On Thursday, the U.S. national cricket team pulled off a shocking upset by defeating Pakistan at the T20 World Cup.

The success of Team USA couldn’t have come at a better time for American promoters of the game. The biennial tournament, which features national teams playing a shorter version of cricket, is being held in the U.S. and the West Indies for the first time.

Pakistan, meanwhile, has had only a couple of days to regroup before its big match tomorrow against its longtime rival, India.

For cricket fans among North America’s South Asian diaspora, it’s the sporting event of the year, and ticket prices have been going for as high as $50,000. A group of scholars of culture, communication and sports explore the roots of this historic rivalry, which transcend the pitch and tell a story of colonization, religion and politics.

This week we also liked articles about how Alaska’s Yakutat people are coping with seal scarcity, partisanship in school board elections, and what to look for in prenatal supplements.

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Nick Lehr

Arts + Culture Editor

Virat Kohli of India celebrates after the final run is scored during the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup match between India and Pakistan in October 2022. Darrian Traynor/ICC via Getty Images

Why India and Pakistan’s T20 cricket showdown in New York is such a big deal

Umer Hussain, Wilkes University; M. Fahad Humayun, University of Evansville; Simran Kaur Sethi, University of Oklahoma; Steve Bien-Aime, University of Kansas

Tickets are going for as high as $40,000 on the secondary market.

Ancestral seal hunting happened at the edge of the Sít Tlein (Hubbard) glacier. Emily Kearney-Williams © Smithsonian Institution

Scientists and Indigenous leaders team up to conserve seals and an ancestral way of life at Yakutat, Alaska

Aron L. Crowell, Smithsonian Institution; Judith Dax̱ootsú Ramos, University of Alaska Southeast

Collaborative research by archaeologists, environmental scientists and tribal elders combines science and Indigenous knowledge to tell the story of centuries of life at a glacier’s edge.

Donald Trump arrives at Trump Tower in New York on May 30, 2024, after being found guilty on 34 felony counts. Stephanie Keith/Getty Images

Trump’s rhetoric after his felony conviction is designed to distract, stoke fear and ease the way for an anti-democratic strongman

Karrin Vasby Anderson, Colorado State University

Donald Trump’s reaction to his conviction provides a textbook case of demagoguery – which erodes democratic institutions and can prime an audience for violence. His followers went right along.

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