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Interviews and conversations with leading experts, public figures, and more

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”

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

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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

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

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

Why Jeff Sessions thinks Christians are under siege in America

Did the president obstruct justice? I asked 12 legal experts.

What a 1963 RFK-James Baldwin meeting teaches us about race in Trump’s America

Michiko Kakutani, esteemed book critic, has finally written a book. It’s about Trump.

A historian surveys the wreckage of the Trump-Putin summit

Why “fake news” is an antitrust problem

Why Trump is an easy mark for Putin

A Russian newspaper editor explains how Putin made Trump his puppet

Why the myth of a perfect meritocracy is so pernicious 

“Empathetic hedonism”: why we were so glued to the Thai cave drama

Why you should give a shit about NATO

Why you should give a shit about Trump’s tariffs, explained by an economic historian

Why capitalism won’t survive without socialism

Why the death of democracy may be overhyped

A Princeton sociologist spent 8 years asking rural Americans why they’re so pissed off

The woman who argued Roe v. Wade on Kennedy retiring: “We thought we had won this”

“Strict constructionism,” the judicial philosophy of Trump’s next SCOTUS pick, explained

Philip Zimbardo defends the Stanford Prison Experiment, his most famous work 

The moral case against Trump’s travel ban

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A psychologist explains how to overcome social anxiety

Why we pretend to know things, explained by a cognitive scientist

The first woman president of the NYSE would really rather not talk about her gender

How athletes visiting the White House became a political flashpoint

America, explained by a North Korean propaganda book 

How America’s hunting culture shaped masculinity, environmentalism, and the NRA