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50 Best Albums of 2017 So Far

Kendrick Lamar, ‘Damn’<p>We Say: Seemingly exhausted with the burden of constantly pushing hip-hop forward into concept operas, electric Miles …

Music

Apple’s New Campus: An Exclusive Look Inside the Mothership | WIRED

One More Thing<p>Inside Apple’s Insanely<p>Great (or Just Insane)<p>New Mothership<p>Inside Apple’s Insanely Great (or Just Insane) New Mothership<p>by Steven Levy …

Tim Cook

“I just don’t believe this anymore”: Why I abandoned my faith

Sarah Morehead of the nonprofit group Recovering From Religion reflects on her tortuous path to godlessness<p>Americans are leaving their religions at a faster rate than ever before, and that means more are looking for help with the transition. People who are casually religious may walk away and not …

Jumpers

The fatal grandeur of the Golden Gate Bridge.<p>Shortly after ten-thirty in the morning on Wednesday, March 19th, a real-estate agent named Paul Alarab began hiking across the Golden Gate Bridge. Midway along the walkway, which carries pedestrians and cyclists between San Francisco and Marin County, …

The Best Infographics of the Year: Nate Silver on the 3 Keys to Great Information Design and the Line Between Editing and Censorship

“More isn’t always better: no more in information design than in poetry…”<p>Once again this year, I was delighted to serve on the “Brain Trust” for an annual project by Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist, <i>New Yorker</i> writer, and <i>Scientific American</i> neuroscience blog editor Gareth Cook, who culls the best, …

My party has lost its soul: Bill Clinton, Barack Obama and the victory of Wall Street Democrats

A former Clinton aide on how Democrats lost their way chasing Wall Street cash, and new populism the party needs<p>1.<p>In 2006 the Atlantic magazine asked a panel of “eminent historians” to name the 100 most influential people in American history. Included alongside George Washington, Abe Lincoln, Mark …

A close look at Michael Bay's explosive visual style

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‘The Putter’, A Wordless Video Documenting the Creation of a Handmade Pair of Scissors

“The Putter” is a wordless video by United Kingdom-based filmmaker Shaun Bloodworth that focuses on the work of Cliff Denton, a man who quite …

England

Crowd Control

<b>Political Revolt and the Accumulation of More</b><p><i>Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com</i><p>[<i>This essay will appear in "Revolution," the Spring 2014 issue of</i> Lapham"s Quarterly<i>. This slightly adapted version is posted at TomDispatch.com with the kind permission of that magazine.</i>]<p><i>In case of rain, the revolution</i> …

Sister Corita Kent Retrospective in Berlin (VIDEO)

Sister Corita (1918-1986) was an artist and an educator who worked in Los Angeles and Boston. Her artwork, with its messages of love and peace, was particularly popular during the social upheavals of the 1960s and 1970s. As a pop artist, Corita primarily focused on text and vibrant color, …

Rejoice! New Art from 'Calvin and Hobbes' Creator Bill Watterson

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Attention comic strip fans, art enthusiasts, anyone who was a child from 1985-1995, and really any …

Want to Fight Sexual Violence? Look to the Labor Movement

Women at the helm of the labor movement are tackling long ignored workplace issues. They are fighting for paid sick days in New York and Illinois, and advocating for sustainable care-giving models through the Caring Across Generations campaign. Even more, they are using explosive organizing models …

4 ways to make your brain work better

Nye, Ham Debate Origins of Matter - Video on NBCNews.com

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Richard Brett obituary

There was a moment in 1988 when the future of theatre suddenly loomed large: in a production of Dion Boucicault's melodramatic classic The Shaughraun, the drum revolve installed beneath the National Theatre's Olivier stage 10 years earlier was used for the very first time. This was a spectacular …

6 reasons female nudity can be powerful

A reporter’s question about Lena Dunham’s nudity pointed to a bigger issue: Naked women can threaten the status quo<p>Last week, in the midst of what appears to be infinite fascination about Lena Dunham’s nudity, I saw a fundraiser for the documentary "Free the Nipple" and also, by coincidence, talked …

Lady Mary Is Back in Black on ‘Downton’

“I hate black,” <b>Lady Mary Crawley</b> once complained – all the way back in the <i>Downton Abbey</i> pilot, when she was forced to mourn the man she was supposed …

TV

The romantic comedy isn’t dead!

Some say modernity killed the rom-com, but movies like “Enough Said” prove the genre’s alive and well in 2013<p>Contemporary romantic comedies make for an easy punching bag. This is evidenced by the fervor with which critics chomp at the bit when given the opportunity to decry "Love Actually" as an …

Segment: Michelle Alexander — Locked Out of America | Moyers & Company

<b>BILL MOYERS</b>: Welcome. Last month in Sydney, Australia, they threw an annual event called the Festival of Dangerous Ideas. One of the main speakers …

Digital Super 8 Cartridge Brings Old Movie Cameras Back To Life

Back before there was home video, there was Super 8, Kodak’s home movie system which used film cartridges to record sound and moving images, ready to be played back onto a giant projector screen at home. So pervasive is the aesthetic of Super 8 that even today, fake home movie footage in TV shows …

Pi Delta Psi pledge died of head injuries in fraternity ritual, coroner says

A New York college student died of head injuries last week during a fraternity ritual held in Pennsylvania, the local coroner's office said Monday.<p>Baruch College freshman Chun "Michael" Deng, 19, died of "closed head injuries ... due to blunt force head trauma," Mary Wallace of the Luzerne County, …

Theater: Fiona Shaw Rocks in One of the Last Shows of the Year

Five final shows to see before the holidays take over. They ranged from a marvelous breathing-to-life of a poem more than 200 years old, a so-so take on the Scottish play, a one-man homage to a master via August Wilson's biographical piece and two new works from talented writers striving for …

Don't Bargain Away Benefits

As part of the deal to end the government shutdown, continue funding the government until Jan. 15 and extend the debt ceiling until Feb. 7, Congress convened a budget conference committee between the House and Senate with a goal of reaching agreement on a budget by Dec. 13.<p>The future of Social …

Newtown anniversary: Daily drumbeat of child homicides gets little notice

<b>By Bill Dedman,</b> <b>Investigative Reporter, NBC News</b><p>To mourn the 20 children and six educators killed a year ago at Sandy Hook elementary, residents of the Connecticut suburb of Newtown will take a quiet action on Saturday: placing candles in windows to remember the lives lost.<p>But who will put a candle …

Feds offer a bit more time to buy health insurance

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Health Care

Obama's unlocking of federal funding ban on gun research yields little upshot in first year

Nearly a year after President Barack Obama ended a 17-year-long virtual freeze on the federal funding of gun-violence research, that thaw has not yet produced scientific breakthroughs because America still lacks the money and minds to churn out pivotal studies on the topic, medical experts …

Ministers hail gang violence work as report issued

<b>The government has hailed progress in tackling gang crime in English cities.</b><p>Home Secretary Theresa May said a programme set-up in the wake of the riots in England in 2011 providing £10m funding in 33 areas was working.<p>A Home Office report on the plan noted falls in the number of youths wounded with …