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A Farm-To-Table Board Game, For Manure Audiences Only

Virginia guitar maker Brian Calhoun devised a strategy game called Chickapig. (It features hybrid animals and pooping cows.) Now he’s getting some friends — like ...

Slavery-entangled philosophy

John Locke took part in administering the slave-owning colonies. Does that make him, and liberalism itself, hypocritical? By Holly Brewer Read at Aeon

One is the loneliest number: the history of a Western problem

‘God, but life is loneliness,’ declared the writer Sylvia Plath in her private journals. Despite all the grins and smiles we exchange, she says, despite ...

Wikipedia Leads Effort to Create a Digital Archive of 20 Million Artifacts Lost in the Brazilian Museum Fire

The staggering loss of a possible 20 million artifacts in the fire that consumed Brazil’s Museu Nacional in Rio boggles the mind—dinosaur fossils, the oldest ...

David Gilmour Talks About the Mysteries of His Famous Guitar Tone

The phrase “holy grail of tone” shows up a lot in the marketing of guitar gear, a promise of perfection that seems more than a ...

Netflix's 'Afflicted' And The Constant Misunderstanding Around Chronic Illness

Breaking down what it’s like when people don’t believe your condition is real.

Sally Field Wasn't Sure She'd Have The Guts To Publish Her New Memoir

“I wrote it for myself,” Field says of her intensely personal accounting of her life and career. In Pieces describes childhood abuse, an abortion at ...

Bob Woodward: 'People Need To Wake Up' To What's Happening Under Trump

The veteran journalist was shocked by the tactics White House staff use to circumvent Trump: “I’ve never heard in any way of staff going around ...

Is there any real distinction between ‘high’ and ‘low’ pleasures?

Parents often say that they don’t mind what their children do in life just as long as they are happy. Happiness and pleasure are almost ...

Orgesticulanismus

In Orgesticulanismus, the Belgian animator Mathieu Labaye pays tribute to his late father Benoît Labaye, who had limited mobility due to multiple sclerosis before he ...

How to Download Bob Woodward’s Fear: Trump in the White House as a Free Audiobook

Bob Woodward made his career by breaking the Watergate story that led to the demise of the Nixon presidency in 1974–a process that Woodward and ...

When Aldous Huxley, Dying of Cancer, Left This World Tripping on LSD, Experiencing “the Most Serene, the Most Beautiful Death” (1963)

The “spiritual adepts” of Tibet’s modern period, writes Huston Smith in his comprehensive introduction to the Bardo Thodol, or “The Tibetan Book of the Dead”, ...

Think You've Got Food Poisoning? Here's How To Really Tell

Experts share the habits that actually make you sick, plus how to feel better ASAP.

To Prevent Suicide, We Need To Do More Than Just Share A Hotline Number

Posting a crisis number after a high-profile suicide isn’t a solution. It’s a Band-Aid.

A Ghanaian 'Housegirl' Navigates A Complex Maze Of Culture And Class

Michael Donkor’s debut novel is a story of two teenage girls, pushed and pulled between two worlds. (Image credit: Kara Frame/NPR)

After Hurricane Maria, Chef José Andrés Had A 'Crazy Dream' To Feed Puerto Rico

The James Beard award-winning chef started out preparing food for doctors and nurses. Then calls started pouring in from across the island. The message was ...

Clean hands

The Daytona Beach Drive-In Christian Church has been offering worshippers in Florida Sunday services in the convenience of their cars for more than 60 years. ...

There are more microbial species on Earth than stars in the galaxy

For centuries, humans have endeavoured to discover and describe the sum of Earth’s biological diversity. Scientists and naturalists have catalogued species from all continents and ...

See the Expansive Ruins of Pompeii Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before: Through the Eyes of a Drone

The better part of two millennia after its entombment in ash and pumice by Mount Vesuvius, Pompeii ranks as one of Italy’s most popular tourist ...

Sigmund Freud Speaks: Hear the Only Known Recording of His Voice, 1938

On December 7, 1938, a BBC radio crew visited Sigmund Freud at his new home at Hampstead, North London. Freud had moved to England only a ...

3 Required Romances For Your September Reading Pleasure

It’s back to school season, which means required reading — so of course, we’ve got a list of great romances. And they’re educational, too — ...

A Documentary Swipes Left On Dating Apps

Journalist Nancy Jo Sales investigates the impact of online dating tech on offline culture in her first film Swiped: Hooking Up in the Digital Age. ...

Acclaimed Ruth Bader Ginsburg Documentary, RBG, Airing Tonight on CNN

Although still playing in cinemas throughout the country, the new Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary–simply called RBG–will air tonight (Sunday) on CNN. Tune in at 8 ...

'Vanishing Twins' Follows One Woman's Search For Individuality Amid Coupledom

When Leah Dieterich settles down with her other half, she begins to wonder: “Once you find someone to finish your sentences, do you stop finishing ...

Foreign Actors On Mexico's Theater Stage Stir Resentment Behind The Scenes

Mexico’s immigration battle with the U.S. plays out in the news daily, but a more subtle tension over cultural identity took center stage this week: ...

'Fresh Air' Remembers Film Star Burt Reynolds

Reynolds, who died Thursday, appeared in scores of films, including Deliverance and Boogie Nights. He spoke to Terry Gross in 1994 about growing up the ...

'A Room Away From The Wolves' Makes The Gothic Bitingly Modern

Nova Ren Suma takes all the classic Gothic novel tropes — an old house, a cursed ring, evil stepsisters, a dark family legacy — and ...

Growing a kidney bean

Though it’s rather more ordinary than its Jack and the Beanstalk cousin, the kidney bean in this timelapse video puts on quite a performance as ...

More than ‘know thyself’: on all the other Delphic maxims

We all know the most famous bit of ancient advice inscribed on the Temple of Apollo at Delphi: Know thyself. It’s a powerful and daunting ...

When Steve Jobs Taught Andy Warhol to Make Art on the Very First Macintosh (1984)

When Andy Warhol first became famous, few knew what to make of his art. When Apple first released the Macintosh — dramatically promoted with that ...

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