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#229: How To End Traffic

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I spend way more time in my Honda Fit than I care to admit. Given where I live, and where I work, and my access to public transit, I could easily modify my behavior and reduce my harm to the environment. But it’s easier to stay warm in the mornings, listen to podcasts on my commute, and spend time worrying about climate change. Is this you, too? If so, let me know if today’s lead article makes you change your habits.
Also this week, enjoy articles about how technology can make education worse, how technology can make music better, and how Las Vegas is more than just slot machines and Sting.
+ If you want to deepen your reading and connect with other thoughtful people, join February’s Article Club. This month, we’re discussing Paul Tough’s “Getting an A,” from his outstanding book The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes Or Breaks Us. If you’re a teacher or a parent, or you care about social equity, or you like outstanding writing, go here to learn more and to sign up.

How To End Traffic
Technology Doesn’t Solve Racism: Surveillance Apps In The Classroom
Loyal reader, Article Clubber, and VIP member Angelina isn’t afraid to speak her truth. Do you have kind words to share about The Highlighter?
Loyal reader, Article Clubber, and VIP member Angelina isn’t afraid to speak her truth. Do you have kind words to share about The Highlighter?
The People Of Las Vegas
A Decade Of DJing: How Technology Changed The Art Form
+ Reader Annotations: An anonymous loyal reader loved “Becoming A Man” and shared these thoughts:
The article is beautifully written and does a good job of describing the writer’s experience moving from an oppressed group to that of the oppressor (and how he enjoyed aspects of this). I think about my own kid and her (current pronoun) experience being seen differently according to her outward appearance. I think she associates power and freedom to being a boy. But once in that power, she doesn’t feel right, like it’s not earned and so doesn’t make use of it. This piece speaks to that navigation of moving through the world with those societal expectations weighing heavy on our hearts and bodies. 
Loyal reader Samantha wondered whether the trend described in “Death-Positive Millennials Are Planning Their Funerals Early” could be explained by one journalist’s reporting, rather than a general pattern:
I’m curious as to how many of the millennials the writer got their information from experienced death of others, especially at a younger age or unexpectedly. Two people they spoke about had recently lost someone themselves. One lost a grandparent, and though they did not say the grandparent’s age, it did seem unexpected. Another, at the end, had just lost three people in a short period of time. I’m not sure if it’s millennials thinking more about death (it could be though because I do think we want to make things less taboo) or if it’s just people who have experienced a certain type of loss because it becomes more a part of your reality.
Thank you very much for these contributions. Loyal readers, keep your thoughts coming. I welcome your ideas and respond to every email I receive. All you need to do is hit reply!
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