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The case for optimism about American democracy

Why Fareed Zakaria believes the American experiment is flawed but resilient.

The danger in corporate solutions to government problems

Companies aren’t going to save America.

Why the 400m hurdles is one of the hardest Olympic races

Running the 400-meter hurdles requires strategic rhythm, but it’s over so quick you just might miss it.

Our bodies can adapt to hotter conditions — but there’s a limit

Here’s what Olympic athletes can teach us about coping with heat waves.

How Emily Oster became one of the most respected — and reviled — voices of the pandemic

An Ivy League economist, Oster won fans by empowering parents with data. Then she began calling for schools to reopen.

Olympics TikTok is one of the best parts of the Games

This year’s Olympics may be cursed, but on TikTok, they’re fun as hell.

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Panic! At The Delta

Vox’s Umair Irfan explains why the United States is seeing another Covid-19 surge. Dr. Rhea Boyd says the country is getting unvaccinated people all wrong.

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Gymnastics still hasn’t fully reckoned with its abuse problem

Anti-abortion lawyers are finally being honest

Does Congress know what it would take to stop the next pandemic?

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The opioid epidemic isn’t unsolvable

M. Night Shyamalan returns with Old, a floppy but haunting thriller about aging

The surprising past, unlikely present, and uncertain future of Christmas in July

Jane Goodall reveals what studying chimpanzees teaches us about human nature

Democrats are going it alone on immigration reform

The ballad of the Chowchilla bus kidnapping

In 1976, a school bus carrying 26 children and their driver disappeared from a small California town. Forty-five years later, we revisit the story.

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Prices on the rise

Matt is joined by economist Julia Coronado to talk about inflation, markets, and employment in the pandemic recovery economy

How Kevin McCarthy tried to sabotage the House January 6 investigation

An Indigenous firefighter explains how to better manage wildfires

A new bill would hold Facebook responsible for Covid-19 vaccine misinformation

America’s houses are old. Low-income renters are suffering because of it.

Here’s how hard it is to vote in Texas

The price of Olympic glory

This outed priest’s story is a warning for everyone about the need for data privacy laws

The Senate’s infrastructure gamble, explained

Companies that make people return to the office will lose employees

Frito-Lay workers are striking. Here’s how to support them.

“I can’t tell you how relieved I was”

Murders are up. Crime is not. What’s going on?

Extreme heat is killing American workers

Don’t worry about inflation

Pop music made conspicuous consumption cool

How America lost its commitment to the right to vote

Why Netflix is getting into games

Biden stacks his administration with yet another tech foe

Don’t be fooled by that viral Hannity clip. Fox News’s Covid-19 coverage is a mess.

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