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‘Civilizations’ is the most ambitious story about art ever told on television

When the BBC produced “Civilisation” in 1969, the 13-part examination of Western European culture set a benchmark for television treatments of history and culture, not only in the United Kingdom but around the world....

getpocket.com . ENGLISH . 2018-04-20

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A Quiet Pace

Roger Ebert once wrote, “Many films diminish us. They cheapen us, masturbate our senses, hammer us with shabby thrills, diminish the value of life.” This was a pejorative assessment of most movies posed against the wonder and emotional sprawl of Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life....

getpocket.com . ENGLISH . 2018-04-20

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Wait 17 Seconds Before Jumping Into Your Kid's Struggle 

All day, every day, the struggles your kids face are real. And you can bet they’ll let you know about those said struggles. Maybe they can’t figure out a homework problem. Or how to place the correct arm into the correct armhole of a jacket....

getpocket.com . ENGLISH . 2018-04-20

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Learning to let go of your entertainment backlog

There is simply too much entertainment happening all the time. There's new movies all the time. New TV shows and series. New podcasts. New video games. New books. It never ends....

getpocket.com . ENGLISH . 2018-04-19

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The Untold Story of Jaime Levy, Punk-Rock Cyber-Publishing Pioneer

In the early ’90s, Jaime Levy, a punk-rock hacker chick from Los Angeles, marched into the Tisch Building at NYU without an appointment....

getpocket.com . ENGLISH . 2018-04-19

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The Case Against Lectures

Getting “lectured” is rarely, if ever, a pleasant experience. You’re being told what to do and think, or even chastised. Don’t lecture me, we like to say. Having to “attend” a lecture, though—that’s not so bad, depending on the speaker....

getpocket.com . ENGLISH . 2018-04-19

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How Liberty University Built a Billion-Dollar Empire Online

This article is a collaboration between The Times and ProPublica, the independent nonprofit investigative-journalism organization. It was the start of the 2017 Fall Family Weekend at Liberty University, the school founded by Jerry Falwell Sr. 47 years ago in Lynchburg, Va....

getpocket.com . ENGLISH . 2018-04-19

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Why New York City Stopped Building Subways

Nearly 80 years ago, a construction standstill derailed the subway’s progress, leading to its present crisis. This is the story, decade by decade. In the first decades of the 20th century, New York City experienced an unprecedented infrastructure boom....

getpocket.com . ENGLISH . 2018-04-19

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Aging lessons: The things that let you thrive in old age are easier than you think

In good weather, Sylvia Lask logs thousands of steps a day on her Fitbit as she pushes down New York City sidewalks with her walker. As frequently as once a week, she heads to Albany, walker and all, to lobby state government officials about mental-health issues....

getpocket.com . ENGLISH . 2018-04-19

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Against marriage

What distinguishes marriage from other relationships? It is not set apart by its durability: unmarried partnerships can be more permanent than married ones....

getpocket.com . ENGLISH . 2018-04-19

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The Power of Leaders Who Focus on Solving Problems

In front of a packed room of MIT students and alumni, Vivienne Ming is holding forth in a style all her own. “Embrace cyborgs,” she calls out, as she clicks to a slide that raises eyebrows even in this tech-smitten crowd. “Really....

getpocket.com . ENGLISH . 2018-04-19

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Are Iran and Israel Headed for Their First Direct War?

SYRIA-ISRAEL BORDER, Golan Heights — Ever since the Iranian Islamic Revolution in 1979, Iran and Israel have been fighting each other in the shadows — through proxies, assassination squads and cyber-virus attacks, but never as rival armies meeting on the field of battle....

getpocket.com . ENGLISH . 2018-04-19

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Tesla Says Its Factories Are Getting Safer. These Workers Tell A Different Story

This story was originally published by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit news organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Learn more at revealnews.org and subscribe to the Reveal podcast, produced with PRX, at revealnews.org/podcast....

getpocket.com . ENGLISH . 2018-04-19

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A major climate boundary in the central U.S. has shifted 140 miles due to global warming

A boundary that divides the humid eastern U.S. and the dry western Plains appears to have shifted 140 miles to the east over the past century due to global warming, new research suggests....

getpocket.com . ENGLISH . 2018-04-19

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Sweden’s violent reality is undoing a peaceful self-image

STOCKHOLM — Sweden may be known for its popular music, IKEA and a generous welfare state. It is also increasingly associated with a rising number of Islamic State recruits, bombings and hand grenade attacks. In a period of two weeks earlier this year, five explosions took place in the country....

getpocket.com . ENGLISH . 2018-04-19

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You Share Everything With Your Bestie. Even Brain Waves.

A friend will help you move, goes an old saying, while a good friend will help you move a body. And why not? Moral qualms aside, that good friend would likely agree the victim was an intolerable jerk who had it coming and, jeez, you shouldn’t have done this but where do you keep the shovel?...

getpocket.com . ENGLISH . 2018-04-19

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What It's Like to Live in America Without Broadband Internet

This story appears in VICE magazine's Dystopia and Utopia Issue. Click HERE to subscribe to VICE magazine. Ben Wilfong leaned toward his computer screen, fingers poised over the mouse and keyboard, ten-gallon hat above his brow....

getpocket.com . ENGLISH . 2018-04-19

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Charlie Rose's Life Now: "Broken," "Brilliant" and "Lonely"

Before the devastating allegations of sexual misconduct hit, Rose was a legendary man-about-town....

getpocket.com . ENGLISH . 2018-04-19

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The Tragedy of Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan came to Congress as a Jack Kemp conservative and will depart as a Donald Trump Republican. It’s more complicated than that, certainly. History requires nuance and texture. But legacies are reductive by nature....

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Who Can Stop Ben Simmons?

Last August, NBA.com asked 39 rookies 10 questions, including who will win Rookie of the Year in 2017-18, and which rookie will have the best career. Dennis Smith Jr. won the former, while Lonzo Ball and Jayson Tatum tied for the latter. Hm....

getpocket.com . ENGLISH . 2018-04-19

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San Francisco’s Big Seismic Gamble

SAN FRANCISCO — Sailors arriving in San Francisco in the 19th century used two giant redwood trees perched on a hill to help guide their ships into the bay....

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Haunted by history

The massive genealogy we ultimately received by email spanned five continents, 16 generations and almost 400 years of grief. My husband’s forebears, rabbinical ancestors of the Kelm elite, were prominent in 1648 when Cossacks stormed the town of Nemirov, then in Russian Poland, now in Ukraine....

getpocket.com . ENGLISH . 2018-04-19

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A Voyage Along Trump’s Wall

When Dan Reicher was eight, he became fixated on wolverines. He admired their ferocity but, because they were endangered, feared for their survival. While poring over a catalogue of outdoor gear, he came across a parka trimmed in wolverine fur. He was outraged....

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Zillow, Aggregation, and Integration

Last Friday something truly remarkable happened: a public company that had grown its valuation from $539 million to nearly $7 billion in seven years announced it was changing its business model....

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This chart shows every major technological innovation in the last 150 years — and how they have changed the way we work

LONDON — Humanity is always moving forward with innovation after innovation improving global quality of life. The last 150 years have seen the most remarkable advancement of technology in history....

getpocket.com . ENGLISH . 2018-04-19

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Allegiant Air: The budget airline flying under the radar

Allegiant Air is a small, ultra-low-cost carrier based in Las Vegas, that happens to be one of the country's most profitable airlines. But, according to federal aviation records and interviews with pilots, mechanics and industry experts, it may also be the most dangerous....

getpocket.com . ENGLISH . 2018-04-19

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A $76,000 Monthly Pension: Why States and Cities Are Short on Cash

Joseph Robertson, an eye surgeon who retired as head of the Oregon Health & Science University last fall, receives the state’s largest government pension. It is $76,111....

getpocket.com . ENGLISH . 2018-04-19

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25-Year-Old Textbooks and Holes in the Ceiling: Inside America’s Public Schools

Broken laptops, books held together with duct tape, an art teacher who makes watercolors by soaking old markers. Teacher protests have spread rapidly from West Virginia to Oklahoma, Kentucky and Arizona in recent months....

getpocket.com . ENGLISH . 2018-04-19

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How to save your privacy from the Internet’s clutches

Another week, another massive privacy scandal....

getpocket.com . ENGLISH . 2018-04-18

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The Strike: Chemicals, Cancer, and the Fight for Health Care

When 59-year-old Jack Mack wandered from picket station to picket station to ask the Question, he tried as best he could to ease into the conversation. He didn’t want to scare anyone off. It was two months into the strike, and tensions were high....

getpocket.com . ENGLISH . 2018-04-18

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Tesla Says Its Factories Are Getting Safer. These Workers Tell A Different Story

This story was originally published by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit news organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Learn more at revealnews.org and subscribe to the Reveal podcast, produced with PRX, at revealnews.org/podcast....

getpocket.com . ENGLISH . 2018-04-18