Minneapolis and St. Paul were once home to grand ‘banking halls’

This article has a neat discussion on the ornate banks that used to be more commonplace in the Twin Cities area. I think that it’s interesting to think about the way people become nostalgic for these kinds of places after they are gone.

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The Jones Act and the Struggling Puerto Rican Economy

Since the 1920s, Puerto Rico has been subjected to following the Jones Act.  This act requires all ships that bring goods between U.S. ports to be brought by ships that belong and are administered by U.S. citizens.  According to the article, “A 2010 study at the University of Puerto Rico concluded that the island lost $537 million per year as a result of the Jones Act.” For the first time in history, following the destruction of Hurricane Maria, the acts requirements are being temporarily waived to support aid efforts to Puerto Rico. Overall, the disaster just brings to light the effects that the act has had on the Puerto Rican economy for almost a century.

“The American War” and what it means to be patriotic

Here’s a link to a podcast produced by the Washington Post about the Vietnam War series on PBS.  This episode follows Part IX of the series, just aired last night (but viewable online, too).

After each episode of “The Vietnam War” airs, our new podcast — “The American War” — will break down the major themes and questions raised. We’ll talk to Ken Burns, Lynn Novick and others involved with the documentary for a new perspective on how the film was made and what it all means.

 

History, Race and Sports

This article is called “Trump, The NFL And The Powder Keg History Of Race, Sports And Politics” and it discusses the current conversations about protesting around racial injustice in the realm of sports. It quickly recaps the history of these protest  dating back to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.

http://www.npr.org/2017/09/25/553478047/trump-the-nfl-and-the-powder-keg-history-of-race-sports-and-politics

 

Dyson Designing Electric Cars

Dyson, the company known for making vacuums and fans, has announced that they are designing an electric car. This article talks about James Dyson’s new project and his goal to have a finished product by 2020. Dyson said since 1990 he has been interested in developing filtration technology to stop diesel emissions polluting the environment, but the motor industry was not interested so he switched to electric cars.

Sir James Dyson