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Energy’s silver buckshot

No single technology is going to solve the nation’s energy problems, but a scattershot approach can work, writes Robert Fri. And there is surprising consensus among those in research.

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The intimate airport pat-down is no fun for anyone

While traveling during the busiest time of the year, consider the perspective of transportation security workers, writes Eve Tahmincioglu.

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Dorie Greenspan’s French twist

Jessa Crispin test drives Dorie Greenspan’s “Around My French Table.” Plus: a recipe for cheesy, puffy gougères.

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Don’t bring a knife to a gunfight… over Afghan strategy

Reevaluating the situation in Afghanistan in light of intense wrangling over strategy and a major shift in high-level leadership.

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A graphic novel in which a migraine is a monster

In the graphic novel “H Day,” Renée French brings her dreamlike sense of human fragility and fear to her own crushing headaches. Jessa Crispin reviews.

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Is your boss spying off the clock?

For a fee, a new company called Social Intelligence monitors your online profile day and night.

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Literary antidotes to rom coms

Jessa Crispin shares five books that destroy the awful romantic clichés that Hollywood never seems to tire of.

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David Cameron’s culture war

The war against the arts and humanities is nothing new – though this is the first time that the fight has migrated so directly to Britain.

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Will a ‘million’ moderates on the Mall restore anyone’s sanity?

Jami Floyd wonders whether Jon Stewart’s rally in Washington D.C. will really make a difference.

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‘Speakeasy’ does it

Jessa Crispin celebrates the cocktail revival by spending an evening behind the bar.

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Spanish language literature beyond the Nobel prize

Translator Anne McLean shares her top Spanish language reads with Jessa Crispin.

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Needed: A guide for the perplexed ADHD parent

Despite constant claims that ADHD is overdiagnosed, the more serious problem is that so many kids never get help, writes Katherine Ellison.

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The new, same old talks with the Taliban

News of new peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government sounds promising, writes Joshua Foust. It probably isn’t.

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Give me one good reason for a new energy policy

General Electric’s CEO wants a new energy policy, and so do the rest of us. And many presidents have promised one. Robert Fri asks: What’s the holdup?

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The wars of austerity

Robert Skidelsky, the premier Keynesian historian, explains why he is less hopeful about a rapid recovery from the global recession.

Only the weak survive

A world where over-spending countries need to reduce domestic demand and boost net exports, while over-saving countries are unwilling to reduce their reliance on export-led growth, is a world where currency tensions must inevitably come to a boil.