Welcome to our Sunday newsletter. You'll find the top stories The Conversation U.S. published this week listed below.

Editor's pick: What's the worst holiday gift you've ever gotten? For me it was a clear bird feeder that I mysteriously received in my teens, when I had zero interest in birds visiting my backyard. That gift seemed very rude at the time, but in retrospect I've realized that the relative who gave it to me was probably just overwhelmed by her holiday season obligations. She probably meant no harm.

But as marketing scholar Deborah Y. Cohn explained in an article we published in 2017, there are many people who intentionally select bad presents. "Although it seems nonsensical to give someone a gift that will damage a relationship rather than strengthen it, some people deliberately do just that," she wrote.

Emily Schwartz Greco

Philanthropy + Nonprofits Editor

Did Paul McCartney, right, and Ringo Starr hire Peter Jackson for a rescue operation? Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

‘The Beatles: Get Back’ glosses over the band’s acrimonious end

Tim Riley, Emerson College

In their press rounds, director Peter Jackson and Paul McCartney have been eager to recast the legacy of the band’s final years.

Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, left, and his brother, former CNN anchor, Chris Cuomo. (Mike Groll/Office of Governor of Andrew M. Cuomo via AP, left, and Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

How dual loyalties created an ethics problem for Chris Cuomo and CNN

Jane E. Kirtley, University of Minnesota

A journalist’s role is to serve the public interest. But CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, by helping his brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo during a scandal, put personal interests above the public’s.

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