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Modern Slavery: Its Root Causes and the Human Toll

Slavery, long banned and universally condemned, persists in many corners of the world, victimizing tens of millions of people.

Council on Foreign Relations

The Strange History of One of the Internet's First Viral Videos

You’ve seen the video. Everyone on the internet has. A man sits in a cubicle and pounds his keyboard in frustration. A few seconds later, the Angry …

World of Warcraft

A Psychological Explanation for Why Getting Compliments Is So Embarrassing

Last month, I got an email from my life coach telling me how much he enjoyed our last conversation and how much progress I’d made. I scanned it, then …

Psychology

The NFL playoffs show you don't need a great quarterback to succeed

The NFL is a quarterback-driven league but three of the four teams left standing this season don’t have superstars under center<p>Each April at the top of the NFL draft, teams grab at quarterbacks they envision leading them to glory. But none of the four quarterbacks remaining in the NFL playoffs took …

Blake Bortles

Inside the Thrilling, Chaotic Writers’ Room of Dawson’s Creek

“If you enter a show that runs too smoothly, you don’t learn much,” says Tom Kapinos, one of many successful writers who got his start on the teen drama that debuted 20 years ago. “But when you enter a show that’s a dysfunctional mess, you get to learn by doing.”<p>In the spring of 2001, <b>Greg …

TV

The Fall of Travis Kalanick Was a Lot Weirder and Darker Than You Thought

Silicon Valley CEOs are supposed to be sacrosanct. So how did it all go wrong at Uber?<p>A year ago, before the investor lawsuits and the federal …

Uber

Is This the Golden Age of Drag? Yes. And No.

The tour bus full of drag queens sped through rural Wisconsin on a brisk afternoon a few days before Thanksgiving. Mimosas were poured (and refilled) and hair was let down — or taken off. “A Drag Queen Christmas: The Naughty Tour” was underway: a 30-city, cross-country trek featuring stars from …

The top 10 places people are moving, and how their choices differ by race

Some of the United States' most homogenous cities attract a surprisingly diverse set of newcomers. Others still seem to be magnets for white people, but more on that later.<p>We know this because every year, millions of people choose to move across county, state or even country lines. There may be …

Virginia Beach

All 18 previous government shutdowns, explained

Congressional leaders once let funding expire because they didn’t want to miss a fundraiser.<p>If Congress does nothing, then at midnight on Friday, January 19, the federal government will shut down. And with no deal in sight on funding the Children’s Health Insurance Program or offering relief to …

Government

Swing-state voters say why they're sticking with Trump

<b>(CNN) —</b> Voters in Ohio and Iowa voted twice for Barack Obama to be president, and then switched to Donald Trump in 2016, helping push him to his Electoral College victory.<p>One year into the Trump presidency, women and men in these two key states told CNN they are largely supportive of the work done, …

Elections

The 50 Most Definitive Family TV Shows, Ranked

<i>As long as there’s been TV, the family has been one of its favorite go-tos. All week long, Vulture is exploring how it’s been represented on our</i> …

TV

The top 10 foreign words that are now in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary

If you’re hip to linguistics, you already know English is full of foreign words. For example, “hip” is from the 1920s slang “hepcat,” derived from the West African language Wolof, and its word for “one in the know,” a <i>hipikat.</i><p>To be in the know now—a postmodern hepcat, if you will—add 10 more foreign …

Language

Inside the Viking World Order, the Exclusive Club of Minnesota Vikings Superfans

<i>The following is excerpted from the book SUPERFANS: Into the Heart of Obsessive Sports Fandom by George Dohrmann. Copyright © 2018 by George</i> …

Randy Moss

Inside Obama’s midterm campaign plans

In his first year back in private life, the former president has struggled with how to challenge his successor, but as the midterms approach he's preparing to take on a bigger political role.<p>Since leaving office, Barack Obama has struggled with how to do what no previous president has: take on his …

Barack Obama

The Things That Come to Those Who Wait

A sociocultural history of the line.<p>A many-legged organism winds its way through Soho, crawling the block at an excruciating pace. It strains the flow of New York sidewalk traffic, as ubiquitous as the Eastern gray squirrel, attracting the attention of an alien from Mars. The sound it emits is of …

Beverly Hills

The timeless allure of ruins

Even writers of the ancient world spoke of the wrecks of earlier societies with fear and longing, says Paul Cooper.<p>Mankind has always lived among its own ruins. Since our earliest history, we have explored ruined places, feared them and drawn inspiration from them, and we can trace that complex …

Art

Who Really Designed the American Dime?

The controversy that has long roiled the coin world.<p>When was the last time you looked—really looked—at a dime? It is the smallest coin in U.S. …

Calvin Coolidge

Beyond the Bitcoin Bubble

layer innocent nothing argue pottery winner cotton menu task slim merge maid<p>The sequence of words is meaningless: a random array strung together by an algorithm let loose in an English dictionary. What makes them valuable is that they’ve been generated exclusively for me, by a software tool called …

Bitcoin

2018 is ripe for a global rupture

Stock markets are at record highs, and recession is nowhere in sight. Yet, the threat to all this exuberance — rising international tensions and …

North Korea

It's not concussions that cause CTE. It's repeated hits, a study finds

<b>(CNN) —</b> The neurodegenerative disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy can start early and without any signs of concussion, according a study released Thursday.<p>The Alzheimer's-like disease has been most commonly associated with former professional football players, but has also been detected in …

The Brain

Why willpower is overrated

Psychologists increasingly think effortful restraint is not the key to the good life. So what is?<p>People with a lot of self-control — people who, when they happen upon a delicious food they don’t think they should eat, seemingly grin and bear the temptation until it passes — have it easy.<p>But why? …

Psychology

Pink Floyd Exhibit Opens in Rome: Pictures

Aesthetics

Find the News That Matters Right Now

At Flipboard, we believe strongly in the power of facts, in the power of information, and in the power of trusted sources and reporters. We’ve known this since Day One. These values drive our entire team and are becoming ever-more important as the world’s content landscape changes quickly.<p>Our …

Logan Ryan’s Unique Viewpoint of Tom Brady

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — There may not have been a more unique set of eyes on Tom Brady Saturday night than the ones in Tennessee’s defensive …

New England

Sex, scandal and scoops: Meet Italy’s Matt Drudge

ROME — For Roberto D’Agostino, Italy’s upcoming election is going to be a bit “like sex often is.”“The foreplay, namely the campaign, is far more …

Rome