MAKING HISTORY:THE 2019 ACADEMY AWARDS
After controversy in the past over the lack of diversity among Academy Award nominees, the 2019 Oscars set records for representation in Hollywood.
CINCO DE MAYO
Cinco de Mayo, Spanish for “the fifth of May,” is a Mexican holiday that's more commonly celebrated in the United States. It has become entwined with Mexican-American culture. Though it is often mistaken for Mexico's Independence Day, Cinco de Mayo, in fact, celebrates the day the Mexican Army defeated French forces at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.
「Cinco de Mayo」是西班牙文的五月五日，也是一個因常在美國被慶祝、而成為墨裔美國人文化一部分的墨西哥節日。很多人常誤以為五月五日節是墨西哥的獨立紀念日，其實五月五日節是紀念墨西哥軍隊於1862年，在普埃布拉之戰，擊敗法國軍隊的節日。
ARE WE WASHING OUR HANDS CORRECTLY?
Washing our hands is a crucial part of our daily life, and it should be done after using the restroom, while working with food, and in many other situations. But in order to effectively reduce germs, we need to wash and dry our hands in a certain way.
IS IT NECESSARY?
Online security is an increasingly pressing issue, as a small amount of people with malicious intent have taken advantage of others. In some cases, traditional passwords are no longer enough. Two-factor authentication, or “2FA,” is used to add an extra layer of protection to logins everywhere.
THE ANTI-VAX MOVEMENT
Members of the anti-vaccine movement, also known as anti-vaxxers, have gained a lot of influence in recent years. Fueled by their mistrust of government and Big Pharma, and despite recent outbreaks of deadly diseases, many of these activists still campaign for the right to live vaccine-free.
UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was formed to encourage peace and security through international cooperation. The organization has chosen natural and cultural sites all over the world that promote the heritage of different countries. Jeff and Adriana discuss UNESCO and its global impact.
LEGO: A MODERN TOY COMPANY
In 1942, Lego began producing its iconic toys for the first time in Denmark. After more than 60 years, they are as popular as ever, and the company has expanded to include films, TV series, video games, amusement parks, and even a clothing line. Nicolas and Marissa discuss the toy company and some of their most recent products.
A NON-GENRE AND A GENRE
“Alternative” was originally a label used to differentiate music that was not like mainstream music. It rose in prominence in the 1980s and really took off in the 90s. Today, it is commonplace to see a band that is both alternative and popular. It is now difficult to define the genre.
ANTS: ALL FOR ONE, AND ONE FOR ALL
Ants are some of nature’s best team players. There are few animals that hold the welfare of their community higher than their own personal well-being. Ants are rarely seen as intelligent creatures, but together they form complex networks and are able to overcome many different problems.
WHAT IS LOHAS?
LOHAS is a consumer movement that is increasingly acknowledged around the world, but many people don’t know what it really represents.
THE CROCODILE HUNTER’S LEGACY
Commonly referred to as the “Crocodile Hunter,” Steve Irwin achieved international fame on a show documenting his work with crocodiles. Today, his family continues his work through wildlife conservation and education.
An influencer is a person who has the ability to impact the purchasing decisions of others. Influencers often have a large following in a particular niche, and they build relationships with their audience based on their perceived knowledge and expertise. They can have thousands, or even millions of followers on social media, which makes them attractive to companies looking for ways to promote their products.
COULD THE U.S. EVER BE SOCIALIST?
Americans have feared socialism as a threat to democracy for decades. Since the Great Recession, however, more and more people in the U.S. are warming up to the idea of implementing socialist policies, including free healthcare and education.
DOES BUILDING MORE ROADS REDUCE TRAFFIC?
Highway congestion is a huge problem in some places in the world. Some argue that the solution is simple: build more roads. However, research shows that building new roads just leads to more people driving.