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Like many other industries, the music business has struggled in 2020. Live venues are struggling. The magazine scene is all but gone. Artists are finding ways to keep projects alive amidst lockdowns.

The Hit List: Best Music Of 2020 Edition

Dec 23, 2020

This year may have been the worst but for many people, pop culture and music provided a much-needed respite.

Experts say there’s still a lot we don’t know about the new variant of coronavirus that scientists in the United Kingdom say they’ve discovered.

Bark And Woof: What Our Dogs Say About Us

Dec 23, 2020

Did you adopt a pet during the pandemic?

Esperanza spent most of November in her room alone. A frontline worker at a restaurant in Pueblo, Colorado, she was diagnosed with COVID-19 and needed to isolate herself, away from her children and her husband.

Star Wars: The Future Awaits?

Dec 22, 2020

How much is too much?

Disney recently unveiled a line of new Star Wars projects for the company’s streaming service, Disney Plus. The announcement came after the second season of “The Mandalorian,” the streaming service’s popular marquee program recently aired.

Ina Garten On Cooking For The Holidays In A Pandemic

Dec 22, 2020

The holidays are different this year. Public tree lighting ceremonies will have to wait. Maybe you shipped a gift instead of packing into a store and hand-delivering it. And many aren’t seeing family and friends in the normal way. And as we isolate, you might be forgoing your regular holiday dinner.

What Is A Stimulus Check For?

Dec 21, 2020

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress sent $1200 stimulus checks to many Americans as a part of the CARES Act.

Now, we have a deal on a second COVID relief package. And for a time, it seemed like stimulus checks, both in presence and size, were one of the reasons why Republicans, Democrats and the White House couldn’t agree on passing a second coronavirus relief bill.

It’s Chadwick Boseman’s last onscreen performance and Viola Davis is already generating Oscar buzz. And that’s before you even know anything about the plot. The film adaptation of “‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” August Wilson’s 1982 play has come to Netflix and select theaters. It follows a Chicago recording session for Ma Rainey and her band in 1927.

There’s still no deal on a COVID-19 relief package in Congress. But lawmakers are closer than ever before.

The Associated Press broke down the bill.

For the first time in Grammy history, all of the nominees for best rock performance and best country album were women or women-led bands.

Millions of people are falling behind on rent and utilities as Americans endure the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The federal eviction moratorium, set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is set to run out at the end of 2020, as are unemployment protections. Around 2.4 to five million Americans are also at risk of eviction in January alone, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Zoomnauguration: The Inauguration Goes Virtual

Dec 16, 2020

After six weeks of angst (surely you remember) the Electoral College confirmed Joe Biden’s status as the 43rd U.S. President. Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will take their oaths of office on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in person.

The Hit List: Best Video Games Of 2020 Edition

Dec 16, 2020

Since the start of the pandemic, many have turned to film and television to find an escape in their daily routines. But with video games like Animal Crossing and The Last of Us Part Two, some people are not just escaping – they’re playing – in new worlds.

Brandon Bernard was executed in Terre Haute, Indiana on December 11. He was a teenager when he was convicted as an accomplice for murder. Five of the jurors who sentenced him to death had changed their minds on his case. But he was the ninth person on federal death row who was executed this year.

Joe Biden Won. The Electoral College Made It Official.

Dec 15, 2020

President Donald Trump has refused to condcede the presidential election. But on Monday, the Electoral College confirmed that President-elect Joe Biden will assume the presidency in January. Congress will count the ballots in early January.

President-elect Biden spoke to the nation after his win was announced.

We’ve Been Hacked. Again.

Dec 15, 2020

An extensive Russian digital spying effort that targeted at least five federal agencies was made public earlier this week. The affected agencies include the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department.

Georgia Senate Update: The Beginning Of Early Voting

Dec 15, 2020

We know you know the two Georgia Senate runoffs are hugely consequential. But we’ll just remind you one more time — the races between Republican Sen. David Perdue and Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Democrat Rev. Rafael Warnock will likely decide the efficacy of the incoming Biden administration.

In its final days, the Trump administration plans to sell off drilling rights in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Located in the northeastern portion of the state, its 19,286,722 acres make up the largest national wildlife refuge in the United States.

The COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer cleared an important hurdle on Thursday, when a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel consisting of 22 independent experts authorized it for emergency use in people aged 16 or older.

The News Roundup — International

Dec 11, 2020

Farmers in India organized a strike on Tuesday against laws that deregulate the sale of crops passed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government. Tens of thousands of farmers have been protesting on the outskirts of Delhi for weeks. These protests follow a 24-hour general strike in late November.


The News Roundup — Domestic

Dec 11, 2020

Marginally more Americans stayed home at Thanksgiving than in a normal year, according to cell phone data, despite repeated warnings about the danger of travel during the pandemic from the Centers for Disease Control. Dr.

It’s safe to say working in 2020 is a little different than it has been in years past.

Many Americans are swapping their conference room meetings for Zoom calls, their water cooler chat for Slack and taking their happy hours virtual (we think the place that happens is still Zoom. But if there’s a happy hour specific platform we should know about…you know how to reach us).

At-Home DNA Testing, Placed Under A Microscope

Dec 10, 2020

A surprisingly common gift during the holidays is an at-home DNA test. Direct-to-consumer genetic testing has exploded in popularity in recent years. Maybe that’s not surprising, given that in 2014, genealogy was the second-most popular hobby in the United States.

Much of the country’s political energy is focused on Georgia heading into the special elections for its Senate seats in January.

Are We Living Through A Coup? Or Something Else?

Dec 9, 2020

Former Vice President Joe Biden is the president-elect of the United States of America. It’s a fact.

Fotos Y Recuerdos: The Legacy Of Selena

Dec 9, 2020

More than 25 years ago, Selena Quintanilla’s music captivated listeners all around the world.

Known simply as Selena, the Tejano singer became a star after hits like “Como La Flor”’ before winning a Grammy in 1994. She broke ground for Latin music genres in the US and signaled to Latinx communities the possibility of an “American Dream.”

Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Dua Lipa and Post Malone are all nominated for album of the year at the Grammys (1A favorite Jacob Collier is also in the running). But the roster also includes Black Pumas, a duo that might be less familiar.