The Roaring Twenties, Emily Thompson
Ever wondered what New York City in the 1930s was like? Loud is the apparently the answer. The Atlantic Cities directed me toward The Roaring Twenties, the work of Princeton historian Emily Thompson, who used her MacArthur genius grant to study “the historical emergence of excessive noise” and to create an interactive map of NYC noise complaints from 1926 to 1932. Anyone whose neighbor has practiced their instrument a bit too far into the night will understand. —Liv Combe

Song and Image—Brian Gore and Bill Rusell,” YouTube
Acoustic guitarist Brian Gore and visual artist Bill Russell have collaborated on a series of videos inspired by California’s wine country and Santa Cruz coastal region. Gore’s eloquent classical-and-folk-derived fingerstyle playing and Russell’s evocative drawings, paintings, and animations  create absorbing impressions of California history, natural phenomena, and “Life off the Fault Line”—a wholly different kind of travelog. —Derk Richardson 

Evolution and Bad Boyfriends,” The New York Times
As the youngest daughter of selective parents, finding a potential mate seems to be on the same caliber of difficulty as finding a career. Furthermore, this seemingly simple task is exacerbated with the millennials’ hookup culture reaching its pinnacle. So when I glanced over the title “Evolution and Bad Boyfriends,” my curiosity piqued. How could boyfriends be getting worse among this incredibly lax dating scene—and what’s the explanation? Researchers Piet Van Den Berg and Tim W. Fawcett took to the New York Times to explore their findings from a study conducted with two other colleagues. Although they raise strong, evidenced points, I found myself in denial of their conclusions. Their results are certainly applicable to some, however, I readily believe there’s a large pool of outliers unaccounted for that deserves some credit. Take a look at this stimulating piece and decide for yourself! —Lauren Schiappa

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Why Do We Travel?” Fathom
We each have our reasons (mine include food, adventure, and the thrill that comes with discovering a new place). Stephanie March covers virtually all of them in this short video of her trip to India and Nepal. Colorful scenes of street vendors, fabrics, and niches with a view have me itching to get up from my desk. —Kim Fortson 

Meet the Malawi Mouse Boys, the gospel band who sell mice kebabs,” CNN
Musician and record producer Ian Brennan, who has worked with the renowned Tuareg band Tinariwen from Mali, TV on the Radio’s Kyp Malone, and others, made a startling roadside discovery in Malawi, which resulted in one of the most surprising African recordings in recent years. —Derk Richardson

The Ripple Effect,” Border Free Productions
When Ben and Blair Ripple, two farmers in western Washington, traveled to Australia and Indonesia in 1997, the couple planned to learn traditional farming techniques from local farmers and to take those practices home. What they found instead was dramatically different. Kristen Kellogg’s short documentary captures the moving story of a classic reversal, in which the practices they came to learn become those they choose to teach. —Kim Fortson

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