All the week’s news that’s fit to cry about (09/20/19 Edition).
Browse all the Weekly Town Crier posts so far.
Browse the Musical Worldview posts.
Read The Hollywood Reporter’s report: “Will Ferrell, Ryan Reynolds to Star in Musical Reimagining of 'A Christmas Carol'.
Read “Why I Created A Chapel Service Where People Confess to Plants” at Sojourners. “"Our worship seeks to witness to God’s love for the whole world, to manifest a love that goes deep and spreads wide, that transcends ourselves and becomes fully lived and embodied in the complex and diverse ecosystems of this earth and the cosmos."
Read “A Response to Recent Events” at “Relevant.”
Read Fox 5 Atlanta’s report: “White nationalism is now recognized as a major terror threat by the Department of Homeland Security” and consider Kyle Howard’s reply: “It’s ALWAYS been a major terror threat... it would have always been considered such if #blacklivesmatter”
Read reports that “An 'Extinct' Taiwanese Leopard Was Spotted For The First Time In 36 Years.”
Read CBS News’ report: “Trump trade war with China has cost 300,000 U.S. jobs, Moody's estimates.”
Browse as Rolling Stone considers the “40 Saddest Country Songs of All Time.”
Read Jambands.com report: Adam MacDougall Confirms Addition of Eric Krasno for Circles Around the Sun Fall Tour Dates and see my post: “Musical Worldview (Instrumental Edition): Circles Around The Sun, "Hallucinate A Solution".
Browse as The Guardian considers the best books about debate.
Read NPR’s report: “The Vaping Illness Outbreak: What We Know So Far . . . The CDC now says there are 805 reported cases of vaping-related illness — and 12 confirmed deaths across the country.”
Read Wired’s opinion piece: "Red flag" laws help prevent suicides and mass shootings, and they buy time for people in crisis to get help.”
Read Christianity Today’s report: “Young Life Voted Off Campus at Duke.”
Read Jamband.com’s report: “Stanton Moore, Skerik, Scott Metzger, Robert Walter, Andy Hess Teaming Up as Emerald Quintet for Fall Shows.”
Read WGNTV’s report: “Sony releases a Walkman for its 40th anniversary.”
Hear Thom Yorke on Desert Island Discs on BBC.
Consider “Why Ted Cruz was making a biblical case for gun rights after the Odessa shooting” at Washington Post.
Read AZ ED News’ report: “Severe Teacher Shortage In Arizona Continues” and vote for #redfored policies and candidates.
Read SBS’ report that Greta Thunberg has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.
Consider “The Unsolved Case of the Most Mysterious Song on the Internet” at Rolling Stone.
Browse “A Guide to African Country Music” at Bandcamp.
Read: “Forget STEM, We Need MESH The importance of media literacy, ethics, sociology and history education” at Medium.
Read “In Jamaica With Island Records Founder Chris Blackwell” at Billboard.
Help keep Zanzibar's only music academy open!
Browse Paste’s picks for the 30 Best Albums of 1999.
Ever wonder what it would be like “If Mr. Bean Played Every Role In Hollywood…”
Read Wall Street Journal’s report: “Trump Repeatedly Pressed Ukraine President to Investigate Biden’s Son.” In other words, he asked a foreign country for help in U.S. elections. Again.
Read Washington Post’s commentary: “"It is a form of shamelessness worn as a badge of protection— on the implicit theory that the president’s alleged offenses can’t be that serious if he commits them in full public view."
Read The Atlantic’s opinion piece: “If This Isn’t Impeachable, Nothing Is The president reportedly sought the help of a foreign government against Joe Biden.”
Read “the full, redacted Trump whistleblower complaint” at PBS.
Watch a “Mexican congressman climbs U.S. border fence to illustrate that Trump's wall is 'totally absurd' at ABC News.
Read Christianity Today’s report “World Vision Flips the Script on Child Sponsorship In the ministry’s first major innovation in seven decades, the children now do the choosing.”
Read The North Star’s report: “Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Apologizes For Wearing Brownface And Blackface.”
Read NPR’s report: “Young People Lead Millions To Protest Global Inaction On Climate Change.”
Read Oregon Live’s report: “Dr. Bronner’s soap company donates $150,000 to Oregon’s 2020 legal psychedelic mushroom initiative.”
R.I.P. Suzanne Whang, original host of House Hunters, dead at 56.
R.I.P. Robert Hunter.
Read Echoes and Dust’s review of the new One Eleven Heavy album Desire Path.
Read as NPR wonders “How did a bubblegum pop tune by a fictional cartoon band become the top song of the year in 1969?: 50 Years Later, The Archies' 'Sugar, Sugar' Is Still 'Really Sweet'“
Read the New York Times’s report: “Walmart to End Sales of E-Cigarettes.”
Read “Books Won’t Die” at The Paris Review: “In 1913, Thomas Edison said books “will soon be obsolete in the public schools.”
Read New York Times’ profile of Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness.
Read Stereogum’s report: “Area 51 Fest Cancelled After Only 500 Humans Show Up.”
Read Hollywood Reporter’s piece: “'Schitt's Creek' Creator Dan Levy Signs Overall Deal With ABC Studios.”
Watch “Charles and Ray Eames put their 1969 spin on one of the world’s oldest toys” at Aeon.
Listen to “Scott Erickson & Justin McRoberts — If You Don't Create a Formational Practice For Yourself, Someone Else Will Create One For You” on the Let’s Give A Damn podcast. And read my profile of the newest book May It Be So from the two here.
Read Buzzfeed’s report: “Immigration Officials Want To Change References Of "Foreign National" To "Alien" In A Policy Manual.”
Read NPR’s report: “The 'OK' Hand Gesture Is Now Listed As A Symbol Of Hate.”
Hurt your brain wondering if our own consciousness is an illusion created by our brains at Aeon.
Consider “The Intelligence of Plants” at the Paris Review.
Browse Buzzfeed’s list of “11 Great Books About Rock And Roll.”
Watch the trailer for the Elephant 6 documentary at Aquarium Drunkard.
Browse “13 Books About Immigration to Read This Hispanic Heritage Month” at Oprah Magazine.
Consider “Why It Matters if your Bible was translated by a racially diverse group” at Washington Post.
Walk through the last home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright with Phoenix New Times.
Read ASU Now’s report: “ASU women's robotics team places first in country, third in world.”