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Historian Henry Louis Gates Jr. On DNA Testing And Finding His Own Roots

As host of the PBS series Finding Your Roots, Gates tells celebrities about their family history. He reflects on his own history and some of ...

Once Centers Of Soviet Propaganda, Moscow's Libraries Are Having A 'Loud' Revival

“A library can be a loud place,” says a city official in charge of Moscow’s 400-plus public libraries, which have begun attracting visitors with coffee ...

Crisanto Street

In the wake of the Silicon Valley tech boom, a massive housing affordability crisis has left thousands of lower-income residents unable to pay skyrocketing rents. These ...

Women won’t ask a man for more pay – but they will ask a woman

The figure of 78 cents to a man’s dollar is familiar to many of us. It’s how the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics has ...

Jodie Foster Teaches Filmmaking in Her First Online Course

FYI: Jodie Foster has just rolled out a new online course on filmmaking over on MasterClass. In 18 video lessons, the two-time Oscar-winner guides “you ...

Librarian Honors a Dying Tree by Turning It Into a Little Free Library

And then she said to Annika, “Why don’t you feel in that old tree stump? One practically always finds things in old tree stumps.”  - ...

'Unmarriageable' Sets 'Pride And Prejudice' In Pakistan

You may not think the world needs another retelling of Jane Austen’s classic, but Soniah Kamal’s Unmarriageable has an undercurrent of social and political commentary ...

There's No Rest For Anyone In 'The Dreamers'

Karen Thompson Walker’s new novel imagines a pandemic that puts victims into a deep sleep, giving them strange dreams from which they may not wake ...

Not My Job: Conan O'Brien Gets Quizzed On Hot Cocoa

We’ve invited the longtime, late night talk show host to play a game called “Team Coco, meet hot cocoa!” O’Brien is now host of Conan ...

M. Night Shyamalan's Superhero Thriller 'Glass' Overflows With Preposterousness

Shyamalan’s latest film stars Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson and James McAvoy in an eccentric, perilously self-indulgent sequel that braids together two previous movies: Unbreakable ...

Memoirist Retraces Her Journey From Survivalist Childhood To Cambridge Ph.D.

Growing up, Tara Westover had no birth certificate, never saw a doctor and didn’t go to school. She writes about her transition into the mainstream ...

Earthrise

‘What they should have sent was poets…’ Launched in December 1968, Apollo 8 was the first manned flight to reach the Moon, orbit it and ...

Philosophy can make the previously unthinkable thinkable

In the mid-1990s, Joseph Overton, a researcher at the US think tank the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, proposed the idea of a ‘window’ of ...

Oodles of Classic Doctor Who Episodes Streaming Free Online This Month

A quick fyi: This month, Twitch is presenting a marathon streaming of classic Doctor Who episodes. Continuing through January 25th, they plan to broadcast “11 to 12 ...

Hear Mary Oliver (RIP) Read Five of Her Poems: “The Summer Day,” “Little Dog’s Rhapsody in the Night,” “Many Miles” and “Night and the River”

Poets get to have strong opinions about what poetry should be and do, especially poets as well-loved as Mary Oliver, who passed away yesterday at ...

The 7 Workout Accessories Personal Trainers Swear By

“This tool has been around since the 1700s for a reason.”

'The Heiresses': After A Reversal of Fortune, A Woman Rediscovers Herself

Paraguay’s Oscar submission to this year’s best foreign film category is a tender, quietly magical gem about a middle-aged aristocrat forced to start over. (Image ...

'Who Will Write Our History': Documenting Those Who Documented The Warsaw Ghetto

In this stirring documentary, the secret archive maintained by members of the Warsaw Ghetto comes to vivid life through historical footage and reenactments. (Image credit: ...

The power of expectations

It’s perhaps not startling to learn that the expectations of others have a significant impact on us. Over the past century, however, scientists have been ...

The marvel of the human dad

Among our close animal relatives, only humans have involved and empathic fathers. Why did evolution favour the devoted dad? By Anna Machin Read at Aeon

A Page of Madness: The Lost, Avant Garde Masterpiece from Early Japanese Cinema (1926)

It’s a sad fact that the vast majority of silent movies in Japan have been lost thanks to human carelessness, earthquakes and the grim efficiency ...

An Animated History of Cheese: 10,000 Years in Under Six Minutes

We can now eat cheese nearly anywhere in the world, and most world cuisines seem to have found — to varying degrees of success — ...

Feel The Fear — And Read It Anyway: 'Help Me!' Documents A Year Of Self-Help Books

Marianne Power decided to read one self-help book a month, for a year — and follow the advice in each, to the letter. She says ...

'Joy Enough' Recalls A Daughter's All-Encompassing Love For Her Mother

Sarah McColl unstintingly puts her heart on the page as she reflects on caring for her dying mother, with whom she is unimaginably close, as ...

Who pushes the button?

From elevators to iPhones, the rise of pushbuttons has provoked a century of worries about losing the human touch By Rachel Plotnick Read at Aeon

Erik Erikson knew that self-invention takes a lifetime

‘Anything that’s in your character at twenty-one,’ says a businessman in F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel Tender Is the Night (1934), ‘is usually there to stay.’ ...

An Ancient Egyptian Homework Assignment from 1800 Years Ago: Some Things Are Truly Timeless

Every generation of schoolchildren no doubt first assumes homework to be a historically distinct form of punishment, developed expressly to be inflicted on them. But ...

America at War: Infographic Reveals How the U.S. Military Is Operating in 40% of the World’s Nations

Earlier this month, NBC reporter and analyst William Arkin ended a 30-year career as a journalist, announcing in a “scathing letter,” Democracy Now! reports, that ...

Does Vitamin D Help With Seasonal Affective Disorder?

Experts discuss if it eases seasonal depression symptoms, like changes in sleep and feeling of sadness.

5 Common Mistakes People Make When Doing Whole30

Experts share the worst slip-ups you can make while attempting the eating plan.

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