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10 Outstanding Short Stories to Read in 2018

<i>For years, the #longreads hashtag on Twitter has been filled with great story recommendations from people around the world. Pravesh Bhardwaj is a</i> …

Books

Everything We Know About the Allegations Against Matt Lauer

It’s been just two days since news broke that NBC had fired Matt Lauer after the network received a “detailed complaint from a colleague about …

Media Industry

Surviving as an Old in the Tech World

<b>About 15 years ago,</b> I was inexplicably offered a job at Google—at age 52. At the time, my age reliably put me in the running for “oldest employee.” …

Fresh Color Combinations: Colors that Go With Gray

At its purest, gray is the perfect blend of black and white, which makes it the epitome of neutrality and balance. Of course, when gray is used in …

The rise of the McModern

The creator of McMansion Hell on a new strain of modern houses for the masses<p>From busy rooflines to plastic shutters, mismatched windows to four-car garages, the McMansion has dominated the American suburban residential landscape for almost 40 years without a notable change in aesthetics. Many …

Architecture

I'm not 'addicted' to my smartphone. I depend on it to survive

It has become commonplace to the point of cliché for pundits to explain in worried tones that smartphones can be addictive.<p>In a recent "60 Minutes" segment, Anderson Cooper interviewed Tristan Harris, a former product manager at Google, who compared smartphones to slot machines because both have a …

The best view in every state

The United States isn't just amber waves of grain and purple mountain majesties—though there are plenty of those. From sea to shining sea, this country has some of the most incredible natural and city views on Earth.<p>It should come as no surprise that wild wonders, including the Grand Canyon, Mount …

The war in Syria, explained

How Syria’s civil war became America’s problem.<p>President Donald Trump has ordered airstrikes on Syria as punishment for its chemical weapons attack last week in the town of Douma, which killed at least 42 people — including a number of children.<p>Understanding Trump’s decision requires understanding …

Middle East

We examined more than 1,300 journalist killings between 2002 and 2013. Here’s what we learned.

By Anita Gohdes and<p>Sabine Carey<p>Reporting the news from a war zone is a risky business. But just how many members of the media are killed — and what does that tell us about the trajectory for how countries view human rights?<p>To look at these questions more closely, we collected data on killings of …

How to Learn New Things as an Adult

A new book explores the psychology of mastering skills and absorbing information.<p>Quick, what’s the capital of Australia? No Googling! (And no points if you’re Australian—that means the information is more meaningful to you, which means you’re more likely to know it.) Did you get it? Or are you sure …

The Best Irish Whiskey | The 8 Best Irish Whiskies Under $50

The 8 Best Irish Whiskies Under $50<p>2 minute Read<p>Scotland gets a lot of the credit when it comes to whisky making, but there’s another whiskey (with …

Irish Whiskey

Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds

New discoveries about the human mind show the limitations of reason.<p>In 1975, researchers at Stanford invited a group of undergraduates to take part in a study about suicide. They were presented with pairs of suicide notes. In each pair, one note had been composed by a random individual, the other …

Critical Thinking

How Late Night Sharpened Its Teeth in the Age of Trump

Seth Meyers, John Oliver, the Daily Show’s producers, and more tell Vanity Fair how President Trump changed the game—and where late night might go from here.<p>“Two minutes to air? Holy shit!”<p>“I can’t say shit once we start,” <b>Stephen Colbert</b> continued with a grin, mere moments before <i>Late Show</i> went live …

The Best Damn Thing in Every State

Travel<p>By Matt Lynch and Andy Kryza Published On 03/03/2017<p>@MLynchChi @apkryza<p>By Matt Lynch @MLynchChi And Andy Kryza @apkryza Published On …

National Parks

The art of conversation, explained by the only artist to get eight US presidents to sit still

Anyone seeking to meet the great artist Everett Raymond Kinstler should be prepared to talk. The art of the conversation is as much a part of his toolkit as his well-worn paints and brushes. An hour into my interview with the 90-year old painter, I realized he had been asking all the questions. …

The Founder: A Game About The Dark Side Of Silicon Valley

“The only way to win is not play,” says designer Francis Tseng.<p>The year is 2001.<p>You’ve just started a company and are working out of your apartment with a few employees and your cofounder. You’re hoping to disrupt an industry–any industry–with your social network and advertising service. But as you …

Tracking President Trump's Flip-Flops

2016 Election<p>When it comes to James Comey, President Donald Trump has flipped and flopped and flipped yet again on the former FBI director.<p>Overall, Trump has taken 32 new stances on 13 different issues since his election. The president’s shifting agenda has established him as one of the most …

Can a Gun Victim and a Gun Advocate Change Each Other’s Minds?

Headline<p>Click here to see the documentary <i>Guns & Empathy</i><i>.</i> And below, watch five of the participants tell their stories, in their own words.<p>On his …

The Four-Letter Code to Selling Just About Anything

What makes things cool?<p>Several decades before he became the father of industrial design, Raymond Loewy boarded the SS <i>France</i> in 1919 to sail across the Atlantic from his devastated continent to the United States. The influenza pandemic had taken his mother and father, and his service in the French …

Expert tips for pulling off a sober January, aka Drynuary

After a 2016 that may have inspired some heavy drinking, the first month of 2017 may be best spent booze-free. Drynuary, the tradition of not …

From food to fashion to toys, what’s expected to sell big in 2017

By Sarah Halzack<p>We’re saying farewell to 2016, a year when clothing stores were suddenly teeming with off-the-shoulder tops; when restaurant menus filled with dishes featuring ghost pepper and other sriracha successors; and when gaming geeks went mad for the old-school-style Nintendo NES consoles …

Google Home

Why That One Person Always Gets Out of Traffic Tickets

Consumer<p>Getting pulled over by a cop on the road is a nerve-wracking experience no matter who you are, but depending on your race and gender, it may be far more stressful — and consequential.<p>A new survey by CheapCarInsurance that pooled 2,000 adult U.S. drivers found that nearly 20 percent of white …

Grab a Hammer. You're Going to Build a Tiny House.

If you’re going to build a house for yourself, it helps to have a general contractor license. Maybe an architecture degree. But if that fails, then …

Framing

This startup wants to use AI to edit and pick your photos for you

What will photography be like when computers have more control?<p>You’d think the proliferation of smartphone photography would have sparked a revolution in digital cameras. Not so much. Sure, cameras are more connected now than ever, and mirrorless technology has helped make them smaller and lighter. …

The complete guide to exercising in winter

This week in London, the sun sets at 3.50pm. We’re waking up in the dark, leaving work in the dark, and spending a good proportion of the intervening time underground or desk-bound. Hearty meals and firesides seem more attractive than the chilly outdoors, or a busy gym. (If you live in the global …

Where the heaviest-drinking Americans live

By Christopher Ingraham<p>Christopher Ingraham<p>Reporter covering all things data<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Twitter user “Comfortably Smug” tidily sums up the holiday sentiments of many of us as we wrap up 2016’s loose ends before checking out until the new year.<p>While we here at Wonkblog don’t recommend that you …

Alcohol

How to be an excellent party conversationalist in 7 steps

Festive manicure: Check. Designer track pants: Got ’em. Paleo pumpkin bread for the hostess: It’s been recipe-tested…um, many times.<p>But what are you …

The Coolest Things We Saw at CES This Year

As CES 2016 begins to draw to a close, there’s a truth show officials probably don’t want to admit: This was not a show with a breakaway item.<p>That’s …

Donald Trump wins the presidency in stunning upset over Clinton

By Karen Tumulty ,<p>Karen Tumulty<p>Columnist covering national politics<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Philip Rucker and<p>Philip Rucker<p>White House Bureau Chief<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Anne Gearan<p>Anne Gearan<p>White House reporter<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Donald Trump was elected the nation’s 45th president in the stunning culmination of a …

Elections