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Monday, 12 September 2022

Remembering the 2001 Anthrax Attacks + Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz just became the tennis world’s youngest #1 + A jack of all trades is often better than a master of none

📺 ON THE TUBE TONIGHT-
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Netflix’s The Anthrax Attacks looks back at the 2001 spate of attacks targeting US media offices and senators using the deadly poison: Just a week after the events of September 11 2001, another wave of terrorist attacks began that saw letters containing anthrax spores mailed to news offices in New York and Democratic senators in Washington. The attacks went on for several weeks, leaving five people dead and infecting 17 others. Anthrax is a serious, potentially lethal infectious disease caused by Bacillus anthracis, a bacteria that commonly affects animals. The letters included messages such as “Death to America,” which led investigators to initially suspect international perpetrators but they eventually shifted to domestic suspects. The Anthrax Attacks takes a quasi-documentary approach to the incident and the nearly seven-year FBI investigation that followed, using interviews and archival news footage but with the addition of Clark Gregg playing Bruce Ivins, a microbiologist who offered his help with the investigation — and later became a lead suspect. You can watch the trailer here (runtime:1:39).

Just two matches tonight folks: In Serie A, Empoli plays Roma at 8:45pm and in LaLiga, Almeria plays Osasuna at 9pm.

🎾 Carlos Alcaraz became the youngest World No. 1 in tennis after earning the US Open championship title yesterday. The 19-year-old Spaniard defeated Norway’s Casper Ruud in four sets to secure his first Grand Slam trophy and the Number 1 Pepperstone ATP Ranking. Alcaraz is the youngest man to earn a Grand Slam title since Rafael Nadal won the 2005 French Open as a 19-year-old, the New York Times notes.

🎤 OUT AND ABOUT-
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Egyptian singer-songwriter Nadya Shanab is performing a few original songs and putting her twist on some old classics at Room New Cairo at 9pm. Shanab is currently experimenting with an Afro-Egyptian sound and ways to connect Egypt with the rest of Africa musically.

Head to the Tap West, where Beit El Comedy will be serving up some punch lines at 9pm, courtesy of its lineup of Egyptian comedians featuring: Alaa Yassin, Mohamed Moula, Abdelrahman Mohamed and Abdelrahman Magdy.

💡 UNDER THE LAMPLIGHT-

Is it better to be a generalist or specialist? David Epstein’s book Range argues that success in the modern world in the majority of fields has seldom lent itself to those that specialize early. Through a close look at research on successful performers, Nobel Prize winning scientists, and top performing athletes, Epstein concludes that generalists are better primed to thrive in most of the domains that are relevant to the modern economy. Epstein contrasts professional golf player Tiger Woods, who specialized early in his life, with professional tennis player Roger Federer, who explored a few different sports before finding his groove (and a record-breaking career) in tennis. While both have amassed great success and there is not just one path to success, Epstein argues that those with knowledge in different fields are better equipped to succeed in modern work, with a few exceptions he notes where specialization works better (many of which are fields based on pattern repetition, which Epstein points out is are more easily automatable). He argues that there are actually more options today for generalists who accumulate skills from various domains.

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