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11 podcasts to listen to if you want to laugh your ass off

Life is hard. The news is stressful. And sometimes you just need a break from *gestures broadly at everything happening in the world right now.* …

Comedy

21 Books Goodreads Users Can't Get Enough Of This Summer

All of the faves — in fantasy, mystery, romance, and more.<p>Below are the titles, based on average rating and number of ratings, that are getting a lot of buzz and love.

Books

The facts about Trump’s policy of separating families at the border

<i>“I hate the children being taken away. The Democrats have to change their law. That’s their law.”</i> <b><br>— President Trump, in remarks to reporters at the White House, June 15</b><p><i>“We have the worst immigration laws in the entire world. Nobody has such sad, such bad and, actually, in many cases, such horrible</i> …

Immigration

I’ve Gotten Packing Down to a Science Using These 5 Things

The essentials you need for any kind of trip.<p>There is one kind of travel, say, on the <i>Titanic</i>, where packing means steamer trunks, tasteful hatboxes, …

Handbags

11 Finished Book Series You Can Marathon-Read This Summer

Summer is upon us, which means we book nerds finally have time to read all those great series we have been meaning to get around to. On the list …

Books

Donald Trump Goes Rogue

In half a week, between Quebec and Singapore, Trump showed that the liberal order is hateful to him, and that he wants out.<p>When President Trump walked out early from the meeting of the Group of Seven in Charlevoix, Quebec, on June 9th, he left the group’s collective statement without an American …

Foreign Policy

How To Become a Successful Blogger

It takes more than just good writingI’ve been a writer for a very long time. I have no formal training. I’ve learned only by writing and reading with …

Writing

59 Brilliant Romantic Comedies That Are Seriously Underrated

Save this list for a rainy day.<p><i>Note: Submissions may have been edited for length and/or clarity.</i>

20 Inexpensive Places to Retire in the US

In creating our list of the best places to retire in America, we've considered the essential requirements for a great retirement: cities that offer …

Mayo Clinic

The secret cities where the atomic bomb was built

<b>(CNN) —</b> How many people does it take to build an atomic bomb? About 125,000, if you count the inhabitants of three entire US cities that were built from scratch in 1943 as part of the Manhattan Project.<p>The cities, which also served as testing grounds for new architectural principles, were Los …

Nuclear Energy

Someone Turned 22 Marvel Actors Into Women, And People Realize Ryan Reynolds Basically Married Himself

We haven't figured out yet how to travel to a parallel universe, but we've already invented the next best thing. FaceApp. Using the program, someone …

Ryan Reynolds

How to DIY Your Taxes — and Not Miss a Single Deduction

Ready or not, the tax man’s coming. Filing your taxes yourself may not be your idea of a fun night at home, but even so, it doesn’t really have to be …

How Your Taxes Are Changing if You’re a Homeowner

The sweeping tax bill signed into law just before the 2017 holidays brings changes for virtually all homeowners — but, for the most part, not until …

Picture Perfect: TV Settings That Deliver the Ultimate Picture Quality

If you recently bought a new television, you’ll notice that things have changed when it comes to out-of-the-box TV settings.<p>It used to be that when …

Tutorials

Kitchen towels 'can cause food poisoning'

<b>Multi-use of kitchen towels is putting households at risk of food poisoning, research suggests.</b><p>Scientists from the University of Mauritius examined 100 kitchen towels that had been used for a month.<p>They found E.coli was more likely to be found on towels used for multiple jobs, such as wiping …

E.coli

‘Droll, savvy and soulful’: five new funny writers who'll make you laugh

I’m always surprised when people suggest the golden age for comic writing was the era of Amis (father or son), or Wodehouse, or even Swift. The genre has never been as healthy or as vibrant as it is now, largely because more young women, such as Sloane Crosley, Negin Farsad and Phoebe Robinson, are …

Comedy

Long Weekend Getaways: Charming New England Towns You Can Drive to From Boston

<i>As part of a series on long weekend getaways, we’re showing you how to make the most of your summer Fridays, school breaks and the season’s</i> …

New England

15 Crab Recipes Worth Wearing a Bib For

If you're not getting a little messy, you're probably doing it wrong.<p>What is it about eating seafood, and shellfish in particular, that’s so much more satisfying during the summer? Maybe it’s the chance to eat with your hands like a slob at an old-school Maryland shore crab shack. Maybe it’s that …

Crabmeat

Strawberries & Cream Pandowdy Is the Summer Pie We've All Been Waiting For

Behold the Swampy Strawberry Pandowdy, a mash-up of my favorite pandowdy and Amanda Hesser’s swamp pie.<p>If you’re not familiar with <b>pandowdy</b>, it’s a fruit-lover’s dream dessert. With a single pie crust covering a mound of fruit, pandowdy has a higher fruit-to-crust ratio than pie or galette. About …

Baking

Fava Beans With Dill Salt Make a Great Springtime Snack

When fava beans arrive for their brief stint at the market, they really make an impression. These high-maintenance vegetables require a double dose of prep—the beans are first shucked from their fuzzy pods, and then each bean is peeled of its tough outer skin. Sure, if the beans are small enough, …

Recipes

Best Podcasts of 2018 So Far

Just when it seemed like all the good podcast ideas were taken, a slew of original, new shows dropped into our earbuds. In the last few months alone, …

Tessa Thompson

Prince Estate Plots New Album 'Piano and a Microphone 1983'

On what would have been his 60th birthday, the Prince estate announced Thursday that it is prepping a new album of previously unreleased home …

Music

Cooking for comfort? Anthony Bourdain's rich lasagna Bolognese is one of our favorites

Like many fellow cooks, I came of age reading Anthony Bourdain’s “Kitchen Confidential” while studying in culinary school in 2003 and planning for a career around food. Bourdain’s book was a glimpse into the down-and-dirty-world of real kitchens. While the newly formed Food Network revolved around …

Italian Food

'Beartown' gets a sequel

<b>ANALYSIS/OPINION:</b><p><b>US AGAINST YOU</b><p><b>By Fredrik Backman</b><p><b>Translated from Swedish by Neil Smith</b><p><b>Atria Books/Simon & Schuster, $28, 448 pages</b><p>Fredrik Backman’s …

Books

Tyler Burkhart

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9 Plants You Can Get Away with Watering Just Once a Month — Shopping

Water is essential to plants, but overwatering is also one of the biggest mistakes you can make. Many plants need a lot less than you think, and some …

Plants

16 Best Low-Maintenance Dog Breeds For People Who Work Full Time

You're a dog lover, and you <i>dream</i> of the day that you can bring home your own pup and kick off a life of canine/owner bliss. Join the club. I've been …

Pets

The Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books of June 2018

On an island junkyard beneath a sky that glows with radiation, a deadly secret lies buried in the scrap. Seventeen-year-old Eve isn’t looking for …

Books

David Sedaris Leaves His Audiences Weeping. And Still Wanting More.

WASHINGTON — David Sedaris was taking questions from the audience after his reading at the Kennedy Center last month, when suddenly the evening took an alarming turn.<p>“How’s Hugh?” someone asked, referring to Hugh Hamrick, Mr. Sedaris’s boyfriend. Hugh plays the pivotal role of in-house normal …

Books

Brilliant Books To Bring To The Beach This Summer

"Beach reads" are often considered a genre unto themselves: light, breezy fare that match the light breezes of the seaside. This narrow …