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How Donald Trump Destroyed the Interview

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politico.com - A century-old political institution may have met its match. The interview is the Niagara that fills the news ocean. A quick check of the front page of the New York Times, a scan of any 30-minute bl...

BuzzFeed is building a New York-based team to experiment with news video

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niemanlab.org - When you think of BuzzFeed video, you probably think of “27 Weird Things Guys Lie To Each Other About” or the Tasty recipe videos that have taken over your Facebook feed. In the same way that BuzzF...

Elif Batuman on Crying, Taste, and Writing a Novel Called “The Idiot”

lithub.com - In part two of their conversation, Elif Batuman and Paul Holdengraber discuss taste, aging and, of course, crying. Elif Batuman on what she’s working on now… The novel I’m working on now is called ...

Do you say splinter, spool, spile or spell? English Dialects app tries to guess your regional accent

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cam.ac.uk - Along with colleagues from the universities of Zurich and Bern, Cambridge’s Adrian Leemann has developed the free app English Dialects (available on iOS and Android) which asks you to choose your p...

80 Years And Counting: Castro's Cliff's Variety Recognized As Best Small Business In California | Hoodline

hoodline.com - “We have what you want.” That’s the slogan of Castro Street’s very own Cliff’s Variety, which come the first week of June, will celebrate its 80th anniversary in the neighborhood. In the spirit of ...

Kevin Smokler

Author of "Practical Classics: 50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books Your Haven't TOuched Since High School." Crazy about publishing, media, journalism, our times, and animal group names. Prone to oversharing.

Replace 'Crazy' With The Adjective You Actually Mean - The Establishment

theestablishment.co - Growing up, my family used the word “crazy” a lot. It was our way of acknowledging some of what we dealt with while avoiding having to talk about it. The word stuck with me for years—an overused ad...

Larry Does Lines - VA Hospitals-The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore - Video Clip | Comedy Central

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cc.com - You had the entire commercialto fix that, all right? We're talkingabout the inexcusable lines our nation's veterans faceto get health care. Veteran Affairs Secretary RobertMcDonald continuing to ca...

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The Duel: Pushkin’s Favorite Topic in Fiction and Cause of His Fatal Wound

lithub.com - Several years went by, and domestic circumstances forced me to settle in a poor little village of the N–– district. Busy with my estate, I never stopped secretly sighing for my former noisy and car...

#RedNoseDay Ready

blog.charitywater.org - One of the best parts of being at charity: water is getting to spend each season with a new team of talented and passionate interns. Time and time again, these groups bring energy, enthusiasm and n...

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Tales of African-American History Found in DNA

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nytimes.com - The history of African-Americans has been shaped in part by two great journeys. The first brought hundreds of thousands of Africans to the southern United States as slaves. The second, the Great Mi...

No, this isn’t the start of the antibiotic apocalypse, just bad reporting

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arstechnica.com - Over the next day or so, you may see headlines and reports about a “nightmare” “superbug” that has been detected for the first time in the US. So far, the Washington Post reports: “The superbug tha...

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For Trump, Muslims Are Terrifying, and Guns Are Great

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thedailybeast.com - If a presidential candidate really wanted to keep American families safe, which threat would he focus on more: a), the one that has resulted in over 150,000 Americans being killed over the last 15 ...

Triple threat: The all-in-one LPR, speedometer, and facial recognition scanner

Shared by Steve Rhodes

arstechnica.com - New research that incorporates info about clothing, hair style adds to confidence. If the "Ekin Patrol" catches on in the United States, it will facilitate a notable acceleration in the advancement...

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“This Is a Landscape of Ghosts”: Talking Allegheny Front with Matthew Neill Null

electricliterature.com - Matthew Neill Null’s collection Allegheny Front is as notable for the strength of its prose as it is for the ways in which it eludes expectations. One story focuses entirely on the shifting relatio...

Burning Down the House: An Interview with Mark Haddon

The Next Novel You Read May Have Been Chosen by a Computer

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Adam Phillips on Walt Whitman, Self-Discovery, and American Rock n’ Roll

lithub.com - In part two of their conversation, Adam Phillips and Paul Holdengraber discuss American rock n’ roll, knowing (and not knowing) oneself, and whether or not Paul’s son should to go college. Listen t...

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