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Ghost in the Shell and S-Town: The Week in Pop-Culture Writing

Highlights from seven days of reading about arts and entertainment<p><i>Ghost in the Shell</i> Has the Look of the Original, But Not Its Brain<p>On Dana Schutz’s Painting of Emmett Till<p>The Future Agency: Inside the Big Business of Imagining the Future<p>Liked <i>Serial</i>? Here’s Why <i>S-Town</i> Is Better<p>To Donald Trump, the …

Pop Culture

What do you do when you're born into the Italian Mafia? | Italy

<b>Padua, Italy -</b> It is a particularly warm Monday morning in Padua, a small picturesque city in northern Italy close to Venice. Caffe Pedrocchi is still waiting for customers.<p>Giuseppe Salvatore Riina stands at the entrance of the cafe wearing a white T-shirt and beige trousers. The 39-year-old looks …

Crime

What Congress Is Actually Good At

When not pursuing partisan witch hunts, legislators can make surprisingly effective investigators.<p>Let’s be honest: It’s fun to mock Congress as a pack of self-serving, short-sighted, do-nothing clowns incapable of legislating their way out of a paper bag. It’s fun because, in so many regards, it’s …

U.S. Department of Justice

What Mylan's CEO Will Tell Congress About the Price of EpiPen - The Atlantic

Heather Bresch will tell lawmakers the life-saving drug isn’t as profitable for the company as everyone thinks.<p>Heather Bresch, the CEO of Mylan, defended to congressional lawmakers Wednesday the dramatic increase in the price of EpiPen, the life-saving drug used by those with severe allergies.<p>“I …

Pharma

Apple is in talks with McLaren for a potential acquisition, report says

Apple, the tech company, is negotiating with McLaren, the car manufacturer, according to the Financial Times. Yes, you’ve read that correctly. These negotiations have been ongoing for months and could lead to an acquisition, or at least a strategic investment.<p>More precisely, Apple is talking with …

McLaren

North Korea's internet revealed to have just 28 websites

The full scope of North Korea's private internet has been revealed after the country accidentally gave people outside of the country brief access to it.<p>The government-controlled internet is a lot smaller than was initially believed, containing just 28 websites in total, including an insurance …

Great Scott! Nike's 'Back to the Future' self-lacing shoes on sale November 28

Where we're going, we don't need laces (as long as it's the Nike store).<p>You won't have to go too far into the future to pull on a pair of "Back to the Future"-style self-lacing shoes. Nike has confirmed it will sell the HyperAdapt 1.0 sneakers inspired by the movie on Monday November 28.<p>The shoes …

Shoes

Paris public transport declares 'war' on fare dodgers

Passengers on Paris public transport who reveal the presence of ticket inspectors risk two months in prison and a fine of €3,750 (£3,340) under a new drive to clamp down on fare dodging.<p>Paris transport authorities launched a campaign to fight fraud after a report by the state auditor found that …

France

The 50 Best Bike Cities of 2016

The coolest discovery from our biennial roundup of the best places to ride in the United States? Cycling in America has never been better. These bike-friendly cities are leading the charge for safer (and livelier) streets.<p>Every two years, we sift through Census and department of transportation data …

Bill de Blasio

Cambodia's Child Boxers

Hannah Reyes Morales spent two years photographing young fighters as they trained for Cambodia's child-boxing circuit. Kun Khmer fighting is a traditional Cambodian sport that is seen as a path out of poverty for rural families. The boys, who are between the ages of 6 and 12, are considered “good …

Boxing

Meet North Korea's UK fan club: 'they have their own way of doing things'

In a rare interview, the chair of Friends of Korea claims he found affinity with the DPRK through classical music, but is reluctant to talk human rights<p>In a small, nondescript room, two pristine photos have been ceremoniously hung up on a red-draped screen: one, of the eternal president Kim …

North Korea