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December 18, 2014

Serial’s Greatest Strength Was Also Its Greatest Weakness

The show's format seemed innovative at first, but it ended up weighing it down. 

Watching Colbert Makes Conservatives Even More Conservative

“Not everyone comprehends the nature of Colbert’s satire.”

Stop Making Fun of North Korea

Our laughter is drowning out their horrific human rights record.

December 17, 2014

The Allure of Ugliness

It's been 150 years since Jane Eyre was published, but we still like our female protagonists pretty.

Pulling 'The Interview' Was a Terrible Business Decision

Movie theaters are in desperate need of a boost—and the controversial comedy could have provided one. 

People Who Worry the U.S. Will "Spoil" Cuba Are Fetishizing Poverty

Find somewhere else to practice your amateur photography.

Stephen Colbert Is One of Pop Culture's Best Literary Boosters

Stephen Colbert's best author interviews.

Andrew "I'm Not a Scientist" Cuomo Listens to Scientists on Fracking

The New York governor has announced a ban on fracking.

In Israel, Mocking Hipsters Is Now a Political Statement

In a new ad, Naftali Bennett wears a fake beard and pink watch.

What Life in Cuba Was Like After Castro's Revolution

Visiting a collective farm, searching for coffee and rum, and more

Why We Need Museums Now More Than Ever

An art critic and the Met's former director make the case for objects in the digital age.

What Pakistan Must Do to Rid Itself of Violent Extremism

The country's moment of reckoning has arrived.

December 16, 2014

Basketball's Biggest Reporter Is Waging War on ESPN—And He'll Do Anything to Win

Adrian Wojnarowski breaks more NBA news than anyone else—but a close read of his work shows he can be unscrupulous with sources. 

Stop Celebrating the Ruble's Collapse. Cheap Oil Could Come Back to Bite the American Economy

The lower the prices of oil goes, the less sense drilling in Western states makes. 

Israel's Rightward Lurch Won't Help Netanyahu Keep His Job

There are considerations other than security policy that might well sway a majority of the Parliament to back a different candidate for Prime Minister.

Russia's Currency Crashed Because Vladimir Putin Put His Cronies Before His People

Russia's currency now beats Ukraine's as the worst-performing currency in the world this year.

Don't Let "Black Lives Matter" Become Another Ice Bucket Challenge

The social-media masses are turning it into a popularity contest.

W.H. Auden's Cheeky Tribute to Sigmund Freud

The poet explains the lasting influence of the analyst.

Jeb Bush Just Flushed Marco Rubio's 2016 Hopes Down the Toilet

And it's bad news for the Republican reformicons, too.

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