These are America’s worst highways

When we talk about the Creator Economy, it's all too easy to get distracted by the proverbial picks and shovels being developed to serve those digital-first artists. After all, 50 startups raised more than $2 billion in the first half of 2021. But what's lost in the excitement about these companies are the people making the work that delights us. That's why we're launching a series of profiles of up-and-coming creators and how they're managing the platforms, pressures, and opportunities of the Creator Economy, starting with a comedian whose unexpected TikTok virality has changed his life.
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What happens after you blow up on TikTok? Comedian Kyle Gordon is figuring it out

After a throwaway TikTok post unexpectedly went viral, comedian Kyle Gordon is trying to leverage the momentum. There are just a few things to contend with. Read more.
These are America’s worst highways—and it’s time to destroy them

The U.S. highway system has a racist and discriminatory past. A new report advocates dismantling them. Read more.

Plastic is killing our planet. Will the consumer packaged goods industry step up?

The companies that make packaged household goods, from dish soap to shampoo, have been complicit in creating a society addicted to single-use plastic. But it doesn’t have to stay that way. Read more.

work smarter
How to find your new routine when returning back to the office

Transitioning back to working in an office can be an emotionally taxing experience, even if you’re looking forward to it. Read more.

This justice organization is giving crime victims direct cash grants

The pilot grant program is about putting funds and resources back into the community, rather than into state-run institutions. Read more.
Got a pile of random Lego? This amazing app tells you what you can build

This fan-made app beats any digital experience Lego has built to date. Read more.

work life
Do these 5 things your first week back in the office

As offices start to bring employees back in person there are several things you should think about when setting yourself up for a happy re-entry. Read more.

‘I Think You Should Leave’ serves up the sequel you were hoping for

A spoiler-free look at how Netflix’s surprise hit returns with more of what fans loved about the first season, without feeling like a retread or a letdown. Read more.

Beauty Pie makes luxury beauty products at affordable prices

What if I told you you could buy luxury-quality beauty and skin products for $10 to $15 a pop? Read more.

Lambda rises: What you need to know
As the delta variant continues to spread, another emerging COVID-19 variant is now worrying scientists and public health organizations all over the world. It’s called the lambda variant.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has labeled the lambda variant a “variant of interest.” That means it hasn’t risen to the more worrisome level of “variant of concern,” a level that includes the delta variant. 
The lambda variant, also known as C.37, was first detected in Peru in December 2020. It’s now believed to be in more than 30 countries. 
It’s still early days, so very little is known about lambda’s transmissibility or the extent to which current vaccines will remain effective.
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