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On Saturday, the world celebrated Pi Day. This year’s celebration, on 3/14/15, was particularly special because even the year corresponded with the first digits of pi: 3.1415. But what does it all mean? The New Yorker essay, “To Pi and Beyond,” attempts to demystify the infinite nature of pi and explores some new discoveries concerning the recurrence of prime numbers.

In Egypt, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is planning on building a new capital city from scratch. The Atlantic reports that the estimated $45 billion plan will be carried out by Capital City Partners, a Dubai-based private investment fund, which constructed Dubai’s Burj Khalifa. Cairo has been the capital of Egypt for over 1000 years. The proposed new capital is leaving people wondering what the future will bring.

The New Yorker‘s “Richer and Poorer: Accounting for Inequality” gives us an in-depth analysis of income inequality in the United States. Jill Lepore previews and reviews upcoming and recent literature discussing American history in terms of inequality.

This week, former U.S. congressman Barney Frank published part of his new memoir, FRANK, on Politico. In the excerpt, he discusses his decision to come out as gay while serving in Congress during the 1980s. After his decision to publicly announce his sexuality, Frank became a staunch advocate of equal rights for LGBTQ individuals, facing both staunch opposition and overwhelming support.

Have you heard of The Jinx on HBO? If not, check it out. It’s making big waves. The six-part documentary series follows Robert Durst, son of a New York City real estate mogul and accused murderer, as he tells his version of his experiences over the last three decades.


The New York Times reported Durst’s arrest on March 14, 2015 on charges of first-degree murder. In the last episode of the show, Durst unknowingly confessed on tape to killing three individuals–his wife, his friend, and his neighbor. Officials caught him in a hotel in New Orleans.

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