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Homeland Review: The Real Meaning of "Casus Belli"

“Casus Belli,” the title of tonight’s <i>Homeland</i>, is often translated from the Latin as “cause of war,” but the precipitous relationship this …

'Homeland' recap: Quinn has a no good, very bad day

<b>This recap contains spoilers for</b> <i>Homeland</i> <b>Season 6, episode 5, "Casus Belli." Refresh your memory with our</b> <b>recap of episode 604</b><b>.</b><p>After a slow start, the <i>Homeland</i> we know and love is back with Season 6's fifth episode, "Casus Belli," which means "an act or situation provoking or justifying war."<p>The act …

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'Homeland' recap: 'Casus Belli'

We gave it a <b>B+</b><p>Carrie’s never been good at separating her personal and professional lives — Franny is arguably a product of that — but this hour may be the closest brush she’s had yet with her work following her home. And as much as she takes the blame for leaving Quinn at home with Franny, she …

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‘Homeland,’ Season 6, Episode 5: Quinn Is Not Your Ideal Babysitter

I once had an Israeli au pair. We didn’t get along very well.<p>But there was one thing I always knew: she’d do anything to protect my children. In fact, had any potential harm <i>dared</i> come their way in her presence, she would have used every bit of her recent military training to keep them safe.<p>Peter …

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The United States of BBQ: The Best Barbecue From Each of the 50 States

Alabama - Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q<p><b>Address and phone:</b> 1715 6th Ave Southeast, Decatur (256-350-6969) <b><br>Website:</b> bigbobgibson.com<p>In a state chock-full of …

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Homeland Season 6 Episode 4 Recap: "A Flash Of Light"

Audiences have been waiting patiently for Season 6 of <i>Homeland</i> to pick up the pace, so while Sunday night’s (Feb. 12) episode continues to move with an unhurried stride, things literally explode in the final few minutes. At last, viewers receive confirmation that there is a common thread tying all …

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'Homeland' recap: 'A Flash of Light'

We gave it an <b>A-</b><p>Before Quinn nearly died of sarin gas, he wrote Carrie a letter. “Think of me as a <i>light</i> on the headlands,” it read, “a <i>beacon</i> steering you clear of the rocks.”<p>Turns out he was right — and prescient — about that. Quinn tracks the man in the apartment across the street and finds the …

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‘Homeland,’ Season 6, Episode 4: A Warning to All Young Men — Avoid Carrie

So it looks like we’re done with Sekou. Is anyone really surprised?<p>Young men don’t generally do well after contact with Carrie. And Carrie’s best attempts at living a civilian life, once again, have hit some pretty serious challenges. Her colleague, Reda Hashem, is insisting that no matter how …

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‘Homeland’ 6×04 Recap: No One Wants to Be a Whistleblower

I can’t believe I didn’t see this explosion coming. It’s like I forgot what show I was watching. Maybe I am dumber than <i>Homeland</i>. I’ll get back to …

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'Homeland' Season 6 finally got our attention with that mystery attack

<b>This recap contains spoilers for</b> <i>Homeland</i> <b>Season 6, episode 4, "A Flash of Light." Refresh your memory with our</b> <b>recap of episode 603 here</b><b>.</b><p><i>Homeland</i> has always been a bit of a slow burn, though some seasons get off to a faster start than others. With Season 6, the first three episodes felt a little …

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What Facebook's New Bereavement Leave Policy Means For Millennials

On Tuesday, Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, announced that Facebook’s bereavement leave policy is changing. Additionally, their leave policy to care short-term and long-term for an ill family member is also changing. This comes on the heels of many other benefit changes in the …

Millennials

17 photos that chronicle America’s iconic history of activism

Donald Trump's election and recent wave of executive orders have inspired protests nationwide.<p>The day after the president's inauguration, the Women's March on Washington swelled to a half million people. Rallies related to immigration, LGBT rights, and other issues have continued to pop up in …

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Reservations About Films: Disney’s Pocahontas

Posted on September 11, 2015<p>Disney’s animated story of <i>Pocahontas</i> has been viewed by millions of children around the world since the film’s release in …

Native Americans

Hidden figures: the history of Nasa’s black female scientists

The diversity of Nasa’s workforce in 1940s Virginia is uncovered in a new book by Margot Lee Shetterly. She recalls how a visit to her home town led to a revelation<p>“Mrs Land worked as a computer out at Langley,” my father said, taking a right turn out of the parking lot of the First Baptist church …

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How These 12 Black Women Made History

The future (and the past) is female (and black).<p>In 20th Century Fox’s <i>Hidden Figures</i>, we get a glimpse into the lives of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Winston Jackson—all black, female mathematicians or aerospace engineers for NASA who had hands in sending Americans into space for the …

Black History

GE Publicly Commits to Hiring More Women With a Gorgeous Ad Directed by Nicole Holofcener

One reason for the dearth of female leadership in science, technology engineering, and math (STEM) fields is that there aren’t enough women in the …

Education

Light Bulbs That Help You Sleep

Sleep is a problem in Gail Conn’s household. Her teenage son studies late into the night and her 88-year-old mother, who suffers from dementia, gets agitated at night. To tackle the problems, Ms. Conn looked up — at her light bulbs.<p>In her family’s apartment on East 49th Street in Midtown Manhattan, …

Home Automation

If you can’t sleep, try camping without your smartphone

It’s all about that body clock<p>If you’re one of the estimated 50 to 70 million Americans who have trouble sleeping, you might just want to treat yourself to a camping trip. New research shows that spending time outdoors — away from artificial light like your TV and cellphone — can reset your …

Bedtime Stories

Anthony Huxley, the Anti-Jock of City Ballet

In dance, “voice” can refer to the way a body moves, not just the words that come from it. It has taken Anthony Huxley, shy by nature, time to find both. For years, he rarely spoke. He could hide behind his impeccable technique. It’s almost as if a classical step, beautifully executed, became a …

Ballet

This City Ballet Dancer Has a New Role: Being Bad

Fairies can be so fickle. One night, all you want to do is break a spell. The next, with ice in your veins and a malicious flourish, you put a curse into action.<p>On Thursday, Sara Mearns, the glamorous New York City Ballet principal, made an unlikely debut: the evil Fairy Carabosse in “The Sleeping …

New York City Ballet

'Homeland' recap: 'The Covenant'

We gave it a <b>B-</b><p>Paranoia drives everyone in <i>Homeland</i>‘s spy game this season. It courses through Carrie’s veins as she listens to Keane talk about Saul finding evidence “conclusive,” blinds Conlin from seeing that Sekou isn’t a threat at all, makes Saul dwell on a discarded cigarette pack, Dar trust …

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Homeland Season 6 Episode 3 Recap: "The Covenant"

Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) has never been one to draw inside the lines. It’s both her strongest attribute and her Kryptonite. When Carrie sets her mind on a target, there’s nothing that will stand in her way, even if whatever she has to do is highly dangerous and completely illegal. Because …

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‘Homeland,’ Season 6, Episode 3: Quinn and Carrie, Please Work Out Your Issues

Am I the only one to have found the pace of tonight’s episode to be a bit off? A bit too slow, a bit tiresome — kind of like, I imagine, how it may feel for Carrie to be on her meds.<p>Mood-related or not, there is an increasingly uncomfortable difference between the pitch and tenor of Carrie’s …

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'Homeland' Season 6 needs to get to the point, stat

This recap contains spoilers for <i>Homeland</i> Season 6, episode 3, "The Covenant." Refresh your memory with our recap of episode 602 here.<p>The third episode of <i>Homeland</i> Season 6, "The Covenant," made the first two episodes look like they were operating at a positively breakneck pace by comparison.<p>Pieces …

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Homeland Recap: Inside Woman

<i>Homeland</i> follows up its character-driven season premiere with an even more somber, relatively slow episode. This is a good thing. It's nice to see …

‘Homeland’ Recap: The ‘Man in the Basement’ Isn’t Carrie’s Only Problem

<b>Spoiler alert: Do not read until you’ve watched episode two of Season 6 of “Homeland,” titled “The Man in the Basement.”</b><p>Carrie Mathison (Claire …

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Homeland Season 6 Episode 2 Recap: The Man In The Basement

It’s been quite some time since viewers have seen CIA operatives Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) and Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin) working in the field, so deeply entrenched in espionage plans, it’s questionable as to whether or not they’ve lost their sense of self in the process. Masterful liars, …

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'Homeland' recap: 'The Man in the Basement'

We gave it a <b>B+</b><p>If they gave awards for Worst TV Houseguest, Peter Quinn would be in the running.<p>It’s not his fault; the former super-spy doesn’t even remember exactly what happened to him, and he’s constantly grasping at straws, at anything that makes his world look a little less blurry and feel a …

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‘Homeland’ Season 6, Episode 2: Carrie Is Back to Her Old Self, Bending Rules

If there ever was a time for an “I love you” on “Homeland,” it was tonight.<p>“You saved me.”<p>“Yes.”<p>“Why?”<p>“<i>Why? … Why?”</i><p>This is not a safe situation for Carrie. All the boundaries in her life are being breached. The basement door is unlocked, and there’s a worrisome set of knives on the counter. Saul is …

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