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We Tore Through Some Virtual Record Stacks And Made 3 Playlists That'll Get You Through The Summer

It’s summertime, guys. Time to get serious about your music playlists before the random setting ruins your street cred. (“That’s from my workout mix!”) Because I understand Acute DJ Social Paralysis, I prepped a few go-to playlists with our friends at Songza. Go ahead, take 'em for a spin.

These empowering female artists span genres and decades, but they have one thing in common: They've all challenged the status quo and inspired others to do the same. Get motivated with this collection of their most powerful tracks and create some change of your own.


It's not a revolution if you can't dance to it. These songs about change mix powerful lyrics with potent rhythms. Get transformed while you march to a different beat.

The times have changed, but the power of a good protest song remains. This timeless collection includes rock and folk artists from the '60s to today whose songs stirred anti-war and civil rights movements and inspire the next wave of social and political change today.

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When schools closed early in the spring, the entire country was thrown for a loop. Parents had to figure out what to do with their kids. Teachers had to figure out how to teach students at home. Kids had to figure out how to navigate a totally new routine that was being created and altered in real time.

For many families, it was a big honking mess—one that many really don't want to repeat in the fall.

But at the same time, the U.S. hasn't gotten a handle on the coronavirus pandemic. As states have begun reopening—several of them too early, according to public health officials—COVID-19 cases have risen to the point where we now have more cases per day than we did during the height of the outbreak in the spring. And yet President Trump is making a huge push to get schools to reopen fully in the fall, even threatening to possibly remove funding if they don't.

It's worth pointing out that Denmark and Norway had 10 and 11 new cases yesterday. Sweden and Germany had around 300 each. The U.S. had 55,000. (And no, that's not because we're testing thousands of times more people than those countries are.)

The president of the country's largest teacher's union had something to say about Trump's push to reopen schools. Lily Eskelsen Garcia says that schools do need to reopen, but they need to be able to reopen safely—with measures that will help keep both students and teachers from spreading the virus and making the pandemic worse. (Trump has also criticized the CDCs "very tough & expensive guidelines" for reopening schools.)

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