this book Our Band Could Be Your Life. That’s always been such a part of my life: you want to do something; you just figure it out. SJ I feel like people underestimate the importance of karma. When you are generous and unselfish in your relation to a community, what you give always comes back to you. MS Absolutely. SJ That’s the groundwork that you were laying for your practice. You were so invested in that for so many years. Your practice was extraordinarily oriented toward sustaining a conversation, as opposed to it being solely about your glory as Martine. MS It’s so much more fun to have peers and to be invested in your own time. In terms of the music and the films I was interested in when I was younger, sometimes I would have liked to have been born in a different time. But then I understood, This is my time; I accept it. I’m going to find my people wherever they are. And I totally agree with art karma. If people ask me to be in stuff, I’m like, Okay, because I’m going to need them to be in something later. (laughter) SJ I’m so glad that you made that point about the relationship between the present and the past. I read a recent interview with you in which you talked about the importance of being focused on the present as opposed to being nostalgic or fascinated with a historical moment you can never reenter—that there’s a limit to how generative nostalgia can be, culturally and politically. That really connected with me. MS Yeah, I think about that a lot. Obviously, in some ways, I’m really into history. Archival projects are fun. When the films of Edward Owens, who had gone to SAIC, were restored recently, I was like, I can’t believe no one ever showed me these fucking films! (laughter) I guess my interest in that is a kind of continuity. I can’t remember who said this to me, but there’s always this insistence, especially among Black artists or women, that it’s the first this, the first that, trying to make these breaks with continuity as if you have no historical precedent. As if there hasn’t always been someone like you doing what you’re doing. And I reject that. My interest in the historical is looking at these different models, and at the same time, I’m like, I can’t recreate that. That was then. And I don’t get too romantic about it or idealize it. There’s a part in the science fiction writer Samuel Delany’s Motion of Light in Water where he describes going to an Allan Kaprow performance in 1959. And it’s so funny because he has this totally other read of it than what I’d ever read before, and it’s this special moment. He also talked about—well, this was at a seminar he was giving—seeing one of Amiri Baraka’s first readings, and he was talking about this Kaprow thing and was like, “There was one Black person there. There was one other Black person.” (laughter) And he describes their encounter, trying to go talk to him. I just love stuff like that, but I also wonder, What are the qualities, the questions of here and now? And most of that I orient around people. There are things I theorize about, certain qualities of the internet, like dynamism or versioning. But in the actual day to day, it’s in terms of peers and community and not being too focused on another time or another place. Installation view of Mythiccbeing in Grand Calme at Sadie Coles HQ, London, 2018, infinite loop, interactive video on LED panels (4:3), stereo speakers / SUB / DAC, 137.75 × 157.5 × 23.625 inches. Photo by Robert Glowacki. © Martine Syms, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London, and Bridget Donahue Gallery, New York. SJI think a lot about genealogies and things that have preceded me, precisely in order to create the possibility for thickening and complicating the conversation around what it is that I do, but it’s not about romanticizing the past. It’s actually a work that shouldn’t have to be done, but I take it on as a service to the community. (laughter) You know, filling in, explaining. But it’s certainly not the work. The other stuff has to happen to clear a path to the work. MS Exactly. I’m just natural when it comes to researching and reading. I started doing performances because in researching and reading for a project I would generate so much more material than could ever be in a show. The artwork is this sublimated thing, but before there’s all this thinking and discovering and unpacking, visiting archives and scanning stuff. That’s part of how I process, and teaching is kind of a natural extension of that. I also believe these things should be broadly available. My instinct is to share my findings. It’s like open source, you know? SJ Totally. Your own educational path was a little bit untraditional. MS Highly. (laughter) SJ The timing of it, and there was also some homeschooling involved and other things that aren’t exactly the norm. People tend to forget that your role as a teacher is not to reproduce the hierarchy that made it possible for you to succeed. It’s not that you’re now standing on top of some mountain of gold coins, and you’re just showing them to people. MS Yeah. Look at my shit. (laughter) SJ Exactly. What is that? Spring Breakers? (laughter) MS Yeah. SJ The things that you’re knowing, that you’re learning—and it’s never over or done—those things are always activated in dialogue with others, and they don’t belong to you. There’s actually no way in which you can be said to possess it. Let’s talk about your studio practice. What do you do when you get to the studio? Do you go every day or only when working on a project? MS Well, I come to the studio pretty often. I don’t keep regular hours. The only regular thing I do, the building block of my week, is when I work out. SJ Same. MS I was training for a triathlon recently. Since I got back into being an amateur athlete in 2016, my training schedule determines my studio time, more or less. Obviously, if I have shows or other deadlines, those come into play. I like routines, certain rituals or patterns, but I don’t like having to be anywhere at a given time. The first thing I do when I get to my studio is make some tea and light some incense. And put on some music. I draw a lot, always have, mostly words and lettering, and other stuff too. Drawing’s come back as something I lead myself in with. Because of mostly showing abroad, I take all of my calls in the morning, so I get up pretty early to meet the time difference. I shoot most of my work on location. I was using a lot of found footage, and for a long time I tried to make everything I did look found. But now I have a renewed interest in making images, images I haven’t seen, while not trying to find them. I used to have an idea for an image, and I’d be like, I bet that exists. And then I would start this intense research to find that image. Now I’ve gotten more interested in trying to make it myself. I think working in production for several years made me really good at shooting. Also, my interest in technology is around imaging—image capture, surveillance data, body imaging. I work with a lot of different kinds of cameras. Most of the time, I try to shoot documentary-style, but more recently I’ve been finding my own production style, I guess. That’s what I’ve been working through—what can I take from a more traditional setup, and then from all these different ways I’ve shot stuff, like with hidden cameras and six different out-of-date digital cameras. I like the texture and quality of each image—you know what time period it’s from. I love that about moving images—the stock, the aspect ratio, the color... all those things can be associated with a certain time period. I’ve been trying to figure out what now looks like. That’s part of my interest in shooting more. Also using AI and other image technology. I still write a ton. I’m writing a movie right now, so that’s what I’ve been working on mostly. SJ Oh, wow, a feature? MS Yeah. I’m doing it. (laughter) SJ How is it going to be produced? MS I don’t know yet. I had a more traditional pitching thing happen a year and a half ago. And there was a lot I learned in that process. But I felt, This is not me, it’s not how I make work. Let me just go back to the drawing board. I’m saying it like this now, but at the time I felt like I had blown it, you know, like I had totally fucked up. But I’m not worried about that anymore. It’ll be fine because I feel confident in my writing and in my directing. So I’m just trying to finish. This is the third draft. And it’s coming to a place where I want to show it to people, get some feedback, and then try to start getting it made. The movie is about an athlete! SJ Amazing. Well, of course. MS I’ve been very deep in the athlete world. And fortunately, I did two commercial projects with Nike, which was really fun. I think that’s the benefit of this fluidity that you were describing—that I take what I like from all the different realms. So I’ve been working on that, and I have some shows, all postponed of course. One might still happen in November but I feel like my questions about everything are changing. It’s hard to just plug and play. There’s all this work I had made and that I’m just sitting with right now. I feel it’s going to get totally changed. SJ I’m in that process too. For so many things. MS Right? SJ Yeah, everything just feels different now. I’ve had to rethink everything that was planned. A lot of things were postponed and people were really trying to make them happen. And I was thinking, Well, we don’t have to make them happen. Maybe it’s better to just allow the new world to unfold, rather than trying to bring the old into the new. Why force it? MS Yes. My gut reaction to most of that work I made and to the premise of the November show is that it seems so irrelevant now. I’m just giving it some space. It’s hard for me to think about art right now. My own, not other people’s. SJ It’s hard to think about art in general, when you can’t really see it, when the art world is imploding. I mean, I don’t want to go there in this conversation but maybe one thing I’ll say is that I’ve been thinking a lot about the complications surrounding the Whitney Biennial last year, which we’re both aware of. And just how hard people were working to imagine another world, and how difficult that project was. And then something happens, like a virus that shuts the world down and, all of a sudden, institutions are forced to engage similar questions in a different way. Maybe part of the responsibility is to listen to what the world is telling us about what’s possible, instead of trying to drag into the future everything you knew to be true in the past. MS Couldn’t have said it better myself. SJ (laughter) So what happened to the triathlon? You had been training for something that was right about to happen? MS Yeah, it was canceled. It was supposed to be May 17, this past weekend. SJ Oh no! MS (laughter) It’s okay. I’m just focusing on writing and trying to be very present with the texts and with my imagination and my own process. There’s a lot of ways of working in the art world that I don’t fuck with. Something I think Hito Steyerl does a good job of is just crediting people, you know? Just saying, These are the people I worked with. We are equal. There are fundamental values of mine that are at odds with the way that art is shown and written about and collected, et cetera. And the production required around it and the conventions of that haven’t been an easy fit for me. I’m just being very in tune about the kind of work I want to make, and how I want to make it moving forward, since I do have an opportunity, by all markers of success or whatever, like I’m in a position where I can think about those things, and that’s becoming more and more pressing for me. I’m in it for the long haul. I’ve always felt that way. There’s a part of me that can just go, go, go! Let’s do it. I want to do this thing. But I’m learning to be more patient with myself, giving myself more space and dreaming bigger. Because a lot of the things I’ve wanted to do, I’ve done, which is kind of a crazy thing to say. (laughter) So what do I want to do now? I’m thinking about that. SJ That feels like an appropriate ending, not that things are going to end in the order that we said them. (laughter) You’re going to inspire somebody, Martine. Watch out, world!......
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Summary List PlacementApple is getting closer to adding a glucose monitor to future Watch models, Bloomberg reported Monday. The company has been working on such a blood sugar sensor for years, with reports stretching as far back as 2017 detailing how Apple has wanted to use the watchband to monitor glucose. Bloomberg similarly reported that the company is working on a non-invasive feature that wouldn't involve finger pricking. Instead, Apple would enable the watch to somehow analyze a wearer's blood through their skin. The feature, however, won't be available for commercial use for several more years, according to the report. Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Bloomberg also reported that Apple was planning on including a body temperature sensor in this year's Watch model, which is expected to be called the Series 7, but the feature will most likely be pushed back to 2022. So will an extreme sport Apple Watch that will put the company head-to-head with the likes of Garmin and Casio. Sources told Bloomberg that the Series 7 will have a faster processor, better wireless connectivity, and an updated screen. Apple also plans to roll out a new version of the Watch SE next year, per the report. Read more: Apple's growth in wearables is the most impressive feat from its holiday quarter Apple is the global market leader in the smartwatch world, eating up more than half the market share. But it still faces competition from Google's Fitbit and others. Incorporating more health tracking capabilities into its Watch would give it even more of an edge. Apple unveiled its $400 Watch Series 6 in fall 2020 that can read the wearer's blood oxygen levels and charges faster than its predecessors. It also has a brighter screen display.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: What happens when you drink too much water......
MacRumors Giveaway: Nomad Celebrates International Surf Day With an Apple Watch Prize...
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In honor of International Surfing Day, we're teaming up with Nomad to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win an Apple Watch Series 6 and a $200 Nomad gift card. Nomad is celebrating International Surfing Day by highlighting just how useful the Apple Watch is when surfing. In fact, Nomad believes that the Apple Watch is the ultimate surf watch. The Apple Watch is highly water resistant, and it's more than durable enough to stand up to sand and sea water. It can be worn in the water while surfing, especially when you have the right band, but make sure to rinse your Apple Watch with fresh water after it's been exposed to salt water. Nomad had big wave surfer Matt Bromley wear the Apple Watch and a Nomad Rugged Strap while surfing huge waves at Jaws Surf Break in Maui and Mavericks in California. He found that the watch was resilient to wipeouts, even when he was pushed into deep water. Apple offers a native surfing Workout option on Apple Watch, but there are also useful third-party surfing apps like Dawn Patrol. Dawn Patrol is able to track number of waves caught, wave speed, distance paddled, time spent riding waves, and surfing session length. Dawn Patrol also provides custom watch faces that can tell surfers swell height, direction, period, tide, water temperature, and more, plus with the watch's GPS, location is synced so swell forecasts update for the closest breaks. The Apple Watch is, of course, tracking activity data like movement and heart rate, plus it also has other uses for surfers. An LTE Apple Watch lets surfers communicate while out on the water, plus in an emergency, it can be used to contact emergency services with the built-in SOS feature. Nomad has a series of Apple Watch bands that are perfect for activities like surfing, including the black rubber $60 Rugged Strap, the $80 Active Strap Pro with waterproof leather, and the sleeker $60 Sport Strap, all of which are great for water sports and sweaty workouts thanks to their waterproofing. Make sure to check out Nomad's site if you need a durable Apple Watch band that also looks great. If you want to try surfing with the Apple Watch, Nomad is providing an aluminum Apple Watch Series 6 and a $200 gift card to one lucky MacRumors reader, with the winner to pick the color and size. The gift card can be used to purchase any of Nomad's Apple Watch bands to go along with the watch. To enter to win, use the Gleam.io widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winners and send the prizes. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, following us on Instagram, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page. Due to the complexities of international laws regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years or older and Canadian residents (excluding Quebec) who have reached the age of majority in their province or territory are eligible to enter. To offer feedback or get more information on the giveaway restrictions, please refer to our Site Feedback section, as that is where discussion of the rules will be redirected. Nomad Giveaway The contest will run from today (June 17) at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time through 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time on June 24. The winner will be chosen randomly on June 24 and will be contacted by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address before a new winner is chosen. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Nomad. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running.Tags: giveaway, NomadThis article, "MacRumors Giveaway: Nomad Celebrates International Surf Day With an Apple Watch Prize" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums......
The 4 best whitening toothpastes of 2021, according to dentists...
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Table of Contents: Masthead StickySummary List Placement Whether you're a coffee addict, ex-smoker, or just want to polish your smile a little brighter, virtually everyone wants whiter teeth. There are all kinds of intensive options available, from whitening strips to in-office dental treatments. But for most of us, the easiest way is to switch up our toothpaste and ask it to do more than just fight plaque and cavities. Whitening toothpaste generally works by using enamel-safe abrasives to physically remove surface stains. Many also contain other active ingredients, like peroxide, to dissolve stains and bleach teeth. Some even contain a chemical called blue covarine, which makes teeth appear whiter instantly by canceling out yellow tones — sort of an optical illusion. But since not every ingredient is equal and some teeth whitening products notoriously cause tooth sensitivity, we spoke to four board-certified dentists to learn which whitening toothpaste really works. They shared the top brands they recommend to patients, as well as some tips for what to look for when shopping. We also personally tested several toothpastes to get a feel for texture, taste, and anything else a consumer might want to know. Here are the best whitening toothpaste options: Best overall whitening toothpaste: Colgate Total SF Whitening Gel Best all-natural whitening toothpaste: Tom's of Maine Simply White Clean Mint Best whitening toothpaste for sensitive teeth: Crest Pro Health Gum and Sensitivity Gentle Whitening Best toothpaste for intense whitening: Colgate Optic White Advanced Sparkling White Updated 6/16/2021 by Rachael Schultz: This guide was entirely re-written by Ariana DiValentino, who tested whitening toothpastes first-hand and interviewed four dentists to outline what makes a safe and effective whitening toothpaste. SEE ALSO: The best teeth whitening kits you can buy The best whitening toothpaste overall Colgate Total SF Whitening Gel is a top pick among our dentists as it's a budget-friendly and effective way to whiten and protect the overall health of your teeth. Pros: Inexpensive, American Dental Association (ADA) approved, provides sensitivity relief Cons: Taste is questionable to some Two of our expert sources, Ben El Chami, DMD, a NYC-based dentist and co-founder/chief dental officer of dntlbar and Chris Salierno, DDS, a Melville, NY-based dental practitioner and chief dental officer of Tend, independently named Colgate Total Whitening as a top option they'd recommend to patients looking for a daily whitening boost. It also bears the ADA seal of acceptance, meaning the professional organization support that its efficacy and safety claims are sufficiently backed up by clinical research. It's a clear winner in the eyes of the pros because, in addition to whitening power, it has antibacterial properties that help defend against gum disease and tooth decay. These effects come from the active ingredient, stannous fluoride, which also helps offset the increased sensitivity some people experience when using whitening toothpastes. The minty taste is subtle and not-too-strong without any unpleasant aftertaste. And compared to other toothpaste packaging, we love that Colgate Total has a flat flip-cap for easier access and the option to stand the tube up straight on your sink. The best natural whitening toothpaste From trustworthy natural personal-care-products brand, Tom's of Maine Simply White Clean Mint Toothpaste delivers on its whitening promises without any harsh chemicals. Pros: ADA-approved, no artificial flavorings or colorings, brand prioritizes sustainability and ethics Cons: Some users dislike the taste, some complain that it's less effective than traditional toothpastes in keeping breath fresh, price Tom's of Maine Simply White is one of very few toothpaste brands in the "natural" sector to earn ADA approval with proven whitening effects. If you prefer to steer clear of traditional toothpastes because of their ingredients, production process, or simply personal preference, Tom's Simply White is the best bet for whiter teeth, vouched for by dentists and customers. Like most whitening toothpastes, Tom's Simply White uses abrasives — in this case naturally-derived silicas — to scrub off surface stains. It's flavored with peppermint oil which delivers a mild, not overpowering fresh flavor. The tube is recyclable, which we love, and it has a smaller cap and opening which, in our experience, makes for less of a mess but also means you can't store it upright on your bathroom counter. Tom's also contains fluoride. There are oft-debated but largely unproven or debunked arguments against the naturally-occurring mineral, but it's an ingredient the ADA and every dentist we spoke with strongly encourage people to look for in their toothpaste thanks to decades-long body of evidence that make it the gold standard in cavity prevention. The best whitening toothpaste for sensitive teeth Crest Pro Health Gum and Sensitivity Gentle Whitening is a science-backed plaque remover and a rare combination of sensitivity relief and whitening power. Pros: ADA-approved, relieves sensitivity Cons: Some users dislike taste and texture, not enough relief for extremely sensitive users, whitening effects are subtle There aren't too many whitening toothpastes on the market that specifically cater to those with sensitive teeth. Crest Pro Health Gum and Sensitivity Gentle Whitening, however, does and it's the only ADA-approved toothpaste that offers both sensitivity relief and whitening effects. The stain removal is provided by hydrated silica, which acts as a gentle abrasive. This isn't as extreme as some other products, both in terms of removing stains and causing sensitivity, so it's a real trade off. But it's the best-researched option out there for sensitivity sufferers looking for stain removal action. The minty-sweet taste is mild but pleasant, and users say that, compared to other leading brands of sensitive toothpaste, it both tastes better and relieves sensitivity better. Like the Colgate Total SF Whitening Gel, we like that this tube has a flat flip cap for easy closure and the ability to stand vertical on a countertop to save space. The best intensive whitening toothpaste Colgate Optic White Advanced Sparkling White is formulated with hydrogen peroxide and abrasives to provide a double-whammy whitening effect. Pros: ADA-approved, extra-strength whitening ability Cons: May leave a filmy mouthfeel after using Colgate Optic White Advanced, like the other products on our list, contains gentle abrasives to scrub stains and polish teeth. But it also uses hydrogen peroxide for its natural lightening properties, giving you a one-two punch of whitening techniques – sort of like washing your white laundry with not just a strong detergent, but bleach too. It's the only bleaching toothpaste (not merely stain-removing) that the ADA has granted approval to, and like all ADA-approved pastes, it includes fluoride for cavity prevention. Despite its powerful whitening ability, Optic White is safe for enamel and many people report less sensitivity and irritation than with other whitening toothpastes. The toothpaste works by creating a sort of film on the surface of your teeth so that the hydrogen peroxide can continue to work for more than just the two minutes you spend brushing. As a result, some people don't like the feeling it leaves after you brush. How I tested In researching this piece, I consulted four dental professionals (see Expert Sources, below) as well as several published, peer-reviewed articles testing the efficacy and safety of various whitening toothpaste and active ingredients. I also personally tried several kinds of toothpaste to take note of: Taste: Toothpaste is toothpaste, not candy, so we don't want to oversell the flavor of any of the products as "delicious" – but some pastes have strange, chemical, or overly-powerful flavors and aftertastes. Most of the pastes I tried had a simple, fresh taste that contributes to the overall clean feeling you want after brushing, but a few tasted mildly metallic or just plain unusual due to non-traditional flavoring ingredients. Texture: Generally, toothpaste is either a gel or a paste and is pretty thick. I paid mind to see if any felt chalky, runny, or gritty, as well as how well they lather and spread around the mouth. Items that didn't make the cut usually felt weird in one of these ways. Packaging/ease of use - It's not terribly common, but some toothpaste tubes are somewhat difficult to use because of poorly-designed packaging. For example: one of the toothpastes I don't recommend, the Plus Ultra, is in a metal tube similar to what artists' paint comes in and was kind of a pain to squeeze. Conversely, all our picks have easy-to-open or -close caps. What to look for in whitening toothpaste There are two major categories of whitening ingredients in toothpaste: abrasives and bleaching agents. Most whitening toothpastes rely on gentle, enamel-safe abrasives that work to scrub off stains caused by eating and drinking. Technically, they're not changing the color of your teeth, just cleaning off any gunk that might make them appear more yellow. This is going to be the vast majority of whitening toothpastes available, and is why most people need to use at-home whitening kits to see a truly brighter smile. Bleaching agents (like peroxide), on the other hand, can actually lift the color in the outermost layers of your enamel. However, they're less common in toothpastes because they usually need more than two minutes of contact to really work (hence, why whitening strips work – they hold the bleaching agent on your teeth for several minutes). Additionally, bleaching agents can be irritating and cause sensitivity for some. The only bleaching toothpaste that made our top picks, Colgate Optic White, actually creates a film that sits on your teeth, keeping them in contact with the hydrogen peroxide for longer than the few minutes you spend brushing. According to Drs. El Chami, Hain, and Springs, the number one thing to look for when shopping for new products is the ADA seal of acceptance. Brands can choose to submit their products to the American Dental Association, a non-profit advocating for safe dental practices, for review to obtain its seal which signals that the dental community agrees there is enough research to substantiate that a product is safe and effective. This is especially important when it comes to whitening toothpastes, as they tend to use abrasives like silica (the same stuff that makes up most of sand) to scrub off stains. The ADA review ensures those abrasives aren't doing more harm to your enamel than good. The other thing you need to look for is fluoride, a mineral that strengthens enamel and helps prevent cavities. The naturally-occurring mineral has been demonized by phony science, but the ADA, all our experts, and a whole body of research deem it not only safe in your toothpaste, but also necessary for preventing cavities. Learn more in our FAQs. The only ingredients dentists recommend you avoid are sugars, which improve the flavor of toothpaste but can cause adverse effects including tooth decay. Fortunately, the majority of toothpastes utilize tooth-safe sugar alternatives like xylitol or stevia. What else we considered Relatively few products on the market bear the ADA approval seal, which our sources overwhelmingly told us was the best way to know a product's claims have been substantiated by research and thus the ones we can recommend to you most confidently. That said, a product without the seal isn't necessarily ineffectual or bad — it just likely didn't undergo the organization's optional review process (which does cost money, so is difficult for smaller companies to obtain). Here are some other, non-ADA-approved products that came up in our research: What else we recommend BURST Fluoride ($10): This brand's fluoridated toothpaste also boasts a lack of sodium lauryl sulfate, along with parabens and artificial flavors and colors, but it tastes and feels perfectly normal. Smile Direct Club Premium Fluoride Whitening ($5): The brand you probably know from their subway ads also sells a whitening toothpaste, and it happens to be relatively inexpensive compared to other new-wave brands. It also tastes really good, in this writer's opinion. Spotlight Oral Care Toothpaste for Whitening Teeth ($10): This dentist-designed product contains fluoride for healthy teeth, as well as hydrogen peroxide for a quick kick of whitening. Sensodyne Pronamel Mineral Boost with Gentle Whitening Action ($6): While not currently bearing the ADA seal, this new product could be a helpful whitening option for those with sensitive teeth. It purports to help your teeth better absorb minerals such as calcium and phosphate, thus strengthening your enamel. What we don't recommend PLUS ULTRA Mint Toothpaste ($10): This toothpaste takes "natural" to another level, starting with its unique leafy green appearance. It doesn't contain sodium lauryl sulfate, and its plant-derived ingredients are organic — but it also lacks fluoride, so we can't recommend it. Huppy Peppermint Toothpaste Tablets ($12): Frequent travelers may appreciate that this paste comes in the form of tablets, complete with a little storage tin. Fluoride is left out, instead including a substance called nano-hydroxyapatite. But these tablets also contain charcoal, the safety of which is still hotly contested among dentists. Luster Premium White Pearl Paste ($7): This paste doesn't contain sodium lauryl sulfate or parabens, but it does contain fluoride (important) and one other notable ingredient: pearl extracts, which purportedly work as abrasives to buff off surface stains. There's no published clinical research on pearl as a tooth whitening agent, but telling people you brush your teeth with pearls will make you sound very fancy. FAQs Do whitening toothpastes actually work? Yes — just maybe not as well as you might hope. Dr. Salierno explained to Insider that over-the-counter whitening toothpastes are best at removing surface stains, but for a more dramatic whitening effect, professional methods are your best bet. "The true whitening effect that patients are typically after is the result of the removal of intrinsic stain, or stain that is more deeply embedded in the tooth surface," Salierno said. "In order to get a great whitening result, patients would do well to have a professional cleaning first, and then use a prescription-strength whitening agent as directed by their dental team." Bottom line: Whitening toothpastes are safe and can be effective at removing surface stains — just don't expect a dramatic transformation from over-the-counter toothpaste alone. Is charcoal toothpaste safe to whiten teeth? Glad you asked. Charcoal is a trendy ingredient right now, making its way into food, cosmetics, and yes, toothpaste. The idea is that charcoal is able to absorb impurities and thus whiten teeth, but the clinical evidence isn't great: Reviews of laboratory studies suggest that charcoal isn't particularly effective as a whitening agent, despite its mildly abrasive properties. What's more, it has the potential to damage your enamel, discolor it permanently, and damage your gums, according to a 2019 study in the British Dental Journal. More recent research supports the safety of charcoal toothpastes, but dentists and researchers caution consumers that the charcoal actually runs the risk of scratching enamel or getting stuck in the gums and other crevices. Those with fillings should especially steer clear. Is whitening toothpaste safe for my teeth? For the most part, yes. While many whitening toothpastes use abrasive agents to scrub away stains, dentists and researchers generally find them safe and non-damaging to the enamel of your teeth. There are a few exceptions — see about charcoal, above — but for most people, whitening toothpastes don't pose a threat to dental health. Dr. El Chami does caution, however, that those with sensitive teeth may want to avoid whitening toothpastes in favor of something gentler. Paul Springs, DMD, a prosthodontist who practices in Queens, New York, elaborated, adding, "Some brands contain grit particles that are too large, which irreversibly wears down tooth enamel. This is often an issue with charcoal or baking soda toothpastes made by unrecognizable brands, so I strongly recommend patients only use toothpastes with the ADA seal of approval to avoid that issue." Just because a product doesn't bear the ADA seal doesn't mean it's unsafe, but lesser-known brands may use questionable ingredients (or even questionable forms of ingredients that are generally considered tooth-safe) that are too gritty and can wear down your enamel. The ADA seal is your confirmation that everything in the tube is safe for at-home use. What's the big deal about the ADA Seal of Acceptance? As we mentioned earlier, the ADA seal program is an optional review process in which companies may choose to submit a product to the professional organization for independent review to determine if there is sufficient research backing up the safety and efficacy of the product. Because the review process is optional and potentially cost-prohibitive to smaller companies, there are many toothpastes and other dental products on the market that don't bear the ADA seal. This doesn't necessarily mean the products aren't up to snuff — but the dentists we consulted with highly recommend sticking to ADA-approved products to ensure you're getting a product that actually works and is safe. As Dr. Springs put it, "Not having the seal isn't enough to condemn a product, but there is enough that [damage enamel] that I wouldn't risk chancing it." Is fluoride really safe? Fluoride has been demonized by oversimplified health information and conspiracy theories for decades for supposedly causing dental staining and even cancer. While this is technically true of the chemical, it would need to be ingested in very large quantities to have these severe negative effects, far more than fluoridated water and toothpaste are likely to provide. The dental community is at a consensus that not only is fluoridated toothpaste safe, it's strongly recommended for the purpose of preventing cavities and strengthening enamel throughout your life. In fact, the ADA will not grant its seal of acceptance to any toothpaste which does not include fluoride. This goes for standard as well as whitening toothpastes — ideally fluoride is going to be included in any toothpaste you use daily. Expert sources Dr. Ben El Chami, DMD is a dentist and the co-founder and chief dental officer of dntlbar, a family of Manhattan dental practices. Dr. Chris Salierno, DDS is a dentist and the chief dental officer of Tend, a family of dental practices with locations in New York, Boston, and Washington, D.C. Dr. Courtney Hain, DDS is a dentist who owns and operates her own practice, Smile San Francisco. Dr. Paul Springs, DMD, is a prosthodontist who practices with Dr. Mondshine and Associates, a dental practice in Forest Hills, Queens, NY. Check out our other oral health buying guides The best toothpaste you can buy Nobody likes going to the dentist, but if you take good care of your teeth between visits, the cleaning will go easier. We researched and tested many kinds of toothpaste to find the best ones you can buy. The best natural toothpaste you can buy Natural toothpaste formulas don't have to be lacking in powerful ingredients or great flavor. The best toothpaste for sensitive teeth you can buy Don't let tooth sensitivity make that hot cup of coffee or cold glass of water a misery to drink. You can treat your pain with a great toothpaste for sensitive teeth. The best electric toothbrush you can buy We want you to keep your teeth healthy and strong for a lifetime. That's why we've done the research to bring you five electric toothbrushes that we feel are the best choices for the most people. We visited the top consumer websites, listened to actual product owners, and considered advice from dentists and dental hygienists when making our decisions. So go ahead and break out your favorite toothpaste. Healthy, clean white teeth are on their way. The best toothbrush you can buy There's plenty to be said for the classic manual toothbrush: It can't run out of batteries and it's compact, lightweight, and portable. We chose a wide array of manual toothbrushes, from the low-cost disposable brush you keep on hand for guests to the Cadillac-level manual toothbrush that the classic oral hygiene aficionado will appreciate to unique options, like charcoal-infused toothbrushes that might just help bring out your brightest, whitest smile ever.......