Recommended Reads, Videos, Resources | Week of April 6

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Happy Monday! Easter is around the corner (although we may have already been dipping into the candy stash…), a new week is in front of us and it’s a great time to enjoy a cup of coffee, some reads, some resources and a little bit of laughter.

Last week’s guide


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Parents are not OK.

By Chloe I. Cooney | Medium

We both felt guilty for the work we were not doing — and aching for the way our son was struggling and needed us to be present and calm and just with him. 

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Whaddaya Knead? Yeast and baking soda top America’s shopping lists

By Camila Domonoske | NPR

Yeast, baking powder and spiral hams were big hits in America’s shopping carts last week. As the country settles in — possibly for the long haul — under stay-at-home orders, baking projects appear to be a common distraction, while panic purchasing of some products seems to be subsiding.

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Building houses that grow with us

By Kate Wagner | Curbed

Houses are a particular paradox. We expect them to serve as long-term, if not permanent, shelter—the word “mortgage” even has the prefix mort, death, implying that the house will live longer than we will—but we also expect them to shift in response to our needs and desires.

How To Keep Your Zoom Chats Private And Secure

Illustration by Sam Whitney for Wired

How to keep your Zoom chats private and secure

By David Nield | Wired

With so many people stuck inside, Zoom has become the default video chat platform for millions. Its simple, accessible interface makes keeping in touch with family, friends, and coworkers a cinch. At the same time, many have found Zoom’s default privacy and security features lacking, exposing users to trolls and unwanted oversight. If you’re using Zoom, here’s how to stay safe and protected.

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Hindered by a pandemic, religious leaders prepare for holidays

By Lulu Garcia Navarro | NPR

As the coronavirus pandemic intensifies across the country, many churches, synagogues, temples and mosques are temporarily shutting their doors to all public services.

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Fed goes all out to keep economy alive during coronavirus shut down

By Scott Horsley | NPR

As the United States tumbles into a coronavirus recession, the Federal Reserve is using its nearly unlimited power to generate cash to cushion the fall. “The Fed is doing everything they can to keep financial markets functioning and credit available to households and firms,” former Fed Chair Janet Yellen said during a forum organized by the Brookings Institution.


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RenPub’s COVID-19 Resources

There’s a lot of news, information and recommendations out there. We’ve consolidated all of our coverage here—click any one of the sections below and enjoy a content feed curated to the topic you’re interested in.

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Samuel Aranda for The New York Times

What’s the best material for a mask?

Scientists are testing everyday items to find the best protection from coronavirus. Pillow cases, flannel pajamas and origami vacuum bags are all candidates.

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How to see the world without leaving your home

Airlines around the world have grounded their flights. Countries have shut their borders, and ordered everyone indoors. The age of coronavirus has restricted our movement in every way, but it doesn’t have to restrict our imagination. Here are 10 ways you can still see the world – all through the wonder of the webcam.


1. We all get our social fixes where we can.

2. We should all be as confident as her.

3. A good way to get some energy out

4. Ruby is the best girl for today.

5. Choice is everything

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