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Go Beyond Capri: These Are the 19 Best Underrated Islands in Europe

Raise your hand if you'd rather be vacationing on an island far away right now? What about a European adventure? Our hands just shot up, too. And …

To Fix That Pain In Your Back, You Might Have To Change The Way You Sit

My back hurts when I sit down.<p>It's been going on for 10 years. It really doesn't matter where I am — at work, at a restaurant, even on our couch at home. My lower back screams, "Stop sitting!"<p>To try to reduce the pain, I bought a kneeling chair at work. Then I got a standing desk. Then I went back …

Sitting

Google Tracks You Even If Location History's Off. Here's How to Stop It

If, like most people, you thought Google stopped tracking your location once you turned off Location History in your account settings, you were …

Short Little Lessons in Logic: Arguments

We've all gotten into arguments and some of them may have been heated and filled with emotion or they may have been a calm examination of evidence …

Short Little Lessons in Logic: The Science of Logic

Lesson 1: The Science of LogicWhat you'll learn in this lesson:• How logic forms the basis of correct reasoning<br>• How it is used and what makes it …

How Prolific Session Musician Carol Kaye Created Some of Music’s Most Iconic Guitar and Bass Lines

Music writer Polyphonic, who creates incredibly informative video essays introduced a lot of people (myself included) Carol Kaye. Kaye was a rare …

Lessons From a Nazi-Persecuted Philosopher on the Rights of Refugees

Facing a political revolt over immigration policies from the Christian Social Union partner in her coalition government, German Chancellor Angela …

A brief history of Hadrian’s Wall

Hadrian's Wall in northern England is well known to tourists and walkers, and has been subject to many years of archaeological research. Built during …

An Introduction to Symmetrical Scales for Guitar

When learning how to play jazz guitar, or any style of guitar for that matter, we often spend a lot of time working on pentatonic, blues, major and …

How Jazz Outlaw Melanie Charles Found Voodoo in Brooklyn

Stumbling up the dim staircase at Smalls and into the late-January midwinter chill, it was difficult to tell what year it was. Melanie Charles had …

Voodoo

Albert Camus

How to be happy, according to Aristotle's 11 virtues

While most of us ask “What should I do?” when we think about ethics, many philosophers have approached it by asking, “What kind of person should I …

Aristotle

The Insistence of Memory

BY THE TIME I got there, the bones were gone. But eight years out from the end of the Sri Lankan Civil War, everything else was still there, …

Sri Lanka

Two family physicians reflect on white privilege in health care and the need for action

"Our medical system is structured to individually and systemically favor white physicians and patients in ways that white people are trained to …

Health Care

Is white America ready to confront its racism? Philosopher George Yancy says we need a 'crisis'

In his new book, philosopher George Yancy uncovers just how unprepared even well-meaning whites are for a courageous conversation about race<p>George Yancy’s new book, Backlash, grew out of Dear White America, a piece on the pervasiveness of white racism that he wrote for the New York Times’ …

Looking Back At A Year Celebrating The First Lady Of Song

“I believe she is the greatest popular singer in the world, barring none – <b>male or female</b>.” So said <b>Frank Sinatra</b> of Ella Fitzgerald. He was right. As …

These rich white bros started an East Coast caste system to continue their domination of America

They copied the idea from India and called themselves the “Boston Brahmins”<p>In 1860, American writer and physician Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., whose …

V—Forgiveness and Weak Agency

Forgiveness involves a process, not an isolated act or decision. The initial step lies within the voluntary control of the forgiver. The immediate …

Omnisexual, gynosexual, demisexual: What’s behind the surge in sexual identities?

In 1976, the French philosopher Michel Foucault made the meticulously researched case that sexuality is a social construct used as a form of control. In the 40 years since, society has been busy constructing sexualities. Alongside the traditional orientations of heterosexual, homosexual, and …

Mingus at Peace

Charles Mingus, the incomparable forty-nine-year-old bassist, composer, bandleader, autobiographer, and iconoclast, has spent much of his life attempting to rearrange the world according to an almost Johnsonian set of principles that abhor, among other things, cant, racism, inhibition, managerial …

When the Irish Weren’t White

“[T]hey steal, they are cruel and bloody, full of revenge, and delighting in deadly execution, licentious, swearers and blasphemers, common ravishers …

28 Italian Recipes Better Than Takeout

<b>1</b> of <b>28</b><p>Pasta ai Quattro Formaggi<p><p>This hearty pasta dish features a cream sauce chock-full of mushrooms, fresh parsley and four cheeses: fontina, …

Recipes

Contraband: The Ownership and Division of Human Beings

<i>Editor's Note: PBS has partnered with historians and experts to bring fans the Mercy Street Revealed blog.</i><p><i>Kenyatta D. Berry is genealogist and lawyer</i> …

Rhythmic Displacement: You Are What You Hear

Hearing a rhythm is a prerequisite to playing it. After three months of exploring rhythmic displacement, you should be able to recognize its use in a …

Guitar

When the late Stephen Hawking warned that one of Buddhism’s “Three Poisons” threatened us all

The brilliant physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking, inspiration and author of so many important works, died today at 76.The post When the late …

John Lennon-Style Fingerpicking

Please read the following paragraph out loud (with apologies to AUTHOR Howard L. Chace).<p>Wants pawn term, dare lift disc yawn glad hoe plate bee …

Maya Angelou’s Secret to Living Your Best Life

Humans are proud of rationality, maybe to a fault. It can come at a significant cost: the tendency to overcomplicate the simplest of tasks, not the …

Profit