Richard Brewster

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“Rogue One” Reviewed: Is It Time to Abandon the “Star Wars” Franchise?

Lobotomized and depersonalized, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” the latest entry in the film franchise, is a pure and perfect product that makes last year’s flavor, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” feel like an exemplar of hands-on humanistic warmth and dramatic intimacy. Sure, J. J. Abrams’s movie …

Social media broke American democracy, but it can be fixed

The thing that has become the most clear to us this election year is that we don’t agree on the fundamental truths we thought we did.<p>I went to college in the part of Pennsylvania that definitely flipped the state for Trump. A good number of my friends are still living there, and have posted …

Social Media

How an Unfilmable Story Turned Into the Year’s Best Sci-Fi Movie

Adaptations are a dime a dozen in Hollywood—but Arrival might be one of the unlikeliest. Here’s how an obscure, brainy Ted Chiang story was brilliantly (and painstakingly) translated for the big screen.<p><i>Arrival</i> should have been unfilmable. Denis Villeneuve’s latest, a heady sci-fi movie starring Amy …

How Morality Changes in a Foreign Language

What defines who we are? Our habits? Our aesthetic tastes? Our memories? If pressed, I would answer that if there is any part of me that sits at my …

Language Learning

What it's like to work at the front desk of an abortion clinic

I’ll admit, I’ve thought about writing this article for a very long time, but I was always afraid of the fall out from friends, family, and clients. …

A Wandering Mind Isn't Just A Distraction. It May Be Your Brain's Default State.

This realization may help us better understand creativity and mental illness.<p>Even if you don’t consider yourself a daydreamer, you probably spend a <i>lot</i> of time in a state of mental wandering ― it’s natural for your mind to drift away from the present moment when you’re in the shower, walking to work …

Capitalism Broke Earth, Let's Protect Mars

"The world-conquering economic system in which we live runs on carbon extracted from the ground."<p>The Holocene is dead; welcome to the Anthropocene. …

Algorithms are simplifying humanity

<b>(Undrey via Shutterstock)</b><p>We are entrusting key decisions to flawed and biased formulas<p>John Light<p>October 24, 2016 8:05pm (UTC)<p>For better or worse, America is in the midst of a silent revolution. Many of the decisions that humans once made are being handed over to mathematical formulas. With the …

Our Democracy Can Do Better. Shorten The Election Cycle.

My mother was 16 years old when she was crowned Queen of the Caruthersville, Missouri American Legion Fair. The prize: escorting President Truman to the county fair. I grew up with a picture of my mother shaking President Truman's hand hanging in the hallway. With pride and awe, I paraded anyone …

​Why Are So Many Horror Films Christian Propaganda?

Movies like 'The Conjuring' and 'Ouija' act as mouthpieces for Christianity, and have deeper intentions than just surface-level scares.<p>When it comes to Christian propaganda films, most people think of the obnoxious <i>God's Not Dead</i>, or Nic Cage's get-me-out-of-IRS-debt <i>Left Behind</i>—criticially reviled …

Inequality is rising in Denmark, and negative interest rates are to blame

Scandinavian countries are famed for their high levels of equality. They are portrayed as a blissful landscape where everyone gets a good education, high wages and generous government support. Now this equality is under threat in Denmark, and once again unconventional stimulus measures by central …

Economics

The Many Costs of Campus Carry

When I was growing up, in Kansas City, Missouri, I didn’t know anyone who had gone to college. No one in my family had ever gone; almost everyone found work in the city’s ever-growing service sector, learned a trade, or joined the military. College seemed like a good idea, though I knew as much …

Can Creativity Be Learned?

Prevailing theories on creativity focus on methodology, or amount of practice. But new studies suggest artistic talent may be more hard-wired than we thought.<p>At 2 a.m. on June 16, 1816, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin awoke with a fright.<p>Mary was 18 years old and spending her summer at the Villa Diodati …

Ben & Jerry's Releases Statement on 'Why Black Lives Matter'

Ben & Jerry’s doesn't just make great ice cream; it's also involved in activism. Which makes its Thursday statement on Black Lives Matter that much …

Black Lives Matter

This Is Why ‘The Atlantic’ Backed Hillary Clinton

Disgust at Donald Trump’s candidacy led the proudly nonpartisan ‘Atlantic’ to back Hillary Clinton for president—its editors explain how they crafted …

The U.S. government has used a section of the Patriot Act after 9/11 to criminalize people of color

Post-9/11, the threat of terrorism has justified detention, incarceration and mass surveillance<p>“Do you have any prejudice against Muslims?” We heard the judge ask a set of questions to each potential juror. To this inquiry, one middle aged white woman said, “Yes.” Judge William Duffey Jr. asked her …

Canada's racial divide: Confronting racism in our own backyard

Growing up in Jacksonville, Fla., Rhonda Britton experienced occasional moments of racism. As the only black girl in her junior-high class, she was once told by a white friend that she wasn’t allowed to come over and play.<p>But it was when she moved to Canada as an adult that she felt racism more …

9 Mindful Social Media Practices That Will Make You Happier

<b>“The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else's highlight reel.” ~Steve Furtick</b><p>Social media …

Social Media

Growing up poor taught me that good opportunities aren’t enough to guarantee a better life

Last month, on my way to a friend’s new apartment in San Francisco, I listened to an episode of Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History podcast called “Carlos Doesn’t Remember.” I quickly found myself in tears. The protagonist’s story was my story; it was my co-founder’s story; and it may be your …

A teacher stepped on an American flag during a free speech lesson. Now he’s facing death threats and an investigation.

Lee Francis wanted to make a point about free speech. And he did — it just didn’t play out quite as he intended.<p>The civics teacher from Massey Hill Classical High School in Fayetteville, N.C., was giving a lesson last week about the Bill of Rights that touched on <i>Texas v. Johnson</i>, the Supreme Court …

The hard truth about Terence Crutcher and Tulsa: What kind of white person do you want to be?

The killing of yet another unarmed black man by police shows little will change until White America joins the fight<p>Chauncey DeVega<p>September 21, 2016 10:00am (UTC)<p>If America were a song, the killing of unarmed black people by the police would be a standard chord progression or rhythm, the sort of …

Why we need a law to prevent genetic discrimination

<i>Yvonne Bombard is a genomics health services researcher at St. Michael's Hospital; Ronald Cohn is chief of pediatrics at the Hospital for Sick Children; Stephen Scherer is a genome scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children. All are University of Toronto professors.</i><p>Canada is close to catching up …

Michelle Obama hosts a Broadway event to help educate girls

NEW YORK (AP) — Michelle Obama tapped some big voices to help deliver her push to get girls educated across the world.<p>The U.S. first lady went to …

The Myth of the “Race Card”

Two essential quotes come up often among the black women in my professional cohort. The first is one that we attribute to Zora Neale Hurston: “If you …

Study: Binge-Watching TV Together Brings Couples Closer

Characters in TV shows, films and books can feel so real. We cry for them when times are bad, we laugh when they make jokes – then look over our …

There's a Brock Turner in all o(UR) lives

A year ago, a school administrator at the University of Richmond (UR) in Richmond, Virginia called me into their office. Clad in an “It Ends Now” shirt, this administrator told me my sexual assault case would not be moving forward. “I thought it was reasonable for him to penetrate you for a few …

Criminologist David Kennedy: if cops want the public’s trust, they must admit to centuries of abuse

A criminologist explains why addressing police shootings and high crime need to go together.<p>American policing is broken. Since 2014, cities around the country have exploded in protests and, in rare situations, violence over police shootings and misconduct. And the US Department of Justice has …

Netflix's provocative Amanda Knox documentary challenges our grisly obsession with true crime – review

People love monsters," says Amanda Knox, in Netflix's much-hyped account of her trial for the murder of her British roommate. “When they get the chance, they want to see them.”<p>The 29-year-old remains chillingly inscrutable throughout the film, adding an unnerving ambivalence to what is in many ways …