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Remembering Robert C. Byrd

The West Virginia Democrat, who died on Monday at the age of 92, was a formidable autodidact, known for including Shakespearean allusions in his speeches on the Senate floor.


This summer, let’s really disconnect

By William Powers Why the only screen you should take to the beach is sunscreen Ah, those lazy days of summer. Snoozing in a hammock. Reading a good book under a beach umbrella. It’s the season for disconnecting from everything that makes life frantic and arduous – the office, the traffic, the endless rushing around. [...]


Chicken soup for the graduate’s soul?

It’s commencement season again. But inspiring graduates facing such grim job prospects is no easy task. Need to Know highlights some of this year’s best commencement advice.


An animated award legacy

Need to Know checks in with several past winners of the Student Academy Awards to get a behind-the-scenes look at the world of animation.


Hooray, I’m for the other team

Yuval Lion discovers a new breed of soccer fan in South Africa.


Black music month: Five acts to watch

Our picks for five up-and-coming acts with their own history-making potential.


  When presidents could be bold

In this essay, Need to Know’s Jon Meacham remembers a time when our leaders could tackle the nation’s problems honestly and realistically.

Utah inmate executed by firing squad after 25 years on death row

Ronnie Lee Gardner became the first man in 14 years to be executed by firing squad early Friday morning, ending a 25-year saga that in its final days stoked a national debate over the death penalty.


  The World What?

The world’s most popular sport owes something to the U.S. — and Americans could stand to learn a thing or two about soccer