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Bernie Sanders: Medicare for all's time has come

<b>(CNN) —</b> Let's be clear. The American people are increasingly tired of a health care system that works for Wall Street investors, insurance companies and the pharmaceutical industry -- but ignores their needs. They want real change, and poll after poll shows that they want to move toward a …

Health Care

The 50 Best Books of 2017

Whether you like your reading sexy and satirical or political and polarizing, these stand-out books are guaranteed to challenge the status quo and spark timely conversation.<p>Whether you prefer your reading sexy and satirical, political and polarizing, or simply amusing, the year's best releases are …

Books

Hume the humane

Hume believed we were nothing more or less than human: that’s why he’s the amiable, modest, generous philosopher we need now<i>By Julian Baggini</i>Read at …

What Does Immersing Yourself in a Book Do To Your Brain?

Only connect.<i>–E.M. Forster</i>The act of taking on the perspective and feelings of others is one of the most profound, insufficiently heralded …

Literature

American democracy is in crisis, and not just because of Trump | Simon Tisdall

Nineteen months into the Trump presidency, US democracy is running into serious trouble – but it is not all, or even mostly, Donald Trump’s fault. This crisis of governance has been building for decades. It is only now, as Trump’s iconoclastic assaults on established beliefs, laws, institutions and …

Political Science

Language Sideways: The Poetry of Addiction

In what ways do current poems of addiction represent the minds of addicts in the throes of active disease as well as after the process of recovery’s …

Literature

12 Exercises to Improve Your Posture

Having good posture is about more than looking good. It helps you to develop strength, flexibility, and balance in your body. These can all lead to …

Yoga

The Decline and Fall of the American Empire

So what would the decline of America look like? I don’t ask the question because I think it’s happening (yet?), but because even the most inveterate optimist should be interested in the dangers, if only to ward them off.<p>Here’s the cleanest tale of hypothetical decline I could come up with, keeping …

Economics

The 14 Best Calorie-Burning Exercises, Ranked In Order of Effectiveness

What does the science say about the best way to burn?<p>If you’re dedicating valuable time in your day to a staying in shape, you want to know it’s actually worth your time, right? You’ve probably heard some people say cardio is the ultimate calorie-burner, while others swear by weight lifting—so what …

Exercise

Almost 80% of US workers live from paycheck to paycheck. Here's why | Robert Reich

Starting in the 1980s and with increasing ferocity since then, private-sector employers have fought against unions<p>The official rate of unemployment in America has plunged to a remarkably low 3.8%. The Federal Reserve forecasts that the unemployment rate will reach 3.5% by the end of the year.<p>But …

Income Inequality

Best ‘brainy’ books of this decade

1. Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race<br>Reni Eddo-Lodge<p>In recent years, we’ve read excellent nonfiction on race in the US, courtesy of writers such as Ta-Nehisi Coates, Claudia Rankine and Jesmyn Ward. Reni Eddo-Lodge’s superbly accessible book was a great addition to the British …

Books

Using Two-Note Chords to Play the Blues, Part 1

When learning how to play jazz guitar, one of the main items we need to tackle is playing effective, jazzy-sounding chords that properly outline the …

Electric Guitar

Why Buddhism is True

• <b>Author:</b> Robert Wright<p>From one of America’s most brilliant writers, a <i>New York Times</i> bestselling journey through psychology, philosophy, and lots of meditation to show how Buddhism holds the key to moral clarity and enduring happiness.<p>At the heart of Buddhism is a simple claim: The reason we …

David Baldacci's 6 favorite books with an element of mystery

<i>Crime novelist David Baldacci is the author of over three dozen books, which have sold a total of more than 130 million copies worldwide. His newest</i> …

Books

Every Netflix secret category for porn, revealed

If you want to find porn on Netflix, we’ve already done the hard work for you. Here are our guides to the sexiest movies and TV series on Netflix. …

Critically-Acclaimed

10 Best Audiobook Narrators on Audible

There’s something about a well-acted audiobook that makes the writing jump off the page and onto the screen in your mind’s eye. Not every book adapts …

You Won't Believe These 25 Netflix Documentaries Are Real

Once you're done binge-watching <b>Queer Eye</b> season two (and bawling your eyes out), you might be in the mood for an addictive, fascinating look at other true events. With so many amazing documentaries on Netflix, covering everything from true crime to sushi chefs, there's no shortage of entertainment …

Entertainment

An Introduction to Irish Literature in 10 Writers

Having only begun producing fiction in English during the the 18th century, the Irish have come to be recognised as some of the finest and most …

Fitness experts agree that sit-ups are worthless — here are 9 moves they recommend instead

From celebrity trainers working in the trendiest Manhattan gyms to the National Institute for Fitness and Sport in Indianapolis and the US Army training exams, sit-ups are developing a bad reputation.<p>Scientists have discovered that the moves, once a staple of basic workout routines, don't reduce …

Workouts

THE ORDER OF TIME by Carlo Rovelli Read by Benedict Cumberbatch | Audiobook Review

Contemporary Culture<p>by Carlo Rovelli | Read by Benedict Cumberbatch<p>Contemporary Culture • 4.5 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2018<p>Keep your finger near the …

Megan Abbott's 6 favorite books based on true crimes

<i>Megan Abbott's new thriller,</i> Give Me Your Hand<i>, chronicles a rivalry between two female scientists who were teenage friends. Below, the award-winning</i> …

Great American History Reads From Fascinating Historians

Robert Kennedy once said, “The United States was born in revolution and nurtured by struggle. Throughout our history, the American people have …

The secret to loving your life

Sometimes life sucks. Bad. Really bad. And you feel like you want a refund.<p>But, of course, we need to accept that Life Avenue is going to have its …

Self-help

15 Books With Chilling Protagonists That Will Keep You Guessing Until The Very Last Page

Nothing is more haunting than an unreliable narrator or unsettling protagonist. Perhaps that's why psychological thriller novels are so darn hard to …

Francine Prose: Five Classics to Read and Re-read

Francine Prose’s new book, <b>What to Read and Why</b>, is published this month. She shared her list of classics to read and re-read with Jane Ciabattari. …

The Untethered Soul

• <b>Author:</b> Michael A. Singer<p>Who are you? When you start to explore this question, you find out how elusive it really is. Are you a physical body? A collection of experiences and memories? A partner to relationships? Each time you consider these aspects of yourself, you realize that there is much more …

101 Essays That Will Change the Way You Think

• <b>Author:</b> Brianna Wiest<p>Over the past few years, Brianna Wiest has gained renown for her deeply moving, philosophical writing. This new compilation of her published work features pieces on why you should pursue purpose over passion, embrace negative thinking, see the wisdom in daily routine, and …

Marilynne Robinson: ‘Obama was very gentlemanly ... I'd like to get a look at Trump’

Between our contemporary left and right, she writes, 'we circle in a maelstrom of utter fatuousness'<p>We've all seen the cartoons but when all is said and done, Trump is human and it would be interesting to talk with him<p>“Getting older has made me aware how amazing it is to have been alive in the …

Literature

500 Greatest Albums of All Time

50<p>Little Richard, ‘Here’s Little Richard’<p><i>Specialty, 1957</i><p>"I came from a family where my people didn't like rhythm & blues," Little Richard told <i>Rolling</i> …

100 Greatest Guitarists

100<p>Lindsey Buckingham<p>During Fleetwood Mac's hitmaking era, Lindsey Buckingham transmuted the folk music of his banjo-playing youth into stadium rock: …