Lin-Manuel Miranda Teases Tracks for Hamilton Mixtape—Volume 2

Via Playbill‘s Robert Viagas:

Screen Shot 2016-12-05 at 1.08.16 PM.pngJust days after the release of the Hamilton Mixtape—an album of songs from the Broadway smash as performed by today’s pop artists—composer Lin-Manuel Miranda tweeted about two tracks planned for the forthcoming sequel, Hamilton Mixtape—Volume 2.

A fan asked Miranda on Twitter the morning of December 5, “Can you tell us any secrets about the second mixtape?”

And Miranda responded, “Right Hand Man. Reynolds Pamphlet. They were already underway but couldn’t get ’em done in time.”

He was referring to the show’s songs “Right Hand Man,” a duet for George Washington and Alexander Hamilton, and “The Reynolds Pamphlet,” a song in which the public reacts to Hamilton’s published admission that he has been unfaithful to his wife.

Miranda did not specify which pop artists would be performing the songs.

Read more here.

Even Smoking One Cigarette a Day Can Lead to Early Death — TIME

When it comes to smoking, a new study says even one cigarette a day can greatly increase your chances of an early death. Researchers at the National Cancer Institute compared the life expectancy of those who consistently smoked an average of less than one cigarette per day to those who never smoked in their lives.…

via Even Smoking One Cigarette a Day Can Lead to Early Death — TIME

Guatemalan designer with Down syndrome

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Isabella on the right. Her mom on the left.

Sometimes I come across stories on CNN en Español that I must share for those who don’t understand in Spanish. Such as this wonderful video about Isabella Springmuhl, a fashion designer who has down syndrome.

You can watch the Spanish-language interview on CNNe (it aired on Sept. 1, 2016).

Here’s another interview by Ruptly TV, conducted as she became the first designer with down syndrome to show at London Fashion Week. It is also in Spanish. In the interview, she says she wants others to know dreams can be achieved.


California Sea Lion Pups Born at WCS’s Bronx Zoo

Two new pups at the Bronx Zoo! (Photo: Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS)

Bronx, NY – August 19, 2016 – The WCS’s (Wildlife Conservation Society) Bronx Zoo welcomes the addition of two California sea lion pups born in June.

The pup born to mother, Indy, has been identified as a male.  Keepers have not yet been able to determine the gender of the pup born to Margaretta. Both have yet to receive their names.

Clyde is the sire of both pups. He is one of two adult bulls that came to WCS’s Queens Zoo in 2013 from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife as part of a local wildlife management project in Bonneville, Ore. These are his first offspring since arriving in New York.

Photo by: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

California sea lions are not endangered and live in healthy populations along the west coast of North America from Alaska to Mexico. All marine mammals, including sea lions, are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972.

California sea lions are exhibited at all five WCS facilities: the Bronx Zoo, New York Aquarium, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo and Queens Zoo.

Photo by: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays, 5:30 p.m. weekends from April to October; 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.mNovember to March. Adult admission is $19.95, children (3-12 years old) $12.95, children under 3 are free, seniors (65+) are $17.95. Parking is $16 for cars and $20 for buses. TheBronx Zoo is conveniently located off the Bronx River Parkway at Exit 6; by train via the #2 or #5 or by bus via the #9, #12, #19, #22, MetroNorth, or BxM11 Express Bus service (from Manhattan that stops just outside the gate.) To plan your trip, visit or call 718-367-1010.