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Orson Welles and Hollywood Are Finally Getting Along


Orson Welles famously struggled to finish his films while he was alive, so Hollywood’s helping him out now, nearly 30 years after his death.

Burkina Faso's "Black Spring"


Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, is the scene of mass protests, flames, and tear gas after citizens organized in the capital to show their disdain for President Blaise Compaore.

When Your Teacher Is a Celebrity


When Summer Kennedy applied to Brown, she says her choice wasn’t based on the number of teachers with familiar names "I knew Harvard had more well-known professors," she says, "but I chose Brown because of many other things." Now, as a college sophomore, she chooses her classes based on word of mouth and teachers’ ratings on websites.

A Tourist in North Korea


It was early summer, a time for rice planting and balmy weather, yet North Korea’s first ski resort was open.

Will a Republican Congress Be a Hot Mess?


As polls show a movement toward Republicans—the new ABC News/Washington Post survey shows a 6-point GOP advantage in the generic ballot—there is increasing interest in what would happen over the next two years with Republican control of both the House and Senate.

The New Heroin Epidemic


In a beige conference room in Morgantown, West Virginia, Katie Chiasson-Downs, a slight, blond woman with a dimpled smile, read out the good news first.

These Conversation Topics Will Help You Keep Your Job


You might have heard this cliche before: You don't go to work to make friends. It sounds like something straight out of the 1987 super-capitalist movie Wall Street, in which Michael Douglas' character Gordon Gekko says lunch is for wimps, and to get a dog if you need a friend.

The Uncanny Power of Weird Fiction


In volume one of Clive Barker’s Books of Blood series, the 1984 story “In the Hills, the Cities” describes how the citizenry of competing villages lash themselves together to form giant human figures as tall as skyscrapers, which wage bloody war upon each other in remote valleys.

The Existential Crisis of Public Life Online


This isn’t a story about Gamergate. For maybe a month now, that pseudoscandal has been unavoidable in certain thoroughfares of the Internet.

Reminders of a Bygone Internet


It’s garish. It’s twisted. It’s, as Engadget calls it, “your childhood on acid.” It’s the Windows 93 operating system, in website form.

Congress Still Has No Idea How Much the NSA Spies on Americans


The biggest lie Americans are told about the NSA is that it is subject to "strict oversight." Listening to President Obama, Senator Dianne Feinstein, or most any high-ranking official in the national security bureaucracy, one gets the impression that the Senate and House intelligence committees are keeping careful tabs on the most technologically empowered spy agency in human history.

Is Philanthropy Bad for Democracy?


Though this is not the way I would usually describe my career, one way of looking at it is that I spent my first 20 working years trying to raise money, and the next 15 trying to give it away.

How to Be Eco-Friendly When You're Dead


When Phil Olson was 20, he earned money in the family business by draining the blood from corpses. Using a long metal instrument, he sucked the fluid out of the organs, and pumped the empty space and the arteries full of three gallons of toxic embalming fluid.

Rape Is Not a Data Problem


Sexual violence is having a moment in American culture. From Florida State to Columbia, colleges across the nation are struggling with how to address campus rape.

Vice Is the Establishment Now


If you were watching Jay Carney and Shane Smith chat on stage on at the Washington Ideas Forum on Wednesday, it wasn't hard to tell which one was a former White House press secretary and Washington bureau chief for Time (close-cropped hair, sharp suit, conservative tie), and which was the CEO of Vice Media (T-shirt, jeans, beard, and tattoos).

Susan Rice: There's No Crisis in U.S.-Israel Relations


Yesterday, The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg published an article detailing what he called a crisis in U.S.-Israel relations, describing among other things the "gloves-off manner in which American and Israeli officials now talk about each other behind closed doors." The relationship, he wrote, "is now the worst it's ever been." So, The Wall Street Journal's Jerry Seib asked National Security Advisor Susan Rice at Tuesday's Washington Ideas Forum, is it?

The Demands of Running a 21st-Century Museum


When David Skorton was announced as the 13th secretary of the Smithsonian Institution earlier this year, almost as much was made of his personal history as a jazz flautist and a cardiologist as was inferred from his career history at Cornell University and the University of Iowa.

The Libertarian Capitalist's Case for State Power and Making No Money


Peter Thiel seems to enjoy confounding expectations. So perhaps it shouldn't have been surprising to hear the multimillionaire libertarian technologist extol the virtues of making little money and massive state projects.

The Ignorance of Nations, Ranked


Around the world, people have a pretty good sense of the life expectancy of their country’s inhabitants.

Gaming Out the End of the Gay-Marriage Fight


In the heat of the civil-rights fight, when told he shouldn't push too hard for racial equality because of political backlash, Lyndon Johnson famously shot back, "What the hell's the presidency for?


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