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In Lauren Groff’s Matrix, medieval nuns build a feminist utopia

The National Book Award-nominated novel brings the swaggering brilliance of 12th-century poet Marie de France to towering life.

Can the US cut drug prices without sacrificing new cures?

The big unanswered question at the heart of Democrats’ health care agenda.

Dave Chappelle vs. trans people vs. Netflix

Chappelle’s latest Netflix special, The Closer, may be a tipping point for trans people.

How TV lied about abortion

For decades, dramatized plot lines about unwanted and unexpected pregnancies helped create our real-world abortion discourse.

The Last Duel is a medieval epic about believing women, and it’s a mess

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s new collaboration with Ridley Scott misses what’s important about the famous 14th-century rape case.

A last will and testament can be a huge fight for families

Or a way to prevent fights, as an estate lawyer explains.

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How the iPhone changed everything

In 2007, Steve Jobs introduced a product that would change our lives forever. The new season of Land of the Giants explores “The Apple Revolution.”

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Bryan Stevenson on tracing the legacy of American enslavement to mass incarceration

Why so many people undercharge for their work

Biden’s incoherent immigration policy

Startups are betting on a psychedelic gold rush

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Couch Guy and the nightmare of going viral 

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The home care fight in Congress

What elderly and disabled activists want from Biden.

Lebanon’s electricity was down for a day, but the crisis was years in the making

The thorny truth about socially responsible investing

Texas’s anti-abortion law was halted. Then, suddenly, it wasn’t.

The many signals China is sending with its Taiwan flyovers

A brief history of the internet hating Jonathan Franzen

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Climate scientists should pay more attention to fish poop. Really.

Goodbye, Mr. Bond

The appeal and the shortcomings of women-only gyms

Is Biden’s legislative agenda popular? Yes, but …

The best- and worst-case scenarios for Covid-19 this winter

The debt ceiling fight is far from over

Supply chain havoc is getting worse — just in time for holiday shopping

The trillion-dollar coin scheme, explained by the guy who invented it

Banks don’t want your money right now

The US is closer than ever before to making major progress on the climate crisis

The Supreme Court takes a lie detector test

How the risk of Covid-19 for kids compares to other dangers

Why lawmakers are fighting over the debt ceiling — again

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