exPLAINers of the Week July 9 – 15

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By Perfectly Plain Staff

We scour the depths of the media to bring you, our dear readers, what the best explainer pieces are each week. This week we have stopped on two pieces that delve into the life of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who won the pulled off a political upset in the Democratic primary for the Fourteenth Congressional District, and a comprehensive guide to the messy research into cell phone use and cancer. David Remnick and Julia Belluz bring them to us in an easy to understand and fascinatingly interesting way.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Historic Win and the Future of the Democratic Party

By David Remnick in The New Yorker

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 28, pulled off a political upset in the Democratic primary for the Fourteenth Congressional district on June 26, defeating the incumbent, Joseph Crowley, the most powerful politician in Queens County and the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives.

In the general election in November, Ocasio-Cortez will face Anthony Pappas, a professor at Peter J. Tobin College of Business, whose platform centers on “tax cuts and an obsession with the legal ramifications of his unpleasant divorce, many years ago.”

David Remnick brings the life of Ocasio-Cortez to the front and through his talk with her paints a picture of why she was able to bring an upset in June. Remnick has been editor of The New Yorker since 1998 and a staff writer since 1992. He has written many pieces for the magazine, including reporting from Russia, the Middle East, and Europe, and Profiles of Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Katharine Graham, Mike Tyson, Ralph Ellison, Philip Roth, and Benjamin Netanyahu.

Remnick’s explainer gives the reader a detailed understanding of the woman almost certain to become the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.

To read full exPLAINer, click here.

Teodor Teofilov

Is your cellphone giving you cancer? A comprehensive guide to the messy, frustrating research

By Julia Belluz in Vox

Do you know anyone that listens to their phone on speaker, because they’re afraid of putting it to their ear will give them cancer? Julia Belluz explains that the research is very messy and complicated. Because of this, we need better research to draw a conclusive answer.

Belluz is a senior health correspondent at Vox, and she has also authored, Hawaii is banning sunscreens that kill coral reefs.

This explainer was interesting because it attempts to answer a concern many people have. Belluz finds that the research isn’t sufficient, and more quality research needs to be done before we can draw a comprehensive conclusion.

To read full exPLAINer, click here.

Pawan Naidu

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