Nicole Bloch

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Exotic Pets

<b>All across the nation,</b> in Americans’ backyards and garages and living rooms, in their beds and basements and bathrooms, wild animals kept as pets live side by side with their human owners. It’s believed that more exotic animals live in American homes than are cared for in American zoos. The …

To Live and Die in America

For the kids in Tehran’s underground rock scene, the dream was simple: party, make music, and escape to New York, where the life they wanted was legal. By 2011 three bands—the Yellow Dogs, Hypernova, and the Free Keys—had found their way to Brooklyn. But as their indie community thrived, one of the …

The Week in Pop: Cultural faves from the last seven days

I already shared an all-music edition of The Week in Pop, so here's a rundown of other stuff I've been digging this week:<p>1. The <i>How I Met Your Mother</i> finale. Go ahead and argue, but I liked the way the long-running series wrapped this week. (And really, how could it have ended any other way?) My …

Week in Tech: 5 must-know things

Another big week for tech as voice-activated search breakthroughs kick off the headlines. Amazon and Microsoft introduced products that made heavy use of voice search technology. Here's a look at what you need to know:<p>1) <b>CALLING CORTANA</b><p>Microsoft's Cortana is the company's answer to Apple's Siri and …

Pictures of the Week 4.4.14