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Medical Mystery: Something Happened to U.S. Health Spending After 1980
(The Upshot: The New Health Care) The United States devotes a lot more of its economic resources to health care than any other nation, and yet its health care outcomes aren’t better for it. That hasn’t always been the case. America was in the realm o
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36 Hours in Montgomery, Alabama
(36 Hours) IN ALABAMA’S CAPITAL, YOU’LL FIND DEEP-FRIED BACON, STYLISH BARS AND REVITALIZED NEIGHBORHOODS. BUT THE CITY’S REAL DRAW IS ITS MUSEUMS AND OTHER SITES THAT FOCUS ON THE EVOLUTION OF CIVIL RIGHTS. A souvenir button sold at the Civil Rights
The New York Times7 min readTravel
Charming Sensorial Chaos in Sicily's Second City
(Frugal Traveler) WHILE IT DOESN’T ATTRACT THE SAME KIND OF ATTENTION AS PALERMO, CATANIA SEEMS TO BE GETTING READY FOR ITS MOMENT IN THE SPOTLIGHT. We stood on the deck of the hulking cargo ship, through the bluster and drizzle in the Strait of Mess
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5 Places to Go in Düsseldorf
(5 Places) THE ENCLAVE IN DÜSSELDORF, GERMANY, KNOWN AS ‘LITTLE TOKYO ON THE RHINE’ — ONE OF EUROPE’S LARGEST JAPANESE COMMUNITIES — OFFERS VISITORS A DEEP DIVE INTO JAPANESE CULTURE WITH ITS GROWING FOOD SCENE. No longer a secret, “Little Tokyo on t
The New York Times6 min readPolitics
Liberals, You're Not as Smart as You Think
SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS IS RARELY ATTRACTIVE, AND EVEN MORE RARELY REWARDED. I know many liberals, and two of them really are my best friends. Liberals make good movies and television shows. Their idealism has been an inspiration for me and many others.
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Can It Happen Here?
MADELEINE ALBRIGHT EXAMINES FASCISM IN THE PAST AND PRESENT — AND POSSIBLY THE FUTURE. “Fascism: A Warning” By Madeleine Albright with Bill Woodward 288 pages. Harper/HarperCollins Publishers. $27.99. The fall of the Berlin Wall caused euphoria in th
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Two Dudes With a Camera
HOW TO MAKE IT IN THE MOVIES WITH A FEW BUCKS AND SOME FUNNY IDEAS. “Like Brothers” By Mark Duplass and Jay Duplass 299 pages. Ballantine Books. $28. It’s a strange symptom of our increasingly thin-sliced culture that you may spend your whole life wi
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Celebrating Madeleine L'Engle
FOR FANS OF ‘A WRINKLE IN TIME,’ A BIOGRAPHY OF THE AUTHOR NARRATED BY HER GRANDDAUGHTERS. “Becoming Madeleine: A Biography of the Author of ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ by Her Granddaughters” Written and read by Charlotte Jones Voiklis and Léna Roy 2 hours,
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A Man and His Roti
A few years ago, I saw an ad on Pakistani TV that made me, and many others, cringe. In it, a little girl is shown kneading a little ball of dough and making a roti, and her mother announces, with a drum roll, to a jubilant family, “Choti ki pehli gol
The New York Times4 min readPolitics
Why Do We Reward Bullies?
EVERYONE HATES A TORMENTOR. BUT TOO FEW DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT. I despise bullies. This doesn’t stem from my playground years but rather from a career in my 20s performing with a professional symphony orchestra. Orchestra conductors are notorious tyra
The New York Times5 min readPolitics
What It Would Mean to End the Korean War
NORTH AND SOUTH KOREA WERE PAWNS IN THEIR OWN WAR. LET THEM BE THE MAIN ACTORS IN FINALLY MAKING PEACE. WASHINGTON — No, the Korean War still is not over. While an armistice in 1953 ended active fighting, it was never followed by a peace treaty. This
The New York Times4 min readPolitics
Does Trump Want Even More Chaos in the White House?
THE PRESIDENT DESPERATELY NEEDS A CHIEF OF STAFF WHO WILL TELL HIM HARD TRUTHS. Frustrated and defiant, his White House dysfunctional, President Trump has been musing about a potentially bold stroke: What if he removed his chief of staff, John Kelly,
The New York Times5 min readSociety
The Case for Having a Hobby
Last spring, I forgot the word for hobby. I was on a hike with friends, and I was explaining how much happier my spouse had become recently after starting a band with some friends. “It’s just nice for them, I think, to have this creative outlet that
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5 Cheap(ish) Things to Help You With Your Spring Cleaning
Welcome to the Smarter Living newsletter. Editor Tim Herrera emails readers with tips and advice for living a better, more fulfilling life. Sign up here to get it in your inbox. Hi! This week I’ve invited cleaning expert and friend of Smarter Living
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Napping While Black (and Other Transgressions)
A YALE GRADUATE STUDENT IS TOLD SHE DOESN’T BELONG. I KNOW HOW SHE FEELS. Napping. Add that to the list of activities — driving, walking, laughing, waiting for someone in Starbucks, checking out of an Airbnb — that put you at risk of being interrogat
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Better Ways for Jeff Bezos to Spend $131 Billion
HE COULD DOUBLE THE NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE’S BUDGET OR TUTOR TWO MILLION STUDENTS IN MATH EVERY YEAR FOR ALL TIME. CHICAGO — Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, is one of the most successful businessmen of all time. He has amassed an unfathomable f
The New York Times4 min readPolitics
Trump's Most Foolish Decision Yet
THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL HAS WORKED AS INTENDED. VIOLATING IT WILL MAKE THE UNITED STATES FAR LESS SAFE. President Trump’s reckless decision to withdraw the United States from the Iran nuclear deal will not force Iran back to the negotiating table, nor
The New York Times6 min readArts & Languages
Hierarchy of Needs
WHEN WE SAY THAT ART IS ‘NECESSARY,’ WE SADDLE IT — AND ITS AUDIENCE — WITH THE WEIGHT OF MORAL IMPERATIVE. About a year ago I met up for the first time with a woman I knew only online. Articulate and funny, she is a brilliant writer who studied lite
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John Mulaney Thinks Comics Should Take the Gloves Off
THE COMEDIAN ON THE CHALLENGES — OR NOT — OF JOKE-WRITING IN OUR CURRENT POLITICAL CLIMATE. Q: Your new stand-up special is out on Netflix now, which you performed in a lot of big, beautiful theaters, including Radio City Music Hall. Are there any bi
The New York Times4 min readSociety
Tech's Race Problem Beyond the Numbers
WHEN IT COMES TO THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SILICON VALLEY COMPANIES AND COMMUNITIES OF COLOR, HIRING ISN’T THE ONLY ISSUE. OAKLAND, Calif. — Last week, members of the Congressional Black Caucus visited Silicon Valley, on a trip largely dedicated to pu
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Fighting Street Gun Violence as if It Were a Contagion
A PROGRAM THAT STARTED IN CHICAGO TREATS STREET GUN VIOLENCE AS AN EPIDEMIC, HIRING PAST OFFENDERS TO DISRUPT TRANSMISSION. CHICAGO — Gary Slutkin, an epidemiologist, has spent his life treating contagious diseases: cholera, tuberculosis, H.I.V. — an
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When Cops 'Steal' Drugs, the Results Can Spin Out of Control
SAFEGUARDS ARE NEEDED FOR SPECIAL WARRANTS THAT ALLOW THE POLICE TO SECRETLY SEIZE CONTRABAND, LEADING DEALERS TO BLAME RIVALS. For more than a dozen years, the U.S. Department of Justice has been secretly seizing drugs from drug dealers. When the ru
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When 2 + 2 Might Equal 5
THE EUROPEAN UNION’S “RIGHT TO BE FORGOTTEN” RULE AMOUNTS TO GOVERNMENT LIMITS ON THE PUBLICATION OF TRUTHFUL SPEECH. England is the mother country of the United States, and much American law is deeply rooted in that of its maternal forebear. But in
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Meet The Renegades Of The Intellectual Dark Web
AN ALLIANCE OF HERETICS IS MAKING AN END RUN AROUND THE MAINSTREAM CONVERSATION. SHOULD WE BE LISTENING? Here are some things that you will hear when you sit down to dinner with the vanguard of the Intellectual Dark Web: There are fundamental biologi
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Hire Interstate Movers Without Getting Scammed
Each year, about 3 million people in the U.S. move across state lines. While moving is never easy, the company you hire can make that transition smooth — or a nightmare. Last year, the National Consumer Complaint Database received more than 4,000 com
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How to Maintain Sibling Relationships
Siblings are often the only people with whom we have lifelong relationships. For many people that means a built-in best friend for life. But deep, lifetime connections like that can be … messy at times, even in the strongest of bonds. Navigating tho
The New York Times5 min readPop Culture
Confessions Of A Book Burner
RAY BRADBURY BELIEVED THAT SERIOUS THOUGHT WAS UNDER THREAT. HIS CLASSIC NOVEL IS MORE RELEVANT THAN EVER. No books were harmed in the making of this motion picture. There will be no such disclaimer at the end of my new film, because we burned a lot
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Rachel Kushner's 'The Mars Room' Offers a Blackly Comic Take on Prison Life
THE AUTHOR’S MUCH-ANTICIPATED NEW NOVEL, A PAGE TURNER SET IN A WOMEN’S CORRECTIONAL FACILITY, REVEALS AN IMAGINATION DICKENSIAN IN ITS AMPLITUDE — AND IN ITS REFORMIST ZEAL. “The Mars Room"By Rachel Kushner339 pages. Scribner. $27. Rachel Kushner’s
The New York Times4 min readSociety
The Hidden Women of May '68
MEN MONOPOLIZED THE SPOTLIGHT IN PARIS, BUT WOMEN PLAYED A ROLE, TOO. AND THE UPRISING CHANGED THEIR LIVES. PARIS — One of my biggest regrets is that I was born too late for the barricades of May 1968. I was only 4 years old, and so I missed this hug
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It's Time for a New Discussion of Marijuana's Risks
(The Upshot: The New Health Care) The benefits and harms of medical marijuana can be debated, but more states are legalizing pot, even for recreational use. A new evaluation of marijuana’s risks is overdue. Last year, the National Academies of Scienc
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