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How to Catch Up on Fall TV’s Returning Favorites

We may be smack in the middle of August, and you may still be making your way through <i>Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later</i>, but don’t kid …

TV

Doggy glasses, doomsday omens and other eclipse myths — debunked

On Aug. 21, the moon will pass between the Earth and the sun, throwing a wide swath of the United States into darkness.<p>And guess what? It's all going to be okay. Your eyes won't shrivel, your skin won't burn. A plague of locusts won't descend on the planet. The ground won't open up and swallow …

Astronomy

Inside Wrigley Field, The Scorekeepers Stay True To Baseball's Beginnings

Modern technology has advanced the game of baseball in many ways. Teams use computer models to help strategize, data analytics to find the best players, and even tablets in the dugouts to instantly review plays. But the game itself can move at a leisurely pace — and some traditions may never change …

Baseball

Top journalists reveal the best reporting advice they have received

Illustration by Daniel Fishel.<p>Journalism as a profession is more art than science. There are few codified rules of the trade, no official list of …

Journalism

How Spotify Playlists Create Hits

With more than 60 million subscribers, the streaming service can make or break a song. Here's how the industry is adjusting<p>Last month, Spotify …

Playlist

Oprah Winfrey Is On a Roll (Again)

It is the golden hour in the Promised Land, and we are walking down Hallelujah Lane, going to see the Apostles. Only at Oprah’s house can one come up with a sentence like that as a literal description. Translation: It is a beautiful early evening in May, and Oprah and I are walking along one of the …

Michael B. Jordan

Has Netflix’s Ted Sarandos Rescued (or Ruined) Hollywood?

For a soft-spoken man, Ted Sarandos makes a lot of thunderous news. Just consider the headlines he’s generated over the last week alone with a …

Netflix

My Super Sweet 15

The big dresses, and bigger business, of the American quinceañera.<p>A massive heat wave has hit California, but instead of taking to the beach, a hundred teenage girls stand in a line that wraps around a block in downtown Los Angeles. They’re accompanied by moms, grandparents, and little sisters on …

Weddings

The rise of the very short model

Last September, J.Crew assembled a cast of characters for its New York Fashion Week showcase who were “real people,” meaning people who were not …

Fashion

Saudi Arabia's missing princes

<b>In the last two years, three Saudi princes living in Europe have disappeared. All were critical of the Saudi government - and there is evidence that all were abducted and flown back to Saudi Arabia… where nothing further has been heard from them.</b><p>Early in the morning on 12 June 2003, a Saudi prince …

Middle East

These Are The Western Fighters Who Volunteered To Fight Against ISIS

Dozens of Western idealists have snuck into northern Syria to take on ISIS in Raqqa, but some US officials consider them a potentially dangerous nuisance.<p>RAQQA, Syria — Kevin Howard has always sought adventure and meaning.<p>The 28-year-old California Bay Area native first joined the US Marines, …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Showcase: Peaking

Standout moments in the lives of waves (and the surfers who ride them)<p><b>Brendon Gibbens, Ericeira, Portugal. Photo: Ellis</b><p><b>Rob Machado, San Diego,</b> …

Western Australia

10 intelligent house floor plans to inspire!

Before anyone starts building a house or renovating an apartment, the first thing to tackle is always a floor plan, or a drawing/computerized image …

Architecture

Are expats in South Korea worried about Kim Jong Un and Trump? We asked them.

Tensions between North Korea and the United States are continuing to escalate, due to North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missile tests, …

North Korea

Nobody Knows What Lies Beneath New York City

Before a single raindrop fell, Alan Leidner knew the waters could rise and throw the city into darkness. On this point, the maps were as clear as a …

GIS

The Brain Cancer That Keeps Killing Baseball Players

PHILADELPHIA — Since Darren Daulton succumbed to brain cancer on Aug. 6, heartfelt tributes have honored the way he led a raucous Phillies team to the World Series in 1993.<p>And unanswered questions have surfaced about the way he died.<p>Daulton and several prominent contemporaries in baseball — …

Darren Daulton

First jobs matter more than ever, and the ones young people get today aren’t great

Most of your career earnings take place before age 40, so if you don’t land a high-paying job early, odds are you will be stuck on a lower-earning track for life. First jobs matter, perhaps more than ever before.<p>A recent academic paper took Social Security records and tracked lifetime earnings for …

Equality

America’s Oldest Private Detective Agency Takes on China’s Fake Products

Four plainclothes officials from China’s Market Supervision Bureau emerged from a van and headed toward an unmarked concrete building in an …

China

Chelsea Manning Changed the Course of History. Now She’s Focusing on Herself

One hot, humid early-summer evening in New York, a hired car slows on Bleecker Street, and a young woman inside prepares for her first party out in years. She is wearing a midnight-colored semiformal dress by Altuzarra and Everlane ankle boots with heels. Her hair is trimmed into a pixie cut; her …

Chelsea Manning

The Ruthless Lives of ‘Social Influencers’

Influencers’ social media feeds may look cool and sexy, but behind the pretty pictures lies a ruthlessly efficient combining of advertising, product placement, and self-promotion.<p>Tesa Pesic’s Instagram profile depicts a life best lived in artisanal coffee shops and indie boutiques, hanging around …

Digital Marketing

Why are people still racist? What science says about America’s race problem.

Torch-bearing white supremacists shouting racist and anti-Semitic slogans. Protesters and counter protesters colliding with violence and chaos. A car driven by a known Nazi sympathizer mowing down a crowd of activists.<p>Many Americans responded to this weekend's violence in Charlottesville with …

Racism

Meet the family doctor with a rare practice — he only makes house calls

When it comes to Ernest Brown's medical practice, the doctor is definitely not in. Ever.<p>That’s a good thing for his patients, however, because it usually means he’s out visiting them.<p>Brown, 49, is a family practitioner who only makes house calls. That means he travels to patients — at their homes, …

Health Care

How Glossier Hacked Social Media to Build A Cult-Like Following

Former blogger Emily Weiss had a hunch: If she could translate women's real needs into products, she could build a beauty company unlike any other.<p>This story appears in the September 2017 issue of <i>Entrepreneur</i>.<p><b>On a Thursday afternoon</b> in late spring, 32-year-old Glossier founder and CEO Emily Weiss …

Beauty

The Story Behind That Famous Photo of Elvis Presley and Richard Nixon

Though Elvis Presley's music has largely been responsible for sustaining fans' burning love for the 40 years that have passed since his Aug. 16, …

Elvis Presley

How to Tell If Someone is Lying, According to Behavioral Experts

Nonverbal clues that someone isn’t telling the truth.<p>Subscribe<p>Let our news meet your inbox.<p>SIGN UP<p>If you claim that you never lie, well, you’re a liar.<p>Those little white lies are slipping out more often than you realize: One study found that Americans, on average, tell about 11 lies per week. Other …

Psychology

Cue the Carrots! Strike up the Squash!

On a muggy day in July, in a Long Island backyard, a group of musicians had gathered for rehearsal. As their conductor gently raised both hands, they steadied their instruments, and played the first notes of a Bach chorale, “Nun freut euch, Gottes Kinder all.”<p>The conductor stopped them. The snake …

Orchestras

‘It’s fun to be scared’: Life and mortality at the carnival

If you believe a narrative that Americans are nihilistic ids who are test-piloting themselves toward their own inevitable doom, then there is probably hard evidence to be found at county fairs, like this one in rural Virginia, where a bunch of us are dangling in metal cages off a ride called the …

Ohio State Fair

There's So Much Meaning Hidden in Sansa Stark's Fashion Evolution

Sansa Stark

This Is the Biggest Home Trend for Fall 2017

You heard it here first, folks. From dark, brooding walls to luxe, tailored appliances, one thing is certain on the home front this season: Matte …

Brine of the Times

Pickles make us human. That may sound a little overzealous, but we're not ashamed. We're totally obsessed with all things pickle. And we're not …

Recipes