FROM Alison Griswold
Airbnb Targets China Last year, Chinese tourists made 109 million trips out of the country. Now, Airbnb wants a piece of that action. Last June, the company raised a stunning $1.5 billion from investors and just announced that it’s planning to use some of that money to set up shop in China. What are the challenges?
Uber Battles Itself At a New York dinner party, Uber’s senior vice-president, Emil Michael, reportedly proposed a million-dollar opposition-research type campaign against reporters who have criticized the company. The dominant company in America’s ride-sharing business may be harming its own reputation by alienating the very people who use its service. That’s according to Alison Griswold of Slate.com , who’s written a lot about Uber.
'A Square Meal,' a kosher slaughter and Ukrainian Easter eggs Historian Andrew Coe explains how the Great Depression altered the 1930s’ food landscape, and contributor Sam Brasch witnesses a kosher slaughter. Artist Sofika Zielyk shows us how to decorate Ukrainian Easter eggs, Sandor Katz discusses his latest fermentation projects, and Dana Cree introduces her new book, “Hello, My Name is Ice Cream.” Plus: Laura Avery finds Swiss chard at the market, and Jonathan Gold dines at Kismet.
Bassem Youssef and Sara Taksler on 'Tickling Giants' Known as the "Jon Stewart of Egypt," Bassem Youssef hosted a satirical news show that was the first of its kind in the Middle East. The show was immensely popular, until the military-backed government forced Youssef off the air and out of the country. Youssef and director Sara Taksler tell us about their documentary Tickling Giants, which profiles Youssef’s leap from heart surgeon to super star satirist.
States allowed to strip federal funds from abortion clinics President Trump signed the law allowing states to block federal funding to family planning clinics that offer abortions. Critics say this could potentially devastate the health care network that low-income women rely on for birth control and other reproductive care.