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  • What Hobbies Could Hillary Take Up That Would Please David Brooks?

    Tue 3:40pm By Elspeth Reeve
    New York Times columnist David Brooks asks, Why is Hillary Clinton so unpopular? His unlikely answer: She doesn’t have hobbies.Clinton was very popular as secretary of state—a 66 percent approval rating!—and not very popular now. Some might argue…
  • Duke Ellington: Master of the American Musical Idiom

    Tue 1:45pm By Bruce Cook
    Duke Ellington’s death, just a little over a month ago, deprives American music of one of its great personalities and a great jazzman—some might say the greatest of them all. While none would seriously question his eminence, his position in music was…
  • Deciphering the Mysterious Decline of Honey Bees

    Tue 12:21pm By Elina L. Niño
    Honey bees are arguably our most important commercially available pollinator. They are responsible for pollinating numerous food plants that make our diets more exciting and nutritious, including many fruits, vegetables, and nuts.Beekeepers expect some of…
  • Bernie Might Be Helping, Not Hurting Hillary Right Now

    Tue 10:07am By Jeet Heer
    Bernie Sanders continues to perplex pundits. Why is he still in the race, given that he’s sure to lose to Hillary Clinton and, some argue, should be helping the Democrats unite to defeat Donald Trump? Over the weekend, Edward Luce in the Financial Times…
  • How Love Works

    Tue 7:00am By Alexandra Molotkow
    Labor of Love begins with its then 26-year-old author, Moira Weigel, walking the High Line with an older man who is breaking her heart. She adores him, and he adores her attention, as well as that of his ex-girlfriend. He seems content to keep both of them…
  • On a Loneliness That Resembles Happiness

    Tue 6:42am By Svetlana Alexievich
    Alisa Z., advertising manager,35 years oldI went to St. Petersburg to get a different story but came back with this one. I’d struck up a conversation on the train . . .A friend of mine killed herself . . . She was a strong and successful woman. Tons of…
  • Want to Save the World? Try Using Cold Hard Cash.

    Tue 6:00am By Nikita Lalwani
    One afternoon in the spring of 2008, two graduate students, Michael Faye and Rohit Wanchoo, met with a Harvard Business School professor in an office in Cambridge. They had a simple idea for a charity: Instead of giving poor people food or cattle or loans to…
  • Why Trans Rights Nationwide Are Only a Matter of Time

    Mon 11:36am By Genny Beemyn
    Editor’s note: This article is part of The Conversation’s collaboration with Point Taken, a new program from WGBH that next airs on Tuesday, May 24 on PBS and online at pbs.org. The show features fact-based debate on major issues of the day, without the…
  • Still Waters Run Deep: Reassembling Karl Ove Knausgaard

    Mon 9:00am By Tess Crain
    When…
  • How a Corrupt GOP Is Running Alabama Into the Ground

    Mon 6:00am By Joe Miller
    This is the second in a series of articles on the trial of Alabama Speaker Mike Hubbard. Read the first installment here.To get a sense of how Mike Hubbard has affected the lives of everyday Alabamians, type #IamMedicaid into Facebook or Twitter. Up pops a…
  • Republicans Cannot Give Up on #NeverTrump

    Mon 6:00am By Brian Beutler
    Back in February, when online conservatives first began their unsuccessful campaign to deny Donald Trump the GOP presidential nomination, #NeverTrump meant different things to different people.…
  • Neighbors 2: Equal Opportunity Idiocy

    Sat 2:43pm By Will Leitch
    Let’s get this out of the way first: There are a few moments in Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising where the film feels almost progressive. The movie’s plot is fueled by a real issue:  that sororities, unlike fraternities, are unable to host parties on college…
  • Why Animal GIFs Make Us Feel Better

    Fri 3:27pm By Navneet Alang
    You’ve had a long day. Your co-worker sniped at you in a meeting. Over lunch, you got into not one, but two arguments about the election on Facebook. And your favorite restaurant posted something online you found deeply offensive. If you’ve had a day like…
  • It’s Not Bernie Sanders’s Job to Unify the Democratic Party

    Fri 2:49pm By Alex Shephard
    Team Bernie and Team Hillary are at war. The two sides have skirmished throughout the election, but the chaotic Nevada Democratic Convention in Las Vegas last weekend has prompted a bloodbath that—if the pundits are to be believed—could tear the party…
  • All The Way: Proof That You Can’t Escape the Past

    Fri 2:45pm By Muna Mire
    The modern fight…
  • Welcome to Maria Bamford’s Neighborhood

    Fri 12:08pm By Sarah Marshall
    Maria…
  • Is Commercial Aviation as Safe as We’re Told?

    Fri 10:40am By Frederic Lemieux
    On Thursday, May 19, EgyptAir flight MS804, traveling from Paris to Cairo, crashed into the Mediterranean Sea. All 66 passengers and crew members aboard were killed. Terrorism is suspected.This is the fifth major airline crash since the beginning of this year,…
  • Does Hillary Clinton Know How to Attack Donald Trump?

    Fri 7:00am By Laura Reston
    Twelve years ago, in early August, an obscure political group called Swift Boat Veterans for Truth rolled out an ad in three hotly contested battleground states. It featured several veterans who served in John Kerry’s unit in the Vietnam War alleging that…
  • The Nice Guys: A Back-to-Basics Buddy Cop Movie

    Thu 3:49pm By Will Leitch
    If it were, say, the summer of 1988, The Nice Guys would be a big box-office hit, spurring a series of decreasingly satisfying sequels. (By the franchise’s fourth film, our heroes would get a hip new partner, or maybe a dog.) But in a summer of robots and…
  • Elizabeth Warren’s Next Crusade

    Thu 1:51pm By David Dayen
    Senator Elizabeth Warren has a knack for recognizing the challenges facing ordinary Americans years before the rest of the political world gets there. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was an idea she generated as a Harvard law professor in mid-2007,…
  • Donald Trump Is America’s Racist Uncle

    Thu 1:29pm By Phoebe Maltz Bovy
    Like everybody, I read last weekend’s big New York Times Donald Trump feature—on his questionable personal and professional interactions with women—with a special mix of gossipy anticipation and horror. In journalistic terms, it’s an admirable piece of…
  • Emily Dickinson Isn’t You

    Thu 12:54pm By Alexandra Pechman
    “I couldn’t let go,” Jerome Charyn begins his author’s note to A Loaded Gun: Emily Dickinson for the 21st Century, as if remembering a severed romantic relationship. He remained transfixed after writing a fictionalized account of Dickinson’s life,…
  • How to Create a Refugee Crisis

    Thu 12:11pm By Natasha Lennard
    Two summers ago, Hashem al-Souki, his wife, and their three sons were ready to board a smuggler’s dinghy at Egypt’s northern coast, bound for Europe. They never made it. After traveling for months to reach Egypt, they were detained by police as they waited…
  • Trump Can’t Bring Back Our Jobs

    Thu 11:48am By Stephan Manning
    One of the big themes in the current presidential race is how decades of free trade have dealt a heavy blow to the American worker as millions of jobs were shipped overseas to take advantage of cheap labor.That’s even turned some pro free-trade Republicans…
  • Primary Concerns Episode 14: Two Republicans Duke It Out Over Trump

    Thu 6:30am By Primary Concerns
    Over the past months, we’ve chronicled many of the ways Donald Trump is transforming the American right and dividing the Republican coalition. Trump is at the center of a schism that is damaging relationships at the highest reaches of the GOP. But not every…
  • Can Colombia’s Displaced Go Home Again?

    Thu 6:00am By Camila Osorio
    On a cool Monday morning in July 2015, Afranio Solano strolled through a farmer’s market in Bogotá’s main plaza, a square surrounded by the Colombian Congress, the Constitutional Court, the mayor’s office, and the city’s largest Catholic cathedral.…
  • When It Comes to Losing Ugly, Bernie Has Nothing on Hillary

    Wed 4:09pm By Jeet Heer
    The 2016 primaries were supposed to be smooth sailing for Democrats, in contrast to the free-for-all on the Republican side. Instead, the GOP has a presumptive nominee while Hillary Clinton continues to be dogged by Bernie Sanders, who, despite having almost…
  • Weiner: Portrait of a Marriage

    Wed 4:02pm By Will Leitch
    The documentary boom of the last few years has given us dozens of fantastic films, but not many that can offer unfettered access to their subjects. Even some of today’s best documentary filmmakers, like the prolific Alex Gibney, take an aggregation approach…
  • Can Megyn Kelly Become the Taylor Swift of TV News?

    May 18, 2016, 9:41 am By Elspeth Reeve
    On Tuesday night, we finally saw Donald Trump interviewed by Megyn Kelly, the woman he made an unexpected feminist icon, a woman so tough she thinks pepper spray is not much more than a little hot sauce, as long as it’s sprayed in other people’s eyes.…
  • May 18, 2016, 6:30 am By Tim Grierson
    Yes, film critics Tim Grierson and Will Leitch are currently separated by an ocean (Grierson is at the Cannes Film Festival), but that doesn’t mean they can’t bring you a podcast.They discuss three new releases: The Lobster, starring Colin Farrell as a man…