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  • The BBC has some tips on how to talk to vaccine-hesitant people.
  • A debate over school curriculums and critical race studies in Texas has now turned into a campaign by Republicans to ban hundreds of books.
  • What if Saturday Night Live, but British?
  • A German court ruled that a man who fell while on his way from his bed to his desk can claim a "workplace accident" because he was technically commuting to work.
  • The MTA announced that they're planning to bring new elevators to 26 subway stations around the city, including 19 that don't have any accessible entry.
  • Michael Nesmith, the Monkees member who went on to have a beloved solo career as well, has died. He was 78.
  • Nippy headline of the day: "20 Otters Bite Man 26 Times in 10 Seconds in Brutal Attack."
  • So it turns out Parks and Recreation was maybe a documentary.
  • Six Feet Under, a classic series that literally showed the audience in the finale how every member of the cast would eventually die, may get a follow-up series.
  • We're getting close to the end of the year, but there's still some new music worth listening to on this New Music Friday: Neil Young released his 7,000 album, Barn, and it's very late-period Neil Young & Crazy Horse; Tierra Whack released her second delightful EP of the month, Pop?; the wonderful folk artist Michael Hurley released The Time Of The Foxgloves; and Bill Callahan's collaborative recordings with Bonnie "Prince" Billy was released on the joint album Blind Date Party.
  • And finally, this is the kind of energy we should all try to take into 2022: