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October 8, 2015

The Mushroom That Explains the World

An anthropologist tries to understand capitalism by studying a Japanese delicacy.

Belarusian Author Svetlana Alexievich Wins 2015 Nobel Prize for Literature

The Belarusian novelist and journalist Svetlana Alexievich has been awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize for Literature for her "polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time."

How to Create a Feminist Utopia: Redefine the Family!

Family members should keep their resources separate, rather than pooling income.

October 7, 2015

Marilynne Robinson's Sacred Cosmology

The author's new essay collection, The Giveness of Things, converses with the dead. 

The Chaotic Wisdom of Wikipedia Paragraphs

How Wikipedia's editors built an online universe that anyone could use, and then everyone did.

Sloane Crosley’s Social Climbers

Millennials seek authenticity, and a diamond necklace, in The Clasp.

Who Will Win the Nobel Prize for Literature?

Reseeding the Nobel Literature betting pool, according to reality.

How to Build a World Cup Winner

A new book lays out a template for soccer success. 

Marco Rubio Is (Now) the Most Dangerous GOP Candidate on Climate

He's toned down the anti-science rhetoric, but his proposals would be devastating to the environment. 

Republicans Accept Mass Killings. That's Why Gun Control Advocates Must Get Graphic.

Ben Carson: "I never saw a body with bullet holes that was more devastating than taking the right to arm ourselves away.”

The Woman Who Taught Korea to Surf

The story of surfing's journey to Korean shores. 

October 6, 2015

Ben Carson Is Confident He'd Confront a Mass Shooter, But He Has No Clue

"I would not just stand there and let him shoot me," he said. Psychologists say otherwise.

“Don't Shoot! I'll Put the Animals Back! Please!”

The dramatic tale of a flash flood that killed hundreds of animals at a zoo in post-Soviet Georgia.

Who Is the Real Malala Yousafzai?

A new documentary fails to explain the brave, teenage Nobel prizewinner—or her pushy father.

The Next Librarian of Congress Should Be an Actual Librarian

The Library of Congress needs to be brought into the 21st century. 

Men Need to Lean Out

For gender equality, husbands need to play a supporting role.

How Many Hours Would It Take You to Work Off Today's College Tuition?

Politicians like to say, “I worked my way through college.” Compared with today’s kids, they had it easy.

The Secret Maoist Chinese Operation That Conquered Malaria—and Won a Nobel

At the height of the Cultural Revolution, Project 523 discovered the most powerful anti-malarial drug therapy to date.

J.M. Coetzee's Therapy Session

What a Nobel-winning novelist and a clinical psychologist taught each other about storytelling

Intersection Episode 6: Marco Rubio and the New Cuban Identity

The Republican presidential candidate has a complicated relationship with his Cuban heritage, Latino voters, and the Republican base.

October 5, 2015

Mary Gaitskill Makes the Superficial Bearable

Her new novel “The Mare” finds hidden truths in ordinary moments.

This Is What a Modern Bride in Afghanistan Looks Like

Tamineh Monzavi photographs the lives of young women in Iran and Afghanistan.

Is an Amy Schumer Essay Collection Worth $10 Million?

The logic behind publishers’ massive celebrity book deals 

Why CEOs Won’t Stop Earning Such High Salaries Anytime Soon

It's a disgrace. Here are a few reasons why it still happens. 

How the Rich Profit from Natural Disasters

A geophysicist explains earthquakes, cyclones, floods inflict most damage on the poorest in society. 

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