A lot of smartphones are glimpsed throughout the devastating documentary 76 Days—available on VOD on Friday, December 4—but they’re not handled in the normal way. Instead, the phones in this film represent the agency that people lose when they are in the throes of COVID-19. Nurses hold them over a weak patient’s head so they can hear a relative speak, or offer them to the next of kin when a patient passes away, a connection forever broken. … [Read more...] about As pandemic winter approaches, the COVID-19 doc ’76 Days’ is a wake-up call
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As viewers around the country tune in for hours-long sessions digesting complex electoral math, it’s likely they’ll be seeking some gastronomic solace. Around the country, it appears that nibbles on the more calorific side are the eats of choice for the night—and one voter didn’t even wait until the evening to stock up. At 11 a.m., ice cream fanatic Joe Biden reportedly made a purchase of ice cream sandwiches and a Dr Pepper. … [Read more...] about What is America likely to eat on election night?
Diaz emphasizes that 11 minutes of exercise won’t eliminate the risk of long hours of sitting. But if some amount of sedentary time is unavoidable, any movement helps. “I think an important message here is that there are many different ways to get at lowering your health risk in terms of movement,” he says. “You could be a person who say, ‘I’m a bus driver, I’m a cab driver, and I can’t move throughout my day and break up my sitting time—literally part of my job is to sit. But when I get out of my job, I can go to the gym. And if I get exercise for 30 minutes, that will actually help negate a lot of my harmful behaviors at work.” Others might not have time to go to the gym after work, but might have jobs that let them take short breaks to get up and move. “If I’m just periodically moving through my day, that’s going to lower my risk,” he says. “So we have a number of different ways to get … [Read more...] about Sitting all day? Just 11 minutes of exercise a day can help reverse the effects
Nowhere is this prevailing assumption more apparent than on the topic of working parents and childcare. Like society writ large, corporate leaders seem to view the challenges that working parents face as individual problems, rather than collective ones. And so, amid the pandemic, they have marshaled every resource imaginable in order to fashion individual solutions. TutorMe, a startup that offers virtual tutoring for school-age children as an employee benefit, saw 30 times the interest from corporate customers in Q3 of this year as it did in Q1. Meanwhile, policy proposals such as universal pre-kindergarten and paid family leave, which have been shown to increase women’s participation in the workforce, have been languishing at the state and federal levels for years, with little corporate support. … [Read more...] about Why “flexibility” may be the least helpful thing companies can offer working parents right now
Phoebe Robinson: I was working at an indie film company in 2008. One of my friends was taking a stand-up class, at Carolines on Broadway, in Times Square, and I signed up. The first class was just going to watch a stand-up show. Seeing the energy of everyone laughing, and realizing, “Oh, Kevin Hart performed here!” was the coolest thing. I got laid off from the film job and took it as a sign from the universe to dive in. I would do shows at an Irish pub, or take the $10 bus to Boston to do a show and sleep on people’s couches. … [Read more...] about Phoebe Robinson Talks about ‘Doing the Most,’ and More