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The Great Mariel Boatlift Debate: Does Immigration Lower Wages?

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 09:21:15 EDT

Decades after a wave of Cuban refugees landed in Florida, a dispute among economists over their economic impact is echoing in today’s fights over immigration.



Lawyering Up With the Help of 'NYPD Blue'

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:01:20 EDT

As some people in President Trump’s orbit were reported to be “lawyering up,” a look at how the TV show “NYPD Blue” popularized the phrase.



Robot Advisers: A New Dawn for Down-and-Dirty Investing

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:59:16 EDT

As robotic investment advisory services for socially responsible investing multiply, Joe Queenan learns that services are growing for irresponsible investing as well.



Do All Those Surveillance Cameras Make Us Behave Better?

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:10:43 EDT

Dan Ariely answers readers’ questions on fostering morality, finding forgiveness and navigating menus.



Novelist Anne Hillerman on the Doobie Brothers

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 11:45:25 EDT

‘Long Train Runnin’’ by the Doobie Brothers helped novelist Anne Hillerman buck her parents’ wishes on a love affair.



The Charade of the Paris Treaty

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 10:36:41 EDT

The real problem with the global accord on climate change is that it would make no real difference, argues Bjorn Lomborg. A more effective policy would invest in green-energy innovation.



Sebastian Junger Focuses on Syria

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 22:45:27 EDT

The author and filmmaker on his latest documentary, ‘Hell on Earth,’ about the war in Syria and the rise of Islamic State.



Our Need to Make Music From the Cacophony of It All

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 11:31:03 EDT

The universe is random—but our brains don’t agree. Robert M. Sapolsky on how we look for a beat amid the cacophony of it all.



What James Comey Meant by 'Fuzz'

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 23:55:54 EDT

“There should be no fuzz on this whatsoever,” former FBI Director James Comey told a Senate panel. What did he mean? Ben Zimmer explains.



On the Trail of Art Looters

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 11:46:48 EDT

As authorities investigate Islamic State’s use of looted art to fund its operations, Amanda Foreman looks at the long, sorry history of cultural plundering.



Gauguin's Travels Into Multiple Art Forms

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 11:41:05 EDT

Throughout his artistic career, Gauguin liked to cross creative boundaries, experimenting with woodcarving, ceramics and other media, as a big new show at the Art Institute of Chicago will reveal.



How to Measure Diversity

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 23:56:28 EDT

Mathematical theory gives some rigor to discussion of a sensitive social and political issue.



Discount Degas? Older Art Needs a Sales Plan

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 10:36:22 EDT

Much of vintage Old School art is struggling to find buyers. Joe Queenan speculates that soon art galleries will be staging Founder’s Day sales and running punch-card promotions.



Lisa Scottoline on Joni Mitchell's 'A Case of You'

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 11:22:27 EDT

Legal-thriller writer Lisa Scottoline recalls how Joni Mitchell’s ‘A Case of You’ gave her the courage to face boyfriend troubles.



When Two Hands Were Better Than One

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 13:07:41 EDT

Mary Cassatt’s ‘Little Girl in a Blue Armchair’ (1878), a supremely sensitive image of childhood, also bears the mark of Edgar Degas.



The Right Way to Protect Free Speech on Campus

Sat, 10 Jun 2017 12:05:32 EDT

Communities of higher learning should work to make all of their members feel included, writes the president of Middlebury College, but not at the cost of free speech and robust debate.



Medical Care Means Mental Health, Too

Sat, 10 Jun 2017 20:56:05 EDT

Patients with depression, anxiety and more also often have chronic physical illnesses, and failing to integrate psychological treatment is costly.



What the Blind See (and Don't) When Given Sight

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 21:22:32 EDT

With the help of a humanitarian project in India, researchers are finally learning what the blind see (and what they don’t) when given sight.



Michel Houellebecq's New Milieu

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 13:36:22 EDT

The French author, who stirred controversy most recently with his 2015 novel “Submission,” is back, this time with a New York photography show called “French Bashing.”



Three Museums Focus on Cézanne's Portraits

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 16:07:22 EDT

Emphasizing originality over pleasing likenesses, Cézanne’s portraits are a lesser-known part of his work. Paris’s Musée d’Orsay presents an exhibition that will move to Washington’s National Gallery.



Would Convertibles Make Us Nicer Drivers?

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 13:58:52 EDT

Dan Ariely answers readers’ questions on roadway rudeness, rocky relationships and standing struggles.



How Paper's Unique Textures Can Foil Counterfeiters

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 13:59:39 EDT

Researchers in the U.K. say they’ve delved below the surface of the page to develop a cheap, tough authentication method.



The Roots of the 'What About?' Ploy

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 10:50:30 EDT

In an interview with Megyn Kelly, Russia’s Putin employed a strategy once used in strife-torn Northern Ireland: answering an accusation with a counter-accusation.



The Brilliant Science of Diamonds

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 11:14:31 EDT

Diamonds are extraordinary in the world of physics for the way they slow down light.



Film Screenings for the Right Sort of Viewers

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 11:32:01 EDT

Female-only screenings of ‘Wonder Woman’ spur Joe Queenan to propose more showings of movies for select audiences--Australians-only screenings of Cate Blanchett films, for example.



Alan Alda on 'She's Leaving Home' From 'Sgt. Pepper'

Sat, 10 Jun 2017 12:06:55 EDT

As the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper” turns 50, Alan Alda tells how “She’s Leaving Home” stirs his memories of family farewells.



Modern Design Meets Mass Commerce

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 10:21:39 EDT

A new exhibit at Stanford University explores midcentury modern design for the corporate world.



A Pieta of Unspeakable Grief and Unimaginable Restraint

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 13:05:23 EDT

Among many art historians, Enguerrand Quarton’s ‘Pietà of Villeneuve-lès-Avignon’ is considered the greatest artwork of 15th-century France.



The Case for Nations

Sat, 03 Jun 2017 09:49:19 EDT

The ‘we’ of the nation-state binds people together, builds an important legacy of social trust and blunts the sharp edges of globalization.



What Is It Like to Be Nice to Everybody?

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 16:19:05 EDT

People with a disorder called Williams syndrome are irrepressibly friendly and driven to engage with others.



Conservation That Works for Locals

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 17:06:28 EDT

Under Brett Jenks, the environmentalist group Rare works to get farmers and fishermen to see the value in behaving sustainably.



An Exhibition About Henry James and Art Speaks Volumes

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 10:26:18 EDT

Sargent’s portrait of the famed writer Henry James highlights the author’s close connections to the visual arts in an exhibition at New York’s Morgan Library and Museum.



Tribute Bands, America's Leading Industry

Sat, 03 Jun 2017 17:49:33 EDT

As the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ spawns yet more tribute bands, Joe Queenan looks at America’s leading industry.



Ben Kingsley's Latest Act

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 21:20:16 EDT

The actor on Hamlet, home-cooked meals and his new Netflix role as Hamid Karzai in ‘War Machine.’



Searching for the Roots of Spelling Bees

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 21:19:39 EDT

As a young contestant wins a national spelling bee, Ben Zimmer looks at the roots of the phrase.



The Link Between Detached Dads and Risk-Taking Girls

Sat, 03 Jun 2017 14:17:37 EDT

How much do fathers matter to the personal development of their daughters? Melvin Konner on the link between detached dads and risk-taking girls.



Growing Threats to the U.S. at Sea

Sat, 03 Jun 2017 06:10:02 EDT

With Russia and China expanding their naval capabilities, what can the U.S. do to prepare?



Actor Barry Watson on Eminem's 'Lose Yourself'

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 10:02:23 EDT

Eminem’s rap hit “Lose Yourself” from “8 Mile” helped pull TV actor Barry Watson through a health crisis.



John F. Kennedy at 100

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 09:39:12 EDT

A century after JFK was born, a new exhibit showcases artifacts, documents and photographs from his life.



A History of Colors and Their Owners

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 11:29:14 EDT

As Crayola plans to release a new blue crayon, Amanda Foreman looks at how issues of possession and even treason have sprung from using certain colors.



Say Again? A New Tool for Editing the Recorded Voice

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 15:32:25 EDT

New software developed by researchers at Princeton University and Adobe Systems makes computer-like editing possible with voice recordings.



'Harry Potter' Is Turning 20 Years Old

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 18:10:43 EDT

With the “Harry Potter” series hitting a publication milestone—the books were first published 20 years ago in Britain—fans in their 20s and 30s are celebrating, and now passing along Pottermania to their children.



What We Remember on Memorial Day

Mon, 29 May 2017 11:22:55 EDT

From the Civil War to Vietnam and beyond, Americans have struggled to reconcile the duty to honor the war dead with the need to pass historical judgment.



Are We Now Ready for Ebola?

Fri, 26 May 2017 15:38:56 EDT

The deadly Ebola virus is back, and the world is responding more aggressively this time. But it’s still not as prepared as it needs to be to thwart deadly infectious disease threats, despite the hard lessons of the last epidemic.



Rules for Modern Living From the Ancient Stoics

Sat, 27 May 2017 18:01:47 EDT

We live in an age of excitability and agitation, but we also want happiness, serenity and meaning. One powerful way to reach those goals comes from the unlikely revival of the Greco-Roman philosophy of Stoicism—seemingly the farthest thing imaginable from our own anxious times.



Tales of an Asteroid Hunter

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:16:06 EDT

Scientist Carrie Nugent is on a mission to protect the planet from asteroids.



Does Facebook Make Us Unhappy And Unhealthy?

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 22:20:49 EDT

Susan Pinker looks at new research that suggests Facebook makes us unhappy and unhealthy.



The 'Merperson' Comes to Emoji

Sun, 28 May 2017 22:17:22 EDT

For the latest release of emoji, a subcommittee recommended a gender-neutral version to go with mermaids and mermen.



What's in a Scientific Name?

Tue, 30 May 2017 11:29:43 EDT

In science, just as in other fields, names matter. Physicist Frank Wilczek on the stories behind ‘axion,’ ‘time crystals’ and other terms.



Classical Music Isn't Just to Calm Cows Anymore

Thu, 25 May 2017 11:01:35 EDT

In the wake of reports about how classical music is being used to make milk cows more productive, Joe Queenan proposes other uses of calming music: on Capitol Hill, for example.



At MoMA, Frank Lloyd Wright, Built and Unbuilt

Tue, 30 May 2017 11:51:22 EDT

A major exhibition looks at Frank Lloyd Wright’s memorable successes—and some notable misses.



Jazz Artist Eliane Elias on 'Waters of March'

Tue, 23 May 2017 12:07:26 EDT

Eliane Elias, a Brazilian jazz pianist and singer, talks about Elis Regina and her memorable duet with Antonio Carlos Jobim, ‘Waters of March.’



A Paperlike Sheet Can Work as a Loudspeaker

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:22:58 EDT

Researchers at Michigan State and Georgia Tech have developed a laminate very much like a sheet of paper that can function as a loudspeaker.



A Cultural History of the Hamburger

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:35:10 EDT

A new book traces the history of the burger in the U.S. and beyond.



Federalism for the Left and the Right

Sat, 20 May 2017 19:27:52 EDT

People across the political spectrum are turning to states and localities to deal with contentious issues such as immigration, law enforcement and education.



Who's in Charge of Outer Space?

Fri, 19 May 2017 22:56:31 EDT

All extraterrestrial activity today is governed by a 50-year-old treaty drafted at the height of the Cold War. Will governments around the world agree on an update before the final frontier becomes the Wild West?



How to Psych Children Up to Perform

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:27:40 EDT

What’s the best way to encourage children to succeed in sports tryouts, auditions and exams? Talk about past accomplishments, reframe their anxiety and other science-tested tips.