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A good podcast episode demonstrates that big cities are bad calls, economically, for people lacking college degrees.

Darwin's "survival of the fittest" is often thought to suggest a brutal existence of fights and conquest. What he really meant was that we should be sympathetic to one another.

A free documentary for your evening downtime: one woman's journey to find her biological (sperm-donating) father.
Ark of Taste is a catalog of "more than 200 delicious and culturally significant foods in danger of extinction."
From 2017: the hunt for su filindeu, possibly the world's rarest pasta, requires a march of 20 miles in the dark.

Hearing this woman say it to my face, it shocked me. She said, “I’m sorry. I’m sorry I treated you as entertainment.”

Amanda Knox explains what it’s like to exist in the odd space of “involuntary public figuredom.”

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Celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow tout crystals for healing properties, with no idea if they're connected to human-rights abuses.
YIGBY, or “yes in God’s backyard,” refers to churches starting to build affordable housing on their properties.
Why do people in LA use definite articles before their freeway names? Because they had freeways before everybody else.

A typical commute in Los Angeles from 1988, driving the 405 north at cruising speed at 6:15 p.m. on a Friday, with great radio, surrounded by great cars.

Mackerel migration, berries in season, the constellation of the month: a collection of natural facts about June.
Another "hidden figure"—the woman whose actuarial insights, employed by the Census, were borrowed to pioneer life insurance.
"Summer, even as an adult, is the time when I allow myself to be most susceptible to crushing on someone." A theory of crushes.
Perhaps the secret to Robyn's "Dancing on My Own": six seconds of silence, eons in pop music, between each line on the verse.

Here, in this remote part of the Andes, the hopeful mission of saving the planet through electric cars is destroying a fragile ecosystem and depleting stores of drinking water.

Almost all lithium goes to electric car batteries; much comes from Chile’s Atacama Desert, now reeling from mining impacts.

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There's a 13-year-old in America's premier women's soccer league.
Three million US students don't have home broadband, and the effects show up in the form of lower test scores.

Maybe the thing that defines Montrose is that you’re surrounded by other people who have to think about their finiteness too—and, for a little while, we just don’t. For a couple of hours, the neighborhood simply lets it slip from our minds.

Bryan Washington on Houston’s Montrose, which, like many other American gayborhoods, is under threat of gentrification.

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