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Journal 207

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This week — Bernie Sanders, a preliminary study of SARS-CoV-2, the British Library Sound Archive, and avalanches.

If you only read one thing — Outside Magazine on the surreal experience of shooting a survival-challenge TV show is worth the time.

In addition - a new regular section in Journal, Clippings, that will share audio, visual and written content that sits outside the usual journalistic fare.


Everything on 'Naked and Afraid' Is Real—and I Lived It | Outside | Life

The author writes about her extraordinary experience on the long-running Discovery Channel show Naked and Afraid, where two strangers have to survive in the wilderness together with nothing but a handful of tools.

How It All Came Apart for Bernie Sanders | The New York Times | Politics

A look at how Bernie Sanders' primary campaign faltered in recent weeks.

Why the Coronavirus Has Been So Successful | The Atlantic | Science

A look at the origins, composition and behaviour of the new coronavirus itself, in a piece that results in what its author Ed Yong calls "a rough preliminary portrait of SARS-CoV-2".

The noise of time | New Statesman | Society

A study of the work of the British Library Sound Archive.

Snow Science Against the Avalanche | The New Yorker | Science

An insight into specialist avalanche mitigation teams and the challenges they face working with a natural material that is "light and fluffy and soft and downy, and it’s everybody’s favorite thing in the world" but also "one of the most destructive forces in nature".


Clippings is a new section in Journal containing audio, visual and written content that sits outside the usual journalistic fare. I hope the suggestions may delight and fascinate you as they have me.

The Garden of Earthly Delights | NTR | Interactive Documentary

This is an extraordinary interactive documentary from a Dutch broadcaster, comprising a 'gigapixel' ultra-high resolution image of Hieronymus Bosch's 16th century work The Garden of Earthly Delights, annotated and enhanced with audio and text commentary. It is exhilarating to be able to study this work from closer up than would ever be possible in a gallery.

Aria Code | The Metropolitan Opera | Podcast

Aria Code is a wonderful podcast from The Metropolitan Opera, focused on a single operatic aria in each episode, with expert input from a world class singer, and other interesting and informed figures. The episode linked to below is about the triumphant finale to La Cenerentola, Rossini's take on the Cinderella story. The episode covers the history of the Cinderella story itself, the structure and significance of the aria in the narrative, and the technical challenges associated with performing it. Most powerful though, is the story of a young singer's real life struggles that is woven throughout the episode.

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