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Hello again, Newsletteronians,

When last we met, we delivered the bombshell news that you (yes, you!) were elligible to win a handmade Brooke Gladstone hat (pictured below), simply by being a newsletter subscriber! 

Well, dear readers, we're here today to tell you that the game is still afoot! This week's winner has been chosen (you know who you are), but there are two more weeks and two more hats to go!
Last week we also featured some pictures of Brooke's hats making their mark on history--and this week we've got a few more for you. Many of you enjoyed the rare picture of Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke wearing his Brooke hat, but it's not just brooding male musicians who have been caught up in the Brooke hat frenzy.

For instance...
Here's Grace Jones, circa 1981. Legend has it, Jones was never without her Brooke hat during the Nightclubbing sessions -- that is, until Sly & Robbie got in a fight over it and tore it in two. Tragic.

And here's the inimitable Celia Cruz, sporting her Brooke hat, as she was known to do.
For those of you who don't read Spanish, those song titles all translate to variations on, "I love my hat."

And, of course, we don't need to tell you about one of the most famous appearances of a Brooke hat: the cover of Alanis Morissette's masterpiece, Jagged Little Pill. 

You too, newsletter subscribers, can join the ranks of these legends. Just by being yourself.

Listen To The Latest Show: "Highly Irregular"

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We Need To Talk About North Korea

Have you heard the latest about North Korea? There was a missile test, and a suspicious assassination, and even rumblings of unrest and imminent revolution! Which is to say: the usual. How is that news about North Korea is so predictably alarming and alarmingly predictable? This week Bob spoke with David Kang, director of the Korea Studies program at the University of Southern California, and Suki Kim, who reported undercover from North Korea in 2011, about the traps that American media fall into when covering North Korea and what truths the myths obscure. Check it out. 

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In case your ears haven't been inundated with enough #trypod suggestions this month, here's a recommendation: a show about shipping containers. Yes, really. Fusion has put together an 8-part podcast series about how containers (that's also the name of the show) have shaped global trade, labor, and your shopping habits. It turns out that Oakland and the Vietnam War played a big role in the history of global capitalism and bar codes and how much you pay for stuff. Take a listen, you'll learn something new. We sure have.

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Another Podcast Worth Your Time
Approximately 200 civilians were killed in an airstrike in Mosul, Iraq, on March 17. The top US commander there says "there's a fair chance" that it was a US airstrike. Over at The Daily, the excellent morning podcast from The New York Times, two reporters discuss what's different about military strategy in Iraq now that President Trump is commander-in-chief. What does this new approach mean for the fight against ISIS, and for the civilians caught in the crossfire? Tune in.

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Remember Paris?

President Trump just canceled President Obama's policy aimed at cutting carbon emissions. And while he hasn't yet pulled the U.S. out of the 2015 Paris climate accord, he has promised to. That's why, this week, we're revisiting an interview Brooke did in 2015 with journalists Andy Revkin and Jonathan Katz, reflecting on the Paris talks and the coverage of its goals. "Because", as Katz said at the time, "we just have this really messed up debate in this country with basically one half of the conversation at least trying to cope with reality of climate change, and the other side with its head just completely buried in the sand." Give it a listen.

[ Coming Up... ]

We talk about FOIA (the Freedom of Information Act) as a tool for journalists to hold government accountable. But these days, they represent just a sliver of FOIA requests. So who else uses it? And what do they want? Stay tuned.
Thanks for listening, and for reading. We love feedback, so please contact us with any questions or comments. We're busy, but we read them all, promise. 

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