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How The Cars Upgraded Rock and Roll
The late singer Ric Ocasek conquered the mainstream with oddball energy and an understanding of how machines can amp emotions.
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When the Scam Is the American Dream
On Becoming a God in Central Florida and The Righteous Gemstones, two shows about self-delusion and wealth, expose the costs of worshipping success.
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Talk To People On The Telephone
In the past year, I’ve been on a mission to pester as many people in my life as possible. The first victim was my editor, whom I abruptly asked one morning to stop messaging me about story ideas on our office’s chat platform, Slack. Instead, I said,
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Jojo Rabbit, Joker, and 5 More Movies to Look for This Fall
The second half of the Toronto International Film Festival featured some of the most hyped new titles of 2019.
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The Atlantic Politics Daily: Judge Report
The Supreme Court gets a lot of attention—rightfully so. But it’s always worth looking at the president’s other judicial appointments. Plus: The Bennet baffler.
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The Question Dividing Democratic Socialists
Last weekend, hundreds of members of the Democratic Socialists of America across the country kicked off local efforts to elect Senator Bernie Sanders as president of the United States. But not every DSA chapter is campaigning for the Vermont senator.
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Trapped In Juárez: Life In The Migrant Limbo
Migrants hoping to cross legally into the United States wait along the Mexican border, where life is a mixture of instability, violence, and luck.
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The Presidency’s Relentless Race to the Bottom
Presidents are, by definition, “presidential.” But Trump has scrambled what that word means.
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The Michael Bennet Problem
What does it say about American politics that the Colorado senator hasn’t managed to stand out in the presidential race?
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Downton, Downton, Revolution
The new Downton Abbey movie is a drug, a delight, a palliative for the pain of being, a balm for battered emotions, a cure for cynicism. Well, almost. After two hours mainlining Carson’s beetling eyebrows, the Dowager Countess’s caustic comebacks, Mr
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When One Big Cat Is Almost Like the Other
India’s Supreme Court has to decide if African cheetahs could sub in for the country’s long-lost population of Asiatic cheetahs.
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Seven Questions That Need Answers Before Any Attack on Iran
President Trump’s threats of retaliation for strikes on Saudi oil facilities seem premature.
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The Price of Ascending America’s Class Ladder
Being upwardly mobile can come at a cost to people’s relationships with the family, friends, and community they grew up with.
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SpaceX Missed Some Urgent Emails About a Satellite Standoff
According to the latest numbers, there are nearly 2,000 working satellites circling Earth right now. Round and round they go, quietly weaving a web of technology that helps power the world. Sometimes they hit a snag. A satellite can find itself on a
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The U.S. Is About to Do Something Big on Hong Kong
Protests there have demonstrated the enduring appeal of American values and power. But can Washington live up to that promise?
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Hollywood’s Great Leap Backward on Free Expression
Beijing moves to co-opt the American film industry as it seeks to penetrate the world’s largest market.
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The Supreme Court Is Trump’s Enforcer
This administration seems to regard “extraordinary relief” from the high court as nothing more than its due.
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The Military Origins of Layering
The popular way to keep warm outdoors owes a debt to World War II–era clothing science. An Object Lesson.
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A Prison Lifer Comes Home
Imprisoned for decades for a crime he committed as a juvenile, “Red Dog” Fennell was released as an old man into a baffling world.
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The Plot Against Persona
It’s preposterous for Lana Del Rey and other musicians to deny that they’re playing characters. But in this pop landscape, that denial might be necessary.
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Charli XCX Is Probably Not the Future of Pop, and That’s Okay
The songwriter’s cybernetic new album, Charli, is a complement to the mainstream, not an invasion of it.
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America’s Wildly Successful Socialist Experiment
In sports, and in life, Europe and the United States see their societies differently—just not in the ways you might expect.
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Welding Won’t Make You Rich
A few years ago, a strange phenomenon began to appear in polls that asked Americans for their opinions about higher education: People’s responses suddenly started to diverge along partisan lines. Democrats have continued to describe higher education
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A Woman’s AncestryDNA Test Revealed a Medical Secret
As a cancer patient, she had received cord-blood cells from an anonymous donor. The DNA from those cells led her to him.
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What the Right Doesn’t Understand About Black Colleges
Historically African American institutions serve a vital purpose, and it’s not segregationist to urge black athletes to attend them.
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‘How Are You Going to Pass That?’ Befuddled Democrats at the Debate
HOUSTON—Overhead, the little red plane with the white stripe went around and around, circling and droning, circling and droning—impossible to ignore, pointless to pay attention to. It was a stunt, and by this mention alone, the Trump campaign may fee
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The Democrats Aren’t Talking About Education Issues They Can Change
Candidates were given little time at the third presidential debate to discuss their proposals to transform college.
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The Books Briefing: Campus Life Is Full of Plot Twists
College libraries may be reducing the number of books stored on their shelves, but plenty of novel-worthy plots and fascinating characters still play out on campus and congregate in the classroom. After all, challenging assignments like the drama-cla
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Befriending The Queen Of Chess
“These idols I’ve had, they were just like real human beings, not some distant star that wouldn’t even talk to you.”
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Daniel Johnston, the Folk Poet of Devil Town
While the songs of the influential musician, who died at 58, will endure, it’s hard to say that he was properly appreciated in his time.
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