Culture

Gone Baby Gone

In the wake of the housing crisis, a new breed of real estate investor is destroying America's cities....

Trump’s Bitter Harvest for American Farmers

The president's protectionist policies and bad trade moves may spell agricultural disaster....

'Mark Felt' film director talks FBI heroes, Watergate's continued relevance—and James Comey for president?

Filmmaker Peter Landesman goes "inside the heart and mind of the man" who changed history as the informant "Deepthroat."...

Mike Huckabee Launches a Show for the Trump Era

The former Arkansas governor has a new television program on Trinity Broadcasting Network, and a powerful first guest....

Ken Burns' new PBS doc wades into Vietnam’s Big Muddy

Ken Burns aims to win hearts and minds with his epic Vietnam series, but loses sight of how we got involved....

Here's where the stars will party after the 2017 Emmy Awards

After getting all dolled up and winning some awards, the only thing left to do is party the night away....

Marjorie Liu on the Road to Making 'Monstress'

The comic-book writer discusses working for Marvel, the loneliness of novel-writing, and why her epic-fantasy series is mostly populated by women and characters of color....

'First They Killed My Father' Is a Surprising, Devastating Triumph

Angelina Jolie’s new film follows the Cambodian Civil War and the brutal Khmer Rouge regime through the eyes of a young girl....

How Did 'Top of the Lake: China Girl' Go So Wrong?

Elisabeth Moss, Nicole Kidman, and Gwendoline Christie star in a returning series that misses the mark....

Why are there so few Chinese dystopian thrillers when the country is living in dystopia?

Men must share wives as a result of the one-child policy...

A Champion of Slow Medicine

The physician and author Victoria Sweet finds her purpose....

Elisabeth Moss deserves a better show than 'Top of the Lake: China Girl'

The highly anticipated second season of Jane Campion's detective series is a disservice to its strong female characters. And men have never been worse....

Here are the winners of the 2017 Dragon Awards

Winners include the latest Expanse novel, Stranger Things, and Wonder Woman...

Ken Burns' new documentary exposes the emotion behind the Vietnam War

The Vietnam War, the most misunderstood American war, gets Ken Burn–ed in a 10-part documentary....

16 science fiction and fantasy books to read this September

Robots, magicians, and the making of Blade Runner...

How Silicon Valley’s past predicts its future: an interview with Ellen Ullman

I first came to the writer Ellen Ullman through her second novel, By Blood, which I read in gulps. When I went to see what else she had published, I discovered her other job:...

China is forcing internet companies to end online anonymity

China is cracking down on censorship once again, but this time things are a touch more serious. According to new rules published by China’s main internet censor last Friday,...

The Glorious Return of George Smiley

Le Carré’s thrillers promise us something today’s politics lacks: complexity and logic....

Why no one should watch the Mayweather-McGregor fight, explained by a sports analyst

"This is bigger than a fight, or the legacy of a boxer, or the legacy of MMA as a sport. When you look at the racial environment, now it’s black versus white."...

Book, retrospective put photojournalist Barry Sweet in focus

Starting Aug. 31, you can see some of the nearly 100,000 that longtime Associated Press photographer Barry Sweet has shot during “The Creative Vision of Photojournalist Barry...

Book, gallery retrospective put photojournalist Barry Sweet in focus

Starting Aug. 31, you can see some of the nearly 100,000 that longtime Associated Press photographer Barry Sweet has shot during “The Creative Vision of Photojournalist Barry...

The Defenders is overcrowded and poorly written. But it’s also a lot of fun.

Netflix’s newest superhero series has one great fight scene and many scenes where people explain how they know each other....

John Oliver breaks down what is going on in North Korea, and it's not pretty

“If everyone is really honest, your level of fear over the North Korea situation is in direct proportion to whether they can hit the exact place where you live," said Oliver....

Women swept nearly every category at the 2017 Hugo Awards

The 75th World Science Fiction Convention (commonly known as WorldCon) is being held this weekend in Helsinki, Finland. The convention is where the annual Hugo Awards are...

Chinese web merchants are using African children to advertise search engines and camgirls

Chinese vendors are facing backlash for selling customized photos and videos featuring African children via Chinese online marketplace Taobao. As reported by Beijing Youth Daily,...

Valve teases Dota 2 card game for 2018

It was some time near 4AM last night / this morning, as I was watching Team Secret face off against Team Liquid in the Dota 2 championships, that I thought I should quit watching...

The world may be ending, so you might as well play Powerball and Mega Millions

The Powerball jackpot is at $307 million and the Mega Millions jackpot is $382 million....

The Urgent Message of M.I.A.'s 'Kala' at 10

In sound and in message, the rapper’s brilliant second album attacked the concept of borders between peoples....

Al Gore’s new Inconvenient Truth sequel is a strange artifact of a post-truth year

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power feels like an elegy for a bygone era....

'Game of Thrones': Dragons Are the Nuclear Option

The creatures are the most powerful weapon in Westeros, but “The Spoils of War” showed the horrific cost of using them....

Hillary Wants to Preach

Religion is playing a big role in Clinton’s post-election tour. What does she have to gain from sharing her faith now?...

The 2017 Dragon Awards are a far-ranging sci-fi and fantasy reading list

Dragon Con has announced the nominees for its second annual Dragon Awards, designed to highlight the most popular works in science fiction and fantasy literature. While the award...

Sunday’s episode of Game of Thrones has leaked online

HBO is experiencing another high-profile leak, but this one isn’t due to a hack....

The next episode of 'Game of Thrones' has leaked online, HBO confirms

HBO's Indian distribution partner says it is investigating how the leak occurred....

"The bromance is br-over." Putin breaks up with Trump in 'Late Show' skit

"I thought we were BFFs," Putin says in "Late Show" skit....

14 science fiction, fantasy, and horror books to read this August

Summer is in full swing, which means that there’s plenty of time to grab a book and head outdoors to enjoy the sun and warm weather — at least here in Vermont, where the outdoor...

The Left Could Be More Effective By Ditching Its Focus on Sin

In the absence of a practical vision, campus activists risk threatening their ambitions by placing their attention on sin....

It's only August, but pumpkin spice products are already on sale

Yes, it's only a matter of time until we're wearing sweaters, snacking on pumpkin spice kale chips and handing out candy to trick-or-treaters, but already?...

"RoboCop" screenwriter Ed Neumeier on the sci-fi classic turning 30

"People said, 'You shouldn’t even do those kinds of movies!' So I went out and did as many as I could."...