California Dreamin’ [Today, Explained]. A new California law limits how early school can start in the state. art19.com

Jenna Karvunidis invented the gender reveal party, but now she has regrets. Decoder Ring slate.com

Disinformation & The Murder Of Seth Rich: Journalist Michael Issikoff describes how Fox News, the Republicans, the Trump campaign, Russians, WikiLeaks, Sean Hannity, Steve Bannon, Newt Gingrich, Roger Stone, and other bad guys promoted the lie that Seth Rich was murdered by the Clintons. [Fresh Air] www.npr.org

The Dinosaur Explosion: Since the 1990s there has been a massive unprecedented increase in the number of dinosaur discoveries. [Science Vs] gimletmedia.com

Man up: Masculinity in American history: Beards became fashionable for men in the 19th Century – elaborate, coiffured whiskers – as more and more men took desk jobs and the country feared feminization. www.backstoryradio.org

Journalist Masha Green fled Russia, returned for 20 years, and then fled again. She has “dedicated her career to writing and reporting about Russian society from both within and outside her native country.”

“Masha joined Tyler [Cowen] in New York City to answer his many questions about Russia: why was Soviet mathematics so good? What was it like meeting with Putin? Why are Russian friendships so intense? Are Russian women as strong as the stereotype suggests — and why do they all have the same few names? Is Russia more hostile to LGBT rights than other autocracies? Why did Garry Kasparov fail to make a dent in Russian politics? What did The Americans get right that Chernobyl missed? And what’s a good place to eat Russian food in Manhattan?”

[Conversations With Tyler] medium.com

Visiting dead relatives on Google Street View. [Jessie Schiewe] www.okwhatever.org People find solace seeing dead loved ones returned to life by Google Street View. The resurrection is even more bittersweet because the photos show the deceased mowing the lawn and doing other quotidian everyday activities

America's other 'special relationship' remains worth preserving. [Kevin D. Williamson] www.nationalreview.com There’s no case to be made that America benefits by destroying Israel.

Is Philanthropy Good? Billionaire philanthropists promote private profits and political agendas over public good. [Maria Bustillos] popula.com

New Yorker staff writer Jia Tolentino writes about how social media shapes identity, public discourse and political engagement, particularly for millennials like herself. She talks about growing up in a Houston megachurch, her devastating year in the Peace Corps, and how religion led her to MDMA. Her new book of essays is “Trick Mirror.” Also: Linguist Geoff Nunberg considers the use of the word “they” as a gender-neutral pronoun. [Fresh Air] www.npr.org