The Week in Review: Graduation Season

For college students, summer’s here. With graduation comes the inevitable commencement speech, a half-hour of sage advice doled out by celebrated alumni and big thinkers—everyone from actors to professors and even the Secretary of State.

Not surprisingly, the event draws crowds beyond the student body. While Steve Jobs and writer David Foster Wallace were beloved while alive, their speeches to graduating students at Stanford and Kenyon Universities, respectively, rank amongst their most memorable public appearances.

Meanwhile, students have historically approached this time of the year with a mixture of trepidation and relief. Some are looking forward to graduate school, while others are realizing it’s time to update the ol’ LinkedIn profile.

Even if you’re not graduating, education is a lifelong process. These magazines show what any one of us might stand to learn.

Millenials by Nat: 2014′s graduating class is the millennial generation: an entire group of people for whom life on the Internet is second nature. Take a look at this magazine to discover the idiosyncrasies of our planet’s future leaders.

Life After GPC Survival Guide by GPC alumni: You’ve traded in the cap and gown for a bathing suit. Then what? Figure out how to begin to navigate adulthood in this magazine.

Internship Source by Christina E. Rodriguez: An internship is an excellent opportunity to gain new skills in a short amount of time. It could also lead to a career. All your internship-related needs can be found in this magazine.

Career Advice by Karolina: A job requires more than a diploma. Most of the time it also means knowing what you want, and how to get it. Get the requisite advice in this magazine.

Job by Mehdi Mohammadzadeh: Maybe you’re looking for a new challenge, or maybe you’re just bored; changing careers is all the rage these days. Have a look at this magazine to see how today’s workforce is constantly evolving.

Financial Independence by Maya Wong: For some of us, the ATM holds a big surprise—as in how much, or how little, money awaits us. Learn how to plan for your financial future with this magazine.

Graduation Greats by Flipboard Features: Commencement speeches give speakers a pedestal—literally and figuratively—to give the kind of advice they wish they’d heard. Find out what some of the world’s brightest have to say in this magazine.

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Now Serving: Food & Wine on Flipboard

After Ariane and Michael Batterberry got married in 1968, they set out to create a culinary magazine that felt more grounded than other fancy food magazines and appealed to men as much as women. Ten years later, with some financing from Hugh Hefner, a prototype of “The International Review of Food and Wine,” debuted in Playboy magazine.

Its name evolved to “Food & Wine,” and it now cooks up over 900,000 monthly readers who like to peruse recipes, tips, wine pairings, travel advice, restaurant reviews and more. Chefs such as Mario Batali and David Chang share how-tos on some of their dishes—but the true Food & Wine “superstar” is the magazine’s signature event, The Food & Wine Classic, which takes place every year in Aspen, Colorado. Viewers of Top Chef will know this outdoor event to be a grand prize for the winner of the competition, and Forbes has said that attending it is the “best foodie gift ever.”

Well, starting today, foodies get another gift: Food & Wine has been made for Flipboard. Flip through page after page of food inspiration, then save what you’d like to make by tapping on the “+” button on any article and flipping into your own magazine. Enjoy!

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The Week in Review: #BringBackOurGirls

One month after their abduction, nearly 300 Nigerian schoolgirls are still waiting to be rescued. Considered ransom by Islamic radicals Boko Haram (loosely translated as “non-Muslim teaching is forbidden”), the girls are being kept in exchange for the release of convicted militants held by the Nigerian government.

Boko Haram’s tactics follow a strategic pattern of gender-based violence and mass kidnappings that has plagued Nigeria for years. Once satisfied to attack security forces, extremists descended upon villages, causing locals to take resistance into their own hands.

News of the insurgency has paled in comparison to a more universal narrative: the story of courageous women fighting for their education. Just before Mother’s Day weekend, First Lady Michelle Obama tweeted a picture of herself holding a sign that read “#BringBackOurGirls.” In a televised address last Saturday, the First Lady said she was “outraged and heartbroken” about “grown men attempting to snuff out the aspirations of young girls.”

The situation has underscored the challenges faced by women in policy-making, education and human rights. Familiarize yourself with the issues in these magazines.

#BRINGBACKOURGIRLS by Frederique Rapier: Gender-based violence has long been a key component of extremism. This magazine shows how women are used as instruments of terrorism in both Nigeria and abroad.

Womens Rights by kat: From child marriages to equal pay, take a look at how women are fighting for their rights on all frontiers.

Nigeria Context by Bakbash: Religious, economic, and political tensions have been escalating in Nigeria for some time. See how Boko Haram is but one of the country’s looming threats.

Inspiring Women by Nazneen Rahman: First Lady Michelle Obama, Pakistani anti-Taliban activist Malala Yousafzai, and women’s rights advocate Ayaan Hirsi Ali are all women who overcame difficulties to become leaders. For examples of their work and the work of women like them, check out this magazine.

Feminism by Alexandra Garner: Being a feminist means caring about the fair treatment of women. In some places, the challenges are systemic. See what’s being done about it in this magazine.

Gender Equality by Malliga Och: Slowly but surely, the gender gap is beginning to close. As this magazine proves, however, there’s still plenty of work to do.

~ShonaS is curating “Holiday Road (5/16)
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Help Us Curate a News Magazine About Your Favorite World Cup Team

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The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil begins on June 12, and you’re invited to help curate a very special Flipboard magazine about your favorite team.

When the matches begin, the Flipboard editorial team will host a dedicated magazine for each of the 32 participating World Cup nations — from Team Algeria to Team Uruguay, and everyone in between. Each magazine will be a celebration of the team’s adventures in Brazil and will be curated by dedicated fans like you.

This is a chance to show off your country pride and participate in one of the world’s biggest sporting events. As a Brazil 2014 magazine curator, you can share articles, photos, videos and social updates about the team you love most.

Anyone can become a curator, provided you meet these requirements:

  • You must have created at least one Flipboard magazine before May 14, 2014.

  • Participating curators will be expected share timely, team-related content that is appropriate for readers of all ages.

  • All flips and curated content must be editorial in nature. Commercial uses, commercial placements, and other non-editorial uses will not be permitted.

  • Content curated for the team magazines can be in English or in the native languages of the participating national team.

Help create the world’s most exciting collection of Brazil 2014 fan magazines! Nominate yourself to become a World Cup curator, and get ready for the opening kick in Brazil.

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The Week in Review: White House Fights Climate Change

Of all the problems facing the planet, global warming gets little attention from the average American. Recent Gallup polling found that, compared to water pollution, animal extinction and the destruction of tropical rain forests, only a third of voters are worried about how greenhouse gases will affect the Earth.

One person who does seem concerned is President Obama. This week the White House released its third National Climate Assessment report, the government’s most detailed and aggressive report on global climate change to date. No stranger to gridlock, Obama is using the safety of his second term to orchestrate an aggressive public relations campaign in the hopes of turning the tide against the politically contentious issue.

With business interests on the line, it’s not surprising that bureaucracy has figured heavily into the debate. The conversation has encouraged multinational companies to make big changes, and raised complex questions about consumer habits, industrial manufacturing and energy efficiency.

These magazines explore all these issues and more.

Climate Change and the Environment by Christopher Rogers: Whether we’ve caused climate change or not, something is happening to the planet—rising sea levels, wildfires brought on by severe drought and toxic pollution. The proof is in this magazine.

Climate Crisis & Government Action or Inaction by scotteec98: President Obama thinks there’s an “actionable science” to preventing global warming. Dive into this mag to understand how governments around the world are handling the changing environment.

Climate Change Action by J E: Both political leaders and grassroots organizations have come together for the sake of the planet’s health. This magazine documents how global warming is a communal effort.

Oil & Gas Saga by Anton Prodanovic: Politics aside, climate change is nature’s way of commenting on our energy consumption and dependence on fossil fuels. Find out how the oil and gas industries are adapting.

Renewable Energy by jerrygidner: Amidst the noise, the White House’s report offered plenty of optimism when it comes to alternative energy. This magazine shows us how climate change is creating advances in energy technology.

A Brighter Energy Future by Rocky Mountain Institute: Things are looking up. Nonprofits like the Rocky Mountain Institute are innovating in the field of sustainable, profitable energy tech—and documenting their efforts here on Flipboard.

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The Week in Review: Billions Cast Their Ballots

This week saw the close of the most democratic month in human history. For India’s 815 million eligible voters, the long and pricey journey to find a new prime minister was a healthy exercise: voter turnout in April averaged a record high of 68%, which is expected to continue until the final count is announced on May 16.

In Iraq, however, freedom was hard-won. Since the withdrawal of American troops in 2012, corruption, extremism and violence have pushed the country into a downward spiral, threatening to disrupt Wednesday’s elections. But despite UN statistics citing April as unusually violent, voting took place in relative calm.

Democracy’s biggest challenges still lie ahead. Mounting tensions—which is to say horrifying human rights violations, questionable acts of secession and sectarian brutality—cast shadows on the likelihood of legitimate presidential elections later this year in Ukraine, Egypt and Syria.

Every day new reports pour in, and our international community of MagMakers are busy compiling the most newsworthy material. Have a look:

India Elections by Jaideep Vaidya: Focused primarily on Hindu nationalist candidate Narendra Modi, this magazine takes a look at the ascendancy of the BJP, India’s increasingly popular right-wing party.

Middle East News For The Perplexed by marcdubey: If you’re confused—or just overwhelmed—by what’s happening in the Middle East, this guide will keep you updated with news, op-eds from the region’s proponents and critics, and foreign analysis.

Revolution News by mrstnmddx: The revolution is being televised, tweeted and talked about all over the world—as documented in this magazine.

Syria Conflict by Salvatore Riina: The Syrian War has unfolded in horrific terms. What began as a crackdown on peaceful protests escalated into a government launching chemical weapons against its own people. This magazine provides context while documenting atrocities.

Egypt in peril by nu: Not long ago the term “Arab Spring” referred to the spread of Middle Eastern democracy. Protests in 2011 across North Africa, including Egypt, helped remove a number of the region’s dictators. But as this magazine shows, systemic challenges still plague Egyptian politics.

Ukraine 2014 Crisis by msk28: As Europe’s economy began to plummet, few could predict what it meant in political terms. Instead of seeking help from the EU, the Ukrainian president turned to Russia for financial assistance—and then fled while his country rioted amidst suspicions concerning the deal’s integrity. This magazine examines Ukraine’s dissolving boundaries and Russia’s creeping influence.

~ShonaS is curating “Holiday Road (5/2)
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#flipshopping: Gifts for Mom

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We love our moms and we want to show them how much we care, but let’s be honest: sometimes they’re a little tricky to shop for. That’s why we’ve put together our favorite gift picks for mom (or even grandma or stepmom) in our Gifts for Mom magazine.

  • Birchbox has put together a $44 limited edition grab bag featuring eyeliner, lip tint, tea, and a whole bunch of other products that are free of parabens, phthalates, sulfates, petrochemicals, and GMOs.

  • Need a card? Yellow Owl’s $5 je t’aime cards get straight to the point and are printed by hand.

~MiaQ is curating “Eargasms
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Mission Complete: Joystiq’s On Flipboard

Being entertaining is practically a requirement when writing about video games. After all, you’d better have a good reason to ask diehard gamers to put down the controller.

Founded in 2004, gaming site Joystiq brought depth and sophistication to passionate players eager for the latest news and reviews. With sharp editorial oversight and a playful wit, Joystiq’s writing reflects the essential component of great gameplay: goal-oriented storytelling.

As gamers themselves, Joystiq reporters cooly approach the gaming world’s many complexities and stay attuned to its broad reach beyond the screen. Like many contemporary games, their pieces give readers enough information to make their own decisions.

Today Joystiq’s running archive of gaming gold is waiting to be discovered on Flipboard, where it’s been paginated for your two-dimensional enjoyment at the tap of the button below.

~ShonaS is reading “SPAIN, ESPAÑA, ESPAGNE…”
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The Week in Review: The Immortal Legacy of Gabriel García Márquez

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Last Thursday, the Colombian author and journalist Gabriel García Márquez died in Mexico City at the age of 87. But as even his most casual readers know, the writer had long lived with one foot in the grave. When he wrote about Latin America’s political turbulence or the near mythic world of his creation, “Gabo” knew that life and death were about balance, and had no real quarrel. Their codependence meant vitality.

Though “magical realism” conveyed Márquez’s fictional gifts for interplaying the surreal with the supposedly real, the term deteriorated into a tropical tropism packaging Latin American—and eventually African, Middle Eastern and Asian writers—as commercial exports.

Yet the “magical” elements of Gabo’s work—water flowing from broken lightbulbs, floating priests sipping hot chocolate, families who exploit fallen angels to pay rent—were but meditations on the melancholy realities faced by the impoverished. As the Haitian writer Edwidge Danticat wrote in tribute to Márquez: “A lot of what might seem magical to others often seems quite plausible to me.”

Honoring Márquez’s legacy, Flipboard readers curated a number of magazines dedicated to the real and fictional worlds of Latin America, as well as to Gabo himself, who once assured us that “there’s always something left to love.”

Gabo by Vivian Clark: Largely in Spanish, this magazine is a veritable postcard chronicling the writer’s life in mid-century Latin America.

Latin American Art by Judy Walker: As this magazine demonstrates, some of the most iconoclastic artwork was created by artists from Central and South America.

Latin America by Sutanto Mangunhutomo: Despite its wild imagination, art can hardly compete with the drama of real life. This magazine is proof of Latin America’s constant evolution and a reminder that the truth is always stranger than fiction.

Interviews – Paris Review by Ian E Detlefsen: The Paris Review became the most respected literary journal in the world in part because of their excellent interview series–perhaps the one place outside of their work to make writers feel comfortable. Their conversation with Gabriel García Márquez, included in this magazine, was a classic because it coaxed the typically media shy Márquez to go into great detail about his own life– the inspiration for some of his most “magical” stories.

Literature by Cesar Venzor: Pulled from the best of Maria Popova’s “Brain Pickings”, check out this compendium of bite-sized aphorisms and counsel from literature’s most luminous figures.

El Gabo que se fue by Flipboard Latinoamérica: A Spanish-speaking homage to the author, featuring tributes from writers and readers across Latin America.

~ShonaS is curating “Holiday Road (4/25)
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The Week in Review: Obamacare For All

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Tuesday marked the deadline for most Americans without healthcare to sign up for coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, known popularly as Obamacare. Introduced to the House of Representatives in 2009, the bill faced savage opposition from Republicans who attempted to hold the President personally responsible as they conspired to derail the act’s passage.

On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed the bill into law, successfully mandating the largest piece of healthcare reform in the last 50 years. However, implementing Obamacare has proven to be a greater challenge. Critics pounced on the bill’s “terribly flawed” rollout, while website woes and policy misinformation led to the resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius late last week.

The coming year is teeming with hurdles for both the government and consumers. Insurance providers have warned of rising prices while conservative lawmakers remain determined to overturn what they see as “socialized” medicine.

Throughout Obamacare’s triumphs and tribulations, Flipboard readers have been curating useful guides on what you need to know. Take a look:

Affordable Care Act Chronicle by Jennifer Brenton: Newsworthy stories and data.

Health Care Reform and Obamacare (ACA) by B. Savoie: How healthcare reform affects hospitals, insurance companies and consumers.

Health Care Policy by Keith Fitzgerald: A balanced take on the pros and cons of healthcare regulation as well as an exploration of the role of public relations.

Healthcare by Christopher G. Lehmuth : Behind the business of medical reform—and the technologies, strategies and logistics that support it.

~ShonaS is curating “Holiday Road (4/11)
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