Since opening its doors in 2008, central Berlin magazine and book store Do You Read Me?! has been a beacon for independent and “jeder kann” (approximately DIY in German – literally “anyone can”) culture in one of Europe’s most creative capitals. The store “hosts” around 1,000 book and 800 magazine titles, many of them in English. We asked co-founder Mark Kiessling the obvious question…
Capcom: We’ve got serious time pressure here, Jim. You’ve gotta get the guidance program transferred, you gotta do it before you’re out of power in the command module. Or you are not gonna be able to navigate up there.
Captain Jim Lovell: How much time? Can you give me a number?
Capcom: Well, we’re looking at less than 15 minutes of life support…
It’s one of the tensest moments in Ron Howard’s already unrelentingly tense 1995 film Apollo 13. Captain Jim Lovell, played by a dogged Tom Hanks, is told by mission control that in order to get home from their catastrophic attempt to land on the moon, he and his crew will have to rescue the spacecraft’s navigation program. The set of data they need is trapped on the dying command module they’re about to abandon and they have a matter of minutes to transfer it manually to the computer aboard the lunar landing craft, and pray for it to boot up.
He’d seen the movie before, but watching the action play out again at home one evening in 2003, software designer Ron Burkey was suddenly inspired.
Drawn by its sea air and energetic cultural life, Brighton is home to a high concentration of artists, creatives and students – which adds up to a healthy appetite for independent magazines.
Evidence for this is Magazine Brighton where business has been steadily growing since the store opened in the city’s bohemian North Laines area in December 2014. We spoke to owner Martin Skelton about how much Brighton’s indie-mag scene rocks.
It’s easy to get a gun here in Georgetown, the capital city of Guyana. You can even rent one – a “hammer” in the local street jargon – without having to lay out any cash upfront. Terms are accommodating: payment is due afterwards and is based on the take from your crime. The going rate is between two and three percent.
“Many days you have nothing to eat and you take the easy way – the illegal way,” explains Laurice, 40, tossing his waist-long dreadlocks over his shoulder. We are sitting with a group of his friends in West Ruimveldt, a low-rise neighbourhood near the Demerara river. “You might start with petty crime and step up to major,” he says. “Then you get someone stand in your way and you kill them.”
Despite her protestations that Beyoncé should have won instead, Adele scored big at the 2017 Grammy awards on Sunday 12th February.
She picked up all five of the awards for which she was nominated, including Record of the Year for ‘Hello’ and Album of the Year for ‘25’ – which she received saying, “I can’t possibly accept this award,” instead dedicating it to “artist of my life” Beyoncé for her album ‘Lemonade’. Later the 28-year-old London-born singer-songwriter broke the gong in half to share it with her idol.
We’re big fans of Retro Report, a Slow Journalism organisation in New York that looks at the long-term impact of largely forgotten news stories from years ago. So when we heard that Retro Report were involved in the conception of a show by Gimlet Media, the network behind superb podcasts such as StartUp and Heavyweight, we were intrigued to hear Slow Journalism produced for the radio.
Hosted by former Radiolab producer Pat Walters, Undone takes the Retro Report model and successfully applies it to narrative radio storytelling.
The 44 little red boxes landed in mailboxes just in time for Christmas 2012. Each had been carefully hand-wrapped and adorned with a white ribbon. Each was opened by a person in upstate New York who had significant medical debt. The first line of the letter contained within read as follows:
“Season’s Greetings from Strike Debt! We have good news: the referenced account has been purchased by the Rolling Jubilee Fund, a nonprofit organisation. The Rolling Jubilee Fund is a project of Strike Debt. The mission of the project is to buy and abolish personal debt. We believe that no one should have to go into debt for the basic things in our lives, like healthcare, housing and education.”
In July 2016 we learned that pop star Selena Gomez can earn up to $550,000 per sponsored social media post. Here, Evil Stick Man explains how you too can cash in on the online appetite for stars and snaps…
In DG #24, we published a long-form feature about life in Turkey three months after a coup attempt by the military was thwarted. Civilian resistance forced the military to back down on the night of 15th July, and Recep Tayyip Erdogan remained in power. But in the months that have followed, the sitting government has used the coup to tighten control over the country. A state of emergency – which allows Erdogan to rule by decree – has been in place since July and was extended by 90 days on 3rd January, tens of thousands of civil servants including teachers, academics, members of the judiciary and the security forces have been dismissed or suspended and there are now more journalists in prison in Turkey than in any other country.
Constanze Letsch, who wrote the piece, has been reporting from Turkey for nearly a decade. We asked her how the crackdown has affected her ability to be a journalist in the country. Here’s what she told us.
“These are the darkest hours of our lives.
We are in shock, awe, blinded with
rage and paralysed with grief.
Everything we had worked for was finally coming true.
The future was so incredibly bright”
– Yellow Dogs,
12th November 2013
On 11th November 2013, Brooklyn musician Michael Vallarelli was at his desk early, reading through the headlines online when news began to break about a shooting involving a local band. “I immediately got chills,” he recalls. “I had a feeling I would know the band. When I read it was them, I was completely shocked. I will never forget that moment.”
Slow Journalism in your inbox, plus infographics, offers and more: sign up for the DG newsletter.
Thanks for signing up.