Everyone Steals Music, Right? The Week's Best Pop-Culture Writing

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Welcome to our weekly roundup of the most intriguing articles about pop culture we've come across in the past seven days. Click the links in the article titles to read the full pieces, and let us know what we've missed:

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Eleanor Barkhorn & Spencer Kornhaber

Eleanor Barkhorn and Spencer Kornhaber are senior associate editors at The Atlantic.

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When Will Robots Take Over the World?

"In a sense, we're already becoming cyborgs."


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Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.

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The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air

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The Origins of Bungee Jumping

"We had this old potato sack and I filled it up with rocks and dropped it over the side. It just hit the water, split, dropping all the stones. And that was our test."

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Is Trading Stocks for Suckers?

If you think you’re smarter than the stock market, you’re probably either cheating or wrong

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I Spent Half My Life Making a Video Game

How a childhood hobby became a labor of love

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