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Jonah Hill and Emma Stone star in a new, 10-part Netflix series about the psychological exploration of alternative realities and identities. Critic David Bianculli says Maniac is "a blast." [Read More]
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When the creators of the HBO series The Deuce first approached Maggie Gyllenhaal about starring in the show as a sex worker, she didn't immediately say yes. Set in New York City in the 1970s, The Deuce centers on the intersection of sex work, pornography, organized crime, the police, politicians and feminists. Gyllenhaal didn't have a problem with the role, but she did have strong feelings about how the power dynamics of sex should be portrayed. Reading the first three scripts of The Deuce, Gyllenhaal says, she was struck by the writer's depiction of the "imbalance of... [Read More]
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British Prime Minister Theresa May's hopes of persuading her peers in the European Union to keep the U.K. in the bloc's single market were dashed at an informal summit in Salzburg that ended on Thursday. She appealed for compromise to ease the United Kingdom's departure from the EU, speaking in the theater where "So Long, Farewell" was performed by the Von Trapp family in the 1965 film The Sound of Music. But EU leaders clearly were not feeling nostalgic. They are playing hardball in the final weeks before a deal must be struck if it's to be... [Read More]
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A collection of stories from NPR News about the devastating storm and its aftermath. [Read More]
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A Japanese research team made immature human eggs from stem cells that were derived from human blood. The technique brings scientists a step closer to being able to mass-produce human eggs. [Read More]
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Thirty of the passengers on a Jet Airways flight to Jaipur suffered from nose or ear bleeding, Indian officials say, because the crew didn't flip the switch to maintain proper cabin pressure. [Read More]
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Judges have unveiled their finalists for the 2018 Man Booker Prize on Thursday, whittling the prestigious fiction award's possible winners to a shortlist of just half a dozen novels: Anna Burns' Milkman , Esi Edugyan's Washington Black , Daisy Johnson's Everything Under , Rachel Kushner's The Mars Room , Richard Powers' The Overstory , and Robin Robertson's The Long Take. "All of our six finalists are miracles of stylistic invention," Kwame Anthony Appiah, philosopher and chair of the judging panel, said in a statement released Thursday . "In each of them the language takes centre stage. And yet in... [Read More]
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Addressing an audience of 150,000 North Koreans, South Korean President Moon Jae-in says he hopes "the past 70-year-long hostility can be eradicated and we can become one again." [Read More]
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I think Christine and the Queens is one of the most inventive and vital pop artists of our time. She thinks she's "pop music's weird cousin." Either those two ideas aren't mutually exclusive, or we'll just have to agree to disagree. Her evocative and danceable new album Chris explores and blurs the lines between aggressive and vulnerable, masculine and feminine. As with her tremendous debut, Chaleur humaine, released in French in 2014, Chris was produced by the artist herself — and you can feel the urgency in all her musical choices, which can seem as mortally essential to her... [Read More]
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Can the Senate Judiciary Committee enlist the FBI to investigate the claims of sexual assault brought by an accuser against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, nominee to the Supreme Court? The short answer: No. The long answer: Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said on Wednesday that she thinks the committee must look into the allegations by Christine Blasey Ford, who says Kavanaugh and another man sexually assaulted her three decades ago when she and the others were in high school. Specifically, Collins told a Maine radio station that she believes in the Senate's responsibility to vet nominees... [Read More]
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Four federal agencies under President Obama requested new sexual orientation and gender identity questions for the American Community Survey. Under President Trump, the proposal stalled. [Read More]
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Scientists at Johns Hopkins have identified a brain region in monkeys that influences their desire to take big risks. When this area is inactivated, the monkeys tend to hedge their bets. [Read More]
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The drug makes the usually antisocial creatures much more interested in friendly contact with other octopuses. It's one more sign that the chemistry of social behavior has deep evolutionary roots. [Read More]
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Bob Dylan's Bootleg series continues this fall with Vol. 14, More Blood on the Tracks, which includes the first take he ever recorded of "If You See Her, Say Hello." [Read More]
Malaysian police have arrested the country's ex-prime minister, Najib Razak, who is now facing at least 21 charges related to more than $620 million in state money that wound up in his personal bank accounts. Najib, 65, faces a variety of money-laundering charges, in addition to several charges of bribery and criminal breach of trust that were filed in July. He has pleaded not guilty in the case. The money-laundering accusations are related to the so-called 1MDB scandal, drawing its name from the 1Malaysia Development Bhd government investment fund. Soon after Najib created the fund... [Read More]
It's just like Richard Swift to leave a postscript, a note at the end of a long letter riddled with silly jokes, bruised run-on sentences and doodles in the margins. He was always working, always writing songs and dreaming up sounds, right up until he died July 3 in a Tacoma, Wash., hospice facility from complications of hepatitis, as well as liver and kidney distress. He was 41, but his extensive production and songwriting catalog read like someone with several more years on him, sharing studios with the likes of Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Dan Auerbach, Laetitia... [Read More]
Coverage of the fires raging through California this summer is hard for anyone to watch, but it's especially difficult for the Cates family. "My wife can't even watch the news — it singes us to the core," says Chris Cates, a retired cardiologist whose family-owned Segassia Vineyard in Napa Valley, Calif., known for its rich cabernet, was ravaged by fires about this time last year. His son, Andrew Cates, who operates Segassia and lives on the property, lost his home in the blaze. Fortunately, he was away at the time. While not all of the vines were lost, it... [Read More]
A former classmate of Christine Blasey Ford tells NPR that she does not know if an alleged sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh took place as she first suggested on social media. "That it happened or not, I have no idea," Cristina King Miranda told NPR's Nina Totenberg. "I can't say that it did or didn't." That's different from what Miranda wrote Wednesday in a now-deleted Facebook pos t that stated definitively, "The incident DID happen, many of us heard about it in school." Ford alleges that more than 30 years ago, when she and Kavanaugh were... [Read More]
A team of Canadian journalists — from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), a public radio and television broadcaster, and the Toronto Star newspaper — reported on Wednesday that Ticketmaster, the live-event box office behemoth, has developed a secret tool called TradeDesk that assists professional scalpers to resell tickets in ways that would seem to violate Ticketmaster's own rules — and from which Ticketmaster would ostensibly benefit. Two of the journalists went undercover with hidden cameras and posed as scalpers to attend Ticket Summit 2018, a trade convention held in July at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. A CBC... [Read More]
A large number of African-American military veterans were murdered by lynching after returning from war. An annual re-enactment of a lynching in Alabama tells one such story. [Read More]
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