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It's Not the Food Deserts: It's the Inequality

A new study suggests that America’s great nutritional divide goes deeper than the problem of food access within cities.<p>Too many Americans are overweight and eat unhealthy food, a problem that falls disproportionately on poor and low-income people. For many urbanists, the main culprit has long been …

Income Inequality

How Trump Ranks In Popularity vs. Past Presidents

Welcome to Pollapalooza, our weekly polling roundup. Today’s theme song is “Ordinary Girl” from the television show “Clueless.”<p>Poll of the week<p>The …

“Harvey’s Concern Was Who Did Him In”: Inside Harvey Weinstein’s Frantic Final Days

Before the story of his alleged abuses broke in October, Harvey Weinstein hunkered down in his Tribeca bunker—even as the producer refused to believe the end was near.<p>On Monday, October 2, 2017, Harvey Weinstein arrived at work earlier than usual. As was his custom, he barked orders and moved from …

Harvey Weinstein

8 brilliant innovations helping homeless populations around the world

Homelessness is widespread and hard to solve, affecting more than 560,000 people in the U.S. and hundreds of millions around the world.<p>It's a complex …

Anti-smoking plan may kill cigarettes--and save Big Tobacco

WASHINGTON (AP) — Imagine if cigarettes were no longer addictive and smoking itself became almost obsolete; only a tiny segment of Americans still lit up. That's the goal of an unprecedented anti-smoking plan being carefully fashioned by U.S. health officials.<p>But the proposal from the Food and Drug …

Public Health

‘Vision, Chutzpah and Some Testosterone’

<i>The Times editorial board has been sharply critical of the Trump presidency, on grounds of policy and personal conduct. Not all readers have been persuaded. In the spirit of open debate, and in hopes of helping readers who agree with us better understand the views of those who don’t, we wanted to</i> …

Donald Trump

'It Had Never Been Done on Television Before': The Oral History of Breaking Bad

Creator Vince Gilligan, stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, and others reflect on how an offbeat show about a drug-dealing schoolteacher revolutionized television forever.<p>Television changed the night of January 20, 2008: <i>Breaking Bad</i>, a bold and singular drama about a downtrodden, dying high school …

TV

'Black Season' at My White Middle School

When your history is so under-integrated into the mainstream, you fight to tell the essential parts in whatever space you can claim.<p>At my …

Screen time: Mental health menace or scapegoat?

<b>(CNN) —</b> "Have smartphones destroyed a generation?" Jean Twenge, a professor of psychology at San Diego State University, asked in an adapted excerpt of her controversial book, "iGen."<p>In the book, she argues that those born after 1995 are on the "brink of a mental-health crisis" -- and she believes …

Mental Health

Does Your Gut Hold the Secret to Performance?

It’s never an easy thing, convincing a person to give you their feces.<p>The instructions are simple enough: defecate, swipe the provided swab across a wad of used toilet paper (no need to be aggressive—so long as the tip is brown, you’ll have enough material for analysis), pop the newly defiled …

Microbiology

Inside Amazon Go, a Store of the Future

SEATTLE — The first clue that there’s something unusual about Amazon’s store of the future hits you right at the front door. It feels as if you are entering a subway station. A row of gates guard the entrance to the store, known as Amazon Go, allowing in only people with the store’s smartphone …

eCommerce

‘Washington Was About to Explode’: The Clinton Scandal, 20 Years Later

In 1998, news broke that upended politics and sent a presidency hurtling toward impeachment. Twenty years later, an all-star panel tries to make sense of that moment—and what it tells us about our own.<p>Most journalists experience indelible moments that color our thinking long after the story moves …

Donald Trump

How Three Billboards went from film fest darling to awards-season controversy

It’s a question of redemption.<p>Martin McDonagh’s <i>Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri</i> seemed poised from the start to be an awards-season steamroller. It boasts a bevy of strong performances led by Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell, and Woody Harrelson, and a barnburning screenplay by McDonagh — …

Oscar Nominations: The 10 Biggest Snubs and Surprises

A great morning for Phantom Thread, a tough one for The Florida Project, and a truly baffling one for Jane Goodall.<p>The Oscar nominations are out, and with them the usual selection of gasp-inducing moments for the would-be nominees who found themselves shut out. Below, a look at some of the …

50 Years Later, It Feels Familiar: How America Fractured in 1968

It was a year when liberals reeled, a war dragged on and protests raged. Back then, the evening network news and the printed newspaper told the stories of the day. But what would it have been like to experience it all with modern news alerts?

Protest