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The Week Unwrapped: Dreams, Zooms and executions

Why are so many people having vivid dreams? Are Zoom weddings the new norm? And why has Saudi Arabia stopped executing minors?

Olly Mann and The Week delve behind the headlines and debate what really matters from the past seven days.

In this week’s episode, we discuss:

Quarandreams

Since lockdown began people around the world have been reporting that they are experiencing intensely vivid dreams in a phenomenon which has been labelled “quarandreaming”. Are intense dreams anything to worry about, and what can be done to stop them?

Zoom weddings

Couples in locked-down New York are rushing to tie the knot on Zoom, after the state passed an executive order allowing marriage licenses to be issued remotely and ceremonies to be conducted using “audio-video technology”. So will this blossoming love for virtual weddings survive the coronavirus pandemic - and if so, why?

Executions

Saudi Arabia this week announced that they will no longer execute people who committed crimes as minors, in a further push to modernise the ultra-conservative kingdom by its Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. But with Amnesty International already decrying the move as insufficient, is this another PR stunt doomed to fail?

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