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Rachel’s Season Is Fitting Neatly Into ‘Bachelorette’ History

We’re in the home stretch of season 13 of “The Bachelorette,” which means it’s a perfect time to check in on how it’s held up against our rigorous …

Why We Want Who We Want

Throughout her 20s, management consultant and author Nita Tucker dated doctors—usually tall ones. She was drawn by their status and her mother's …

Did Airbnb Kill the Mountain Town?

Brian Barker was living in Portland, Oregon, with a well-paying union job as a spokesperson for the fire department. But despite having “a job you don’t leave”—he had an itch. “I wanted to go live in the mountains,” he says. “I didn’t want to sit in traffic all the time. I was tired of living in …

Hijab In High Places: Muslim Women Leaders Explain The Challenges Of Visibility

Muslim women who choose to wear hijab are rarely heard in the American workplace. These professionals aim to change that.<p>Noor Tagouri knew she wanted to be on television since she was 8 years old, but a career as a newscaster seemed incompatible with her hijab, or head scarf. “How can you do that …

The Rise of Dating-App Fatigue

Services like Tinder and Hinge are no longer shiny new toys, and some users are starting to find them more frustrating than fun.<p>“Apocalypse” seems like a bit much. I thought that last fall when <i>Vanity Fair</i> titled Nancy Jo Sales’s article on dating apps “Tinder and the Dawn of the ‘Dating …

Relationships

Cubs-pedia: Everything you need to know about the Lovable Losers

The Chicago Cubs are all the rage these days. Best team in baseball ... great young players ... a zany manager ... haven't won a title in more than a …

Love is all around, and rom-coms are, too

By Ann Hornaday<p>, Movie critic<p>It’s a truth universally acknowledged that, as a genre, the romantic comedy is moribund, <i>kaput</i>, over, deader than John Corbett’s eyes in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2.”<p>This is a lament most often heard among filmgoers of a certain age, viewers whose formative movie …

Romantic Comedy

American Girl

Clinics are popping up across the country to help kids as young as 3 who might be transgender, but some say it’s too much, too soon. While doctors argue, families like Nicole’s don’t have time to wait.<p><b>In October 2015,</b> Nicole buckled in to her mom’s Prius, along with her older brother, mom, dad, and …

How one modeling agency is tearing down stereotypes and bringing modesty to the runway

On Sept. 12, Anniesa Hasibuan made history as the first designer to send all of her models down the runway wearing hijabs during a New York Fashion …

The chatty, charming history of personal ads

Genteely dressed lady sought for Netflix and chill<p>A woman named Helen Morrison posted one of the first personal ads, in the year 1727, in the</i> …

50 Things That Happened Because of Star Trek

As Gene Roddenberry’s franchise boldly soldiers into its sixth decade, we pick out half a hundred things that wouldn’t exist without his greatest enterprise.<p>It was half a century ago, in Earth years, that pop culture and real science were first struck by the bold, influential rays of <i>Star Trek.</i> When …

How Business Leaders Get Ahead By Making Time For Passion Projects

Risk management, perspective, and creativity are career skills these execs learned while chasing storms, sculpting ice, and playing soccer.<p>All work and no play can make life pretty dull. But for some, play is more than a weekend game of golf or a night out at the movies. It’s a project that fuels a …

How to make computer coding child’s play

With programming lessons now part of the school day, can parents help their offspring get top marks? Fear not – toys, gadgets and apps are all available to make coding a fun part of growing up<p>Coding kids aren’t a new trend. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Usborne Publishing was releasing books …

Kids

The dark side of Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl was an unpleasant man who wrote macabre books – and yet children around the world adore them. Perhaps this shouldn’t surprise us, writes Hephzibah Anderson.<p>Once upon a time a small orphan was packed off to live with his aunts. They were a sadistic pair, these sisters, and rather than …

Books

The surprising but simple reason four-day workweeks are bad for your health

Many employers and employees love the thought of a four-day workweek. Supposedly, a four-day work schedule allows workers extra time to pursue leisure activities and family togetherness. Spurred on by visions of spending more time at the beach, many people are now encouraging businesses to adopt …

The Workplace

The World's Best Destinations For Travel Photography In 2016

I was recently asked to rank the top places in the world for travel photography. There is no right answer to this question of course. Photography as a way of conveying one’s view of the world will always be subjective—as will be the emotional response every viewer has to the same photograph. Travel …

New Zealand

6 Trips to Take Before You Get Married (Video)

Amazing solo vacations to take before you tie the knot.<p>The world is filled with incredible honeymoon destinations and spots for a romantic getaway, …

How algorithms rule our working lives | Cathy O’Neil

Employers are turning to mathematically modelled ways of sifting through job applications. Even when wrong, their verdicts seem beyond dispute – and they tend to punish the poor<p>A few years ago, a young man named Kyle Behm took a leave from his studies at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, …

Employment

White House Chief Tech Officer Megan Smith On How We Get More Women in Tech

And on how data can lead to justice.<p>In 2009, President Barack Obama created the position of chief technology officer (CTO), whose brief is to apply technology to help the government achieve its goals more efficiently. Since then three people have served as CTO, with former Google vice president …

Why Women Are No Longer Catching Up To Men On Pay

<i>This is</i> <i>In Real Terms</i><i>, a column analyzing the week in economic news. Comments? Criticisms? Ideas for future columns?</i> <i>Email me,</i> <i>or drop a note in the</i> …

Millennials are having less sex than any generation in 60 years. Here’s why it matters.

I spent most of yesterday morning mulling over Tara Bahrampour's article in the Washington Post headlined "'There isn't really anything magical about it': Why more millennials are avoiding sex." The crux of her argument relates to a new study in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior that finds …

The Brain

Would you let an algorithm manage your relationships?

There are few aspects of our lives that are not influenced by algorithms. But would you let one manage your relationships with other humans?<p>“I had this everyday feeling – stress about not properly articulating my emotions in my emails to people,” artist and writer Joanne McNeil tells me over the …

Daddies, “Dates,” and the Girlfriend Experience: Welcome to the New Prostitution Economy

A growing number of young people are selling their bodies online to pay student loans, make the rent, or afford designer labels. Is it just an unorthodox way to make ends meet or a new kind of exploitation? Nancy Jo Sales investigates.<p>The waiter with the handlebar mustache encourages us to …

Star Trek and the kiss that changed TV

As the sci-fi franchise reaches the half-century mark, it’s important to remember the heady ideas and political commentary that made it resonate, writes Trekkie Natalie Haynes.<p>In 1968, US television broadcast what many claim was the first interracial kiss on American airwaves. It occurred between …

Science Fiction

The new science of cute | Neil Steinberg

Kumamon, a cartoon bear created to promote tourism in an overlooked part of Japan, has become a billion-dollar phenomenon. Now, a new academic field is trying to pinpoint what makes things cute – and why we can’t resist them<p>On 14 April 2016, a 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit Japan’s southernmost …

What Makes People Feel Upbeat at Work

Creating a positive work environment sounds like a noble aspiration for both businesses and the people who work for them. No one ever says that they want to work in a negative environment, after all, or even in a blasé one. And yet, in late April, the National Labor Relations Board issued a ruling …

Psychology

The Case for the American Mall

Malls aren’t dying. They’re changing.<p>I.<p>The customer isn't always right. For example, the management at South Coast Plaza would prefer that you, or I, or any visitor for that matter, not refer to the mammoth complex as "a mall." South Coast Plaza is a luxury shopping experience, and a global …

Here are 25 habits that psychologists have linked with happiness

It's the little things.<p>Some habits just seem to have the power to lift your spirits.<p>Whether it's taking a few minutes to dive deep into your favorite …