Should We Rebuild Homes In Wildfire Zones?


As climate change makes fires more destructive, taxpayers increasingly are covering the cost of protecting at-risk communities.





American Workers Are Investing In Their Own Destruction


There's something insidious going on in the psyche of investors that deserves a lot of the credit for today's bull market, and almost no one is talking about it.





Lin-Manuel Miranda Interviews Stephen Sondheim, Theater's Greatest Lyricist


The "Hamilton" creator speaks to the man who has consistently remade the American musical over his 60-year career — and who is trying to surprise us one more time.





Polio Finds A Foothold In Nigeria


Wild poliovirus clings to a tenuous existence in areas like those haunted by Nigeria’s Boko Haram, where eradication is costly, dangerous, and urgent.





Robots Are Coming For These Wall Street Jobs


The fraternity of bond jockeys, derivatives mavens and stock pickers who've long personified the industry are giving way to algorithms, and soon, artificial intelligence.





Sarah Silverman's Show Forgets The 'Liberal Bubble' Isn't A Place


What "I Love You, America" gets right and wrong about liberal-conservative relations.





The Sad And Beautiful Moment A Terminally Ill Chimp Recognizes An Old Human Friend


This 59-year-old chimp, "Mama," was battling a gravely serious sickness when a friendly face dropped by to say hello.





The Hunt For The Brain-Eating Amoebas Of Yellowstone


It was a lovely September day in Yellowstone’s Boiling River, which was not, in fact, boiling. Tourists trundled through the shallow water and dipped in where it was deeper. And a team of researchers in waders sampled the water for a brain-eating amoeba that kills 97 percent of the people it infects.





The Best Band From Every State


With apologies to Chuck Brown, Fugazi, and all of District of Columbia (get statehood, already!), the following bands are all perfect, unassailable choices, as you'll discover.





An In-Depth Exploration Of David Fincher's Most Affecting Camera Trick


As Nerdwriter puts it in this incredibly well-made video, David Fincher has a way of "hijacking your eyes" that he uses in all his films. It works so well that you might find yourself in your own personal Fincher film.





You Monsters Made Fenway Park's Organist Play Way Too Many Dumb Songs This Year


An interview with Josh Kantor, who serenaded Beantown every game this season with everything from Tom Petty to the "Bojack Horseman" theme.





The Rise Of 'Menocore'


How did we decide comfortable clothing was only for rich older women?





The Brief, Wondrous, High-Flying Era Of Zeppelin Dining


On board a zeppelin, one of the German-owned rigid airships that traversed the Atlantic in the early 2oth century, travelers ate like kings — or, at the very least, lesser nobility.





This Clever Hack Turns The iPad's Camera Into A Button


iPad apps don’t have access to a single physical button, so an app developer found a way to hack one on.





Cat Has Absolutely No Patience For The Piece Of Trash His Owner Keeps Tossing On The Counter


That, or we have a feline Isaac Newton on our hands, ruminating on the nature of gravity.





The Weird World Of Social Media Marathon Cheating


For professional athletes, the motives for cheating generally are more obvious: money, fame, and often a low likelihood of being caught. But why would a middle- or back-of-the-pack runner lie or cheat in a race that doesn’t even matter?





An Even More Powerful Version Of AlphaGo Just Beat The Original 100-0


AlphaGo Zero has begun to generate its own new ideas for the more than 2,000-year-old game.





The Mysterious Disappearance (And Eventual Rebirth) Of YouTube Star Issa Twaimz


At the height of his fame in 2016, Issa Tweimeh had, by any modern-day adolescent’s accounting, a dream life. And then he gave it all up and disappeared from the internet.





People On The Internet Are Convinced That Melania Trump Has A Body Double At The White House


A clip of Melania looking... different has spawned crazy conspiracy theories and a full-blown meme.





This Is What An RC Jet That Can Go 451 MPH Looks Like


Takeoff is at 2:27, but we enjoy watching the methodical setup nearly as much as the actual flight.





The Wildlife Photographer Of The Year Winners Are Here, And They're Incredible


The annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition — hosted by the UK's National History Museum — looks to highlight the absolute best of the discipline, and it does that extremely well.





The Slack Chat That Changed Astronomy


The groundbreaking discovery of a neutron-star collision unfolded in a flurry of online messages.





The Real-Life Diet Of Dwight Howard, Who Allegedly Ate 24 Candy Bars A Day


Former Lakers team nutritionist Dr. Cate Shanahan discovered in 2013 that Howard had been consuming about two dozen chocolate bars' worth of sugar per day, possibly for as long as a decade — a habit that was causing him to experience tingling in his legs and fingers.





Dark Chocolate Is Now A Health Food. Here's How That Happened.


The Mars company has sponsored hundreds of scientific studies to show cocoa is good for you.





Check Out This Quirky Short Film On The Loneliness Of Starting College


For a video class, this freshman was asked to depict a "transformation." She chose how tough it can be to find your "group" in college.





Mama Ferret Is Very Insistent About Introducing Her Babies To The World


Hey, I'd like you to meet my sweet little children. Chomp.





And That's Why You Don't Get Too Close To An Elephant Herd


Just because you're on a safari doesn't mean you get can right up next to the herd.





Muhammad Ali's Desperate Twilight


Excerpted from Ali: A Life, By Jonathan Eig.

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Jonathan Franzen On 1980s New York


In 1981, Manhattan wasn’t a place for beginners.





Remembering The Sci-Fi Dream Of The Minnesota Experimental City


A new documentary looks at the rise and fall of a technocratic vision of the urban future.





Extremely Good Doggo Picks Out And Pays For His Own Treats At The Store


With only a minimum of help from his human (and a friendly cashier), this pupper takes a shopping trip to get some much-deserved Jerky Treats.





This Graph Shows The Gender Composition Of 'SNL' Sketches Over Time


Women have never made up more than half of the "Saturday Night Live" cast, and their representation has often hovered closer to 25%.





We Can't Stop Watching This Rubber Fist Wreck A Rubber Face


It's Wednesday, and this is pretty much how we feel about it.





Little Girl Really Cannot Handle The Word 'Ice Cream'


Ah, the frustration of being a toddler: when you know exactly what you want but don't have the competency to say it.





When The Revolution Came For Amy Cuddy


As a young social psychologist, she played by the rules and won big: an influential study, a viral TED talk, a prestigious job at Harvard. Then, suddenly, the rules changed.





Here's What Apple's Secretive Self-Driving Car Looks Like (It's Ugly)


Apple is still plugging away on its self-driving car experiment, Project Titan. We haven't seen a ton about it so far, but we know what its sensor rig looks like, and hoo boy, it's big.





This Week's Cut-For-Time 'SNL' Sketch: Kumail Nanjiani Tries To Help An Idiot Actor Save The Earth


If actor Blake Vilanti is going to stop global climate change, Dr. Robert Khan is going to have to help him pick out the perfect headshot. Wait, what?





The Opening Of 'The World’s Most Useless Airport,' In Photos


Saint Helena is one of the most remote islands in the world. The only way to access the island previously was by sea, "a five-night voyage from Cape Town." The new airport, servicing the 4,500 island inhabitants with flights from South Africa, was built at a cost of $374 million.





Digging Through The Archives Of 'PURRRRR!,' The Premier Cat Newsletter Of The 1980s


Before the internet, people got their feline fix in analog form.





This Is What A 21st-Century Police State Looks Like


Far from the booming metropolis of Beijing, China is building a sprawling system that combines dystopian technology and human policing. "It's a kind of frontline laboratory for surveillance."





Trump's Pick For Texas Judge Openly Admits He Discriminates Against Gay People, And Other Trump News From Wednesday


All the Trump news you need to read today.





Man Wins 'Jeopardy!' With $1 Simply By Being The Least Dumb


"Jeopardy!" is a great game, but sometimes even the best games reward poor play.





The Billion Dollar Widget Steering The Driverless Car Industry


The past and future of David Hall, the man who gave cars their vision.





Math Suggests Inequality Can Be Fixed With Wealth Redistribution, Not Tax Cuts


Although both sides of the political spectrum agree that wealth inequality in the US is real, neither can agree on the best solution to this problem. But what if there was a non-partisan, objective way to assess the causes of inequality and propose a potential solution? A solution based on something like, say, math?





How Common Species Go Extinct


In the annals of extinction and near-extinction, many of the most infamous cases involved species that were once incredibly common: the plains bison, the passenger pigeon, the Carolina parakeet. The pattern continues today.





This Parka Is Made With The Same Technology Used In NASA Space Shuttles


Utilizing aerogel, the same NASA-insulation technology used in space shuttles, OROS makes outerwear that’s thinner, warmer and more flexible than just about anything else on the market. Check out their new line of parkas, fleeces, vests and beanies





The US/Japan Mech Battle Finally Happened — Watch It Here


​More than 2 years ago, Megabots captured the internet's attention when they introduced their giant fighting robot and challenged Kuratas, a giant fighting robot from Japan, to a duel. It finally happened.





The US/Japan Mech Battle Finally Happened — Watch It Here


​More than 2 years ago, Megabots captured the internet's attention when they introduced their giant fighting robot and challenged Kuratas, a giant fighting robot from Japan, to a duel. It finally happened.





Construction Worker Runs Up The Sides Of An 8-Foot Hole


​Like a character from a video game, this hard-hatted hero is not going to let something as unimportant as "gravity" keep him down.





The New Macbook Keyboard Is Ruining My Life


"Hold on," I said. "If a single piece of dusts lays the whole computer out, don't you think that's kind of a problem?"





The Secretive Family Making Billions From The Opioid Crisis


You've heard of OxyContin, the pain medication to which countless patients have become addicted. But do you know that the company that makes Oxy and reaps the billions of dollars in profits it generates is owned by one family?





Get 75% Off One Of Our Favorite VPNs


This three year VPN Unlimited subscription protects both your Wi-Fi and cellular connections, secures your online activity, and bypasses web content restrictions.





One Hundred People Try Durian Fruit, And Their Reactions Are All Across The Board


Based on their descriptions, it tastes like a mix of mango, chicken, onions and garbage.





40 Years Ago: 1977, In Photos


Jimmy Carter was sworn in as the 39th president of the United States, the original "Star Wars" movie was released in theaters, the Trans-Alaska pipeline pumped its first barrels of oil, New York City suffered a massive blackout, and much more.





The Best Pen To Write With Is $6 On Amazon


If you still actually write things on paper, you know a good pen is hard to find. We found a great one.





The Loneliest Polar Bear


One of the few places on Earth where polar bear numbers are growing is in zoos. And at the Columbus Zoo, thousands of miles from those shrinking frozen seas, Nora was alone and in trouble.





Why Are American Health Care Prices So Incredibly High?


Opaque and sky high bills are breaking Americans — and our health care system.





Football Announcer Finds Out The Hard Way Why You Shouldn't Just Read Off The Teleprompter


​We all love to laugh at fictional character Ron Burgundy for reading his teleprompter no matter what it says. Now we can also laugh at real person and professionally-employed TV talker Dick Stockton.





Astronomers Observe First-Ever 'Kilonova' — Here's What's Going On


On Monday, astronomers announced a hugely exciting new discovery: For the first time ever, they've observed two neutron stars colliding — and creating gravitational waves.





The Danger Of President Pence


Trump's critics yearn for his exit. But Mike Pence, the corporate right's inside man, poses his own risks.





A Day On The Set Of Fat City, John Huston's Cult Classic


Originally published as “Up In Fat City: On The Set With Keach And Huston” in the Rolling Stone in 1971, this feature appears here with permission from Lewis’s estate.

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The Legendary Baseball Photo That Almost Didn't Come Out Because The Stadium Was Shaking Too Hard


The baseball soared into the early-morning blackness, heading toward the left-field foul pole. Tracking the flight of the ball he’d just hit, Carlton Fisk began to frantically flap his arms in an effort to will it fair.

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The Cubs Were Never More Themselves Than In 1979


The following is excerpted from The Chicago Cubs: Story of a Curse, by Rich Cohen.

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John Carroll Lynch on playing the president, a killer clown, and the Coen brothers' warmest character


Welcome to Random Roles, wherein we talk to actors about the characters who defined their careers. The catch: They don’t know beforehand what roles we’ll ask them to talk about.

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The Woeful Life Of Jake LaMotta


This piece originally appeared in the January 1981 issue of Inside Sports. It is reprinted here with permission of Jeanine Flaherty.

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Harry Dean Stanton Was Too Big For His Niche


Originally published in the New York Times Magazine on November 16, 1986—and featured in Oney’s recent anthology, A Man’s World—this story appears here with the author’s permission.

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Dan Rather Never Really Wanted This Job


Originally titled “Is Everything Okay?” this profile appeared in the April 1994 issue of GQ and is reprinted here with the author’s permission.

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The Lonesome Sporting Life


Originally published in the February 1981 issue of Inside Sports, this piece appears here with the author’s permission.

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The Coen Brothers At Work


Originally titled “The Joel & Ethan Story,” this piece first appeared in the October 1989 issue of Premiere and appears here with the author’s permission.

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The Dipper Comes To Harlem 


Wilt Chamberlain would have been 81 years old today. To celebrate, check out this excerpt from Gary Pomerantz’s fine read, Wilt, 1962: The Night of 100 Points and the Dawn of a New Era. After the excerpt, you’ll find a Q&A with the author.

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Richard Ben Cramer On The Damn Yankees


Originally published in the October 17, 1977, edition of The Baltimore Sun, this column appears here with permission from the author’s estate.

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Jean-Pierre Laffont’s Love Song to New York 


My mother is Belgian and throughout my childhood we entertained relatives when they came through New York. Not just my grandparents, my aunts and uncle, but cousins, friends, and friends of friends. My father was a native New Yorker and duly proud of it. He believed it was the best place in the world. Growing up I was…

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How Doris Burke Became The Best Damn Basketball Broadcaster There Is


CLEVELAND—Doris Burke has never spoken a single word to Drake. And they never had dinner together, despite what the internet says. Before November of last year, when Drake famously wore a black shirt with Burke’s smiling face above the phrase “woman crush everyday” during a Toronto Raptors home game and used his ESPN…

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Pete Dexter Finds A Safe Distance


This profile originally appeared in Philadelphia magazine, November 1991. It is reprinted here with the author’s permission. You can also read Jim Quinn’s 1979 profile of Pete Dexter here.

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Don Baylor Dead At 68


An easy way to measure an athlete’s influence on his or her sport is to consider what they meant to different groups of fans. Don Baylor, who died of cancer today at age 68, was many things to many people.

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When Pete Dexter Was An Artist On Deadline


This story originally appeared in Philadelphia Magazine (October, 1979). It is reprinted here with the author’s permission.

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Gordie Howe Got Things Done


This feature originally appeared in Inside Sports and appears here with permission.

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The Suffering And Corruption That Produced James Jordan's Killers


This story originally appeared in the March 1994 issue of GQ.

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How Frank Rich Became The Butcher Of Broadway


This story original appeared in the June, 1990 issue of GQ and appears here with the author’s permission.

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The Untouchables Is Too Neat To Be A Truly Great Gangster Movie


Thirty years ago The Untouchables, Brian De Palma’s most commercial movie to that point, was released and helped launch Kevin Costner as an All-American star. This review by Pauline Kael originally appeared in The New Yorker and appears here with permission from the author’s estate.

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The Long Death Of A Failed Ballplayer


This story originally appeared in the August, 1980 issue of Inside Sports and appears here with permission.

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The Ways Kermit Washington Was Made And Unmade


This piece originally appeared in the December 1981 issue of Inside Sports. It also appeared in The Breaks Of The Game, and it reprinted here with permission.

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Earl Manigault Flew High And Fell Hard


This feature first appeared in Sport magazine and appears here with the author’s permission.

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Carl Yastrzemski's Silent Summer


This piece was originally published in the October 30, 1978 of the New Times. It is reprinted here with the author’s permission.

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