Last Flag Flying Is Too Muted to Be Memorable—David Sims gives his take on Richard Linklater’s new film, which star Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne, and Steve Carell as three Vietnam veterans mourning a loss in the Iraq War.
The Real Monster in Stranger Things 2—Sophie Gilbert explains how in the second series of the Netflix drama, the show goes deeper in exploring the after-effects of physical and emotional trauma.
When Rape Is a Plot Twist—Sophie Gilbert asks if there’s an appropriate way to tie stories of sexual assault to unreliable narrators.
Fever Ray’s Eerie Halloween Synthpop—Spencer Kornhaber listens to Karin Dreijer’s first solo album in eight years, which offers bustling, bizarre dance music about sex dreams and nightmares.
Why ‘A Father-Son Talking-To’ Is So Troubling—Megan Garber notices that before NPR’s Michael Oreskes resigned amid allegations of sexual misconduct, his former colleagues offered insight into the male-driven version of the whisper network.
Is This the Upside Down?—Megan Garber unveils that after allegations of sexual predation, across industries and decades, and the offenses that have hidden in plain sight, today’s monsters don’t breathe fire or trample buildings; they walk among us.
Papa John’s, Reviewed—Megan Garber proposes another explanation for why the chain’s sales haven’t met expectations after the owner suggested it was because of its association with the NFL.
What Would Martin Do?—Adrienne Green reads Nic Stone’s novel about a teen who writes letters to Dr. King, which joins Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give amid a growing body of YA books exploring racial injustice and police brutality.