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Will Ferrell the Exotic Animal Expert Was Too Much for Stephen Colbert Last Night

Plus: Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Megyn Kelly, President Obama, and Key & Peele.<p>Though he has already run for president, scored one of the top hosting gigs on TV, and interviewed fictional dragon Smaug, Stephen Colbert had one of the most important nights of his career last night. In an effort to give …

Comedy

This is how solitary confinement can warp the mind

For years, activists and researchers have known that solitary confinement can destroy a person's mind, slowly stunting the growth of brain cells …

3 Inmates Escaped a California Prison and No One Can Figure Out How

They are possibly armed and considered dangerous.<p>It was a daring and elaborate escape: cutting through metal, crawling through plumbing tunnels, climbing a roof, rappelling four stories to freedom using ropes made from bedsheets. This real-life breakout has left authorities struggling to find three …

Crime

15 Dream Bedroom Products You Never Knew You Needed

These clever items will make your space more tranquil and relaxing.<p>These clever items will make your space more tranquil and relaxing.<p>A Multifunctional Bedside Table<p>A Built-In Dog Bed<p>A Nightstand That Charges Your Phone<p>A Super-Smart Mattress Cover<p>A Coffee-Brewing Alarm Clock<p>A Sophisticated Lamp<p>A …

The Buddha’s Guide to Mindfulness Practice

Mindfulness, at its roots an originally Buddhist meditation technique, has exploded in popularity over the past decade. What was once exclusively a …

Mindfulness

5 Lessons The Dalai Lama Taught Me About Happiness

Looking for the keys to a happy life? Look no further than this summary of a recent speech handed down by the Dalai Lama on his lessons about …

Happiness

A rare peek at San Quentin's death row, and conversations with inmates awaiting their fates as political battles swirl

With the debate over capital punishment in California poised to intensify again in 2016, state corrections officials provided a rare glimpse Tuesday of death row, where hundreds of condemned men await the outcome of legal and political fights that have blocked any executions for nearly a …

Criminal Justice

There's a growing movement to abolish a key part of America's criminal-justice system

So Patterson, 39, promised to pay a bail bonds company $15,000 plus interest to put up the $150,000 bail for her, allowing to go home and care for her invalid grandmother.<p>The day after her release, the district attorney decided not to pursue charges. But Patterson still owes the bail bonds company. …

Nonprofits

35 Books Everyone Should Read in Their Lifetime

<i>Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance</i> by Robert M. Pirsig<p>The story of a father and son’s summer motorcycle trip across America from Minnesota to …

40 Habits That Make You Sick and Fat

You look and feel great! But even though you’re fit and healthy right now, that doesn’t necessarily mean your daily so-called “good” habits will help …

11 Ways to Be More Like a Zen Monk

<i>Photo credit: thegardenofzen.com</i>Recently, I read a story about the state of decline of Zen Buddhism in Japan and of the rapid closure of Zen …

Meditation

Ten of the most badass upcoming documentaries

A lot of great documentaries have come out this year. <i>Dior and I</i>, <i>Amy</i>, <i>Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck</i>. While they’ll undoubtedly go on to land award season nods or at least a Netflix playback, there are thousands more underdogs toiling to be seen. All of the documentaries mentioned below will be, rather …

Bill de Blasio

Texas School Reportedly Fired Two Employees Who Raised Concerns About a Transgender 6-Year-Old

Two Texas school employees have reportedly been fired after they raised concerns about a six-year-old student whose parents informed them was transgender — even though the student allegedly wasn’t quite so convinced.<p>According to WWI-TV, employees at the Children’s Lighthouse Center in Katy, Texas …

Transgender

16 fascinating facts about North Korea

North Korea frequently makes headlines as its government continues to tout its military hardware and make boisterous, but so far benign, nuclear threats.<p>The country has also been linked to several cyber-related incidents lately, but it denies involvement.<p>Still, the one thing that remains a bit of a …

North Korea

JFK on Poetry, Power, and the Artist’s Role in Society: His Eulogy for Robert Frost, One of the Greatest Speeches of All Time

“If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him. We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth.”<p>In January of 1961, as John F. Kennedy’s inauguration approached, his would-be Secretary of …

Literature

20 Things Only Flight Attendants Would Understand

Many people want to join the number of flight attendants. There are interesting angles to becoming a flight attendant. Still there are some problems …

Flight Attendants

Funny Video Shows Why Mothers With Toddlers Cannot Get Anything Done

<b>Blogger mom</b> Esther Anderson, who previously documented the challenges of sleeping with a baby, has created a new funny video of her adorable</b> …

Parenting

Lego’s Beautiful 1981 Ad Campaign

What it is is beautiful.<p>Have you ever seen anything like it? Not just what she’s made but how proud it’s made her. It’s a look you’ll see whenever …

Each Year's Most Popular YouTube Video

On an otherwise regular Monday in February 2005, video file sharing website YouTube was launched. At the time, founders Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and …

11 Things Every Woman Should Tell Her Gyno

Your feet are already up in stirrups—how much more awkward can it really get?<p>There are some things that you'd barely consider telling your best friend—let alone your gynecologist. But the truth is, they've heard and seen it all. Plus, there are some things that, while embarrassing, could be really …

The 21-Mile Walk to Work

James Robertson's commute is a personal triumph, but it also illustrates all the ways America fails the working poor.<p>America needs more people like James Robertson. Every place needs more people like James Robertson. But that doesn't mean his story isn't disturbing.<p>The 56-year-old Detroiter was the …

Economics

20 Things You Should Throw Away for Better Health

When we talk about the steps you need to take to get healthier, they often involve buying new things: workout clothes, fitness equipment, ingredients …

Workplace Wellness

22 Movies Every Designer Should Watch On Netflix

In search of some inspiration? Then we have the movies for you!<p>Sometimes you take a look at your Netflix queue and think there’s nothing decent on the service. That’s not entirely true! Netflix has certainly lost its library of mainstream Hollywood films over the past few years. But for the …

Artist Spent One Year In The Woods Creating Surreal Sculptures From Organic Materials

In an extraordinary act of devotion to his art, sculptural artist Spencer Byles spent a year creating beautiful sculptures out of natural and found …

Articles about 6-modern-bookshelf-ideas on Dwell.com - Dwell

DIY Furniture 2 offers instructions and inspiration for furniture making.<p>The bathroom vanity is one of the first places most people head to before beginning the day—so, it's a good idea to give some...<p>We've come a long way since the clawfoot.<p>Jaime Hayon's new vessel for Fritz Hansen reimagines an …

New Jersey

How men and women experience depression differently

Depressive disorders are a complex and often confusing family of conditions. Sometimes lumped under the general term “depression,” these disorders can cause any combination of several symptoms. Because of this, depressive disorders manifest in a variety of ways, making them sometimes difficult to …

Women's Health

15 Phrases That Will Change Your Life In 2015

As the new year approaches, many of us will resolve to transform our bodies -- but what about our minds?<p>Giving ourselves a mental makeover could be just as important as giving ourselves a physical one. But accomplishing that doesn't just lie in changing our thoughts -- it's also dependent on …