How America’s opioid epidemic is going global

From Quartz. Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, declared bankruptcy as part of a tentative deal to settle more than 2,000 lawsuits alleging that they and other opioid manufacturers worsened the US opioid epidemic. But the opioid crisis is not just an American problem; it’s a global one. “How to Sell Drugs”, Quartz’s newest investigative…

Migraine is not just a headache

From Quartz. Migraine is the 3rd most prevalent illness in the world. It’s a neurological disease that affects 1 billion people globally. That’s 1 in 7 people, most of them women. Quartz News talked to doctors, researchers and patients to find out why there’s still so much unknown about migraine — a disease more prevalent…

What should South Africa do with its monuments to apartheid?

From Quartz. Some people’s pain is another people’s heritage. In South Africa, monuments to apartheid and colonialism represent oppression, enslavement and stolen land to some — and pioneering founders to others. We look at the Voortrekker Monument, Freedom Park, and the statue of British colonialist Cecil John Rhodes. Whether in South Africa, or the United…

Because China: China’s taste for meat is reshaping Brazil’s economy—and its environment [TRAILER]

From Quartz. What does a meat market in China have to do with Brazilian soybean farms? A whole lot, it turns out. Chinese diners are consuming more meat than ever, pork in particular. All those pigs have to eat, too, and overwhelmingly their main food source is soybeans. Watch the full episode here: https://qz.com/1655427/chinas-appetite-for-meat-is-reshaping-brazils-economy-and-its-environment/?utm_source=YouTube&utm_medium=videocta&utm_campaign=bcsoydesc Chinese…

How to Sell Drugs – A Quartz investigative documentary [Trailer]

From Quartz. The opioid crisis is not just an American problem; it’s a global one. Members can watch our full documentary on our website: https://qz.com/1683367/big-pharmas-opioid-marketing-practices-are-being-used-worldwide/?utm_source=YT&utm_medium=videocta&utm_campaign=trailercomments “How to Sell Drugs”, Quartz’s newest investigative documentary, examines Big Pharma’s marketing strategy for selling opioids abroad. Quartz that examines the marketing practices of Purdue Pharma’s overseas arm. Currently in…

K-pop music’s unbeatable formula for global success

From Quartz. K-pop has hit the mainstream with super-catchy songs and hyper-styled artists — and even features talent poached from outside of South Korea. K-pop is more than a trend — and it’s global, from EXP Edition–the world’s first non-Korean K-pop band to Nicki Minaj collaborating with Korean groups to BTS holding the number 1…

Tape is here to rescue big data

From Quartz. Tape is a technology most of us stopped using decades ago, but now preserves some of the world’s most important data. This week Quartz News travels to Switzerland to understand why tech companies and research institutions like CERN, the largest particle physics lab in the world, rely on massive libraries filled with magnetic…

Workers fighting for the future want a lot more than fair wages

From Quartz. Today’s workplace is changing to include gig economy workers, freelancers and service employees. Labor activists seeking to improve working conditions are making broad demands about sexism, racism, climate change, and education. The messages are inclusive — but hard to interpret. What distinguishes the Yellow Vests (Mouvement des gilets jaunes) in France’s long history…

These scientists are simulating climate change to save wine

From Quartz. When the chemistry of the Earth’s atmosphere changes, what happens to the flavors of the crops we grow? Scientists are pumping additional carbon dioxide onto their grapes to find out how climate change will affect classic wine. Quartz News travels to research vineyards in Germany to drink in the future of wine. Also,…

Ancient civilizations can show us how to protect the Amazon rainforest

From Quartz. For centuries, historians and scholars believed the Amazon rainforest was a pristine and untouched forest, a wild jungle that no man could tame. Research now shows that millions of people once lived in the Amazon and they transformed it to suit their daily needs. Quartz News follows archeologists into Brazil’s Amazon to learn…

IMF Chief Christine Lagarde on taking risks in business

From Quartz. International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde says “When it’s bad, you call women to the rescue.” Lagarde was just nominated to be the new president of the European Central Bank. She’d be the first woman to fill the post. Though this advice holds for leaders regardless of gender, Lagarde has specific advice for…

Tourists love ‘live like a local’ travel. Do locals?

From Quartz. The way we travel has changed. Forget travel agents and hotel concierges — the modern traveler uses smartphones with GPS, Airbnb and Instagram to plan an off-the-beaten-path trip. And sure enough, it’s not hard to find business owners and locals who have benefitted economically from the boom. But the economic benefits of “live…

Inclusive fashion is the future of runways and retail

From Quartz. Brands behind the mainstream runways and retail shops are often not welcoming to people who exist outside of the “norms” of fashion. However, recent fashion seasons and a wave of new brands have showcased designs and models that are more representative of the diversity of sizes, ethnicities, ages, and abilities in our world.…

What Hong Kong’s protests look like from inside China

From Quartz. Hong Kong protests have millions of people flooded the streets to stand against an extradition law they see as the Chinese government’s latest attempt to exert control. If there was ever a news event to test the limits of Chinese censorship, this is it. Over the past decade, China’s censorship program, known as…