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The Difference Between Social Anxiety And Introversion, In 4 Comics

Loving alone time is different from a mental health condition.

In 'Avengers: Infinity War,' The Superheroes Have Their Work Cut Out For Them

Avengers: Infinity War is the latest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In it, more than two dozen Marvel superheroes come together to try to ...

'Insane': America's 3 Largest Psychiatric Facilities Are Jails

Alisa Roth’s new book suggests U.S. jails and prisons have become warehouses for the mentally ill. They often get sicker in these facilities, Roth says, ...

Human nature matters

The only way to construct a robust philosophy for life is to have a clear and realistic picture of what makes humans tick By Skye ...

Was Cairo’s grand opera house a tool of cultural imperialism?

The new Royal Opera House Muscat in Oman and the brand new Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi revive vital questions. Are these new institutions instruments ...

A Cinematic Journey Through Paris, As Seen Through the Lens of Legendary Filmmaker Éric Rohmer: Watch Rohmer in Paris

Note: The film starts around the 30 second mark. Site of so many historic screenings, cradle of so many innovative auteurs, setting of so many ...

Igor Stravinsky Remembers the “Riotous” Premiere of His Rite of Spring in 1913: “They Were Very Shocked. They Were Naive and Stupid People.”

It can be a little hard to take the word “riot” seriously when applied to a contentious ballet performance, given how regularly we now see ...

People With Allergies And Asthma Have A Higher Risk Of Psychiatric Disorders

A robust new study out of Taiwan has found evidence that people who suffer from allergies are more likely to develop a psychiatric

Space-Hopping 'Avengers: Infinity War' Raises The Stakes To Infinity — And Beyond

The Avengers try to keep a space-tyrant from bedazzling his space-glove and performing cosmic genocide. The film doubles down on character interactions both familiar (good) ...

Asylum-Seeking Student Says Nothing Can Stand Between Him And Poetry

Allan Monga of Portland, Maine recently won the right to compete in the national Poetry Out Loud festival. He was initially barred because he’s an ...

Beigels already

Beigel Bake on Brick Lane in Shoreditch, east London, has been serving up its bagels 24 hours a day, every day, since 1974. In 1992, ...

Against metrics: how measuring performance by numbers backfires

More and more companies, government agencies, educational institutions and philanthropic organisations are today in the grip of a new phenomenon. I’ve termed it ‘metric fixation’. ...

Dire Straits’ “Sultans Of Swing” Played on the Gayageum, a Korean Instrument Dating Back to the 6th Century

Every now and then, we check in on the fascinating musical world of Luna Lee–a musician who performs Western music on the Gayageum, a traditional Korean stringed instrument ...

200+ Films by Indigenous Directors Now Free to View Online: A New Archive Launched by the National Film Board of Canada

The struggles of First Nations peoples in Canada have loomed large in the news, showing a far harsher side of a country Americans tend to ...

6 Everyday Habits That Could Be Triggering Your Headaches

Plus some advice on how to deal with them.

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet Reflects On 'Ambition And Manhood In America'

Gregory Pardlo’s new memoir, Air Traffic, chronicles his complicated relationship with his father, a labor organizer who lost his job following the air traffic controllers’ ...

'Art Of The Wasted Day' Makes A Case For Letting The Mind Wander

Patricia Hampl’s sharp new book argues that daydreaming is a vital part of life. Maureen Corrigan says, after reading it, “you’ll understand more of what ...

The ministry of the stove

The Quakers have historically worshipped outdoors or in public buildings and meeting houses, believing that God is in all people and places. Their meeting houses, ...

What did Hannah Arendt really mean by the banality of evil?

Can one do evil without being evil? This was the puzzling question that the philosopher Hannah Arendt grappled with when she reported for The New ...

Enter an Online Interactive Documentary on M.C. Escher’s Art & Life, Narrated By Peter Greenaway

Despite their enormous popularity, the enigmatic works of Dutch artist M.C. Escher have not, perhaps, received their due in the high art world. But he ...

Watch the Trailer for a Stunning New 70-Millimeter Print of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, Released by Christopher Nolan on the Film’s 50th Anniversary

Sure, you’ve probably seen 2001: A Space Odyssey. But have you experienced 2001: A Space Odyssey? That particular verb no doubt implies different conditions to different people. Maybe ...

'Bring The War Home' Shows 'Lone Wolf' Terrorists Are Really Part Of A Pack

Kathleen Belew’s new book explores the impact of the Vietnam War on America’s white power movement; Belew says that movement was behind a lot of ...

Who Cares If They're Cute? This Zoologist Accepts Animals On Their Own Terms

Zoologist Lucy Cooke says humans aren’t doing animals any favors when we moralize their behavior. Her book The Truth About Animals is organized around “fact ...

NPR Poetry Month: Andrea Davis Pinkney

NPR’s Michel Martin speaks with children’s book author and poet Andrea Davis Pinkney about her picks from the #NPRPoetry submissions.

Not My Job: We Ask 'Sopranos' Star Edie Falco 3 Questions About Tenors

Falco gained fame and a boatload of awards playing Carmela on HBO’s The Sopranos. She followed that up by creating the iconic role of Nurse ...

The Simple Life Hacks Kate Walsh Uses To Get Her Day Started Right

The actress struggles to prioritize herself, but she’s found ways to make it work.

How To Watch 'Westworld' Even If You've Never Seen An Episode

It’s impossible to watch all the good TV out there. But that’s no reason to shy away from the conversation around the buzziest small-screen delights. ...

Before He Became The 'Night Court' Judge, Harry Anderson Was A Con-Man Magician

Anderson, who died April 16, began his career as a street performer specializing in elaborate pranks. He spoke to Fresh Air in 1989 about an ...

Journey birds

What feelings and meanings does ‘home’ evoke? And after leaving home, can you find those feelings anew? In the Israeli animator Daphna Awadish’s short film ...

What we say vs what we mean: what is conversational implicature?

Imagine you have been asked to review the reference letters provided by the candidates for a lectureship in philosophy. One reads: ‘My former student, Dr ...

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