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All the Losers of the First Presidential Debate

Batman versus Superman. Ali versus Frazier. David versus Goliath. Ecks versus Sever. Culture is littered with legendary knock down drag out fights in which history hangs…

Do Americans Understand How the World Sees America?

Earlier this week, Donald Trump Jr. unleashed upon the world his view that the refugee crisis could be best illustrated with a bowl full of…

Adam Jones, Colin Kaepernick and the Indomitable Whiteness of Baseball

Last week, Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles, one of baseball’s few remaining black stars, spoke out on why Major League Baseball hasn’t seen a…

Luke Cage Was Marvel’s Early Attempt to Evolve Its Own Superheroes

[This piece is excerpt from our superhero podcast It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a Podcast! Listen to the whole episode below.] The ’70s…

When I Realized There Is Nothing Magical About Traveling

I was a starry-eyed nineteen-year-old when I began dreaming of living in Paris. Backed with an elementary understanding of French and fevered obsession with the…

The Actual Winners and Losers of the 2016 Emmy Awards

If you want to know who won an Emmy and who got snubbed at the 2016 Emmy Awards, there are a million articles out there…

How to Know When You’re Mansplaining: A Mansplanation

“I wouldn’t say it’s spontaneous,” a random Twitter egg told astronaut Jessica Meir. Meir, a comparative physiologist, had just tweeted a video of her in…

When Will We Learn To Stop Doubting Kobe?

Voting is not about me. It’s about my community.

I am not a political person. It’s simply never been of interest to me — the energy required to invest in social media arguments, the…

How Sitcoms Gave Me Unrealistic Expectations For Friendships

“A nd yes, attendance is mandatory,” Nick Miller says to his roommates as he reminds them all that he’s just been dumped and needs them…

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