Obama is back: And as always he is best in a longer format interview. The team at “Pod Save America” had him on this week. Listen. Then vote. And vote for Biden. And don’t be fooled by California GOP illegal efforts around ballot collection. You can get the ONLY official ballot drop off locations here.
Music: The headline of this AP music review for the new Springsteen album “Letters to You” has caused me great anxiety. They fear the songs contain a message that is a subtle goodbye. Yes, the boss is 71, but if this is true this might push us over the edge:) Album is out next Friday. Bon Jovi has a new one already out, 2020. Tackling issues of gun violence, social justice, and suicide is a new approach for him--I like it. Time to update listening to “New Jersey” on your walkman sport (the yellow one). No one under 40 will understand what that means.
Deeper dive: Vaccines are one of the most successful public health advancements in our history. I have long worked against misinformation and ignoring science to advance this important issue. But the problem has gotten worse with concern that Trump will ignore FDA guidance and push an unsafe vaccine. Assuming he loses in three weeks, and we get an FDA approved vaccine soon, we still have a lot of work to do. This piece walks through the range of approaches to try and build confidence in vaccines.
Black Holes are good: As a kid, I dreamed of being an astronaut. With the help of my second-grade teacher we called NASA (an actual human answered the phone) and asked what I should do. They sent me a packet of information including the great “Young Astronauts Club”. Bad vision impeded the necessary step of being a pilot, but I have never stopped looking upward and dreaming. This time of year is great as you can see both Saturn and Jupiter (on a clear night). This week I learned something new about black holes. They are actually good and kind of necessary!
Calend-air: We recently observed Clean Air Day and pushed our efforts to tackle pollution. Our local Air Pollution Control District (APCD) is back with a fun exercise for our kids--the “calend-air.” Kids do drawings about clean air and the winners are included in a 2021 calendar! Get details here: Air Pollution Control District’s Kid’s Calendar Contest is Back.