Korean soap operas are saving endangered languages, breast pumps are getting a makeover, kosher foods are taking on a hipster sensibility, and more...

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Little Rock Nine: How Far Has the Country Come?

On September 25, 1957, federal troops escorted black students into Central High School in the Arkansas capital. But school integration remains an unfinished task.

Noah Gordon

The Fall of the Zen Butcher

Bartlett Durand wanted to bring animal slaughter out into the open. But his neighbors in Mount Horab, Wisconsin, felt otherwise.

Marissa Landrigan

Saving Languages Through Korean Soap Operas

An online-media company has teamed up with linguists to preserve endangered tongues.

Rose Eveleth

Murder in a Time Before Google

In 1973 my father was killed by his best friend, but according to the Internet he never even existed.

Nichole Beaudry

Kosher Meets Hipster

American Millennials follow Jewish dietary laws at nearly twice the rate of Baby Boomers, perhaps finding the ancient laws fit well with contemporary concerns about sustainability.

Anna Goren

Will "Cisgender" Survive?

The linguistic complement to "transgender" has achieved some popularity, but faces social and political obstacles to dictionary coronation.

Paula Blank

Women Appreciate Good Booty-Shaking, Too

Jennifer Lopez, Iggy Azalea, and Nicky Minaj twerk for the camera—and a same-sex audience.

Noah Berlatsky

Building a Better Breast Pump

The noisy, sometimes ill-fitting devices are often necessary for mothers who want to continue breastfeeding. A hackathon this weekend strove for better designs.

Rachel Ehrenberg

B.J. Novak Proves That Kids' Books Don't Need Pictures

The former actor and writer for The Office has found a mischievous way to entertain preschoolers through the written word alone.

Jennie Rothenberg Gritz

Magazine: Why I Hope to Die at 75

An argument that society and families—and you—will be better off if nature takes its course swiftly and promptly

Ezekiel J. Emanuel

Video: What Do You Wish You Had Learned in College?

At this year's Aspen Ideas Festival, we asked a group of academics within some of America's top universities to reveal what they regret from their undergraduate years.

In Focus: Photos of the Week: 9/20-9/26

This week, images of a storm cloud over Sydney, synchronized swimmers at the Asian Games, multiple scenes from in and around Syria, a city in Sierra Leone locked down to fight ebola, effigies of demon king Ravana in India, and much more.

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