Megan Rise

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Sometimes Getting Along Comes Down To How You Say 'Gravy'

In the hectic days before we went live one year ago (hooray!), we somehow missed the news of the passing, at age 91, of John Gumperz — a hugely influential linguist who contributed reams of research on the ways people from different cultures communicate. Had we been paying attention, we could have …

Giant South American Bird On The Run In The U.K.

An ostrich-size South American rhea that's reportedly capable of "seriously injuring humans" escaped from a farm in Hertfordshire, U.K., last month and has been on the lam in the English countryside ever since.<p>The Telegraph describes the flightless bird, which sports heavily muscled legs, hard …

Coachella 2014 In Photos

 <p>Over the weekend, we sent photographer Adam Kissick out to the desert to get happy with a giant astronaut, an Este Haim mask, OutKast's semi-triumphant, semi-awkward reunion and much more at the Coachella music festival. See a gallery from the weekend here and scope much, much more on Flickr.

While You Were Watching 'Game of Thrones,' Neil deGrasse Tyson Shared His Solution to Global Warming

The Mad Men Season 7 Premiere: The Same Old Don Draper?

Our roundtable discusses the first episode of the seventh season.<p>Every week for the seventh season of AMC's acclaimed series <i>Mad Men</i>, our roundtable will discuss the latest happenings at Sterling Cooper & Partners. This week's panelists: Ashley Fetters (associate editor, Entertainment Channel), …

Our Cubicles, Ourselves: How the Modern Office Shapes American Life

How did we come to work in spaces that make us so miserable?<p>Each year, the average American spends nearly 2,000 hours working. For many, that time passes inside the three little walls of a modern cubicle.<p>Writer Nikil Saval explores these odd spaces—how they came to be, how they make us feel—in his …

'I Never Told Anyone Not to Vaccinate'

Vaccination is among the few definitive tenets of disease prevention, but because of rampant misinformation, fear, and scientific illiteracy, rare infections have come back to life.<p>In the way the word <i>cancer</i> quiets a room, <i>polio</i> once did. Now it sounds archaic. So does <i>measles</i>, which can make it …

The State of American Beer

What's rising, what's fading, and what people are really drinking<p>What's going on in Beer World? Beer lovers of America might be forgiven if their grasp of the current brew-scape feels iffy. Alice herself would be at home in this Wonderland. It's a world in which up is down, little is big, and …

The Underrated, Universal Appeal of Science Fiction

Why do so many readers still look down on the genre of Orwell and Atwood?<p>When I’m introduced to someone as a writer, a now familiar pattern of events often follows.<p>“Oh, really! How interesting!” the someone—let’s call her Jane—says, sounding quite enthusiastic. “What do you write?”<p>“Science …

The Confidence Gap

Evidence shows that women are less self-assured than men—and that to succeed, confidence matters as much as competence. Here's why, and what to do about it.<p><b>F</b>or years, we women have kept our heads down and played by the rules. We’ve been certain that with enough hard work, our natural talents would …

The strange and potentially stolen origins of pad Thai

Pad Chinese doesn’t have the same ring to it, but it might be a bit more accurate.<p>Pad Thai, the now ubiquitous noodle dish made with chewy, stir-fried rice noodles, vegetables, bean sprouts, peanuts, and egg, among other things, is so popular it’s become the de facto measure by which Thai …

Why Every Writer Needs Two Educations

Marcus Burke, author of Team Seven and a former college athlete, learned from Carter G. Woodson that teaching yourself is just as important as being taught in the classroom.<p><b>By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature.</b> <b>See entries from Claire</b> …

Students Who Do Sex Work

Everyone's story is different.<p>A freshman at Duke University was outed as a porn performer by a fellow classmate earlier this year. The story was quickly picked up by national outlets. When the student revealed her porn alias, Belle Knox, a few weeks ago, she spurred another flurry of coverage.<p>As …

Mad Men's Creator: Don Draper Represents American Society

A conversation with Matthew Weiner about anti-heroes, why everybody loves Joan, and the real-life drama that inspires the hit AMC show<p><i>In preparation for her story “</i>The Madness of Matthew Weiner” <i>in the April issue of</i> The Atlantic<i>, Hanna Rosin</i> <i>sat down with</i> Mad Men <i>creator Matthew Weiner to talk about</i> …

What Applying to Charter Schools Showed Me About Inequality

Charters are not a comprehensive solution to public education's problems.<p>By the time we arrived—five minutes late—the school’s basement was packed. As I turned my eyes to the lectern, I wondered at the speed of childhood. My son turns three this summer, and yet, here we were, jammed into this …

Map: Every Country in the World Involved in a Territorial Dispute

Hint: Unless you live in Mongolia, your country's probably on this list.<p>Crimea is hardly home to the only territorial dispute in the world right now. In the map below, every country in pink is involved in a dispute over its national borders in some way or another.<p>The list is compiled by the U.S. …

The Never-Ending Controversy Over All-Girls Education

It's extremely tricky to prove scientifically whether or not single-sex schooling is effective.<p>Pippa Biddle always said she would never attend an all-girls school. She reluctantly agreed to visit Miss Porter’s, an all-girls boarding school in Farmington, Connecticut, as a favor to her mom. But …

Don't Help Your Kids With Their Homework

And other insights from a ground-breaking study of how parents impact children’s academic achievement<p>One of the central tenets of raising kids in America is that parents should be actively involved in their children’s education: meeting with teachers, volunteering at school, helping with homework, …

If Cars Really Could Drive Themselves, How Many Would We Need?

With cars shuttling themselves about from one task to the next, cities of the future might need about a third as many vehicle as we have now, a new study finds.<p>If self-driving cars become a reliable, safe, legal technology, here's a vision of what cities may someday look like.<p>There are no downtown …

Radar Will Scan NYC Park For A Buried Luxury Bomb Shelter From 1964

We want to believe.<p>Is the Underground Home still underground? The New York City Parks Department doesn't think so, but others do. The home, built as an exhibit for the 1964-1965 World's Fair held in New York, has ardent fans who think it's still buried underneath the city's Flushing Meadows-Corona …

Stop Looking For 'Hardwired' Differences In Male And Female Brains

Breaking the binary<p>In December, a highly publicized study declared that distinctive wiring in the brain explains different skill sets in men and women. After scanning hundreds of participants’ brains, the researchers reported that men have stronger connections within a given hemisphere, whereas …

The Brain

An Imaginary Town Becomes Real, Then Not. True Story

This is the story of a totally made-up place that suddenly became real — and then, strangely, undid itself and became a fantasy again. Imagine Pinocchio becoming a real boy and then going back to being a puppet. That's what happened here — but this is a true story.<p>It's about a place in upstate New …