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Saving Gotham From Disaster

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 20:03:12 EDT

Koch was a business-oriented mayor not because he liked “the richies,” but because he needed their taxes to pay for services for the poor. Julia Vitullo-Martin reviews “Fear City: New York’s Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics” by Kim Phillips-Fein.



France's Choice: Le Divorce?

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 02:12:41 EDT

French voters will begin to pick a new president this weekend, and their decision may well determine whether the European Union lives or dies.



The Resurgent Threat of al Qaeda

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 22:42:07 EDT

Since the death of its founder Osama bin Laden, al Qaeda has transformed itself from a close-knit terrorist outfit with a handful of struggling affiliates into a vast network of insurgent groups spread from Southeast Asia to northwest Africa.



Samsung's Big Marketing Challenge

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 21:48:51 EDT

How do you convince consumers that your latest product isn’t going to go up in flames? Chief marketing officer Marc Mathieu talks about his strategy.



Don't Hate Your Husband: Advice for New Mothers

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:25:53 EDT

The first years of parenthood are tough on couples. A few survival tips.



The Brain Science of Conformity

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:34:29 EDT

Why are we so quick to follow along when people around us embrace a falsehood? Because of the anxiety, unease and disgust caused by standing apart.



Happy Birthday to GIF, a Tech Term That's Aged Well

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 23:33:29 EDT

Thirty years ago, the GIF was born. Ben Zimmer on how this technology term has aged remarkably well—even though how to pronounce it is still debated.



Chef Michael Symon on 'Stairway to Heaven'

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:29:11 EDT

After an accident derails a high-school wrestler, Led Zeppelin points him to a culinary career.



The Pleasures and Perils of the Garden

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:49:38 EDT

In history, the garden has been seen as both a place of simple delights and of awful temptations, writes Amanda Foreman.



Super Comic Book Women

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:28:09 EDT

Miss Fury, Undercover Girl and more: A new book showcases female characters in comic book history.



The Bacteria That Can Help Find Land Mines

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 23:29:00 EDT

Israeli scientists say that a harmless, genetically engineered version of E. coli can detect invisible vapors that explosives emit over time.



High-Stakes Science Games for Fun

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:35:11 EDT

From epidemiology to evolution, science can provide ideal themes for complex board games.



After a Statue Showdown, More of the Same?

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:38:41 EDT

The debate over the placement of a “Fearless Girl” statue near the sculpture of a bull inspires Joe Queenan to play matchmaker to artworks all over the place.



The Profound Connection Between Easter and Passover

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 21:12:06 EDT

It’s not just that the Last Supper was a Passover Seder. Both holidays are about the dead rising to new life.



A Novel's Role in Israeli-Palestinian Tensions

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 23:57:28 EDT

Dorit Rabinyan is surprised her third novel, “All the Rivers,” about a love affair between an Israeli Jewish woman and a Palestinian Muslim man has become a political lightening rod, banned in some of Israel’s schools.



For Iraqi Christians After Islamic State, Hope Amid the Ruins

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 20:24:07 EDT

When Islamic State jihadists took over swaths of Iraq in 2014, between 100,000 and 120,000 Christians reportedly fled. The author, recently returned from Iraq’s Kurdistan region, describes both heartbreaking damage and signs of resilience.



'Woke,' From a Sleepy Verb to a Badge of Awareness

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 12:49:27 EDT

Ben Zimmer on how the word “woke” moved from a sleepy verb to a badge of awareness (and a joke about a Pepsi ad).



The Golden Age of Toy Trains

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 10:21:44 EDT

A new book looks at Lionel toy trains made from 1945 to 1969.



Learning to Love Intelligent Machines

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 20:20:10 EDT

Twenty years after famously losing to Deep Blue, chess champion Garry Kasparov says that it’s time to embrace AI and its liberating potential.



David McCullough's History Lessons

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 09:09:26 EDT

The author on how learning about the past can serve as an antidote to self-importance and self-pity.



Always Hungry? A Mathematical Explanation

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 20:24:26 EDT

A famous thought experiment on the subject of infinity speaks to the feeling of never being full.



Can a Few Words Help Auditors Detect Fraud?

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 09:41:57 EDT

Auditors told to look out for ‘cognitive dissonance’ identified 70% of the fraudulent companies they encountered



What We Really Need Is Fake Good News

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 12:20:33 EDT

What’s the point of fake news if it makes us feel worse than the real news? Joe Queenan has some answers including multiple Super Bowl winners.



Remington Meets Hollywood: An Exhibition on the Western

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 10:22:12 EDT

In Denver, an exhibition will look at the Western in film and fine art, from Frederic Remington to Quentin Tarantino.



Singer Bobby Rydell on Tower of Power

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 10:34:37 EDT

When 1960s star Bobby Rydell shed tears over Tower of Power’s ‘This Time It’s Real.’



The Science of 'I Was Just Following Orders'

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 13:31:15 EDT

‘I Was Just Following Orders’: Alison Gopnik on research that helps explain how seemingly good people do terrible things



When Chores Go Unappreciated

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 13:10:16 EDT

Behavioral economist Dan Ariely answers reader questions about the best way to break a habit and getting some appreciation for household responsibilities.



The Breakdown in Biomedical Research

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 10:23:28 EDT

Contaminated samples, faulty studies and inadequate training have created a crisis in laboratories and industry, slowing the quest for new treatments and cures.



High Stakes as the Dalai Lama Hints at Being 'Reborn' Outside China

Sun, 09 Apr 2017 00:28:23 EDT

Beijing wants to pick the next Tibetan spiritual leader, but the Dalai Lama’s visit to a monastery town in India suggests that he has other plans.



A $1 Billion Experiment in Philanthropic Investing

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 14:06:45 EDT

The Ford Foundation’s president on the new push to invest charitable endowments in ventures that make progress while yielding a financial return.



In Domestic Abuse, Gauging Words and Deeds

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 17:13:06 EDT

New research on domestic abuse and the relationship between threats and actual violence suggests how one can tell when words signal impending danger.



Putin Against the West

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 18:36:54 EDT

For Putin, NATO expansion was Exhibit A in the West’s plan to encircle Russia, a perception crystallized by Ukraine’s Orange Revolution. Benjamin Shull reviews “Who Lost Russia? How the World Entered a New Cold War” by Peter Conradi.



Harold Bloom's Critical Thinking

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 12:29:10 EDT

The eminent Yale literary scholar discusses why he recites poetry every day, the ‘death of humanistic studies’ and his new book on Falstaff.



'Nuclear Option': Republicans Invoked a Cold War Term

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 15:37:27 EDT

The showdown over the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch brought the term “nuclear option” to the headlines. Where it came from.



A Tour Through the Earth's Magnetic Fields

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 10:06:52 EDT

What would it look like if we could see the invisible magnetic world around us?



On View: The Early Promise of Artist Alex Katz

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 15:46:17 EDT

An exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art, “Brand-New & Terrific: Alex Katz in the 1950s,” looks at the artist’s earlier acclaimed work



A Sensitivity Agenda for Hidebound Toy Makers

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 10:44:06 EDT

With Crayola ditching the overly flashy dandelion crayon color and Monopoly trashing the thimble player symbol, Joe Queenan looks at other games that need sensitivity updates.



In Praise of the Humble, Sometimes Bawdy Limerick

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 11:00:25 EDT

From Shakespeare to “The Simpsons,” limericks have amused children and quite a few sophisticated adults. Amanda Foreman on their history.



Actress Lorraine Toussaint on 'Moment to Moment'

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 14:10:57 EDT

For actress Lorraine Toussaint (‘Rosewood’), Carmen Lundy’s version of ‘Moment to Moment’ embodied a romantic road not taken.



To Handle Electronic Waste, Freeze It and Pulverize It

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 14:12:33 EDT

Scientists say a new technique can make it more profitable to harvest metals and other materials from circuit boards in old TVs, computers and more.



Architecture That Moves

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 12:18:47 EDT

The new book ‘Mobitecture’ showcases 250 mobile projects, including retro campers, modern houseboats and lightweight shelters.



A Novelist's Visionary Zionism

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 13:58:42 EDT

George Eliot’s ‘Daniel Deronda’ is filled with sympathy, tact and uncommon insight.



China's Once and Future Democracy

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 08:22:02 EDT

Despite Xi Jinping’s crackdown and Donald Trump’s silence on human rights, China has a vibrant democratic legacy that may yet reassert itself.



Making Farming More Profitable---and Thwarting Boko Haram

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 17:12:55 EDT

In Nigeria, Kola Masha founded a for-profit organization called Babban Gona to create jobs and dry up support for insurgency.



How to Get Along With Your New College Graduate

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 05:06:22 EDT

Accept that you don’t have control, tell them you like their new apartment and drink a glass of wine together: Some tips for parents of new grads.



Swimmer Anthony Ervin's Old-Age Comeback

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 14:56:46 EDT

The gold-medal athlete on his return to the Olympics at age 35.



Paternal Love Can Look a Lot Like Entrepreneurial Love

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 17:18:09 EDT

Businessmen and fathers show similar brain activity when viewing their offspring, researchers found.



A 2,500th Birthday for the Father of History---and Fake News

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 12:50:07 EDT

The ancient Greek chronicler Herodotus pioneered sourcing, historical method and skepticism.



Turning 50? Tell Aging to Take a Hike

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:09:28 EDT

Dan Ariely answers readers’ questions on the angst of a milestone birthday, the roots of resilience and the risks of worrying.



'Leaving Everything on the Field,' From Sports to Politics

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 12:51:39 EDT

Sports gave politics the phrase “leaving everything on the field”—but sometimes it gets confused.



'Looking Backward': Stereographs from the 1900s

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 11:42:19 EDT

A new book showcases portraits of people and places around the world as seen on stereographs, a type of 3-D photo, from a century ago.



A Granddaughter Adds a Personal Touch to a Wyeth Show

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 11:24:30 EDT

In Cooperstown, N.Y., a show of Andrew Wyeth’s paintings has an additional dimension from his granddaughter Victoria



Getting Our Heads Around a Brain-Electrode Project

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 16:57:57 EDT

Joe Queenan on Elon Musk’s hopes to unite computers and the human brain: What if those neural electrodes inside your skull get wet?



You Can't Be Fooled by a Con? Don't Count On It

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 04:37:12 EDT

You can’t be fooled by a con? Don’t count on it, says Susan Pinker, citing some April Fool’s-relevant research.



Poet Robert Hass on the Chords' 'Sh-Boom'

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:41:30 EDT

Former poet laureate Robert Hass talks to Marc Myers about 1950s dating rituals in California and the one song that summed it all up: “Sh-Boom.”