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A Stanford psychologist on the art of avoiding assholes

How the baby boomers, not millennials, screwed America

A historian on our broken election system: “it’s run by people with stake in the outcome”

The biggest lie we still teach in American history classes

What Machiavelli can teach us about Trump and the decline of liberal democracy

We could end factory farming this century

Epistocracy: a political theorist’s case for letting only the informed vote

Is America’s political violence problem getting worse? I asked 7 experts.

Why marriages succeed — or fail

David Frum on why Republicans chose Trumpocracy over democracy

Why Christian conservatives supported Trump — and why they might regret it

What Nate Silver’s learned about forecasting elections

Is the media making American politics worse?

Why DNA test results are actually pretty fuzzy

Cosmologist Martin Rees gives humanity a 50-50 chance of surviving the 21st century

How meditation and psychedelic drugs could fix tribalism

Can consumer choices ward off the worst effects of climate change? An expert explains.

Team of sycophants: a presidential historian on Trump’s White House

Bullshit jobs: why they exist and why you might have one

How YouTube icon Hank Green found hope in a story of viral fame, politics, and giant robots

Why this political scientist thinks the Democrats have to fight dirty

How algorithms are controlling your life

Proof that Americans are lying about their sexual desires

Americans have a longstanding love of magical thinking

Why this economist thinks public education is mostly pointless

A feminist makes the case against feminism

A Silicon Valley stylist shares her secrets: Allbirds are out, scruff is in, and khakis were never okay

DeRay Mckesson on Trump-era activism: “We can’t just be fighting the people in seats of power”

“The fish rots from the head”: a historian on the unique corruption of Trump’s White House

Gary Shteyngart on his new book, which explores the self-delusion of Wall Street bankers

Race and football: why NFL owners are so scared of Colin Kaepernick

Brianna Wu survived Gamergate. Now she’s running for Congress.

Why romantic comedies matter

Why psychedelic drugs could transform how we treat depression and mental illness

10 legal experts on why Trump can’t pardon his way out of the Russia investigation

The case against empathy

The author of Dopesick on how we’re still failing opioid users

“They have no allegiance to liberal democracy”: an expert on antifa explains the group

Why Buddhism is true

Tech companies use “persuasive design” to get us hooked. Psychologists say it’s unethical.