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What Happened in Vegas

It is Monday evening, less than 24 hours after Stephen Paddock — an isolated, shadowy 64-year-old retired tax auditor and postal worker from …

Las Vegas

Listen to These 5 Podcasts Before They Become TV Shows

Podcasts have taken the world by storm in recent years. The resurgence to audio programming has officially made its way to the mainstream thanks to …

TV shows

The Last Days of Time Inc.

An oral history of how the pre-eminent media organization of the 20th century ended up on the scrap heap.

Journalism

Instagram and your mental health: the big picture

<i>Mental Health: Beyond Awareness is a five-day campaign asking what we can do for mental health issues beyond "raising awareness". Young people are more aware of mental health issues than ever, but our services are broken, the internet is stressing us out, and self-medication is on the rise.</i> <i>Who is</i> …

Mental Health

Emilia Clarke’s Solo Flight

Cover StorySummer 2018<p>Emilia Clarke’s Solo Flight<p>Cover StoryEmilia Clarke’s Solo FlightFor nearly a decade, Emilia Clarke has ruled the ratings as Daenerys Targaryen on HBO’s <i>Game of Thrones.</i> With the series slated to end next year, the 31-year-old actress has set her sights on new challenges. First …

TV Series

Can you ever change a violent psychopath’s mind?

To make our streets safer, efforts are underway to devise new treatments for repeatedly violent offenders.<p>For the purposes of this article, imagine this scenario. It’s a Saturday night in a busy city-centre pub. Feeling bored, Tony picks up the empty beer bottle on the table in front of him and …

Psychology

How Liz Garbus Became A Fly On The Wall During The New York Times' Most Stressful 100 Days

On November 22, 2016, Liz Garbus realized, with a jolt of clarity, the subject of her next project. In the past, Garbus, an acclaimed documentarian, …

Journalism

StumbleUpon turned internet boredom into time well wasted

An ode to a service that provided great entertainment for 16 years<p>StumbleUpon is finally shutting down after 16 years, and with it an era of time well spent being bored on the internet.<p>The company’s founder announced in a Medium post this week that StumbleUpon will shut down on June 30. Active …

Social Media

Consider the Cactus: How Succulents Took Over Instagram—and Then the World

One early Saturday morning in March, a little over 100 succulent enthusiasts gathered on a sunny hillside in Bonsall, California, for a glimpse of …

Great Depression

Rural America is mad about proposed gun laws. So they're creating 'gun sanctuaries.'

A new push for gun control in Springfield, Illinois’ capitol, had David Campbell feeling angry and powerless.<p>“It’s time to take stand,” he told himself.<p>Campbell, a small print shop owner who is a member of the Effingham County Board in rural southern Illinois, was upset that Chicago-area lawmakers …

Guns

Sleeping in on the weekend might be good for you, but it's not going to fix all your problems

Scientists still aren't sure exactly how to deal with our chronic sleep deficit.<p>There’s nothing quite like crawling under the covers on Friday night with the intention of snoozing well into Saturday. But sleep can be stressful, too: the questions of when and how long to sleep have been the sources …

Sleep

I don’t know why GDPR is so funny, but it is

Happy GDPR Day to us all<p>GDPR stands for the “General Data Protection Regulation.” It’s the most important data privacy law thus far, the convoluted product of a four-year deliberative process, a “staggeringly complex” law that “no one understands,” an 88-page monster translated into 26 different …

GDPR

Welcome to impossible: The Golden Knights and the NHL miracle that makes no sense

Las Vegas’s new team will play for the Stanley Cup. It’s quite possibly the most surprising, unprecedented and confounding story in the history of the NHL<p><b>So what just happened?</b> On Sunday, the Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Winnipeg Jets to advance to the Stanley Cup Final.<p>The win is the latest …

Ice Hockey

Philip Roth Goes Home Again

Philip Roth, a prize-winning novelist and frequent Esquire contributor, died Tuesday night at the age of 85. In 2010, on the occasion of his thirty-first book, Esquire's Scott Raab returned to the Newark of Roth's boyhood. And there, on Philip Roth Plaza, he couldn't stop laughing.<p><i>This story first</i> …

Literature

The Inside Story of Wawa, the Beloved $10 Billion Convenience Store Chain Taking Over the East Coast

54 years old. $10 billion in revenue. This family-owned business is rapidly expanding--and ditching gas and cigarettes for kale salads and nerdy coffee.<p>In February, a few days after the Philadelphia Eagles had won their first Super Bowl, a suburban convenience store celebrated. Hard.<p>The …

Customer Service

The Risky Business of Speaking for President Trump

It was getting late on a Wednesday, and by 2018 standards the evening’s news cycle felt almost serene. The only “breaking news” of the moment was about Dr. Harold Bornstein, Donald Trump’s doctor of 35 years, who had told NBC that the president’s bodyguard led a “raid” on his office and hauled away …

Donald Trump

The Boy Band Is Back

Refreshingly diverse all-male musical groups like PrettyMuch and Brockhampton are expanding what it means to be an American boy band.<p><b>On an overcast,</b> drizzly morning in March, five stylish boys and a man in a swole Tony the Tiger costume draw stares in Manhattan’s Union Square Park, across from …

Music

What the Hell Happened at GE?

<b>It’s a bad day</b> for a CEO when he announces he’s retiring and the stock goes up. That was Jeff Immelt’s day on June 12, 2017. The news of his …

General Electric

Are bots entitled to free speech?

<b>We need to talk about bots.</b> How will the courts address free-expression rights for artificially intelligent communicators? This conversation is …

Columbia Journalism School

The Reporter Who Took Down a Unicorn

In late September of 2015, Elizabeth Holmes, the CEO of the once-high-flying but now disgraced Silicon Valley health-care company Theranos, was in …

Genetic Engineering

Why Do Americans Stay When Their Town Has No Future?

John Arnett chose Adams County, Ohio, as his home long before he was old enough to vote, drink beer, or drive a motorcycle along the Ohio River. …

Natural Gas

Daily Edition Top 10 (Week of May 21, 2018)

President Donald Trump cancelled the historic summit planned for June 12 with Kim Jong Un, citing North Korea’s “open hostility,” in a public letter. The move came without notice to allies and on the heels of North Korea saying it destroyed its nuclear testing site.<p>National Football League (NFL) …

Malaysia Airlines

Harvey Weinstein timeline: How the scandal unfolded

<b>Hollywood has been rocked by allegations against film mogul Harvey Weinstein - which first came to light in a New York Times article.</b><p>Since then, the story has developed continuously, with a large number of women coming forward to say they were sexually harassed or assaulted by Weinstein - …

Harvey Weinstein

Chinese restaurant syndrome: has MSG been unfairly demonised?

I am in a restaurant in Glasgow where chopsticks stand ready in an eye-catching blue and yellow tin labelled Ve-Tsin Gourmet Powder. Produced by the Shanghai Guanshengyuan Tianchu Seasoning Company, the powder in question is monosodium glutamate (MSG). Apparently: “A sprinkling of Ve-Tsin will …

Processed Food

American parents invented 1,100 new baby names last year

American babies were given 29,910 distinct names last year. Of those, 1,100 were brand-new ones that hadn’t appeared in the data before 2017, new data on American baby names shows.<p>The biggest new name is Camreigh, which was given to 91 babies last year, even though it didn’t show up at all in 2016. …

Pediatrics

These 5 Brands Believe Craftsmanship Still Matters

Get to know an important generation of artisans.<p>In an era of on-demand conveniences and mass-produced <i>everything</i>, it may be unpopular to point out that faster isn’t always better. In fact, when it comes to craftsmanship, faster is just…faster. And no one knows that better than the skilled tradesmen …

Coats

Queens of Infamy: Anne Boleyn

<i>Anne Thériault | Longreads | May 2018 | 23 minutes (5,949 words)</i><i>From the notorious to the half-forgotten,</i> Queens of Infamy<i>, a</i> Longreads<i> series by</i> …

Henry Viii

Exclusive excerpt: Stephen King's The Outsider gets a chilling first look

Stephen King

Your Own Private, Prefab Museum. Just Add Art

Modular museum buildings—designed by starchitects such as Jean Nouvel and Christian de Portzamparc—allow collectors to create readymade art institutions<p>Let’s say you’re a prolific, civic-minded art collector hoping to share your cache of paintings with the public. Even if your collection and …

Architecture

Chris Paul: Point Guard, Activist, Union Boss

Ever since Chris Paul joined the National Basketball Association in 2005, drafted fourth out of Wake Forest, he has been near the center of the action.<p>He won the rookie of the year award in 2006, was named most valuable player at the 2013 All-Star Game, and was a star for both the New Orleans …

Basketball