Russia's strongman president has many Americans convinced of his manipulative genius. He's really just a gambler who won big.
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Russia’s election-hack gamble, God’s plan for Mike Pence, and the case against college for everyone. Plus, exoneration without DNA evidence, Eva Moskowitz’s charter-school revolution, the jellyfish apocalypse, and more.
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Will the vice president—and the religious right—be rewarded for their embrace of Donald Trump?
Benjamine Spencer is serving a life sentence for a violent crime he insists he didn't commit. But he lacks biological evidence—and old-fashioned detective work may not be enough to clear his name.
The combative Eva Moskowitz has created the nation’s most impressive school system—and made lots of enemies in the process.
Students don't seem to be getting much out of higher education.
In Japan, where more people die each year from choking than in traffic accidents, mush is getting a high-tech treatment.
Bernie Krisher helped bring free journalism to Cambodia. Now, as the country reverts to autocracy, his paper has been shut down. Will he survive the heartbreak? Will Cambodia?
Pessimists fare better than people with a sunnier disposition.
That might not be a bad thing.
It helped me find inner peace.
A very short book excerpt
The Culture File
David Bentley Hart’s text recaptures the awkward, multivoiced power of the original.
As his country's biggest filmmaker, Aki Kaurismäki has long critiqued the government's refugee policy. But his art takes care not to treat it like a hot-button issue.
The stinging, gelatinous blobs could take over the world’s oceans.
Hungary’s László Krasznahorkai writes fiction devoid of revelation, resolution, and even periods.
A new dynamic collection of short stories from Emily Fridlund revels in discomfort and disorientation.
Readers respond to a November 2017 story and more.
A big question