John Lewis documentary among high-quality offerings free from PBS this summer

Christel Deskins

When John Lewis died last month and I wanted to find out more about the man and his life, I did all the things I usually do when I want to her media-educated on a topic in a hurry. I watched the cable TV specials, ordered books from Amazon and read online obituaries and profiles. But nowhere did I instantly find more illuminating and powerful content than PBS. And the best thing: It was free.

Not a week goes by that I don’t get emails from readers of The Sun who complain that the best programs air on costly streaming services like Netflix and premium cable channels like HBO. Most of the emails are angry, because the people writing feel the reality of two Americas based on how much money someone has. And when it comes to TV and digital content, they feel like they are suddenly living on the

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12 summer bestsellers you’ll want to use year-round

Christel Deskins

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It’s hard to believe that summer will come to a close in just a few short weeks. While this one looked different than last year, shoppers made the most of the season by turning to online retailers to find apparel, kitchen gadgets, summer essentials and more.

To learn about people’s favorite buys, TODAY talked with Yahoo life contributing editor Chassie Post to get an inside look at the bestselling and top-rated products of the season.

You can find everything from tablet stands for working in bed to shapewear that will flatter any form. There are even wand sanitizers that provide a portable and convenient

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summer school clubs are for letting off steam, not tightening the valve

Christel Deskins

Hattie Garlick weighs up the pros and cons of new summer schools - Andrew Crowley
Hattie Garlick weighs up the pros and cons of new summer schools – Andrew Crowley

It’s 11.45 and the kids are sprawled like small sultans on our bed, half in, half out of pyjamas, gently drizzled in discarded snack wrappers and hypnotised by the moronic metre of kids’ TV jingles.

Meanwhile, most of the nine-year old’s year group are tucked behind desks, reintroducing their brains to clauses and calculations. Three days after we booked a Cornish holiday for this week, his school announced a free summer club to re-civilise the now fully feral Years 4 and 5.

This heroic effort on the part of teachers has been greeted with weeping, overweening gratitude by the vast majority of parents for whom, at this stage in the pandemic, the best holiday imaginable is a week of solid work in which no one asks for you to take the lid of a Fruit

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Heathrow boss calls for airport tests to rescue summer tourism season

Christel Deskins

Cartoonist Blower's take on the Government's coronavirus response
Cartoonist Blower’s take on the Government’s coronavirus response

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Heathrow boss calls for airport tests to save summer

The chief executive of Heathrow Airport has urged the Government to allow passengers to be tested for Covid-19 on arrival in a trial to rescue the summer tourism season. John Holland-Kaye told The Telegraph that Heathrow could have a test “up and running” in two weeks, meaning holidaymakers who have just set off for Spain could be checked – at a cost of £150 – when they arrived home. France and Germany are among at least 20 countries already using such tests to cut quarantine for arrivals from countries with high levels of coronavirus. The Telegraph understands that Grant

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Natural History Museum Launches Online Summer Camps For Kids

Christel Deskins

UPPER WEST SIDE, NY — With in-person summer camps and typical summer plans put on hold by the coronavirus pandemic, the American Museum of Natural History is stepping up to offer online programs for kids.

The historic museum on the Upper West Side of Manhattan recently launched a wide-range of thought-provoking online summer science camps for children between the second and ninth grade.

The online activities will include virtual hall visits, guest scientist talks, behind-the-scenes tours, and live-animal encounters. Additionally, there will be offline hands-on science projects, games, and crafts.

The camps will take place starting on July 27 and run until Sept. 2, ranging from $175 to $500 in price.

You can sign up for any of the online summer camps on the museum’s website.

Here are the different programs you can choose from:

Grades 2-3

Keys to the Kingdoms of Life

  • Session 1: Monday, July 27 — Friday,

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Lotus Biscoff Sauce is here to upgrade your ice cream sundaes this summer

Christel Deskins

Lotus Biscoff sauce is here to make your summer ice cream sundaes even better. (Getty Images)
Lotus Biscoff sauce is here to make your summer ice cream sundaes even better. (Getty Images)

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Biscoff Spread captured the hearts of the nation as soon as it became available to buy. Whether you were usually a crunchy or smooth person, the caramelised biscuity spread was an all round hit.

We started out tentatively: adding it to cakes but then became more-and-more adventurous as we realised you can add it just about anything.

We spread it on toast, piled it on marshmallows and, dare we say it, on top of actual Lotus biscuits (trust us) before graduating to the simple ‘spoon’ method – AKA, spooning the product straight into our mouths.

And now we’ve uncovered

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The Next Pandemic Hobby To Sellout This Summer

Christel Deskins

Transportation appears to have entered a time warp this summer. Everywhere we turn, groups are rattling around the city on boneshakers like Victorian dandies at the turn of the century or traveling the country by RV like a 1950s-style family. And now we’ve got another set of wheels to add to this nostalgic list — eight of them, to be exact. Yes, we’re talking about roller skates. These wheeled booties (commonly associated with grainy images of 1970s SoCal) were recently catapulted back into the public consciousness by the hottest of all the social networks: TikTok. 

But, don’t call it a comeback. Seriously. Prior to the subculture’s moment in the social-media sun, a diverse and inclusive roller skating culture flourished on rinks and in skate parks for decades (exemplified by present-day skaters like Courtney Shove). Refinery29 even profiled the all-female Moxi Skate Team back in 2016 — which eventually gave rise

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Summer Activities, Rules To Know About: Mayor

Christel Deskins

Written by Mayor Mary Marvin:

BRONXVILLE, NY — Given the time of year and the recent spate of incredibly warm weather, there is no denying that summer is truly here, making a column about summer activities truly apropos.

The Village tennis program is up and running. Applications may be printed off of the Village website and either mailed to Village Hall or delivered in person between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays. As the Covid crisis is still very much with us, all play must have an online booking and maximum play time is one hour 45 minutes to allow time for sanitizing. The bathrooms and water fountain remain closed and masks are required to be worn to and from the tennis courts. The Bronxville School track is also re-opened for exercise.

While we were unable to have a summer paddle program, we are opening up the Fall/Winter program early.

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Walmart Launches Virtual Summer Camp and Drive-In Movie Theater to Help Families Make the Most of Summer

Christel Deskins

If you’re looking for a new way to keep your kids active this summer, Walmart is here to help. The company recently launched Camp by Walmart, a free online destination filled with activities, games and challenges for kids who are unable to attend traditional camps in person this year. 

The free camp, which is run by a variety of celebrity counselors including Neil Patrick Harris, Drew Barrymore, LeBron James and Idina Menzel, began on July 8 and can be accessed through the Walmart app. The program includes 50 activities, “The Great Family Challenge” (featuring various family-bonding activities), a morning kick-off with head counselor Neil and an arts program called “Smarts and Crafts.”

“Summer hasn’t really felt like summer yet, and I know I hear every day, ‘Mom, I’m bored!’” Janey Whiteside, chief customer officer for Walmart said. “Through our digital means and vast footprint of stores, we’re hoping to bring

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22 Virtual Summer Camps That Will Keep Your Little Ones Engaged

Christel Deskins

Obviously, due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak, summer plans are on hold until further notice. And for families who rely on camp during the warmer months, this can be problematic. Although traditional summer camps might be out of the question this year, there are plenty of virtual options that will keep kids of all ages entertained. Whether they’re looking to keep their academics sharp (hey, no one likes that pesky summer slide, right?) or just want some good, old-fashioned fun, these online summer camps will deliver.

Related: How and When Will Schools Reopen? Experts Outline the Possible Scenarios

Brain Chase

Designed for kids ages 7 to 14, Brain Chase invites students to go on an academic scavenger hunt by selecting three focus categories ranging from math to yoga to writing to foreign languages. They have six weeks to complete their objectives and find the $1,000 missing golden nugget. Send your

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