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Ezra Klein's Case Against Getting Your News From Twitter eldh

Ezra Klein's Case Against Getting Your News From Twitter

The Washington Post blogger advises against obsessing over the platform.

Unironically Loving Bad TV mediabistro

Unironically Loving Bad TV

"You couldn't script something as real as Real Housewives," Girls writer Sarah Heyward says.

Death by Asteroid? Steven Jurvetson/Flickr

Death by Asteroid?

"Eventually, our number will be up."

A Case for Regulating Sugar Like Alcohol

A Case for Regulating Sugar Like Alcohol

Robert Lustig on reining in what's toxic, addictive, and everywhere

Contra George Mitchell, NSA Surveillance Is Not a Minor Issue Reuters

Contra George Mitchell, NSA Surveillance Is Not a Minor Issue

The former Senate majority leader suggested that controversies over surveillance, the IRS and Benghazi are distractions.

Her Big Idea: Paula Crown The Aspen Institute

Her Big Idea: Paula Crown

Even after all these years, self-portraits can be transformative.

The Philosophy of Netflix: Its Chief Content Officer Champions Storytelling Reuters

The Philosophy of Netflix: Its Chief Content Officer Champions Storytelling

Expect more original programming, including a show set in a women's prison.

A Big Idea: Pianos in Public Parks The Aspen Institute

A Big Idea: Pianos in Public Parks

Soprano singers Camille Zamora and Monica Yunus take art beyond the opera house.

You're Interacting With Dark Matter Right Now Shutterstock/Paul Fleet

You're Interacting With Dark Matter Right Now

... But scientists have no idea how.

10 Years After the Fall of Saddam, How Do Iraqis Look Back on the War? Mohammed Ameen/Reuters

10 Years After the Fall of Saddam, How Do Iraqis Look Back on the War?

A decidedly non-negative view from the Kurdish North, via Barham Salih

In the Future, Your Seatbelt Could Be Tailored to Your Body Shutterstock/Micha Rosenwirth

In the Future, Your Seatbelt Could Be Tailored to Your Body

Good news! Maybe! Your car may soon be weighing and measuring you in the name of keeping you safe.

Does the Rise of the Super-Wealthy Require New Global Rules? Jason Reed/Reuters

Does the Rise of the Super-Wealthy Require New Global Rules?

Chrystia Freeland on the power of plutocrats

Big in Pakistan: Malala Yousafzai Conspiracy Theories Bobby Yip/Reuters

Big in Pakistan: Malala Yousafzai Conspiracy Theories

She's an international icon for her girls-rights activism, but what's popular opinion make of her back home?

George Mitchell Distills What Leadership Requires in Washington Reuters

George Mitchell Distills What Leadership Requires in Washington

A comment on how to represent citizens who hold contradictory positions

His Big Idea: Ehab Al Shihabi The Aspen Institute

His Big Idea: Ehab Al Shihabi

Can Al Jazeera make it in America?

How Silicon Valley's Tech Reign Will End Reuters

How Silicon Valley's Tech Reign Will End

Technology is people. And more people are choosing to live in cities.

Nate Silver: Hillary Is the Strongest Non-Incumbent Ever Aspen Ideas Festival

Nate Silver: Hillary Is the Strongest Non-Incumbent Ever

The New York Times polling analyst predicted Clinton will need to get the game by early 2015 if she wants to win the Democratic primary, even with her unusual advantages.

How ESPN Makes Money—in 1 Graph Reuters

How ESPN Makes Money—in 1 Graph

Nearly two-thirds of its enormous revenue comes from your monthly cable payments.

Unfathomable: How Much We Don't Know About the Ocean Derek Keats / Flickr

Unfathomable: How Much We Don't Know About the Ocean

A brief reflection on our surprising ignorance, past and present, about the underwater world.

The Divided States of America, in 25 Charts Gary Hershorn/Reuters

The Divided States of America, in 25 Charts

Six in 10 Americans believe the nation is more fragmented that it was during Vietnam, Watergate, and the Great Depression. Happy Fourth of July.