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Why Buddhism is true

Why Buddhism is true

Robert Wright on the wisdom of mindfulness meditation....
The Classic-Rock Ecstasy of the War on Drugs

The Classic-Rock Ecstasy of the War on Drugs

The band’s fourth album, "A Deeper Understanding," offers a powerful and steady high....
CNN's Don Lemon says Trump is

CNN's Don Lemon says Trump is "unhinged" and "lied directly to American people" in Phoenix speech

"This is who we elected President of the United States?" asks a perplexed Lemon....
Getting Better: Beatles Shabbat aimed at uniting, especially after violence

Getting Better: Beatles Shabbat aimed at uniting, especially after violence

The Beatles’ transcendent music spoke words of wisdom to hundreds of smiling celebrants on a recent Friday at Henderson’s Congregation Ner Tamid....
Wind River Reveals the Tricky Politics of Feeling Bad for Cops

Wind River Reveals the Tricky Politics of Feeling Bad for Cops

The disturbing new film shows how Hollywood uses white women to generate empathy for the police....
One of R. Kelly’s alleged victims just broke her nondisclosure agreement to speak out

One of R. Kelly’s alleged victims just broke her nondisclosure agreement to speak out

This woman says that R. Kelly trapped her in an abusive relationship when she was 16....
American Horror Story: Cult’s first trailer isn’t about the election, but also, it totally is

American Horror Story: Cult’s first trailer isn’t about the election, but also, it totally is

The new season takes on a rich white woman’s terror after Trump won the election....
Robert De Niro is TV’s highest-paid drama actor — for a show that doesn’t even have a title yet

Robert De Niro is TV’s highest-paid drama actor — for a show that doesn’t even have a title yet

Also: NCIS’s Mark Harmon makes more money per episode than anyone on Game of Thrones. Hollywood!...
It's Not Too Late for 'Halt and Catch Fire'

It's Not Too Late for 'Halt and Catch Fire'

There’s still time to catch AMC’s dazzling drama about the dawn of the internet as the show enters its final season....
After Charlottesville, George and Amal Clooney to 'stand up to hate' with $1 million to the SPLC

After Charlottesville, George and Amal Clooney to 'stand up to hate' with $1 million to the SPLC

"What happened in Charlottesville, and what is happening in communities across our country, demands our collective engagement to stand up to hate."...
Billy Joel trolls the Trump administration and wears a Star of David at his latest concert

Billy Joel trolls the Trump administration and wears a Star of David at his latest concert

The iconic star sang “Goodbye to You” with Patty Smyth to images of Bannon, Spicer and Scaramucci, and later donned a yellow Star of David....
Why it's OK to be OK with 'Game of Thrones' Jon Snow and Daenerys incest

Why it's OK to be OK with 'Game of Thrones' Jon Snow and Daenerys incest

Don't go questioning your sanity just yet, Jon and Dany fans....
How Eclipseville, Kentucky prepared for the eclipse — and ran out of toilet paper

How Eclipseville, Kentucky prepared for the eclipse — and ran out of toilet paper

What the eclipse meant for the tiny town of Hopkinsville...
Why the alt-right can’t build an alt-internet

Why the alt-right can’t build an alt-internet

After the August 12th hate rally in Charlottesville, online platforms that have long tolerated or ignored white supremacists are very publicly kicking them off. The crackdown spans...
Wind River’s Emotion Policing

Wind River’s Emotion Policing

A disturbing new film sheds light on white women, Hollywood, and the police....
Sailing to the Pacific Ocean’s Trash Vortex

Sailing to the Pacific Ocean’s Trash Vortex

In his new book, "Junk Raft," Marcus Eriksen discovers a sea filled with tiny particles of harmful plastic....
Taylor Swift is plotting ... something. Here’s what we know.

Taylor Swift is plotting ... something. Here’s what we know.

Why now is the perfect time for Taylor Swift to release a new single....
Evangelicals Are Bitterly Split on How to Deal With Trump After Charlottesville

Evangelicals Are Bitterly Split on How to Deal With Trump After Charlottesville

Members of the president’s faith board did not step down after Charlottesville. They say they’re fulfilling their duty to advise America’s leader....
The Book He Wasn't Supposed to Write

The Book He Wasn't Supposed to Write

A best-selling author submits a draft to his editor. Hijinks ensue....
Yeah, Jon Snow and Daenerys are probably going to get it on in the 'Game of Thrones' finale

Yeah, Jon Snow and Daenerys are probably going to get it on in the 'Game of Thrones' finale

How Episode 6 advanced the fan favorites toward taking "the next step."...
Watch the moment a former Trump spokesperson said slavery is

Watch the moment a former Trump spokesperson said slavery is "good history" on Fox News

"It absolutely deserves a place," said Pierson of confederate statues on the Capitol....
BMW shows off the new M5 in Need for Speed Payback

BMW shows off the new M5 in Need for Speed Payback

The much-rumored (and thoroughly leaked) new BMW M5 finally got the official announcement treatment today. That debut didn’t happen at an auto show, or even a BMW event, though....
Social media’s eclipse party featured jokes, goats, and lots of marketing

Social media’s eclipse party featured jokes, goats, and lots of marketing

Twitter’s brand game ranged from clever to corny....
Bonnie Tyler staged a total eclipse of the iTunes chart

Bonnie Tyler staged a total eclipse of the iTunes chart

Thirty-four years after its release, Bonnie Tyler’s "Total Eclipse of the Heart" is the No. 1 song on iTunes....
Dick Gregory's unapologetic comedy and activism helped shape American conversations on race

Dick Gregory's unapologetic comedy and activism helped shape American conversations on race

Gregory, who died this weekend, was a prime example of the power and necessity of political comedy....
Could 'Game of Thrones' Go the Way of 'Lost'?

Could 'Game of Thrones' Go the Way of 'Lost'?

Absurd plot twists. Unanswered questions. It doesn't bode well for a show that was once so consistent in its world-building....
Exclusive: 'Game of Thrones' director reacts to viewer criticism of Season 7's pacing

Exclusive: 'Game of Thrones' director reacts to viewer criticism of Season 7's pacing

How fast can a raven fly from Eastwatch to Dragonstone, and does it really matter?...
Game of Thrones: We Have an Ice Dragon

Game of Thrones: We Have an Ice Dragon

We discuss “Beyond the Wall,” the sixth episode in the seventh season of HBO’s fantasy series....
Watch: Marvel sneaked a Punisher trailer at the end of The Defenders

Watch: Marvel sneaked a Punisher trailer at the end of The Defenders

Marvel’s Punisher trailer is about a devil collecting his dues....
This new novel is a stunning portrait of American resentment

This new novel is a stunning portrait of American resentment

The Locals, by Pulitzer finalist Jonathan Dee, goes deep on America from 9/11 to the Occupy Wall Street era....
Logan Lucky's ending made me so relieved the movie wasn’t a TV show

Logan Lucky's ending made me so relieved the movie wasn’t a TV show

It’s a perfect capper to a summer movie season that proves the movies still have a spring in their step....
Kesha, Katy Perry, and the dilemma of party-girl pop stars getting serious

Kesha, Katy Perry, and the dilemma of party-girl pop stars getting serious

In 2017, every pop star wants to make their own Lemonade. Some work better than others....
'The Villainess' is John Wick, with estrogen

'The Villainess' is John Wick, with estrogen

Director Jung Byung-gil's film beats 'Atomic Blonde' at combining soulful purpose with blood spatter and high-octane action....
What does Bonnie Tyler's 'Total Eclipse of the Heart' mean?

What does Bonnie Tyler's 'Total Eclipse of the Heart' mean?

Tyler will perform the hit track on a cruise ship during the total solar eclipse on Monday....
The best memes and tweets about Sunday's 'Game of Thrones'

The best memes and tweets about Sunday's 'Game of Thrones'

After an emotional episode, here's something to pick you up....
An epic showdown is coming. Watch the 'Game of Thrones' Season 7 finale teaser trailer

An epic showdown is coming. Watch the 'Game of Thrones' Season 7 finale teaser trailer

The key players will finally come together in one place....
'Game of Thrones' aired its biggest twist ever—here's what it means

'Game of Thrones' aired its biggest twist ever—here's what it means

Things will never be the same again in Westeros. (Major spoilers ahead.)...
Twin Peaks bids farewell to one of its most iconic characters

Twin Peaks bids farewell to one of its most iconic characters

A lot happened in "Part 15." But even when this show moves, it feels like it’s standing still....
6 winners and 7 losers from Game of Thrones’

6 winners and 7 losers from Game of Thrones’ "Beyond the Wall"

Jon’s mission to prove White Walkers exist leads to some game-changing consequences....