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Useful Resources and Diversions
Quarantine Blues by Carlos Santana, John Mclaughlin, family and friends. Oh my!
Where Do We Go From Here? necessary next steps courtesy of Oprah.com. The battle for social justice is far from over. Learn what you can do.
Quarantine and Isolation Advice from the CDC
10 Expert-Backed Tips for Singles in Quarantine Alone from Best Life. Surely it's a challenge if you are home alone.
Quarantine School Resources for Parents with Kids Under 5 from the LA Times
15 FREE Educational Resources for Kids At Home During Quarantine from Homestead Survival Site
17 Mental Health Tips for Quarantine From Therapists
Current Rules Regarding Face Masks caring about the welfare of others is smart and good.
From Camping To Dining Out: Here's How Experts Rate The Risks Of 14 Summer Activities
What You Need to Know About the Coronavirus A collection of articles from the Atlantic.

Podcasts
Podcasts that will take you places, tickle your funny bone and challenge your perceptions.
Yo, Is This Racist? (Hint, if you have to ask, it probably is).
Latino USA This long-running NPR podcast consistently puts out excellent episodes exploring Latinx culture
Throughline The past is never past. Every headline has a history.
Wooden Overcoats a British comedy podcast. Rudyard Funn runs a funeral home on the island of Piffling. It used to be the only one. It isn't anymore.
Gastro Pod a British podcast about the history and science of stuff we eat.
No Such thing as a Fish If you are as much of a fan of the British TV series QI as we are, you will enjoy these fun and curious facts about anything and everything.

Travel via Books
With travel being shut down around the globe, time to snuggle up to a good book that will take you places!
Midnight in Siberia: A Train Journey into the Heart of Russia by David Greene. The Worldview Project Book Club selection for July! An NPR bureau chief travels the Trans-Siberian Highway!
Falling Off the Map: Some Lonely Places of The World by Pico Iyer, a travel writer with serious literary cred travels to places that are somehow "isolated" from the rest of the world.
Turn Right at Machu Picchu by Mark Adams. Adams retraces the steps of Hiram Bingham who "discovered" Machu Picchu in 1911. A bit of praise and condemnation for what Bingham did once he got there.
Around the World in 80 Trains: A 45,000-Mile Adventure by Monisha Rajesh. One Amazon reviewer said "I am in love of traveling by train because of this book." Trains are my favorite way to travel - ed.
Lands of Lost Borders: Out of Bounds on the Silk Road by Kate Harris. Travel the Silk road and confront the boundaries that shackle your soul.

Local Happenings:
San Diego Diplomacy Council's Online Global Leaders Program Open to high school students in the US and abroad.
Storytelling: Virtual Tales & Legends Of Scotland
The African American Experience: A Poet's Perspective
Afro-Peruvian Sextet's Livestreaming Experience Sunday, July 12 - 4:00 PM
A Conversation on Justice Equity, & Advocacy in the Black Community Saturday, June 27 - 10:00 AM
Fun Things To Do In Quarantine In San Diego Suggestions from SDTours


Television and Film
Innocence Files (United States) Netflix

Produced by the Innocence Project, this series traces the cases of 8 wrongly convicted individuals and the devastating effects on their families the victims themselves (not to mention allowing the true perpetrators to escape justice). The Innocence Project uses DNA evidence to re-examine the cases of people who were convicted of terrible crimes. The individual episodes are of varying length, some being nearly movie-length. Although the series unearths widespread problems of official corruption, the episodes shy away from sensationalizing and instead highlight more systemic problems and failures than individual wrong-doing by officials (although the appalling corruption of some is brought to light). The series calls for a more science-based and competent criminal justice system.

Money Heist (Spain) Netflix
Money Heist is clever and edge-of-your-seat subversive-of-the-genre heist series drama mostly set in Madrid, Spain. For a while it was the most-watched non-English language series on Netflix and has won numerous international awards. "The Professor" assembles a large group of individuals, each with a specialized talent, to knock over the Spanish Mint (and in later episodes the Bank of Spain). Part of the fun is the ingenious planning goes into the capers. The workers of the mint are not just captives, they are coerced to spend more than a week printing vast amounts of money. The plot is both thrilling and clever; you learn about the devilishly labyrinthine plan as it unfolds. But the series doesn't simply revolve around a complicated plot. Hidden motives and interpersonal and odd relationships that develop throughout the series making it part complex heist drama and part telenovela (including occasional moments of comedy).

Movies

Atlantics (Senegal) Netflix

From the Sengegalese-French director and writer Mati Diop, Atlantics is a highly unusual and beautiful film. It's a romance, drama, supernatural fantasy, unpredictable thriller and social commentary all rolled into one. Atlantics won last year's Cannes Film Festival Grand Prize and has a 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. On one level Atlantics is about star-crossed lovers, but at another level its a spell-binding tale about love, revenge, migration and ghosts (or are they zombies?).

Cook Off (Zimbabwe) Netflix

Anesu is a great home cook and without her knowledge her adoring son enters her into a televised cooking competition. Can she prevail over professional chefs? Cook Off, set and filmed in Zimbabwe, is an multi-award winning romantic comedy that had absurdly low budget ($8,000). Its making is even more remarkable as at the time of its filming Zimbabwe was experiencing both hyper-inflation and the tumultuous downfall of the countries autocratic president, Robert Mugabe. But despite all of these challenges, Cook Off is a light-hearted comedy/romance set in the middle-class world of the capital city of Harare, a world largely unknown to American (and perhaps, European) viewers. On such a tiny budget, virtually nothing about the film is polished, but movies warm-heartedness and earnestness makes for a very charming film.
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