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The 100-year capitalist experiment that keeps Appalachia poor, sick, and stuck on coal

The first time Nick Mullins entered Deep Mine 26, a coal mine in southwestern Virginia, the irony hit him hard. Once, his ancestors had owned the coal-seamed cavern that he was now descending into, his trainee miner hard-hat secure.<p>His people had settled the Clintwood and George’s Fork area, along …

Fossil Fuels

Who benefits? Mixed messages on the GOP tax plan

WASHINGTON — For months, the White House boasted the rich would not benefit from its tax plan. Now they're singing a different tune.<p>Depending on the moment, the president and top aides have described the Republican plans in two very different ways: as a Robin Hood scheme that takes from the rich …

Republicans

'Fixer Upper' effect: Waco's economy benefits from Chip and Joanna Gaines lifestyle empire

WACO, Texas — On a recent Thursday afternoon at Magnolia Market at the Silos, tourists line up for $3.50 "shiplap cupcakes" where mill workers once weighed wagons of cottonseed.<p>The <i>Waco Tribune-Herald</i> reports in the shadow of the rusted silos, children toss bean bags on a village green of artificial …

Real Estate

The emotional benefits of small talk outweigh your fear of being awkward

At an early age, you’re taught not to talk to strangers. Originally meant to protect us from childhood harm, this rule follows most of us into adulthood.<p>We keep to ourselves in public places. We avert our eyes on public transport. We stand frozen in the corners of cocktail parties and extended …

Psychology

The Nationalist's Delusion

Trump’s supporters backed a time-honored American political tradition, disavowing racism while promising to enact a broad agenda of discrimination.<p>THIRTY YEARS AGO, nearly half of Louisiana voted for a Klansman, and the media struggled to explain why.<p>It was 1990 and David Duke, the former grand …

Salvias: Late-Season Saviors in the Garden

Long-blooming salvias are saviors in the autumn garden. So when Gravetye Manor’s head gardener Tom Coward met me in a pair of shorts in mid-October, …

Gardening 101: Hardy Begonia

Hardy Begonia, (<i>Begonia grandis):</i> “Sun Shunner”<p>A hardy begonia that could survive northeast winters is something I never dreamed existed until a few …

How to Stop Social Media From Taking Over Your Life

In this day and age, it’s hard to live a full life without logging onto Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram every now and then. The problem is that they …

Here's How To Take The Best Nap Of Your Life

Coffee and sleep: together at last.

16 Vegan Soup and Stew Recipes to Warm You Up

As much as I love a bowl of beef stew or broccoli cheese soup, you don't need meat or dairy to make a fantastic pot of soup. Limiting yourself to plant-based ingredients is one of the best ways to give seasonal produce the respect they deserve. That means Italian <i>ribollita</i> packed with kale and …

The 11 Most Mesmerizing GIFs of 2016

Our favorite loops of the year are so hypnotic you might fall in.<p>Nothing calms the nerves like a perfectly looping GIF, except maybe a shot of good whiskey. You shouldn't drink 11 shots of whiskey in five minutes, but you can definitely get lost in these 11 GIFs. Hell, take 10 minutes. We read the …

Digital Art

Hipsters Broke My Gaydar

CHICAGO — At a holiday crafts fair, a cute woman with a half-shaved head and a septum piercing pushed a tin toward me. “Smell this — it smells awesome,” she said, smiling. People brushed past me; the sun lit the woman’s head like a halo.<p>I reached for the tin, which had an image of a mustache on it. …

“What the Eye Hears: A History of Tap Dancing”

The story of tap.<p>Tap, which is the dance form of jazz music, has been around more or less since the late nineteenth century, but, unlike jazz, which has been the subject of many deep-browed books, it has a small, mediocre literature. There have been some valuable works—biographies and memoirs, …

West Africa

Fine Brine From Appalachia: The Fancy Mountain Salt That Chefs Prize

Thanksgiving feasts are always in need of something special.<p>Can a sprinkle of artisanal salt noticeably pump up the experience?<p>Let's meet a new Appalachian salt-maker in West Virginia and find out.<p>J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works is nestled in the Kanawha River Valley, just southeast of the capital city …

Join The 'Morning Edition' Book Club As We Read 'Fates And Furies'

<i>Welcome to the third session of the Morning Edition book club! Here's how it works: A well-known writer will pick a book he or she loved. We'll all read it. Then, you'll send us your questions about the book. About a month later, we'll reconvene to talk about the book with the author and the writer</i> …

7 Ways to Go From a Boss to a Leader

Many people view the terms “boss” and “leader” as interchangeable — but they are vastly different. To determine which one you are, I encourage you to …

Excerpt: The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up

The Japanese Art Of Decluttering And Organizing<p>NPR Summary<p>This guide to cleaning and organizing a living space discusses best methods for decluttering and the impact that an organized home can have on mood and physical and mental health.<p>Read an excerpt of this book<p>Genres:<p>Nonfiction<br>• History & …

'Lost Child' Wraps Up Ferrante's Neapolitan Series With 'Perfect Devastation'

If you don't know Elena Ferrante — and judging by conversations I've had, many readers still don't know her books — it's partly because Ferrante herself doesn't want to be known.<p>"I believe that books, once they are written, have no need of their authors," Ferrante declared in a letter to her …

Books

'Child Garden' Gives The Cozy Mystery A Shot Of Caffeine

Early on in this engaging suspense novel, heroine Gloria Harkness declares that she is not Miss Marple. It's something of an odd statement, considering she is very much cut from the same tea-cozy cloth as Agatha Christie's venerable character. If she's not Miss Marple, she'll do until the real …

Best Hikes in North Carolina

The “High Country” of North Carolina is the fond name that locals give to the mountains in the extreme western portion of the state. I called this …

'The Girl on the Train' tops U.S. bestsellers list for fifth week

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The debut thriller by author Paula Hawkins, “The Girl on the Train,” held tight to the No. 1 spot on the U.S. bestsellers list on Thursday for the fifth consecutive week.<p>Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors across the United …

44 Easy Breakfast Recipes You Won't Believe Are Gluten-Free

In a diet without gluten, breakfast options become a little limited. And it’s not that oatmeal, eggs, Greek yogurt with berries, and avocado toast on …

First real alternative to Photoshop launched... and it's free

We're big fans of Affinity Designer, a low-price but high-end Mac alternative to Adobe Illustrator launched last June. And we're not alone: Apple, …

OS X

Asheville map makers tap into public data « Innovation « Asheville City Source

The Asheville Map, the creation of Bruce and Nora Daniel, is picking up accolades at the national level, like inclusion in the NACIS Atlas of Design …

The Best Laptops You Can Buy

Maybe it's a bit more clunky than you thought when you carry it in your bag during a commute. Perhaps the screen is too reflective for your liking when you're watching Netflix. And worst of all, what if the battery life is much shorter than you expected?<p>We've researched some of the best laptops on …

Consumer Tech

Your 5-Minute Guide to Writing an Amazing LinkedIn Recommendation

Most of us have worked with great colleagues, bosses, and employees over the years who we’d be happy to recommend on LinkedIn (or anywhere, really) …

‘Eat Like You Give a F*ck,’ Says This Hilariously Profane Ad for a Cookbook

It's hard to eat healthy. If you're the type of person who's looking for inspiration to start putting better things in your mouth, you're not alone. …

15 Ways To Upgrade Your Kitchen Island

Yes. There are that many things you can do with them.<p>Everybody dreams of the extra counter space a kitchen island gives you, but if you're just wheeling one into the center of your room, you're seriously underutilizing it. These cool ideas update the trend, making it more than just another tabletop …