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  • FRBSF – The Uncertainty Channel of the Coronavirus

    The outbreak of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, has severely disrupted economic activity through various supply and demand channels. The pandemic can also have pervasive economic impact by raising uncertainty. In the past, sudden and outsized spikes in uncertainty have led to large and protracted increases in unemployment and declines in inflation.

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  • The National Emergency Library Makes 1.5 Million Books Free to Read Right Now

    While the coronavirus has closed physical libraries in countries all around the world, more resources for books open to the public on the internet. Most recently, we have the Internet Archive’s opening of the National Emergency Library, “a collection of books that supports emergency remote teaching, research activities, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation while universities, schools, training centers, and libraries are closed”.

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  • FRBSL – Back-of-the-Envelope Estimates of Next Quarter’s US Unemployment Rate

    Layoffs are certainly one of the effects of battling COVID-19. What sort of unemployment rate might be seen in the second quarter of 2020?

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  • Watch 85,000 Historic Newsreel Films from British Pathé Free Online (1910-2008)

    While “the newsreel may be history,” notes the National Endowment for the Humanities, “vast collections of it remain, much of it unseen.” One such collection resides at the archives of British Pathé, “a treasure trove of 85,000 films unrivaled in their historical significance.”

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  • An Illustrated Guide to Mean Things People Say About National Parks

    Artist Amber Share trawls disgruntled reviews on such platforms as Yelp, TripAdvisor, Google, and Facebook to mine for complaints about National Parks in USA.

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  • McCoy Tyner, Groundbreaking Pianist Of 20th Century Jazz, Dies At 81

    An innovative member of the classic John Coltrane Quartet, few musicians have ever exerted as much influence as a sideman, but Tyner also had a long and consequential career leading bands of his own.

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  • Explore Ancient Athens 3D, a Digital Reconstruction of the Greek City-State at the Height of Its Influence

    Thanks to the last dozen years of work by photographer and visual effects artist Dimitris Tsalkanis, we can experience Athens as it might have been in the form of Ancient Athens 3D.

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  • IMF Country Report – Japan’s Disappearing Cities: Demographic Headwinds and their Impact on Japan’s Housing Market

    Japan’s population is rapidly aging and shrinking, and doing so unevenly across regions. Large cities, notably the Greater Tokyo area, are experiencing net migration inflows, while other regions are experiencing net migration outflows.

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  • FRBSF President Daly Speech – The New Stone Soup

    Speech given by Mary C. Daly, President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, at an Iveagh House Lecture in Dublin, Ireland.

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  • BBC – Art of Germany

    Three-part series in which Andrew Graham-Dixon explores German art, examining the country’s unique national style and 500-year cultural legacy

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