Deep in Debt: A new game show, Paid Off, gives contestants a chance to win money to pay off their student loans. If that concept sounds dystopian and absurd, its host agrees. Student debt often prevents people from buying homes, not only because of its direct financial burden, but also because of this small technicality.
If there is a fight to be had for the future of America, it will be waged in the Delta. The great alluvial plain to the west and north of here, stretching from Vicksburg on up to Memphis, and expanding out like a fan from the mighty Mississippi River, is a storied home to movement, and is the proving ground of the laws and legends that make the country what it is today. Past the soybean farms and pine stands, the cotton plantations and catfish ponds, there’s a political significance to this agricultural expanse. The Mississippi Delta is a reservoir of demographic strength—the blackest part of the blackest state in the country. But it is also one of the poorest places in America, and a region where the struggle for basic human rights is not yet settled.
Keep reading, as Vann considers what the Justice Department’s reopening of Mississippi’s most infamous lynching case—the murder of Emmett Till—can accomplish.
What Do You Know … About Culture?
1. Until its match with Croatia on Wednesday, England’s soccer team had not made it to a World Cup semifinal in ____________ years.
When I was a kid (long ago when dinosaurs roamed the Earth) such trips were actually the vacation themselves, not just getting to a destination. They were adventures, where the paper maps had to be read and the road signs deciphered. I remember when even the main highways were two-lane roads, and you stopped for a Coke or a Dr. Pepper at a country store. We bought fruit to snack on, and comic books to read in the back seat, ensconced between the luggage and camping gear.
Jonathan offers some advice:
I’m currently on a family road trip with my wife and two boys (10 and 2) … This has been the best trip we have made as a family yet. Don’t overplan, go with the flow, and find some unique stuff to do along the way.