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High-Tech Hope for the Hard of Hearing

When my mother’s mother was in her early twenties, a century ago, a suitor took her duck hunting in a rowboat on a lake near Austin, Texas, where she grew up. He steadied his shotgun by resting the barrel on her right shoulder—she was...Show More Summary

Could Ms. Pac-Man Train the Next Generation of Military Drones?

Thirty-five years ago, while Martin Amis was writing “Money,” one of the novels that defined the nineteen-eighties, he admitted to a distracting dalliance with another contemporary icon. “I have spent weeks in a PacMan-fed stupor, unwilling...Show More Summary

Donald Trump, Lost in Africa

The Trump Administration’s budget proposal for next year includes drastic cuts to a myriad of social services and programs, to environmental protection, education, public housing, and the arts and science. But there is something else...Show More Summary

The Two Faces of Augustine

Dining at Augustine, the new Keith McNally restaurant in FiDi’s Beekman Hotel, is, unintentionally, a choose-your-own-adventure game. Follow one path, and Augustine resembles the most convivial of Parisian brasseries. Select another, and it is the pinnacle of Wall Street establishments, all slicked hair and steaks. Choose carefully.

How the White House and Republicans Blew Up the House Russia Investigation

The evidence is now clear that the White House and Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, have worked together to halt what was previously billed as a sweeping investigation of Russian interference in last year’s election. “We’ve been frozen,” Jim Himes, a Democratic representative from Connecticut who is a member of the Committee, said.

The Problems with Trump’s D.C. Hotel Deal Aren’t Going Away

As the prospect of a Trump Presidency became real last year, a number of leading experts on ethics and corruption called on the U.S. General Services Administration, which oversees federal contracts, to cancel the Trump Organization’s...Show More Summary

Can Donald Trump Learn from Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neill?

On April 28, 1982, fifteen months into his first term, President Ronald Reagan went up to Capitol Hill to meet with Tip O’Neill, the Democratic Speaker of the House. The two Irish-American politicians had to that point been bitter enemies. Show More Summary

Why It’s Become So Hard to Get an Abortion

At a town-hall meeting in Green Bay, Wisconsin, last March, Donald Trump was prompted for his views about abortion. He’d been pro-choice once, but as a Presidential candidate he was an eager, if ill-informed, pro-lifer. Much of his answer...Show More Summary

Pope Francis Proposes a Cure for Populism

Last Friday, twenty-seven heads of state gathered in Rome to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the treaty that established the European Economic Community, the progenitor of the European Union. Perhaps because of the setting, it seemed...Show More Summary

Steve Reich’s Celebration of the Lineage of Minimalism

The musical style so loosely called minimalism—or, in Philip Glass’s preferred term, “music with repetitive structures”—is not an exclusively American product. There have long been foreign fellow-travellers (Louis Andriessen, Arvo Pärt) and deep influences from abroad (the musical cultures of India and West Africa). Show More Summary

Trolls Protest Shia LaBeouf’s Anti-Trump Protest Art

A few years ago, after he starred in “Transformers,” the actor Shia LaBeouf seemed poised to become the next Johnny Depp; instead, he started behaving more like the next James Franco. In 2014, he showed up at the Berlin Film Festival wearing a tuxedo, with a brown paper bag over his head. Show More Summary

When Is It Time to Retreat from Climate Change?

Isle de Jean Charles, a stitch of land on the tattered southern fringe of Louisiana, is thin and getting thinner. Battered by storms and sea-level rise, and deprived of revitalizing sediment from the Mississippi River, its surface area...Show More Summary

Two NASA Engineers Try Out Politics

When Natalia Sanchez was fourteen, she travelled from her home in Bogotá, Colombia, to San Francisco to spend the summer with an aunt. During her stay, she took dozens of pictures of freeways—the on-ramps and off-ramps, the way the roads overlapped. Show More Summary

Trump’s Abuse of Government Data

On January 22, 1930, not quite three months after the stock-market crash and the ensuing economic collapse, the Times, in a front-page article, quoted President Herbert Hoover saying that “the tide of employment has changed in the right direction.” His Secretary of Labor, James J. Show More Summary


I tried to give the children an etiquette lesson while we were waiting at King’s Cross on December 30th.

Bacon Grilled Cheese and Soccer at Woodwork

It was noon on a freezing Saturday when most of the patrons of Woodwork, a bar in Prospect Heights, arrived for a pint. The early hour might suggest that some were seeking the hair of the dog, but none were, at least not noticeably—they were drinking for a different time zone. Show More Summary

Sara Bareilles Picks Up a Shift in “Waitress”

The singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles has one of those silvery voices that can bring intimacy to a large stage. Born in Eureka, California, Bareilles played in bars in Los Angeles before breaking out with her 2007 album, “Little Voice,” which showcased her introspective, gently ironic pop balladry. Show More Summary

Public-School Students Take on Fake News

Last Monday, twenty-one public-school students burst through the door of a building at Thirty-ninth Street and Lancaster Avenue, in West Philadelphia, for a session of Fake News Finders, an after-school workshop run by the nonprofit group Mighty Writers. Show More Summary

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