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After the Pandemic, a Revolution in Education and Work Awaits. Tom Friedman

Mapping the Differences in How Americans Speak English: A Geographic Look at Words, Accents & Dialects

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Edward Hopper’s Creative Process. The Drawing & Careful Preparation Behind Nighthawks & Other Iconic Paintings

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Stevie Ray Vaughan Plays the Acoustic Guitar in Rare Footage, Letting Us See His Guitar Virtuosity in Its Purest Form

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See Ridley Scott’s 1973 Bread Commercial—Voted England’s Favorite Advertisement of All Time

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William Blake’s Hallucinatory Illustrations of John Milton’s Paradise Lost

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Fritz Lang Invents the Video Phone in Metropolis (1927)

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1.5 Million Slavery Era Documents Will Be Digitized, Helping African Americans to Learn About Their Lost Ancestors

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You Can Have Your Ashes Turned Into a Playable Vinyl Record, When Your Day Comes

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Garry Trudeau's Doonesbury imagines a Trump candidacy back in 1999. And nails it. You're sheep!”

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Word of the day: Kakistocracy: a state or country run by the worst, least qualified, or most unscrupulous citizens.

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Miles Davis is Attacked, Beaten & Arrested by the NYPD Outside Birdland, Eight Days After the Release of Kind of Blue (1959)

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Two greats now gone. Bowie and Freddie Sing “Under Pressure.” The Isolated Vocal Track

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“Tsundoku,” the Japanese Word for the New Books That Pile Up on Our Shelves. Best word ever?

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An Interactive Map Shows Just How Many Roads Actually Lead to Rome

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