What We’re Reading

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Every once in a while, Gryphon Media Company staff members share articles from around the web with the wider community. Read on to learn about the migrant caravan, avocados, holographic marriage, the history of podcasts, and more.

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Saudi Arabia and Khashoggi

“Saudis admit Jamal Khashoggi’s death, say they have dismissed senior official” by Tracy Wilkinson covers the details of the death of this Saudi Arabian journalist. Read it to learn more about his death and the actions Saudi Arabia did after acknowledging his death.
— Andrea Bizarro


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Migrant Caravan Status

“Migrants in Tijuana Run to U.S. Border, but Fall Back in Face of Tear Gas Video” by Maya Averbuch and Elisabeth Malkin covers the Migrant Caravan’s status at the United States-Mexico border. Read it to find out more about this situation and better understand the complexities behind it.— Sam Swensen


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LGBTQ Asylum Seekers

“LGBTQ Asylum Seekers Splintered From Migrant Caravan Arrive at Border Weeks Early” by Jeff Taylor covers the section of the caravan that broke off from the main group and has arrived in Tijuana. The article talks about the reasons why they left and how they are being treated in their new location.
— Ruby Wenzlaff


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“#Thisis18”, published by The New York Times, is a photo-essay that explores the hopes, fears, family traditions, extracurriculars, and musical tastes of 22 girls turning eighteen around the world this year.  The interviews and photographs were made by young female photographers, who each received mentorship from professional photographers employed by The Times. Read it to get an unusual, and very personal, perspective on what it feels like to be turning 18 in different places, and to experience a piece of journalism that is closer to a – global – scrapbook than an article.
— Lindsey Graham


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Inclusivity in Congress

“The Rules of Congress Are Changing With Its Members” by Marie Solis discusses the political diversity brought upon by the midterm elections. With a record number of women, specifically women of color, elected to Congress, our systems of government are shifting to accommodate a wider range of politicians. We are now experiencing a very interesting combination of old traditions and new inclusivity. Read the publication Broadly if you are interested in feminist news, op-eds, and overall women-centric media.
— Hannah Meyers



Tenant Protections in Pasadena

“Pasadena City Council Will Consider Adding More Tenant Protections to City Ordinance” by Madelyn Fennino explores changes to tenant protections the Pasadena City Council is considering. Read it to learn about what tenants may be promised if evicted.
— Ozzy Simpson



Internet Threat

“Is The Internet Under Threat?” by Ana Garcia Valdivia discusses the controversy about Article 13, a copyright plan “banning memes” in the EU, which is threatening major sites like YouTube, making the vast majority of videos un-viewable within the EU.
— Ben Parkhurst


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Podcast History

“How Podcasts Became a Seductive—and Sometimes Slippery—Mode of Storytelling” by Rebecca Mead is an in-depth look into the history of storytelling through audio and the rise in popularity of modern podcasts. Mead does a wonderful job of balancing the history of radio storytelling with the (in my opinion) more interesting information surrounding podcasts like Serial and the Joe Rogan Experience.
— James Femino



Holographic Marriage

“Love in the time of virtual reality: Japanese man ties knot with hologram” is a short profile of Akihiko Kondo’s marriage to a holographic anime singer, Hatsune Miku. Many call it weird or creepy, but he says “I believe we must consider all kinds of love and all kinds of happiness.” Read it to learn about an interesting choice, and one that may be showing up more and more as technology advances.
— PJ Liebeskind


Stacy Zarin Goldberg for The Washington Post

Avocado Pollination

“Sorry, vegans. If you don’t eat honey, avocados might be off-limits, too.” by Maura Judkis discusses how the way avocados are pollinated may not be considered vegan for some who follow a vegan diet or lifestyle. Read it to find out how avocados and one-third of the United States’ crops are pollinated!
— Ozzy Simpson