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Anthony Bourdain Has Become The Future Of Cable News, And He Couldn’t Care Less

The host of CNN’s Parts Unknown (starting again on Sunday) wants to make a great show–and challenge some cultural assumptions.<p>“Ready to eat well?” asks Anthony Bourdain.<p>The chef turned TV star is leading the way toward a pair of narrow seats at the New York outpost of a Michelin-rated Tokyo …

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20 Bright Home Buys — For ANY Budget

In the sticky middle of summer, we aren't much interested in home DIY. There are far more important things to do, like get our sunshine on. That …

17 Life-Changing Cooking Tricks

From the editors at Cosmo.com, these kitchen tricks will make cooking so much easier.<p><b>1. Use two plates to safely cut a lot of little tomatoes at once.</b><p>Lay the tomatoes you wish to slice in half on a small plate. Place another plate on top and then run a very sharp knife through the gap between the …

New York's Chicest Gardens to Eat In

Now that the sun's out, brunch season is upon us and there's nothing better than enjoying the first meal of the day in a chic garden. Here, we've gathered some of our favorite spots in the city to do exactly that.<p><b>1)</b> Ladurée SoHo: We can't think of a better place to Instagram one of Ladurée's famed …

21 Travel Experiences You Must Have Once (And Only Once)

A few epic places on this Earth deserve a permanent, recurring role on your lifetime to-do list. Then there are overhyped places you should never, ever waste your time on in the first place.<p>Finally, there's a hybrid of the two: a "one and done" travel experience so epic and so awesome and so …

Who Uses Food Stamps? Millions of Children

Tens of millions of American children are among the recipients of food stamps, according to a new report that casts light on who benefits from the program that has been the subject of heated political debate.<p>The annual report from the United States Department of Agriculture showed that about 45 …

What 'Mean Girls' Would Look Like Today

<b>1. Instead of joining the "cool Asian girls" clique, Gretchen Weiners would have become obsessed with her perfectly-curated Pinterest.</b> And long for a girly DIY empire like Lauren Conrad's.<p><b>2. The Plastics would have been obsessed with Gossip Girl.</b><p><b>3. Regina George would have a Beyoncé lyric as her</b> …

What You Need to Know Before Traveling to Morocco

So you're planning your Morocco travel! As they say in Arabic, Mabruk! (Congratulations). Now what? Well, before you get on the plane, there are some things you probably want to know.<p><b>Morocco, Morrocco, Morroco? Which is correct?</b><p>In English, we spell the word: Morocco. But in Arabic, there are no …

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Closing The 'Word Gap' Between Rich And Poor

<b>Listen · 6:29</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>In the early 1990s, a team of researchers decided to follow about 40 volunteer families — some poor, some middle class, some rich — during the first three years of their new children's lives. Every month, the researchers recorded an hour of sound …

Why It Takes 8,500 Pairs Of Pointe Shoes To Put On 'The Nutcracker'

Everyone is fascinated by what goes on onstage during a ballet, but we wanted to know what happens backstage. How long does it take the ballerinas to do their makeup? What do they eat before a performance? Where are the costumes made? Is it anything like "Center Stage?"<p>Lucky for us, the New York …

Inside New York City Ballet's Costume Shop: The Nutcracker Edition

An Off-Duty Photog Snaps The Cutest Pics

If you're prone to flipping through photos of beautiful people at beautiful late-night parties, you've probably seen more than a few of photographer …

The Most Common 'Nutcracker' Myths, Debunked

Photo: Paul Kolnik<p>"I could do it in my sleep," Rebecca Krohn says.<p>"It" means performing in the <i>Nutcracker</i>, and she's halfway kidding, but maybe not. After 14 years dancing in NYC Ballet's <i>Nutcracker</i>—10 years as an Arabian Coffee dancer and three years as the Sugar Plum Fairy—she might actually have …

Are You Living In The Right Country? Here's One Way To Find Out

Photo: Courtesy of OECD.<p>If you’ve ever taken a fabulous trip abroad (or witnessed the Facebook spoils of someone else's awesome vacay) and wanted to</i> …

The Most Stylish Gifts for Under $100

Our favorite fashionable gifts that won't break the bank.<p>Not sure what to give this holiday season? From chic accessories to cozy pajamas and luxe coffee table books, these are the most stylish gifts to give every woman on your list for under $100.

Apple's Designer Picks The Best Products Of All Time

Photo: Courtesy of Olivetti.<p>What happens when you pair two star designers and ask them to pick their all-time favorite products? You get a totally …

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This New Map Of America Explains Everything — Seriously

Photo: Courtesy of <i>Tufts Magazine</i>.<p>Over the past few years, we've adopted all kinds of lingo to describe — and occasionally divide — parts of our …

Jennifer Garner Fights For Preschool At The Capitol

WASHINGTON -- It's not every day an actress can be found crouching down in the U.S. Capitol to play with children, but that's what Jennifer Garner did Wednesday. Several members of Congress joined the actress and local preschool students to stack blocks and host tiny tea parties (the make-believe …

Education name-calling turns nasty

When major figures in the education world debate policy, they usually start out with a gauzy declaration that it’s all about the children.<p>Then they begin hurling insults.<p>High-profile activists including union leaders and at least one member of Congress have tarred one another with choice epithets …

A Shockingly High Number of Americans Experience Poverty

According to new research, almost 40 percent of adults experience impoverishment by age 60. But while poverty's reach is wide, it isn't necessarily deep.<p>Americans have a habit of talking about poverty as if it were a deep gulch somewhere at the fringe of the U.S. economy. We imagine a few …

How To Make Your Résumé Awesome...Because Nobody's Reading It

Ever wondered why you didn't even get an interview for that dream job? Well, a research study by career site TheLadders reveals recruiters spend a …

'Poor people aren't making ends meet': inside payday lending

Lisa Servon is a professor of urban policy at the New School in New York who studies low-income communities. In 2012, she decided to take her research a little deeper.<p>"I have worked in poor communities for so long,” she says, “I thought, 'I know poor people are pretty smart about their money …

6 Of The World's Cheapest Destinations To Travel To On A Budget

If you want to see the world -- especially while you're young -- but don't exactly have the funds to do so, you're not alone.<p>Between flights, accommodations, food and activities traveling can be <i>really</i> expensive. But a trip doesn't have to leave you totally broke.<p>Some of the world's most beautiful …

These Epic Costumes Officially Win Halloween 2013

Every year, it seems Halloween costumes get more and more elaborate. People spend more time and money getting dolled up for the holiday, pulling out all the stops. So how do you ensure that your costume will stand out? By picking something pop-culturally relevant (duh). To help you out, we've made …

The Bourdain Bump: Interest in Sicily Spikes After Latest 'Parts Unknown'

Anthony Bourdain’s <i>Parts Unknown</i> is in its second season on CNN and every Sunday at 9pm Bourdain and the crew from ZPZ Productions head to a new …

Rick Steves: The Original Hipster

Last month, the New York Times ran an article about hipster fashion trends that claimed sarcastically that "the Rick Steves look is next." While I'm honored to be mentioned in any article discussing pop culture, I must respectfully disagree with the author. The Rick Steves look isn't the NEXT …