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Smuggling Truth Past the Censors

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 19:18:11 EDT

Yan Lianke’s burlesque of a nation driven insane by money is equally a satire of some of the excesses of the Chinese Revolution.

Xi Jinping's Trump Moment

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 01:33:17 EDT

The economic shocks of globalization have triggered social and political tensions in China just as they have in the U.S.

Susanna Mälkki, Center Stage

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:39:53 EDT

The chief conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, who will appear at New York’s Metropolitan Opera this December, is making a splash in a historically male profession.

Five Rules to Get State-Building Right

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 00:48:07 EDT

Hard-won lessons from Iraq and Afghanistan are essential to a lasting defeat of Islamic State, al Qaeda and other terrorist groups.

A Genetic 'Chain Saw' to Target Harmful DNA

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:35:08 EDT

While Crispr-Cas9 has drawn a lot of attention, scientists are investigating other Crispr approaches that may reach doctors and patients more quickly.

When We Display Our Piety, Our Social Stock Rises

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:07:45 EDT

People perceive signs of religious observance in others as a measure of dependability, new research shows.

That Deadly Accountant Could Be Your Wife

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:17:03 EDT

Ben Affleck’s new movie has Joe Queenan seeing accountants, including his wife and friends, in a whole new light.

When the Enemy Is at the Gates

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:58:21 EDT

Aleppo, Syria, is the latest example of how sieges--from Troy to Leningrad--have been a place to see the worst of humanity and an equally stark stage for the human spirit.

Burn Survivor Katie Piper Works to Help Others Heal

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 20:14:08 EDT

A model scarred in an acid attack founded a charity to advance intensive rehab, peer support, accessible information and state-of-the-art care.

How 'Special Sauce' Moved From Big Macs to Everywhere

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:13:18 EDT

All together now: “Two all-beef patties...” Ben Zimmer on how “special sauce” or “secret sauce” achieved cliché status.

A Smartwatch That Works With One Hand

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:44:28 EDT

Scientists at Dartmouth College and the University of Manitoba are using the wrist as a human joystick.

Birds in the Time of Dinosaurs

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:27:37 EDT

The new book ‘Birds of Stone’ showcases well-preserved avian fossils from 125 million years ago.

Kristin Chenoweth on 'The Heart of the Matter'

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 10:43:13 EDT

Kristin Chenoweth on how a Don Henley song helped her and a musical colleague deal with news of a tragedy.

Why the Economy Doesn't Roar Anymore

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 08:44:49 EDT

The long boom after World War II left Americans with unrealistic expectations, but there’s no going back to that unusual Golden Age.

Sandra Bernhard's New Targets

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 12:03:10 EDT

Her comedy now focuses less on skewering celebrities than on exploring the stuff of family life.

The American Lawyers Helping Syrian Refugees

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 13:47:16 EDT

U.S. pro-bono attorneys are making a crucial difference in asylum cases by appearing in initial hearings with EU officers.

Can America Trust Its Aging Nuclear Arsenal?

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 23:40:05 EDT

Much talk during this election cycle has focused, understandably, on the fitness of the presidential candidates to command the formidable nuclear arsenal of the United States. What has been lost in this heated debate is a more fundamental issue: the condition of our nuclear weapons and their reliability in the years ahead.

A Week on the Campaign Trail With Jonathan Karl

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 15:20:43 EDT

The chief White House correspondent of ABC News races to cover Donald Trump.

Did Campfire Talk Spark the Rise of Human Culture?

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 15:06:46 EDT

Research suggests that our ability to control fire may have spurred the development of humanity.

My Candid Reviews of the World's Wonders

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 10:15:06 EDT

Why do places like the Great Sphinx and the Colosseum get stingy online reviews from tourists?

A Trick to Encourage More Rational Gift-Giving

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 23:04:10 EDT

Dan Ariely answers readers’ questions on sensible presents, checking Facebook and waiting calmly.

'Pixel': From a 1925 Lab to a Google Smartphone

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 13:24:17 EDT

The word ‘pixel’ is everywhere these days, but its origins are murky.

Fashion's Sophia Amoruso on Billy Joel's 'Vienna'

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 11:00:43 EDT

Fashion executive Sophia Amoruso on a Billy Joel song that helped her make sense out of a brief marriage’s end.

At Crystal Bridges, How American Artists Take On Dance

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 11:35:26 EDT

In an exhibition spanning two centuries, ‘The Art of American Dance’ at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark., includes work by Sargent, Cassatt and Nick Cave.

Clearing a Path to Truth

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 16:12:20 EDT

Robert Frost’s ‘The Road Not Taken’ is a poem that’s loved for the wrong reasons.

Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Prize in Literature

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 18:43:24 EDT

The 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to musician Bob Dylan for creating “new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.”

Predators in the Classroom

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 22:57:39 EDT

Individual cases of sexual abuse by teachers receive a great deal of attention, but how widespread is the problem? Why we still know, and are doing, so little.

Drawing a More Audacious City

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 23:15:11 EDT

‘Never Built New York,’ a new book by Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin, explores more than 100 of New York City’s most intriguing and unrealized architectural and design projects.

Stepping Into the Luxury Shoe Business

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 09:12:59 EDT

Shoe designer Tamara Mellon thinks fashion needs to be fleeter.

William Novak Keeps Old Jokes Alive in 'Die Laughing'

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 17:05:34 EDT

The author and ghostwriter’s new book of jokes pokes fun at aging and the various not-so-golden realities of the golden years, from minds and bodies that don’t always perform the way they once did to death and the afterlife.

Why Older Mothers Know Best

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 11:48:37 EDT

The growing ranks of women who have their first babies after age 35 have a perspective and focus that younger parents often lack.

Donald Trump Isn't the First Would-Be President to Spur Predictions of Doom

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 12:57:30 EDT

Contemporaries also worried about the character and temperament of Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson and Ronald Reagan.

A Physicist at the Amusement Park

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 13:24:16 EDT

Frank Wilczek sees physics in action at Stockholm’s beautiful Gröna Lund park.