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How To Avoid Getting A Cold On An Airplane

The dreaded airplane cold is one of the worst parts of air travel — but there are simple tricks to make sure you don’t get ...

Che Apalache Hopes To Open Minds And Ears With Their Latin Bluegrass Fusion

Che Apalache is a band made up of one North American and three Argentinians. They play bluegrass and have been a big hit with Anglo ...

'A Girl's Guide' To Growing Up On A Secretive Missile Test Site

When Karen Piper was 6, her family moved to the Mojave Desert. In A Girl’s Guide To Missiles she describes how her parents designed weapons, ...

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The Georgia Archives building, also known as the ‘White Ice Cube’ for its pale hue, windowless facade and modernist shape, was a prominent feature of ...

Is religion a universal in human culture or an academic invention?

If anything seems self-evident in human culture, it’s the widespread presence of religion. People do ‘religious’ stuff all the time; a commitment to gods, myths ...

How Leonard Cohen Wrote a Love Song

So many songs take love as their topic, almost by default, that we hardly even think of the “love song” as a distinct type of ...

Did Lennon or McCartney Write the Beatles 1965 Song “In My Life”? A Math Professor, Using Statistics, Solves the Decades-Old Mystery

In 2009, guitarist Randy Bachman of the Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive had the rare opportunity to hear the individual tracks that make up that ...

Can't Decide On A Birth Control Method? This Should Help

Educate yourself on the side effects now, and know what to expect later.

Study Shows Boxers May Be Better Than Briefs For Men's Fertility

Listen up, guys: Your sperm count may depend on your underwear.

An Iraq Veteran, Heroin Addict, Bank Robber And Debut Novelist

Nico Walker is currently in federal prison for bank robbery. That’s given him plenty of time to write his semi-autobiographical novel Cherry, which has received ...

A Struggling Surfer Gets 'A Sign' In Jim Gavin's 'Lodge 49'

The creator of the AMC comedy talks about strip mall culture, why he likes to write characters who are fools, and explains why he defines ...

Don’t worry about feeling sad: on the benefits of a blue period

In a Twitter account called So Sad Today, the American writer Melissa Broder has been sending out snippets of her daily inner life since 2012. ...

The forgotten children of China's prisoners

Twin sisters Wei and Yan and their younger brother Won are left on their own when their father is imprisoned for manslaughter. Like other children ...

The Surreal Paintings of the Occult Magician, Writer & Mountaineer, Aleister Crowley

I am not equipped to judge whether the notorious Aleister Crowley—whom the British press once called “the wickedest man in the world”—was an overrated magician ...

Ken Burns Teaches Documentary Filmmaking with His New Online Masterclass

FYI: If you sign up for a MasterClass course by clicking on the affiliate links in this post, Open Culture will receive a small fee ...

'The Line That Held Us': Noir In Appalachia

Novelist David Joy, whose books chronicle the rural, working-class South of his own milieu, has penned a new book where a hunting accident triggers a ...

Like 'Goosebumps?' Here's Another 30 Years' Worth Of Horror For Kids

From the late ’60s to the rise of Harry Potter in the late ’90s, horror fiction had a hold on young readers, and there was ...

V.S. Naipaul, Controversial Author And Nobel Laureate, Dies At 85

Naipaul was born in Trinidad, and his relationship to his birthplace was nothing if not complicated. He was often criticized for the way he depicted ...

'I Wasn't Sure If It Was True': John David Washington On The 'BlacKkKlansman' Story

In director Spike Lee’s latest film, BlacKkKlansman, John David Washington plays Ron Stallworth, a black police detective who successfully infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in ...

African-American Craft Beer Brewers Unite To Host A Festival Of Their Own

Craft beer is booming, but it is not very popular in the African-American community and there are few black brewers. The first craft beer festival ...

In Satirical 'Severance,' A Stricken Country Works Itself To Death

When a disease wipes out most of the U.S. population, Candace Chen is the last one left at the office. Ling Ma began work on ...

Is the Western dead?

A staple of American cinema since the release of the silent film The Great Train Robbery in 1903, the Western arguably became its defining genre ...

We have an ethical obligation to relieve individual animal suffering

Last winter, unforgettable video footage online showed a starving polar bear, struggling in its Arctic hunting grounds. Because of global warming, the ice was thin ...

Hear Singers from the Metropolitan Opera Record Their Voices on Traditional Wax Cylinders

Vinyl is back in a big way. Music lovers who booted their record collections during the compact disc’s approximately 15 year reign are scrambling to ...

See Ancient Greek Music Accurately Reconstructed for the First Time

Imagine trying to reconstruct the music of the Beatles 2,500 years from now, if nothing survived but a few fragments of the lyrics. Or the ...

How To Tell If You Have A Headache Or A Migraine

Experts break down the different types of head pain, as well as their symptoms and causes.

Women Have A Better Chance Of Surviving A Heart Attack With A Female Doctor

It’s past time to take women’s pain seriously.

'Madeline's Madeline': In This Acting Class, Dreams, Darkness and Dance Come Together

A teenaged girl’s acting class intersects with her home life in bracing, and not entirely healthy ways, in Josephine Decker’s intimate, audacious and wildly experimental ...

Bär

Note: English subtitles for this video are available by clicking the ‘CC’ button on the bottom right of the video player. As the Second World ...

Shark, Weak: Toothless 'The Meg' Snatches Mediocrity From The Jaws Of Defeat

It’s a “somewhat self-aware, mildly sci-fi tinged, numbingly unimaginative watering down … of a genre landmark, relocated to Asia and aimed squarely at the world’s ...

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