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Is the teen girl the most powerful force in pop culture?

“Friends” and the illusion of perfect adult friendships

The TV show sold us an idealized vision of these relationships. For young adults, the real thing is far harder to find.

Who pays?

As dating and marriage evolve, so is the way couples tackling the uncomfortable question.

How can we make it right? What the world’s religions have to say about justice.

The battle for the future of “gig” work

Ride-sharing companies are pushing to make a third category of "independent" worker the law of the land. Drivers say the notion of independence is little more than a mirage.

What we owe and are owed

Welcome to The Fairness Issue

Can sports ever really be “fair”?

Anti-trans bills, women’s sports, and the misguided pursuit of an even playing field.

Are our pets gobbling up the planet?

Why do we care how smart animals are?

The wild frontier of animal welfare

Should humans care whether creatures live good lives, even in the forests or jungles? A group of philosophers and scientists has an unorthodox answer.

The very cute, totally disturbing tale of the American “it” dog

How the quest to own the tiniest, most Instagram-worthy and low-maintenance pup has bred a world of problems.

How one company and way too many pigs destroyed America’s heartland

Iowa’s largest hog producer courted power and turned farming into a numbers game. Businesses like it are increasingly the norm.

Welcome to the Animals Issue of The Highlight

Welcome to the Money Issue of The Highlight

How an unpaid bill can lead to prison

There are no easy answers on canceling student debt

From mental health to home-buying, there are myriad ways education loans can affect lives. That’s why it’s so difficult to find a one-size-fits-all solution, economists say.

Here’s what the “Black tax” does to so many families — including mine

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We were here

How inheritance became a gift, a necessity, and a curse

An unholy union

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3.9 million years

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The danger of the new skepticism

"Question everything, right?" is the new mantra for some. But social echo chambers have propelled "healthy" skepticism into surreal terrain.

Such a pretty face

To all the clothes I’ve loved before

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The wild and irresistibly saucy tale of the curry con man

J. Ranji Smile served Indian food and tall tales to a hungry American public. Was he the first "celebrity chef" or a crook? The truth is complicated.

Welcome to the Self Issue of the Highlight

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As Times Square sits idle, so do Mickey and Elmo

Life was never easy for New York’s costumed performers. What happens when the tourists disappear?

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What you’re feeling is grief

What “baby bust”? New and soon-to-be parents on choosing to have kids in dark times.

Welcome to the “New” Issue of The Highlight

New crystal, new you?

Maskless travelers, nonstop parties: Coronavirus tourism is booming

Poems for a new year

“My life literally flashed before my eyes”: Freshman Rep. Mondaire Jones on a jarring start to his first term

The convenience of American amnesia

A requiem for the Twitter presidency

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Are we doomed? An investigation

At the conclusion of a dystopian year, we look to historians, preppers, and even the heavens in search of answers: What exactly was 2020, and what happens now?

I was always terrified of wasting time. A cancer diagnosis made me reconsider.

The Highlight’s best reads of the year

These stories have a remarkable richness — not in spite of the pandemic, but because of it.

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