How Keeth Smart Became the Best Fencer in the World
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How Keeth Smart Became the Best Fencer in the World

After nearly dying of cancer, Smart defied the odds and won a silver medal at the 2008 Olympics.

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The President Sang Amazing Grace

Joan Baez performs the mournful song in a new animated video that remembers Obama’s visit to Charleston.

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A 97-Year-Old Philosopher Ponders Life and Death: 'What Is the Point?'

Herbert Fingarette once argued that there was no reason to fear death. At 97, his own mortality began to haunt him.

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The Future of Food Is Zero Waste

A London restaurant embodies the virtues of sustainability with a food system that generates zero waste.

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The Most Dangerous Form of American Extremism Yet

Luke O'Brien explains how the anonymity of the internet continues to help the alt-right proliferate.

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The Happiest Animal

Venture to an island off the coast of Australia to meet the quokka, the world’s smiliest mammal.

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Intersex, and Proud

She was raised as a boy. After a doctor discovered a half-formed ovary, Tatenda decided to live as a young woman.

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Is Santa Based on a Psychedelic Shaman?

Some academics and mycologists offer an alternative Christmas origin story—one of a mushroom-toting healer from the Arctic.

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The Third Gender

In Mexico, an indigenous culture both accepts and celebrates a non-binary gender.

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Single-Tasking Is the New Multitasking

Trying to do too many internet things at once makes it hard to get anything done at all.

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The Millennial Booze Fatigue Syndrome

The mores around alcohol consumption are changing for Millennials, but that may not be reflected in their habits just yet.

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