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How to cook and eat well when food is more expensive than ever

How to get over a breakup — no matter which side of it you’re on

9 questions about Ramadan you were too embarrassed to ask

Boxing Day, explained

A more recent version of the game of Life.

Why the game of Life used to have poverty, suicide, and ruin

Why small talk is so excruciating

The case against otters

American happiness is plummeting. Could a few words change that?

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

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Feeling burned out at work? Here’s how you can take back your life.

Small (but effective!) tactics to help you stop working too much, stay off email, and manage your colleagues.

Meet Margaret Hamilton, the badass '60s programmer who saved the moon landing

This is the telegram MLK sent Malcolm X's wife after her husband's assassination

The case against empathy

Boxing Day, explained

The heroes of the Hanukkah story wouldn't understand what the Jewish holiday has become

Why marriages succeed — or fail

Cage-free, free range, organic: what all those egg labels really mean

Candy corn: Halloween’s most contentious sweet, explained

The social science guide to picking a career you'll love

Proof that Americans are lying about their sexual desires

What "Ouija" actually means, and how the game has changed

The real story behind St. Patrick's Day's green beer

The bloody origins of Britain's St. Patrick's Day shamrock tradition

Single or not, you've got a Valentine in another universe

The Lincoln Memorial could have been a pyramid. See all the forgotten proposals.

3 photos that will make you extra grateful for air conditioning

Happy Juneteenth, our annual celebration of the end of slavery

How one woman's obsession made Mother's Day last

Scientists are waging a war against human aging. But what happens next?

9 questions for Martha Nussbaum

6 myths about the Ides of March and killing Caesar

Why we need more "spiritual geniuses," according to public radio host Krista Tippett

Punxsutawney Phil: incompetent — or evil?

A psychologist explains why materialism is making you unhappy

I spent 7 years working in retail. I’ll never complain about a long Starbucks line again.

The hours are crazy, and the pay is bad — but there are moments when you really get to help people.

In defense of ugly Christmas sweaters

Why your cat is so weird, explained by an actual scientist

What data on 3,000 murderers and 10,000 victims tells us about serial killers

Why my immigrant family celebrated Thanksgiving — and why we stopped

Koreans sat on the ground. The dining room was for white people. They were the ones who prepared the home-cooked American Thanksgiving dinner, after all. The rest of us just brought prebaked cookies or dinner rolls.

The Jim Crow–era guidebook that saved black Americans from having to sleep in their cars