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Confronting the Liberal Arts Conundrum

The need for more Americans to gain a college degree in order to obtain better jobs has become an important national mantra. But I worry that ill-conceived responses to the problem may be leading us down a short-term path that weakens U.S. global competitiveness.<p>Since the beginning of this country, …

10 Ways To Make Evernote Rock Harder

I used to keep notes and information in various places around the Web and on my devices: Google Drive, the Notes app on my iPhone, to-do list apps, notes scribbled on Post-It’s and notepads, notes and sketches digitally scrawled into iPad apps like Paper and Penultimate. You get the picture. My …

TV

The History of the Trapper Keeper

In the fall of 1981, second grader Mike Ryan was walking through the halls of his new school when he realized something terrible: He was the only kid …

Etymology

30 Books You Should Read Before You're 30

The best books aren't static stories, but living entities with meanings that change and grow along with you. That's why we strongly recommend rereading the classics that were assigned to you in high school; you may find that they're nothing like they were before.<p>Still, some books are best …

Politics, Business, Technology, and the Arts

Cover StoryRod Rosenstein Is Safe for Now Dahlia Lithwick The indictments of 13 Russians just made it much harder for Trump to fire the deputy …

Man Shot 'Millisecond' After Told to Get on Ground, Lawyer Claims

A police dash cam video shows an unarmed man was shot 10 times by an officer a "millisecond" after being ordered to "get on the ground," a lawyer for …

Crime

Stephen Hawking Flip On Assisted Suicide Divides Right-to-Die Movement

Stephen Hawking, the brilliant theoretical physicist who has been on life support for 23 years battling ALS, has fueled a deep divide in the …

Data Protection

Why Teach English?

Whence, and where, and why the English major? The subject is in every mouth—or, at least, is getting kicked around agitatedly in columns and reviews and Op-Ed pieces. The English major is vanishing from our colleges as the Latin prerequisite vanished before it, we’re told, a dying choice bound to a …