How an increase in disposable income in post-plague England gave rise to pub culture.
With its curve unflattened and new cases still on the rise, India is ending the world's largest lockdown.

Then, as now, people viewed diseases as coming from faraway lands, from “them,” not “us.” By the 1700s, the plague was sometimes even referred to as “la peste Levantina” or the Levantine plague, referring to the region of the world occupied by present-day Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, Palestine, and much of Turkey.

When the plague hit Marseille in 1720, officials began a misinformation campaign—even hiring doctors to claim it was only a fever.

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Summer never ends at the chillest place on the internet, Poolside.fm, which crossed a million listening sessions in the past year.
So far, predominantly Democratic counties have been hit harder by the coronavirus—due to population density, race, and economics.
"It is coming, and it’s going to be more of a checkerboard." In May, confirmed cases of COVID-19 surged in rural America.
Ahead of a fall publish date, J.K. Rowling is serializing her new children's book "about truth and the abuse of power" for free.
According to Census Bureau data, a third of Americans are showing signs of clinical anxiety or depression during the pandemic.
As early as 1983, the KGB began a disinformation campaign that AIDS started as a US government biological weapons experiment.
Ikea publishes instructions for using its products to build blanket forts.
Six Flags begins reopening next week, and will use thermal imaging to screen temperatures and require visitors to wear masks.
Photos that explore the regenerative nature of plants and vegetation—not pristine, but in a state of change—by Giona Bridler.
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Why Facebook's First Amendment analogy doesn't hold water: Political figures are allowed to lie on Facebook, but we are not.

At least 10 local TV news stations aired Amazon-scripted segments touting the company's worker-safety actions—possibly to influence this week's annual shareholders' meeting.

Boris Johnson stands by a senior aide who flouted lockdown for a family trip; in the UK, unlike the US, he's in trouble for it.
The EPA is investigating why San Francisco received a violation—after Trump said the city was letting drug needles into the ocean.
Covers for a nonexistent magazine to suit the moment: The Home Stayer.
A panel of futurists, offering tips on how to be forward-thinking right now, proves to be largely as clueless as everybody else.