Weekend Whats

What to Book: “Jonathan Freedland tells the incredible story of Rudolf Vrba—the first Jew to break out of Auschwitz, a man determined to warn the world and pass on a truth too few were willing to hear—elevating him to his rightful place in the annals of World War II alongside Anne Frank, Primo Levi, and Oskar Schindler and casting a new light on the Holocaust and its aftermath.” And sadly, because the rise of antisemitism and the explosion of misinformation, this is an incredibly timely book. And, despite the often heavy content, it’s impossible to put down. The Escape Artist: The Man Who Broke Out of Auschwitz to Warn the World.

+ What to Pod: “Every week host Joel Stein picks a long magazine article that fascinates him – and then actually reads the whole thing, all by himself. Then he calls his fellow, but greatly superior journalist friend who wrote it, and gets them to tell him all about it. He does the work and you get the stories. More accurately, some great journalist does the work and Joel Stein puts his name, Joel Stein, on the podcast.” This is a really good idea for a podcast and it is of course well-executed by the excellent Joel Stein. Check out Story of the Week.

+ What to Watch: “There are 5000 people in Letterkenny. These are their problems.” That’s how each episode of the insanely binge-able Letterkenny begins. I never necessarily advise people to leave the US for Canada, but I do suggest that you use this comedy for a series of 22 minute visits.

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