I know I said I might take today off, but! I had to come tell you that the remastered The Civil War is starting on PBS tonight. I've never seen The Civil War, somehow, so I'm excited, but even if you saw the original, you should probably read Alyssa Rosenberg's piece on the remaster and consider giving it a try. And make sure you check out this interactive graphic that shows the differences. It's really neat.
Me elsewhere: Lots of TV news!
I've seen several friends asking for basics on the refugee crisis and why it has suddenly become such a big thing, so here's a combination of three pieces that I think do a good job of making things clear while not eliding too much of the complexity: start with the New York Times's Desperate Crossing interactive photo essay; then read Vox's explainer; then head to Slate for We Could Stop More Refugee Children From Drowning. But We Won’t.
Inside Jeb Bush’s fall strategy to deflate Trump and court conservatives
I'm curious to see the outcome if Iowa Democrats have satellite caucuses and Republicans don't. It's not like the parties are up against each other at that point, so relative turnout doesn't matter in that way, but how will it affect the type of candidates who do well (and get momentum) or don't?
The Witches of Salem is what finally pushed me over the edge to resubscribe to the New Yorker. (I tried giving it up to save money. I lasted eight months. It was TERRIBLE.)
The Fascinating Afterlife of Peru's Mummies
I have fond memories of a school field trip to the Wadsworth Atheneum, and I'm curious to see its big new renovation.
The Onion: I-90 Adds Lane For Drivers Traveling Cross-Country To Stop Woman From Marrying Wrong Man