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A few of this year’s Oscars contenders.
February 28, 2018

The shape of Oscar

Underrated and overrated performances from this year’s Oscars, and how to make a political acceptance speech that doesn’t get booed.

The Lincoln Memorial, 2008
February 22, 2018

American Icons: The Lincoln Memorial

The Lincoln Memorial is now one of the most treasured landmarks in Washington, DC. But, for decades, people fought over every aspect of it — and even whether it should be built at all.

Denise Gough (Harper) in “Angels in America”
February 15, 2018

Wipe your nose!

Denise Gough on mucousy method actors, an atheist’s love of Christian rock, mocking Kennedys and a photographer’s mentally ill mom.

The diskette
February 08, 2018

Learning to love Comic Sans

A case for the most-hated typeface.

Sean Lennon performs in Las Vegas in 2016
February 01, 2018

Papa was a Rolling Stone

The musical children of pop stars.

Daniela Vega as Marina in "A Fantastic Woman"
January 25, 2018

Fantastic women

The fantastic actress who is “A Fantastic Woman.”

Sonequa Martin-Green as First Officer Michael Burnham.
January 18, 2018

I killed Captain Kirk

What a long, strange Trek it’s been

Burt Reynolds in “Smokey and the Bandit II.”
January 11, 2018

Breaker 1-9

How “Convoy,” a novelty country song by a couple admen, became a #1 hit.

The CFA-Iams Cat Championships at Madison Square Garden.
January 04, 2018

Staff picks, 2017 (Volume 2)

Completing our favorites list: Stevie Salas on Native American rockers, Angie Thomas on how a TLC lyric saved her life, and the hoax behind the bodice-ripper “Naked Came the Stranger.”

Crufts Dog Show in 2017
December 28, 2017

Staff picks, 2017 (Volume 1)

Some of our favorite segments from 2017: Thelma Schoonmaker, who has been Martin Scorsese’s film editor for almost four decades; Half-Hanged Mary, one of the inspirations behind “The Handmaid’s Tale”; writer Yewande Omotoso, who moved to South Africa during Apartheid; and making a case for the movie that gets no love, “The Godfather, Part III.”