Politics

The Politics of Pontius Pilate

The Politics of Pontius Pilate

We live in an age of Pilate politics. Pontius Pilate is a familiar figure to many of us, especially on this Easter weekend. He was the Roman governor of Judea and Samaria, tasked with collecting taxes, building roads, and generally maintaining ord...

This Easter, a closer look at the Roman governor who sent Jesus to his crucifixion proves our own leaders follow many of the same dangerous practices—with equally deadly results.

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Can HRC Count on Women This Time?

Can HRC Count on Women This Time?

The event where Chelsea Clinton announced her pregnancy this week was billed as “Girls: A No Ceilings Conversation.” But many saw it as much more than a “conversation” about the future of girls and women around the world. Instead, it looked like t...

They famously supported her in 2008—until they helped Obama win Iowa. So will the grandmother-to-be inspire female voters next cycle, or will they judge her on a harsher scale?

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The Fringe Sect Duping The GOP

The Fringe Sect Duping The GOP

On May 24, 2012, Senator Jon Kyl, an Arizona Republican, gave an innocuous interview to a visiting journalist from Turkey.  “There are a lot of good people who would love to see peace, if only the hatred that exists were to vanish,” he said.What S...

It’s a tiny religion featuring fembots, creationists, and a leader who says his ‘Holocaust Deception’ book was a mistake. Why are so many in the GOP appearing on its TV network?

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Millennials and the American City

Millennials and the American City

“What are you going to do after you graduate?” was a question I grew to loathe during my senior at Stanford University. The pressure was immense as I was fully expected to add another prestigious institution to my resume, whether a high-profile co...

Michael Tubbs, a 23-year-old councilmember in Stockton, California, and the star of the Tribeca Film Festival documentary ‘True Son,’ says that now is the time for young people to en...

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Can HRC Count on Women This Time?

Can HRC Count on Women This Time?

The event where Chelsea Clinton announced her pregnancy this week was billed as “Girls: A No Ceilings Conversation.” But many saw it as much more than a “conversation” about the future of girls and women around the world. Instead, it looked like t...

They famously supported her in 2008—until they helped Obama win Iowa. So will the grandmother-to-be inspire female voters next cycle, or will they judge her on a harsher scale?

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Senior Dem's Tough Re-Election

Senior Dem's Tough Re-Election

Nick Rahall has been representing the heart of coal country in southern West Virginia since 1977 but he might not for much longer.The 19-term Democratic incumbent, who chaired the House National Resources Committee from 2007-2011 and would be in l...

After 38 years in Congress, Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV) is facing his toughest race yet and could join a number of longtime members in leaving Congress next year.

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Vote for Me, Win a Free Car

Vote for Me, Win a Free Car

The "blow your balls off” candidate is back with another campaign commercial, called “#winaDINO" Bob Quast, 44, is a long-shot primary candidate for the U.S. Senate from Iowa. According to LinkedIn, he is also president of Custom Limousi...

Long-shot Bob Quast will do almost anything to win the Democratic nomination.

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Krugman Is a Steal at $225K

Krugman Is a Steal at $225K

When I first read those articles Wednesday about Paul Krugman’s new City University of New York salary, I didn’t even understand what the “story” was supposed to be. I don’t mind admitting that I had to have it explained to me that the $225,000 fi...

The only thing hypocritical about acclaimed economist Paul Krugman’s CUNY salary is the right-wingers suddenly begrudging someone his free-market value.

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Senior Dem's Tough Re-Election

Senior Dem's Tough Re-Election

Nick Rahall has been representing the heart of coal country in southern West Virginia since 1977 but he might not for much longer.The 19-term Democratic incumbent, who chaired the House National Resources Committee from 2007-2011 and would be in l...

After 38 years in Congress, Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV) is facing his toughest race yet and could join a number of longtime members in leaving Congress next year.

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Entertainment

How Hollywood Pirates Anime

How Hollywood Pirates Anime

If you thought Spirited Away was as psychedelic and mentally stimulating as Japanese animation gets you’ve been missing something Hollywood has known for ages. Or so the plots of blockbuster sci-fi would seem to suggest: in the recently Christophe...

Transcendence’s tale about cybernetic potentiality is ingenious, but it was also done 16 years ago. Hollywood has been borrowing liberally from Japan’s anime and manga past.

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Beck’s Musical Time Machine

Beck’s Musical Time Machine

“These lights and this stage are giving me flashbacks to open-mic nights in, like, 1988. Just so you know what’s going on up here.”Once upon a time—in, like, 1988—Beck Hansen actually played open-mic nights. Tiny stages. Sweaty spotlights. Intimat...

Perhaps we’ve been undervaluing the very thing that made Beck such an exciting artist in the first place: his genre-defying sense of absurd, spontaneous fun.

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India’s Legendary Kathputli Slum

India’s Legendary Kathputli Slum

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How Hollywood Pirates Anime

How Hollywood Pirates Anime

If you thought Spirited Away was as psychedelic and mentally stimulating as Japanese animation gets you’ve been missing something Hollywood has known for ages. Or so the plots of blockbuster sci-fi would seem to suggest: in the recently Christophe...

Transcendence’s tale about cybernetic potentiality is ingenious, but it was also done 16 years ago. Hollywood has been borrowing liberally from Japan’s anime and manga past.

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Best Selfies of the Week

Best Selfies of the Week

From Joe Biden and Obama just being bros to Miley with a unicorn head, see the best celebrity selfies of the week.

From Joe Biden and Obama just being bros to Miley with a unicorn head, see the best celebrity selfies of the week.

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Why New York City Needs the Knicks

Why New York City Needs the Knicks

“Now here comes Willis... and the crowd is going wild!”That was Marv Albert’s call on the radio for Game 7 of the 1970 NBA Finals, and even though New York City is seen as some kind of secularist’s utopia or dystopic hellscape depending on your po...

The documentary ‘When the Garden Was Eden,’ premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival, focuses on the ‘70s New York Knicks, and how the basketball team served as a refuge for a city pl...

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World News

Rwanda’s Virgin Mary Sighting

Rwanda’s Virgin Mary Sighting

Before Kibeho, a village spiraling up one of the area’s many hills, became a notorious killing ground during the Rwandan genocide, it was the country’s most celebrated holy spot. For nine years in the 1980s, it gained worldwide fame after a streak...

Ten years before the brutal genocide, a religious fervor gripped Kibeho as dozens claimed the Virgin Mary had appeared to them. One of the chosen recalls her disturbing prophecy.

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Burma’s Badass Gun-toting Medics

Burma’s Badass Gun-toting Medics

The release of Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi, at the time arguably the world’s most famous political prisoner, in November 2010 seemed like a turning point for her isolated nation. The following year saw the military junta—which had ruled the country (...

The Free Burma Rangers are one of the few aid groups left in Myanmar’s contested ethnic states—and they straddle the line between relief and armed activism.

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Billionaire Bounty-Hunting Club

Billionaire Bounty-Hunting Club

KIEV, Ukraine—Since the Ukrainian army is not proving very effective against pro-Russian commandos in the East of the country, a prominent oligarch has adopted a strategy from the Wild West. He’s putting out “wanted” notices and offering cash rewa...

An oligarch hopes that offering rewards for captured Russians will motivate the public and the troops, but so far all he’s inspired is cynical—and desperate—laughter.

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Putin’s Ukraine Crew Won’t Give In

Putin’s Ukraine Crew Won’t Give In

DONETSK, Ukraine—A dozen men in motley apparel gathered in a quiet office on the fifth floor of what used to be a state administration building in eastern Ukraine, but is now called the headquarters of the “Independent Donetsk People’s Republic.” ...

The agreement diplomats hammered out in Geneva means little to the hardliners spearheading the pro-Russian insurrection in Ukraine.

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Burma’s Badass Gun-toting Medics

Burma’s Badass Gun-toting Medics

The release of Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi, at the time arguably the world’s most famous political prisoner, in November 2010 seemed like a turning point for her isolated nation. The following year saw the military junta—which had ruled the country (...

The Free Burma Rangers are one of the few aid groups left in Myanmar’s contested ethnic states—and they straddle the line between relief and armed activism.

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Sorry, Snowden: Putin Lied to You

Sorry, Snowden: Putin Lied to You

This story has been updated to reflect comments from Edward Snowden's American lawyer and Snowden's op-ed published on Friday. Vladimir Putin just trolled President Barack Obama and the entire U.S. intelligence community. He trolled them...

In a staged encounter on Russian television, the NSA whistleblower asks Putin if the Kremlin’s surveillance is as bad as Washington’s. Putin, lying with a smile, says no.

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Portrait of a Roman Crackdown

Portrait of a Roman Crackdown

Last weekend, demonstrators took to the streets of Italy's capital to protest against government-imposed austerity measures. In this episode of 'Darkroom,' we dive into a stark picture of the ensuing violence.

A shocking picture from police-protestor clashes.

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Russian Spy Planes in U.S. Skies

Russian Spy Planes in U.S. Skies

The Joint Chiefs of Staff of the U.S. military and American intelligence agencies have quietly pushed the White House in recent weeks to deny a new Russian surveillance plane the right to fly over U.S. territory. This week, the White House finally...

Russian surveillance planes already fly over America, thanks to a long-standing treaty. But a new, ultra-sophisticated spy plane has U.S. military and intelligence bosses spooked.

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Sorry, Snowden: Putin Lied to You

Sorry, Snowden: Putin Lied to You

This story has been updated to reflect comments from Edward Snowden's American lawyer and Snowden's op-ed published on Friday. Vladimir Putin just trolled President Barack Obama and the entire U.S. intelligence community. He trolled them...

In a staged encounter on Russian television, the NSA whistleblower asks Putin if the Kremlin’s surveillance is as bad as Washington’s. Putin, lying with a smile, says no.

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Tech + Health

Hollywood’s Worst Medical Errors

Hollywood’s Worst Medical Errors

Oh, “Scandal,” you frothy mess of a show. Between your increasingly despicable characters and your ludicrous, often contradictory plotlines, I don’t know why I watch you. (That is not technically true. I watch you because my husband makes me.) Tha...

From doctors doing surgery without masks on to Wolverine’s true love dying via diuretic, TV and film are full of medical errors.

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Trojan’s ‘STD Month’ Scheme

Trojan’s ‘STD Month’ Scheme

America sure does love its national commemorative months (PDF), especially health-related ones. Take April, for example. Right now we are celebrating, or at least acknowledging, Youth Sports Safety Month, National Poetry Month, Confederate History...

April is STI Awareness month—a month that Trojan has swooped in and taken ownership of. Using these four weeks to promote condom use is a good thing, right? Not exactly.

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When Mothers Kill

When Mothers Kill

The mug shots have gone viral: wide-eyed, scared-looking Megan Huntsman, 39. The speculation is rife: how could this 39-year-old from Pleasant Grove, Utah, have allegedly killed six of her babies soon after their birth without anyone noticing she ...

The case of Megan Huntsman, a Utah mother who killed six of her babies and hid the bodies in a garage, isn’t the first of its kind. What happens in a mother’s brain to make her do su...

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Dude, Weed Won’t Rot Your Brain

Dude, Weed Won’t Rot Your Brain

All across the Internet, headlines are screaming Buzzkill and Marijuana Makes Young Brains Go to Pot. But a new study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, does not in any way prove that casual marijuana use is bad for your brain.In order to ...

Can casual marijuana use damage the brains of young adults? A new study says yes—but its participants suggest otherwise.

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Trojan’s ‘STD Month’ Scheme

Trojan’s ‘STD Month’ Scheme

America sure does love its national commemorative months (PDF), especially health-related ones. Take April, for example. Right now we are celebrating, or at least acknowledging, Youth Sports Safety Month, National Poetry Month, Confederate History...

April is STI Awareness month—a month that Trojan has swooped in and taken ownership of. Using these four weeks to promote condom use is a good thing, right? Not exactly.

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A Prenup for Digital Privacy

A Prenup for Digital Privacy

The breakup, makeup, and alleged breakup again of figure skater Johnny Weir and his husband, Victor Voronov, has captivated media and skating fans alike. The flamboyance Weir has long brought to his performances on the ice colored this story as we...

Celebrities and power couples are asking for digital protection in their pre- and post-nup marriage agreements, but having something to hide isn’t necessarily the reason.

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Antidepressant-Autism Link

Antidepressant-Autism Link

It’s standard for doctors to tell pregnant women that to take care of their unborn children, they must take proper care of themselves. However, new evidence showing an association between selective serotonin inhibitors (SSRI) use during pregnancy ...

New research shows SSRI use during pregnancy, especially in the first trimester, may elevate the risk of autism spectrum disorders. But mothers-to-be shouldn’t panic just yet.

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Just Plane Weird

Just Plane Weird

According to the latest news in aviation, the world of air travel has gone a little wonky. US Airways inadvertently tweeted an—ahem—racy photo involving a lady and a toy plane. A traveler attempted to jump from their flight midair while another sp...

From accidental plane porno to “prank” terrorism—this week’s slate of airline-related incidents suggests air travel has hit a new altitude of bizarre.

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A Prenup for Digital Privacy

A Prenup for Digital Privacy

The breakup, makeup, and alleged breakup again of figure skater Johnny Weir and his husband, Victor Voronov, has captivated media and skating fans alike. The flamboyance Weir has long brought to his performances on the ice colored this story as we...

Celebrities and power couples are asking for digital protection in their pre- and post-nup marriage agreements, but having something to hide isn’t necessarily the reason.

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Fashion

Designing the New Dior

Designing the New Dior

On Monday, April 9, 2012, Christian Dior announced the appointment of Belgian designer Raf Simons as creative director of his historic fashion house. Simons was an unexpected candidate to succeed the controversial John Galliano, who was fired from...

Two years ago, Raf Simons was an unexpected pick to take over the fashion house. A new documentary follows the creation of his first collection. Spoiler alert: It was a huge success.

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The Duchess's DVF Dress Sells Out

The Duchess's DVF Dress Sells Out

Kate Middleton's DVF Dress Sells Out: The world cannot get enough of The Duchess of Cambridge's fashion choices. Within a matter of minutes of photos surfacing online showing Middleton's Thursday look, the blue and white Diane von F...

And 'FASHION' magazine denies Lorde's photoshop claims.

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Happy 40th, Victoria Beckham!

Happy 40th, Victoria Beckham!

She’s the Spice Girl who made it really big—chart-topping success, reinvention as an internationally lauded fashion designer, marriage to a super-hot, brilliant footballer, beautiful kids, celebrity friends, glamor in spades, and smiling only by a...

She’s the Spice Girl who made it really big—chart-topping success, reinvention as an internationally lauded fashion designer, marriage to a super-hot, brilliant footballer, beautiful...

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Met Gala Gets Even More Exclusive

Met Gala Gets Even More Exclusive

Anna Wintour Wants "More Exclusivity" at Met Gala:  For this year’s Metropolitan Museum Gala and Costume Exhibit, high fashion and exclusivity is a top priority for Anna Wintour. Ticket prices were raised a staggering $10,000 from the $1...

And 'Elle' searches for a replacement for Joe Zee.

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The Duchess's DVF Dress Sells Out

The Duchess's DVF Dress Sells Out

Kate Middleton's DVF Dress Sells Out: The world cannot get enough of The Duchess of Cambridge's fashion choices. Within a matter of minutes of photos surfacing online showing Middleton's Thursday look, the blue and white Diane von F...

And 'FASHION' magazine denies Lorde's photoshop claims.

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How to Be Popular, ’50s Style

How to Be Popular, ’50s Style

In 1951, model Betty Cornell penned a self-help book for young women struggling socially: Betty Cornell’s Teen-Age Popularity Guide. Cornell provided insight on everything from wearing white pearls and girdles to the proper ways to fix one’s “figu...

When 15-year-old Maya Van Wagenen had trouble fitting in at middle school, she looked to a popularity guide from 1951 for answers. Read an excerpt from her hilarious and brave journey.

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Unretouched Lady Gaga Photos Leak

Unretouched Lady Gaga Photos Leak

Unretouched Photos of Lady Gaga Leak: On Wednesday, feminist website Jezebel published unretouched photos from Lady Gaga’s Spring 2014 Versace campaign, which features the performer—who reportedly requests all paparazzi retouch her images before m...

And Prince William called Kate "a banana."

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Eyerolling at ‘American Blogger’

Eyerolling at ‘American Blogger’

Most objects of Internet derision only remain interesting for a day or two, tops. The outrage and mockery come fast and furious, and then we move on to the next opportunity for cathartic Schadenfreude, satisfied that the perpetrators have been dul...

First-time filmmaker Chris Wiegand recently debuted the trailer of his documentary ‘American Blogger,” and was met with ridicule. (Rightly so.)

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How to Be Popular, ’50s Style

How to Be Popular, ’50s Style

In 1951, model Betty Cornell penned a self-help book for young women struggling socially: Betty Cornell’s Teen-Age Popularity Guide. Cornell provided insight on everything from wearing white pearls and girdles to the proper ways to fix one’s “figu...

When 15-year-old Maya Van Wagenen had trouble fitting in at middle school, she looked to a popularity guide from 1951 for answers. Read an excerpt from her hilarious and brave journey.

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Great Escapes

For Sale: The Scariest Island Ever

For Sale: The Scariest Island Ever

How much is a little piece of Hell worth? We might just find out on May 7, when bidding opens for the Venetian Isola di Poveglia, arguably the most haunted island in the world. The 17-acre parcel of land, which has been abandoned since 1979 when t...

One Venetian island is the stuff of campfire ghost stories—piles of dead bodies burned, hauntings by plague victims, and a home for the insane. And now, for a price, it can be yours.

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  • The World’s Master Art Forger

    The World’s Master Art Forger

    As a self-proclaimed “philanthropist,” Father Arthur Scott has donated hundreds of notable artworks to museums all across the country. Institutions like the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., and the Philadelphia Museum of Art have acc...

    The Tribeca Film Fest flick ‘Art and Craft’ paints a crazy picture of a man obsessed with re-creating and donating famous works—and fooling many in the process.

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Become a Fried Seafood Believer

Become a Fried Seafood Believer

If you are dubious about fried seafood—and who isn’t?—we recommend a visit to South Beach Market on the Oregon coast where the Yaquina river flows into Yaquina Bay. Here is irrefutable evidence that fresh seafood, fried right, can be among earth&a...

Like Forrest Gump, South Beach Market prepares their fresh seafood in just about every way possible. But most importantly, eating there will change your mind about fried seafood fore...

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Pharrell to Curate Art Show

Pharrell to Curate Art Show

Dedicated to “strong, free women,” an upcoming exhibition at the Galerie Perrotin’s third Parisian outpost has enlisted a very happy guest curator—singer Pharrell Williams. After successfully organizing last year’s This Is Not a Toy exhibition at ...

Organizes feminist show at Galerie Perrotin.

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OMG, I Want This House

OMG, I Want This House

The Lakes by yoo is a 167-unit luxury community in the Cotswolds with an emphasis on the natural surroundings, including huts for chickens and vegetable gardens.

The Lakes by yoo is a 167-unit luxury community in the Cotswolds with an emphasis on the natural surroundings, including huts for chickens and vegetable gardens.

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Become a Fried Seafood Believer

Become a Fried Seafood Believer

If you are dubious about fried seafood—and who isn’t?—we recommend a visit to South Beach Market on the Oregon coast where the Yaquina river flows into Yaquina Bay. Here is irrefutable evidence that fresh seafood, fried right, can be among earth&a...

Like Forrest Gump, South Beach Market prepares their fresh seafood in just about every way possible. But most importantly, eating there will change your mind about fried seafood fore...

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Food from Your Favorite Books

Food from Your Favorite Books

Not content with just reading the vivid food descriptions in her favorite novels, Photographer Dinah Fried decided to cook and style the iconic dishes, served with a side of literature.

Not content with just reading the vivid food descriptions in her favorite novels, Photographer Dinah Fried decided to cook and style the iconic dishes, served with a side of literatu...

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The Search for General Tso

The Search for General Tso

It’s a taste both foreign, and familiar. Chicken is diced into square inches, marinated, and deep-fried in a wok, followed by a quick toss in brown sauce. The sauce is a mélange of flavors—tangy, salty, and sweet—lathered on a crisp shell encasing...

A new documentary premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival explores how and why General Tso’s chicken became a cultural touchstone.

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An Edward Hopper Novel?

An Edward Hopper Novel?

Have you ever found yourself staring at a painting, building in your mind a world of people, events, and emotions captured in that moment?All this month two authors have been taking that daydreaming tendency to a new new level by serially publishi...

Two authors inspired by a Hopper painting are writing a serial story and posting new additions online throughout the month of April.

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Food from Your Favorite Books

Food from Your Favorite Books

Not content with just reading the vivid food descriptions in her favorite novels, Photographer Dinah Fried decided to cook and style the iconic dishes, served with a side of literature.

Not content with just reading the vivid food descriptions in her favorite novels, Photographer Dinah Fried decided to cook and style the iconic dishes, served with a side of literatu...

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Women

Who needs equality?

Who needs equality?

She boldly led the fight against the Equal Rights Amendment and now she’s leading the fight against equal pay. Ladies, if you want a knight in shining armor to save you from yourselves, take a tip from Phyllis Schlafly. The founder of the Eagle Fo...

The infamous women's "advocate" Phyllis Schlafly is once again standing against women.

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  • Best ‘Scandal’ Episode Yet

    Best ‘Scandal’ Episode Yet

    “My mother blew up the church that almost cost you the presidency.”Guys, this show. This exhausting, out-of-its-mind, gloriously brave show, which dares to serve up lines like that with a straight face, like it’s not off its damn rocker. Lines tha...

    The ‘Scandal’ finale was a non-stop onslaught of twists and turns and utter insanity. It was also the show's most exciting, craziest episode to date. [WARNING: SPOILERS]

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Career + Family = Solved?

Career + Family = Solved?

The cover of Bloomberg Businessweek declares “Freeze Your Eggs, Free Your Career.” It is not breaking news that women who postponed having children have a harder time conceiving: the National Survey of Family Growth shows that among women 40 to 44...

Egg freezing seems to offer the possibility of having it all, but the odds are still only one in five.

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How to Be Popular, ’50s Style

How to Be Popular, ’50s Style

In 1951, model Betty Cornell penned a self-help book for young women struggling socially: Betty Cornell’s Teen-Age Popularity Guide. Cornell provided insight on everything from wearing white pearls and girdles to the proper ways to fix one’s “figu...

When 15-year-old Maya Van Wagenen had trouble fitting in at middle school, she looked to a popularity guide from 1951 for answers. Read an excerpt from her hilarious and brave journey.

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A Prenup for Digital Privacy

A Prenup for Digital Privacy

The breakup, makeup, and alleged breakup again of figure skater Johnny Weir and his husband, Victor Voronov, has captivated media and skating fans alike. The flamboyance Weir has long brought to his performances on the ice colored this story as we...

Celebrities and power couples are asking for digital protection in their pre- and post-nup marriage agreements, but having something to hide isn’t necessarily the reason.

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Career + Family = Solved?

Career + Family = Solved?

The cover of Bloomberg Businessweek declares “Freeze Your Eggs, Free Your Career.” It is not breaking news that women who postponed having children have a harder time conceiving: the National Survey of Family Growth shows that among women 40 to 44...

Egg freezing seems to offer the possibility of having it all, but the odds are still only one in five.

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Antidepressant-Autism Link

Antidepressant-Autism Link

It’s standard for doctors to tell pregnant women that to take care of their unborn children, they must take proper care of themselves. However, new evidence showing an association between selective serotonin inhibitors (SSRI) use during pregnancy ...

New research shows SSRI use during pregnancy, especially in the first trimester, may elevate the risk of autism spectrum disorders. But mothers-to-be shouldn’t panic just yet.

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Boko Haram’s Sick Hatred of Girls

Boko Haram’s Sick Hatred of Girls

The numbers were shocking: “Nigerian Unrest: Gunmen abduct ‘about 100 schoolgirls’” headlined the BBC after guerrillas believed to belong to the al Qaeda-allied group Boko Haram attacked a boarding school late Monday in the Nigerian state of Borno...

The abduction of 200 female students from northern Nigeria was not the first attack on girls’ education by the al Qaeda-linked group—and it won’t be the last.

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TV Anchor: 'Why I Called Foul'

TV Anchor: 'Why I Called Foul'

There’s a rule on live TV: the longer you do it, the closer you creep to the inevitable moment when you say something stupid. As the co-host of my own show on Bloomberg TV, Market Makers,  I rarely make it through a week without a slip-up. The oth...

When Bloomberg anchor Stephanie Ruhle was teased by a male guest, she called him out on live television. Here’s why.

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Antidepressant-Autism Link

Antidepressant-Autism Link

It’s standard for doctors to tell pregnant women that to take care of their unborn children, they must take proper care of themselves. However, new evidence showing an association between selective serotonin inhibitors (SSRI) use during pregnancy ...

New research shows SSRI use during pregnancy, especially in the first trimester, may elevate the risk of autism spectrum disorders. But mothers-to-be shouldn’t panic just yet.

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Books

Dishing With a Takedown Artist

Dishing With a Takedown Artist

Holly Peterson’s life is an urban safari—she’s constantly observing (and then writing it all down), whether it’s how the machers of New York operate, something she gets to see firsthand power lunching with her father, Peter Peterson, founder of th...

Holly Peterson cast a cold eye on the Park Avenue set in her bestselling novel ‘The Manny.’ Now she’s taken on publishing’s meritocratic strivers. And she’s just as frank face to face.

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When TB Was a Death Sentence

When TB Was a Death Sentence

On a brisk spring evening in March 1882, Robert Koch walked into the library at the University of Berlin, and prepared to change the course of medicine for all time.There were about 100 men gathered in the room, the greatest scientists in Germany....

Dr. Robert Koch’s celebrated discovery of the tuberculosis bacterium was the first step in taming a ferocious killer. An excerpt from Thomas Goetz’s ‘The Remedy,’ about the quest for...

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Brilliant, Mysterious Penelope

Brilliant, Mysterious Penelope

“If a story begins with finding, it must end with searching,” says the epigraph of Hermione Lee’s biography of the English writer Penelope Fitzgerald.  The line is one of Fitzgerald’s: she attributes it to the German Romantic poet and philosopher ...

Before she died, she was hailed as England’s greatest living writer, but she had a hard road getting there—at one point she even lived on a freezing, leaky barge.

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Dishing With a Takedown Artist

Dishing With a Takedown Artist

Holly Peterson’s life is an urban safari—she’s constantly observing (and then writing it all down), whether it’s how the machers of New York operate, something she gets to see firsthand power lunching with her father, Peter Peterson, founder of th...

Holly Peterson cast a cold eye on the Park Avenue set in her bestselling novel ‘The Manny.’ Now she’s taken on publishing’s meritocratic strivers. And she’s just as frank face to face.

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Fix America in Six Easy Steps!

Fix America in Six Easy Steps!

Reading retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens’s new book, Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution, I was reminded of an old Steve Martin routine from his standup days. “First, get a million dollars,” Martin explains...

From campaign finance to political gerrymandering, the retired Supreme Court justice skips hard arguments in his new book in favor of unrealistic, poorly drafted solutions.

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Was There Really An Empty Tomb?

Was There Really An Empty Tomb?

The discovery of the empty tomb presupposes that there was a tomb in the first place, and that it was known, and of course that it was discovered. But if serious doubt is cast on whether there ever was a tomb, then the accounts of its discovery ar...

What makes Jesus different from the prophets of the world’s other great religions? The claim that he rose from the dead and left behind an empty tomb. But how much do we know about it?

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