Tracy Acheampong

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The New Preschool Is Crushing Kids

Today’s young children are working more, but they’re learning less.<p>Step into an American preschool classroom today and you are likely to be bombarded with what we educators call a print-rich environment, every surface festooned with alphabet charts, bar graphs, word walls, instructional posters, …

These Beatles albums still can't be streamed on Spotify or Apple Music

Or anywhere else, for that matter<p>Today's arrival of The Beatles on Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play Music, Tidal, and everywhere else marks a huge moment for streaming music. The band's discography, from <i>Please Please Me</i> up through <i>Let It Be</i> is finally available on demand. A few compilations like</i> …

The Guide to Streaming the Beatles Now That Their Songs Are Online

Merry Christmas Eve! The Beatles are finally available on streaming services.<p>Now that you can listen to the Fab Four without digging out your vinyl …

The Beatles

The countries that don’t exist

There really is a secret world of hidden independent nations, with their own populations, governments – and football leagues. In fact, you’ve almost certainly visited one without realising.<p>When I first see Nick Middleton, he is surrounded by globes and atlases showing the most exotic places on the …

United Nations

Has recognition that 'black' and 'brilliant' coexist finally arrived? | Steven W Thrasher

Black genius is having an unapologetic moment, allowing our intelligence to shine without shame or reservation<p>“Genius” has never been the default setting we have for considering black men or women in this country, no matter how brilliant they are.<p>But black genius is having an unapologetic moment, …

A Brief History of the Tea Bag

A way to get a self-contained, no-muss jolt of caffeine may seem like a quintessentially 21st-century need—but the original single-serving, …

How wealthy is the Queen? Not as rich as you think

Queen Elizabeth II may be one of the most influential women in the world, but Her Majesty's wealth has declined in comparison to other billionaires over her six-decade reign, according to Bloomberg.<p>The Queen, who today becomes the longest-serving monarch in British history, is worth £277m, a mere …

Queen Elizabeth II

An American family saved their son from joining the Islamic State. Now he might go to prison.

By Adam Goldman<p>Adam Goldman<p>Reporter who covered terrorism and national security<p>Bio<p><b>CONFRONTING THE CALIPHATE</b> | This is part of an occasional series.<p>SPRING, Tex. — Asher Abid Khan sat in Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport and considered his next move — forward to Syria and enlistment in the Islamic State, …

Islam

A Peek Into The Sleep Habits Of Teenagers Around The World

None of them are getting enough shut-eye.<p>New data released by Sleep Cycle, an alarm clock that tracks sleep patterns, show that teenagers in Europe have the best sleep quality -- and teenagers in the United States have the worst.<p>Sleep derivation can lead to a host of health problems in adults, such …

Sleep

The fortune-teller of Kabul | May Jeong

For centuries mystics have channelled the hopes and fears of Afghans. With the nation in turmoil, their services are as popular as ever. But can they survive the latest crackdown by religious hardliners?<p>Last November, Abdullah Sharifi visited a spirit medium. By his own admission, Sharifi was the …

Is Post-Katrina Gentrification Saving New Orleans Or Ruining It?

<b>NEW ORLEANS</b> — “This is where I'm from, this is me, right here,” Domonique Meyers, 28, says as we walk up to his family’s home in the 5th Ward.<p>Rows of slender, single-story shotgun houses crowd together along the narrow streets of the neighborhood, with only a few feet separating them. But the …

New Orleans

45 Ways to Use Up All Those Jars of Mustard in Your Fridge

Have you met mustard, our favorite condiment? We though you had. These 45 recipes prove why mustard is the best, most versatile spread around.<p><b>Have you met our favorite condiment, mustard?</b> We thought you had. It's sharp, reliable, and ready to tackle whatever sandwich, huge hunk of meat, or salad …

America's Largest Mental Hospital Is a Jail

At Cook County, where a third of those incarcerated suffer from psychological disorders, officials are looking for ways to treat inmates less like prisoners and more like patients.<p>It was 9 o’clock in the morning at Cook County Jail, but in the subterranean holding cells where dozens await their …

Why Baltimore Blew Up

When Baltimore exploded in protests a few weeks ago following the unexplained paddy-wagon death of a young African-American man named Freddie Gray, …

The brown ballerina exists. Why we need to lift her up

Brown ballerinas<p>Ballet's big diversity moment is approaching.<p>Brown ballerinas<p>Ballet's big diversity moment is approaching.<p>NEW YORK, New York — In …

Dancing

Sip It Slowly, And Other Lessons From The Oldest Tea Book In The World

At least 2,500 years ago, tea, as we know it, was born.<p>Back then, it was a medicinal concoction blended with herbs, seeds and forest leaves in the mountains of southwest China. Gradually, as manners of processing and drinking tea were refined, it became imbued with artistic, religious, and cultural …

The Mystery of the Hardy Boys and the Invisible Authors

Along with the Nancy Drew series, almost all of the thrillers in the popular teenage franchise were produced by ghostwriters, thanks to a business model that proved to be prescient.<p>In the opening pages of a recent installment of the children’s book series <i>The Hardy Boys</i>, black smoke drifts though …

Female Literati Pick Summer's Best Books

Smart, satisfying and un-putdownable reads from the best female novelists writing today.<p>Walk into any bookstore and you'll see tables piled high with easy, breezy, beachy books. If you're looking for something with a little more bite, the top women novelists writing today share their favorite …

Blueprint for a Better Human Body

People who wear and design prosthetics are rethinking the form of our species.<p>When Elizabeth Wright smacks her right leg on a table, she says “ow.” That’s only interesting if you know one more thing: that her right leg is made out of carbon fiber and metal. It’s also part of her. “It is my right …

The Ghosts Of Laprak

LAPRAK, Nepal — It was a quiet Saturday in Laprak. With the village’s only school closed, some kids were playing on yellow terraced wheat fields. As afternoon neared, clouds hovered over the hills, halfway blocking the view of Buddha Himal, a sacred mountain in the Himalayan range in the western …

Natural Disasters

The Wedding Sting

How a police department tried to save a failing Rust Belt town by luring all the local drug dealers to one party<p>There was a drug deal going down that night in rural Michigan. It was September 4, 1990, just after sunset in the town of Owosso, population 16,360. There, about 90 miles northwest of …

The Time Machine: The History of Mad Men by James Poniewozik

Part 1 <br>The Time of Their Lives<p>“What’s the benefit?”<p>This is one of Don Draper’s favorite questions. When you’re trying to sell people something, what …

Church Of Marvels celebrates Coney Island curiosities and Manhattan scuzz

While it spans many locations throughout New York at the dawn of the 20th century, Leslie Parry’s debut novel <i>Church Of Marvels</i> takes its name from a …

An Interview with the Artist Behind the Covers for Goosebumps

Tim Jacobus explains how a fascination with famed prog rock painter Roger Dean led him to creating one of the most iconic series of book covers of the 90s.<p>As you might recall, <i>Goosebumps</i> was a phenomenally successful 1990s book series about preteens finding soft-core terror in the suburbs. The …

Here Are The Premiere Dates For 2015's Summer TV

Set your DVRs for the return of Orange Is the New Black and Hannibal and the debut of Scream and Sense8.<p>Just because some of your regular-season favorites are signing off, that doesn't mean television is lacking this summer. With the slew of season finales also comes the kickoff of brand-new shows …

TV

What People Around the World Dream About

An atlas of the subconscious, from Tijuana to Reykjavik<p>The first thing I learned is: Everybody flies.<p>Consider the surly taxi driver I met in Ukraine who, when asked what he dreamed of at night, responded, “I jump and then I fly—higher than the trees, higher than the trolley wires.”<p>“I think when I …

14 Of The Most Buzzed-About Books Of 2015

(So far.)<p>Below are the books that have been highest-rated by users, and that are also getting added to tons of "Want to Read" lists.

Books

Enough of Silly Love Songs

New albums from Mumford & Sons, Best Coast, and My Morning Jacket try to separate emotion and sentimentality.<p>In music, in fairy tales, in legends, the most famous loves are the big loves. The recent deaths of soul singers Percy Sledge and Ben E. King have offered as good a reminder of this as any. …