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25 episodes that changed television

From a pregnancy on I Love Lucy to a beheading on Game of Thrones.

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Two days with Curvy Wife Guy, the most controversial man in body positivity

He’s just released a music video called "Chubby Sexy." Will it silence his internet haters?

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How to get the most out of your exercise time, according to science

A simple guide to high-intensity interval training, or HIIT, the fitness trend du jour.

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The “smarter” wall: how drones, sensors, and AI are patrolling the border

Here’s what a so-called "smart wall" of technology at the US-Mexico border looks like.

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“Am I a bad person?” Why one mom didn’t take her kid to the ER — even after poison control said to.

The emergency room bill I can’t stop thinking about.

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The case for taking AI seriously as a threat to humanity

Why some people fear AI, explained.

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Bernie Sanders’s political revolution on foreign policy, explained

How Yemen crystallized Sanders’s 2020 foreign policy message

America is warming fast. See how your city’s weather will be different in just one generation.

Here’s how much the winters and summers in the city closest to you may change in about 30 years.

Beyond Larry Nassar: hundreds of athletes are fighting USA Gymnastics in court over abuse

Athletes say Nassar was just one abuser of many. A bankruptcy case could be their chance at restitution.

The rise of Japanese militarism

What the growth and change of Japan’s armed forces means for the world.

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How YouTube is changing toys

Kids are obsessed with YouTube unboxing videos. The toy industry is taking notice.

Aziz Ansari’s new standup set, and its complicated, necessary role in #MeToo

I saw the comedian perform in Chicago. His latest material could take the #MeToo conversation to a new place.

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The sexual misconduct allegations against Neil deGrasse Tyson, explained

Multiple women have accused the astrophysicist of sexual misconduct. But he’s coming back to TV.

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The extraordinary therapeutic potential of psychedelic drugs, explained

I spent months talking to psychedelic guides and researchers. Here’s what I learned.

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How to win an Oscar

The campaign trail for the Academy Awards is expensive, exhausting, and not really about the movie.

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The race to make the warmest winter clothes

Why winter coats from Canada Goose and Moncler are ready for the Arctic.

America’s gun problem, explained

The public and research support gun control. Here’s how it could help — and why it doesn’t pass.

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“I made mistakes”: Jill Abramson responds to plagiarism charges around her new book

"What we’re talking about here are sets of facts that I borrowed."

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Marie Kondo is training an army of tidying consultants

The tidying expert has conquered book sales and Netflix. Now her KonMari consultants are coming to your home.

The big, controversial business of The Wing, explained

How a women’s coworking space became a flashpoint for debates over feminism, money, and power.

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Winters are warming faster than summers. These US cities could lose weeks of freezing days by 2050.

The dire consequences of having fewer days below freezing, explained.

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What Alex Berenson’s new book gets wrong about marijuana, psychosis, and violence

The book, Tell Your Children, has received a lot of media attention, but it’s essentially Reefer Madness 2.0.

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More than 250 powerful people have been accused of sexual misconduct in the #MeToo era. Here’s a running list.

From O’Reilly to Kavanaugh to Franken to Batali to Seacrest.

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Despite an opioid crisis, most ERs don’t offer addiction treatment. California is changing that.

This is what it looks like when we stop treating addiction as a moral failure.

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Clean energy technologies threaten to overwhelm the grid. Here’s how it can adapt.

The centralized, top-down power grid is outdated. Time for a bottom-up redesign.

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Juul, the vape device teens are getting hooked on, explained

If you’ve seen people sucking on what look like USB flash drives, they’re probably "Juuling."

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The Republican Party versus democracy

In 2018, we learned how Trump’s GOP behaves after losing elections. It could prove disastrous in 2020.

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The best of everything

So many products today claim to be the best. Why — and why can’t we stop buying them?

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The absurd quest to make the “best” razor

The $3.5 billion shaving industry is secretive and litigious — and disrupting itself silly.

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Video game addiction is real, rare, and poorly understood

The World Health Organization now recognizes "gaming disorder." It’s a controversial, but some argue necessary, classification.

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What does dying — and mourning — look like in a secular age?

Twenty-nine percent of Americans anticipate a secular funeral.

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America’s sexist obsession with what women politicians wear, explained

Ever since women started holding political office, American men have been fixated on their clothes.

The US has made migrants at the border wait months to apply for asylum. Now the dam is breaking.

Trump made his own immigration crisis.

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I looked for a state that’s taking gun violence seriously. I found Massachusetts.

Massachusetts offers a model for dealing with gun violence that the rest of the country could follow.

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How to capture the feeling of a movie in a single font

The type designers and typographers behind Suspiria, Sorry to Bother You, and The Favourite explain their creative processes.

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To beat Trump, House Democrats need to fight on policy, not just scandals

Trump’s weakness is policy. Can Democrats exploit it?

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The brutal mirror: what the psychedelic drug ayahuasca showed me about my life

4 trips in 4 days was the best — and worst — thing I’ve ever done.

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Exclusive: Trump loyalist Matthew Whitaker was counseling the White House on investigating Clinton

Whitaker advised the president on launching a new special counsel while working as chief of staff for Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Jeff Sessions gave Trump the immigration crackdown he wanted

Trump’s attorney general has already built an enduring legacy on immigration.

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White evangelicals turned out for the GOP in big numbers again

All the policy wins that explain evangelical Christians’ loyalty to Trump — and their role in the 2018 midterm elections.