For centuries, experts have predicted that machines would make workers obsolete. That moment may finally be arriving. What will a society without jobs look like—and how should we prepare?
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Ideas of the year, the end of work, why the Saudis are going solar, the insidious message of tween TV, and more
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What becomes of the babies of incarcerated mothers? Research suggests that having nurseries in prisons leads to lower recidivism rates for moms and better outcomes for their kids.
The fate of one of the biggest fossil-fuel producers may now depend on its investment in renewable energy.
Why the under-40 generation of leading men in the U.S. is struggling—and what to do about it
A quiz to compare yourself with the likes of Barack Obama, Cliven Bundy, and others
Ideas of the Year
For the first time in a decade, Russia spent a higher portion of its GDP on defense than the U.S. in 2013.
In the face of damning evidence against U.S. officials, the country has shrugged.
The complicated reality of consent
The United States needs more than a good president to erase centuries of violence.
As long as people interpret texts literally, religion will be a source of conflict.
In the art of evading meaningful policy discussions, all political camps have honed their particular styles.
Despite incidents of cheating, taxpayer fleecing, domestic abuse, brain damage, and suicide, America can’t stop watching professional football.
A sector that once promised revolutionary change is finally hitting its backlash.
America is living in a golden age of television, largely in thanks to cord cutting.
The effortless hipness of senior citizens.
The urgency of fixing income disparities around the world
From selfie sticks and wristwatches and to kale and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
The urgent case for stopping the flow of illegal migrants across the Mediterranean
The Italian investigative journalist Roberto Saviano, in exile in New York City
Why the Smithsonian is using 3‑D printing to copy artifacts
The future of garbage
How your hands actually predict your future
Cleveland is the latest city to call on James Corner, the landscape architect behind New York’s High Line, to revive an urban park.
The high cost of food fraud
A very short book excerpt
Chilean TV audiences fall for foreign shows—and their actors.
The Culture File
The insidious message of Disney and Nickelodeon
The Czech writer’s new novel The Festival of Insignificance sees a new specter haunting Europe: a decadent and dying culture.
Two decades after her photographs of her children created a furor, she reveals the curious logic of her art.
A new book is a cultural scrapbook on the resilience of a fraught institution.
A review of “The Grind: Inside Baseball's Endless Season” and “33 Days.”
Responses and reverberations
The Wright brothers’ first flight, Charles Lindbergh’s trans-Atlantic crossing, D. B. Cooper’s disappearance, and more