17 May 5 Friyays: April 20
Hello everyone! Congratulations on making it to Friday. Whatever this week was for you, we hope you can take at least a few minutes over the next few days to breathe and find rest. I’ve got Friyay duty this week, as Dr. Hinson is off basking in the glow of another Penguins win on Wednesday night. So let’s get cracking, shall we?
A New Name for a Public Enemy
Earlier this week, I came across this long-form article from October 2017 about the family that owns Purdue Pharmaceutical. The Sackler family, known for their public philanthropy, should also be known for something else: OxyContin. Purdue is the only manufacturer of this drug, and the Sacklers hold the company privately. T
As a member of a family business, I read voraciously about other ones – how do they function? What generation are they on? How did those transitions go? I certainly learned a lot from this article and my father and I have been discussing it all week.
If your life has not been touched by this drug, then I would encourage you to do two things: be thankful and be prepared. Learn about what it’s done to rural communities and urban ones, the families that is has shattered, and then sit with the reality presented in this article that it’s not even good at the job it’s designed to do! My life, and the life of so many people I love, has been changed by this thing and I vibrated with rage for most of this article. I normally don’t encourage people to join me in anger over something, but I do this time. I really, really do.
It was 19 years ago today that the word “Columbine” became shorthand in American society. We were juniors in high school, and Dr. Hinson was living in Colorado Springs at the time, while I was clear across the country in suburban Philadelphia. Our experiences on that day and the months following were very different, and yet the same.
I think a lot about the students and teachers of Columbine and other schools that became shorthand – Sandy Hook, Parkland, Paducah – especially on this day. This article from NPR talks to one teacher about this particular ‘anniversary’ and I would encourage you to click on over.
When Shonda Rhimes created Olivia Pope, she changed the TV landscape. Scandal ended last night and I’ve really appreciated the coverage of it. I was an avid watcher for a few seasons before losing track of it amidst moving across an ocean. It’s undeniable that Rhimes is a force and this article is a great demonstration of why.
Also. Hot minute for Olivia’s coats. Serious fashion envy by everyone. Peep that cloak!
Trusting the Numbers
All you statistics aficionados out there – check this article out! I’m not an avid NBA fan, but I do follow the Sixers and I loved this coverage from the Inquirer about the statistics behind their playoff run and how they’ve trusted experts to develop the process by which they’re succeeding. Like we talked about in Creativity Book Club a few weeks back – you can’t trust the process without trusting the people, and this is a great example of this balance.
Stealing a bit from Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, I wanted to end this kinda heavy post on a lighter note. So, here’s my current favorite YouTube video. I kinda love penguins. And by ‘kinda’, I mean my entire family/framily know that I adore them and frequently send me videos, gifs, photos, and stuffed versions to make me smile. This video, sent to me by a beloved who knew I’d love it, has been my ‘take a break’ video all week. You. Are. Welcome.
That’s all from me this week. Dr. Hinson will be back next week with more things we think should be in your eyeballs (and I can almost guarantee you it will involve her favorite Penguins in some way). What do you think we should know?! Drop a comment!