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Welcome to the week, Shit Givers.

I hope you all enjoyed the guest essay from Akshat Rathi on Friday! Can’t wait to start rolling more of those out.

Let’s get newsy.

This week:

  • 😴 Chronic fatigue syndrome

  • 🔌 Grid-enhancing technologies

  • 🧽Spongey cities

  • 💘 AI and online dating

  • And more

Have a great week,

— Willow

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  • 🌍️ How we can use video games to envision and inspire a more sustainable, green future

  • 🌏️ Next up in the wave of AI-driven industries? Online dating. Following a deal with OpenAI, the conglomerate that owns Tinder and Hinge says that it wants to include AI into “literally everything”

  • American pharmacies have been hit by a cyberattack, resulting in disruptions to prescriptions and other services, while

  • 🌎️ iMessage is getting post-quantum encryption. What does that mean? I don’t really know to be honest, but this article will tell you

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Last week’s most popular Action Step was brushing up on your climate change knowledge by taking the Climate 101 course from The Climate Reality Project.

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  • Be heard about making sure kids get the nutrition they need and ask your representative to pass Child Nutrition Reauthorization legislation.

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What are reverse coattails, and how might they slow climate change, prevent the next pandemic, and keep Nazis off of school boards?

That's this week’s big question, and our returning guest is Amanda Litman.

Amanda is the co-founder and co-executive director of Run for Something, which recruits and supports young, diverse progressives running for down-ballot office, state, and local, and all those fun levels.

Since launching in 2017, a thousand years ago, Run for Something has elected more than 1000 leaders across nearly all 50 states, mostly women and people of color.

And look, it's yet another election year in America because it's another year in America, so there is never a better time to invite Amanda back onto the show.

📖 Prefer to read? Get the transcript here.

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How to nip deforestation in the bud

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