With so much happening in the world, it's difficult to keep up, let alone get a decent grasp on each topic. Over the past few weeks, I've happened upon a few videos addressing healthcare, the Mexican border wall, the refugee crisis, and the upcoming Supreme Court nomination. These videos strike the rare balance between brief, engaging, informative and emotive. They're well worth a watch.
Shutting Down BS with a Holocaust Survivor
Shutting Down BS is a video series in which host Dylan interviews people to bust myths surrounding various topics. This episode he sits down with Samuel Marder, who survived the Holocaust.
"If it happened once, it can happen again... And the world responds the same way it did before, by not responding. By not caring."
Obamacare in Trump Country
Vox reporters traveled to Whitley County in Kentucky to find out why people who benefited most from Obamacare also voted for Donald Trump. Some thought that Trump would not actually repeal Obamacare. Others felt that Obamacare wasn't affordable.
"Since Obamacare launched in 2013 the number of lower-income, less-educated White Americans with insurance increased dramatically, not just in Kentucky but nationwide...
'I didn't realize that the government was subsidizing my health insurance... and I absolutely detest hearing the words Obamacare. Detest it.'"
Mexican Architects Visualized Trump's Proposed $25 Billion Wall
President Trump said construction of a border wall between Mexico and the United States would start within "months." Mexican architects visualized the wall, estimated to cost $25 billion, to show how unrealistic it the idea is.
"The plan includes a prison capable of holding 11 million deported, illegal immigrants... [and] a shopping mall for Americans to enjoy."
What Might President Trump's Nomination Mean For The Supreme Court?
President Trump nominated conservative Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill Justice Antonin Scalia's vacant seat on the Supreme Court. NPR's Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg explains.
"If there's not going to be a dramatic change right now, there will be if there's another [Trump] nominee...
You would see a court that is already pro-business become more pro-business... a court that is more hostile to voting rights initiatives [and] much more hostile to civil rights claims."
Let Me In
Alicia Keys created this music video exploring the concept: what if what is happening to today's refugees was happening to today's American families? What would that look like?
The video calls attention to the We Are Here movement, a coalition of organizations which hopes to stand as one with people forced to flee conflict and disaster.
Did you learn something new? Did a quote or moment strike a chord? I'd love to know. Leave me your thoughts in the comments below.