Welcome back to our weekly behind-the-scenes peek at what our team has been reading, learning and discussing. Let us know what you think at [email protected].
This week, Executive Editor Will Doig brought our attention to a CBS News story about a major move to help out New Yorkers burdened by unpaid medical bills.
The US is the only wealthy country without some kind of universal health care, and medical debt is the most common cause of bankruptcy for Americans. RIP Medical Debt — a group we wrote about a couple years ago — buys up medical debt and then essentially deletes it. New York City partnered with them to make $2 billion in its residents’ medical debt disappear. A brilliant workaround fix for a broken system.
Editorial Director Rebecca Worby shared a story from the Guardian about European cities that have embraced the library as a community “living room.”
I just love these beautiful libraries. I am a big library user but I don’t actually spend a lot of time inside my local libraries. I suspect I would if I lived near one like these.
In fact, we’ve covered this phenomenon here at RTBC, too: Contributing Editor Peter Yeung wrote about Helsinki’s Oodi library for us just over a year ago.
What else we’re reading
♻️ EU bans ‘misleading’ environmental claims that rely on offsetting — shared by Michaela Haas from the Guardian
🛍️ Plastic bag bans have already prevented billions of bags from being used, report finds — shared by Will Doig from Grist
🐟 The push to save the coho at Dry Creek — shared by Rebecca Worby from Sierra
Elsewhere in our channels…
We’ve enjoyed seeing the responses to Contributing Editor Michaela Haas’ recent story about BookSmiles, a New Jersey-based book bank. “Personally I find that books for children are as essential as any other necessity of life,” writes one reader.