Weekend Whats

What to Ukraine: “Oksana Baulina had been reporting from Kyiv and the western city of Lviv … she previously worked for Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny’s anti-corruption foundation.” This week, Oksana Baulina became the seventh journalist killed covering the Ukraine invasion. The risks being taken to get the truth through Putin’s wall of lies is one of the reasons I wanted to have a NextDraft fundraiser. I said for every custom NextDraft T-shirt you purchased at cost, I’d donate $20 to Ukraine-related causes. You bought a lot of them (and you still can). On Wednesday, I spread more than $20,000 across three organizations. Media Lifeline Ukraine is working to keep Ukrainian reporters safe. Meduza is made up of Russian journalists trying to get the truth to Russian citizens. And Tikva works to care for the homeless, abandoned and abused Jewish children of the Odessa region of the Ukraine. During the Holocaust, my mom lived in an amazing children’s home in France. So this one hits close to home. The Tikva fundraiser is being run by an impressive young girl and a family friend named Blooma. It’s closing in on its goal if you want to give it a push.

+ What to Watch: Pachinko is one of the most anticipated shows in recent memory and it’s getting tomato-red hot reviews. I’d expect nothing less from the excellent producer Michael Ellenberg and his team at MediaRes. They’re on a hot streak and this sweeping saga that chronicles the hopes and dreams of a Korean immigrant family across four generations looks like their best show yet. Check out Pachinko this weekend.

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