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Trump's NFL War Proves That No One Is Neutral Anymore In America--And That's A Good Thing
Following a weekend of feuding between president Trump and some of the nation's most beloved athletes and sports teams, it's become clear that no one and nothing can remain a neutral in Trump's America. And that's a good thing. Before the weekend concluded, Trump had already labeled protesting playe
In Trump-land This Week: From Dotard to Bashing The NFL
In a manic, self-aggrandizing oration on Friday night in Huntsville, Alabama, under the guise of a campaign speech for special election candidate Luther Strange (Not kidding! The guy's real name!) the president found a new target: the NFL players who kneel in silent protest during the national anthe
All The News Women Need To Know This Week: Healthcare Bill, Justin Trudeau, Kaepernick's Mother
Dear women, we've survived another week! Let's start with the good news: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tackled "bro culture" at the United Nations this week, saying, ""We need to know that we are better than that. How we treat our sisters, our girlfriends, our cousins, our mothers and the w
Katharine Hepburn's Brownies: A Recipe For Home-Wrecking?
When it comes to brownie recipes, one would usually expect to hear ingredients such as flour, sugar, eggs and chocolate. But one woman dished out a most unusual addition - a heavy serving of infidelity. It all started when The New York Times published Katharine Hepburn's Brownies Recipe two years ag
'Unforgivable Love' Resets Steamy 'Dangerous Liaisons' In 1940s Harlem
The 1782 French novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses - a steamy story of aristocrats behaving badly - has been told many times over the centuries in adaptations for the stage and screen. A new retelling, Unforgivable Love, has just as much betrayal and bed-hopping as the original, but in a new setting: gl
Leveling Up In The Video Game Industry, Without Checkpoints: 'Significant Zero'
Jason Sheehan knows stuff about food, video games, books and Starblazers. He is currently the restaurant critic atPhiladelphiamagazine, but when no one is looking, he spends his time writing books about giant robots and ray guns. Tales From the Radiation Age is his latest book. Adderall and Red Bull
'We Believe Deeply In Lox And Bagels': What It Means To Be A Secular Jew
For many people, the Jewish High Holidays are a time of celebration and spiritual renewal. But for those who have a more ambivalent relationship to their faith - those who might identify as culturally Jewish rather than religious - this time of year can be challenging. Bob Garfield, co-host of WNYC'
Celebrities React to Trump's War Against LeBron, Curry, and the NBA
Ezra Shaw For Twitter users, it was clear what the president spent his time on this weekend: picking a fight with the country's top athletes. As more and more players have been following former San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick's footsteps by kneeling during sports games in protest, the movement
'Inside Studio 54' Takes You Behind The Velvet Rope, And Into Some Dark Corners
This year, the 40th anniversary of the opening of Studio 54, a onetime Manhattan nightspot where very good-looking people danced to very good music while snorting very good drugs, has seen the publication of two memoirs by past owners. The first, called simply Studio 54, was written by Bob Colacello
Above The Ballet, Where The Tutus Are Made
The New York City Ballet's costume shop is located on the eighth floor of a building in Lincoln Center. There are spectacular views of the Hudson River, but no one's looking out the windows. They're all working with a quiet intensity. "It's a shop full of 18 people," says Marc Happel, the City Balle
Not My Job: 'Empire' Creator Lee Daniels Gets Quizzed On Cookies
Many of Lee Daniels' projects - the movie Precious, the TV shows Empire and Star - tend to be about people who start with everything against them and rise up to do amazing things. (While occasionally killing people along the way, which happens.) In Empire, Daniels created one of the great TV charac
The Best Reactions To Kylie Jenner's Reported Pregnancy
Kylie Jenner, the youngest member of the Kardashian clan, is reportedly pregnant with her boyfriend Travis Scott, who she started dating around April. According to People, the child is due in February. The news comes on the verge of the ten year anniversary of the family's hit show, Keeping Up With
Hurricane Maria Leaves Millions of Americans Without Power in Puerto Rico
RICARDO ARDUENGO At least 15 people were killed in Puerto Rico as Hurricane Maria pummeled the island earlier this week, causing huge damage from winds, flooding, and landslides, just days after Hurricane Irma. An estimated 3.4 million people have been left without power. Thousands more on the U.S.
Moses Sumney Drops a Gorgeous New Album That Resists Romantic Love
AFP Sometimes every song feels, oppressively, like a love song. If this complaint resonates with you, you'll be thankful for L.A.-based singer-songwriter Moses Sumney, friend of Solange, James Blake, and Sufjan Stevens, and here to put an end to romantic love's monopoly on heartbreak, solitude, and
Attentiveness as the Pulse-Beat of Art: Alice James on Living with Wide-Open Consciousness
To be an artist, in the most expansive sense, is to live with uncommon wakefulness to the world, both interior and exterior, unafraid to be moved by a universe observed with benevolent and unrelenting curiosity, then to give shape to those observations in a way that helps other people live. "Go into
NPR's Movie Preview: 16 New Films To Watch This Fall
Every year, summer gives way to fall, and in movie theaters, blockbusters give way to awards contenders. On this week's Pop Culture Happy Hour, film critic Bob Mondello of All Things Considered and I spoke with Tasha Robinson of The Verge and film writer Bilal Qureshi about some of what we all saw a
'Victoria And Abdul': Part Satire, Part Love Story, All Charming
Victoria & Abdul is not the first movie to show the Queen of England cavorting with the help. And you don't have to be a cynic to read Stephen Frears' new film as a brazen attempt to piggyback on the runaway success of 1997's Mrs. Brown. In which, you may recall, the newly widowed monarch (played, a
Plastic Less-Than-Fantastic: 'The LEGO Ninjago Movie'
In 2014, the directing/screenwriting team of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller surprised a cynical, jaded nation that was expecting, from The LEGO Movie, acynical, jaded toy commercial. It was that, to be clear. But it was also frenetic, funny, colorful, clever and desperately eager-to-please: a huge
A Competitor And A Clown Walk Onto A Tennis Court In 'Battle Of The Sexes'
In the story of Billie Jean King beating Bobby Riggs, told again in Battle Of The Sexes, it's often forgotten that she didn't particularly want to do it. In fact, she didn't do it until Riggs had badly beaten Margaret Court, who was one of the greatest players in women's tennis at the time. Court, w
In 'Vietnam War,' Ken Burns Wrestles With The Conflict's Contradictions
When filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick began research for a 10-part PBS documentary on the Vietnam War, they thought they knew the material. After all, Burns was of draft age in 1970, though his draft number was too high for him to be called to serve. But as they began interviewing subjects and s
Why Bernie Sanders’ Dreams of Single-Payer Health Care Aren’t Going Away Anytime Soon
Bloomberg Last week, Senator Bernie Sanders introduced a reform bill called Medicare for All, following through on a 2016 presidential campaign promise to advance a plan to implement a single-payer health care system in the United States. Those who know Sanders' politics weren't shocked to find him
Meet The Illustrator Who Has Drawn The Fashion World With Ketchup, Toast, Band-Aids (and Paint)
Photo: Courtesy of Donald Robertson "Drawing fashion stuff is a way for artists to make money, and my biggest thing, when I was first starting out in my 20's, was not starving," says illustrator Donald Roberson, when I asked him about why he first became involved in the fashion industry. "I am an an
The brilliant book that inspired Dune author Frank Herbert
That science-fiction extravaganza Dune allegorizes contemporary themes of imperialism, economic addiction to oil, and religious war is obvious. But it turns out that Frank Herbert's masterpiece owes much to one particular book in particular: Lesley Blanch's brilliant, half-forgotten Sabres of Paradi
When It Comes to American Health, Culture Trumps Politics
There are times when our partisan political debate feels like the modern, social-media-fueled version of Nero fiddling while Rome burns. Or perhaps the better analogy is to the proverbial "bread and circuses" designed to distract a population from its own misery. I exaggerate, of course. But as we
Women of Color Are Again Creating the Culture. This Time It's for Cannabis.
When Mona Zhang told her parents she wanted to leave her job to report full-time on cannabis and build up her newsletter, Word on the Tree, they were skeptical to say the least. "When I first told my dad [that] I want to cover cannabis and he was like, 'What's that?' I said the Chinese word for mari
The Force Takes an Inside Look at Police Misconduct in Oakland
Courtesy of ITVS / Cinetic Media "We didn't plan it, by the way," the director Peter Nicks jokes by phone about the major plot twist that goes down roughly halfway through his new documentary, The Force. "If you think it's too abrupt, that's what really happened." The Force is a cleverly titled film
On Good Morning America, Sean Spicer Keeps Lying About Lying
NurPhoto Fresh off his surprise cameo at this year's Emmy Awards, where he participated in a mockery of his previous assaults on the truth, Sean Spicer appeared on Good Morning America this morning, and continued to demonstrate just how very bad he is at lying, which, admittedly, we already knew. Wh
'I Kind Of Look Bad In It': The Life Of Jake LaMotta, The Legacy Of 'Raging Bull'
Jake LaMotta, the middleweight champion boxer famed for his ferocity in the ring in the 1940s and early '50s, died this week - nearly 40 years after his obituary was written. That obituary, of course, is Raging Bull. LaMotta published a memoir of that title in 1970, but it was Martin Scorsese's ada
In 'The Twelve-Mile Straight,' Characters Are Symbols First, People Second
In the fictional county of Cotton, Georgia, a pair of twins is born, one white and one black. "They looked like a pair of baby chicks ... Only if you looked closely - and people did - could you see that the girl is pink as a piglet, and the boy was brown." In the summer of 1930, in segregated Georgi
At Duke University, A Bizarre Tour Through American History And Palates
Eighteen doughnuts, toasted Brazil nuts, a can of deviled ham, an avocado "pear," and Worcestershire sauce: No, this list doesn't comprise an especially malicious ingredient basket for competitors on the Food Network's Chopped. Instead, they are the makings for the "Goblin sandwich," a Halloween rec
Pop culture influences baby names more than politicians from Khaleesi to Arya
It's official: nobody wanted to call their kid Nigel in 2016. The Office for National Statistics has released a list of the most popular baby names in England and Wales from last year - and it transpires that less than three Nigels came into the world last year. Despite the fact that Nigel Farage wa