Centuries after Dante, it’s surprising to find the afterlife back, and winning awards as a successful series. Here, from left to right, actors Kristen Bell, William Jackson Harper, and Ted Danson. (NBC)

‘The Good Place’ asks deep ethical questions

Independent bookstores are places where culture is collected and disseminated. The gentrification of city centres makes their existence increasingly precarious. Kévin Langlais on Unsplash, CC BY-NC

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A new act in the drama of the 58 scene medieval tapestry unfolds, as an art historian says the tapestry was made for Bayeux Cathedral. (Shutterstock)

Bayeux tapestry mystery: for England or France?

The 950-year-old Bayeux Tapestry is as much an object of fascination for its mysterious origins and formidable craft as it is for the nationalist debates it continues to inspire.
When a filmmaker as big as Scorsese needs Netflix for funding, what does it mean for the little guys? IMDB

Scorsese boycott: Reshaping future of film

With big theatre chains refusing to show Martin Scorsese's new big budget mob movie, the future of cinema is looking a little dimmer.
McMaster University’s LIVELab is a concert hall where researchers study how sound is produced and experienced, leading to therapeutic applications of music. LIVELab

High-tech concert hall measures brain waves, heart rates

McMaster University's LIVELab is a concert hall where researchers study how sound is produced and experienced, leading to therapeutic applications of music.
‘I Dream of Jeannie’ co-stars Barbara Eden and Larry Hagman embrace before signing copies of the first season DVD of their show in March 2006 at a bookstore in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

‘I Dream of Jeannie’ left us with enduring stereotypes

Do you remember the 1960s sitcom 'I Dream of Jeannie?' The cute show still attracts viewers decades later. Unfortunately, it has also spread some negative stereotypes about Muslims and Arabs.
Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ contains timeless themes around resistance and colonialism. Here in an engraving by Benjamin Smith based on a painting by George Romney of Act I, Scene 1 of ‘The Tempest’ by William Shakespeare. (Benjamin Smith/George Romney/ Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs division /pga.03317)

Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ explores colonialism, resistance and liberation

Actors and theatre scholars seek to understand how 'The Tempest' could have been used by both European colonialists and also by advocates of resistance.
Is it ethical to use former prisons, with long histories of death, suffering and wrongful incarcerations, as entertainment venues? Rockin' the Big House

A prison is no place for a party

What does it mean to hold a party in a place with a long history of death and suffering?
Simone Biles is the greatest gymnast the world has ever seen – but she is also unlike any other athlete the sport has known. Noushad Thekkayil/EPA

Simone Biles’ athleticism and advocacy have changed gymnastics forever

Simone Biles enters the 2019 World Gymnastics Championships already with the most all-around gold medals ever. The greatest of all time, she has changed the sport forever.
A new mural depicts Indigenous paddlers taking food to passengers on the legendary ship Komagata Maru that was denied entry to Vancouver in 1914. Federal official Harry Stevens, with white hat, led the campaign to keep the ship from docking. (Library and Archives Canada)

Did Indigenous paddlers smuggle food to the Komagata Maru?

In 1914, a ship carrying more than 300 immigrants from India wasn't allowed to dock in Vancouver. A new mural tells an unverified story about Indigenous paddlers bringing food to the stranded ship.
Joaquin Phoenix in Joker (2019): the Joker’s humour-filled rebellion has typically contrasted with Batman’s dour moral self-righteousness. Warner Bros

The Joker’s origin story comes at a perfect moment: Clowns define our times

Culturally, the joker turns socially significant places into spaces of carnival, revealing cracks within the social order. He is an enduring character – and a common figure in 2019.
A fan carries a copy of ‘Abbey Road’ as he traverses the infamous crosswalk that appears on the album’s cover. AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth

Beatles’ revolutionary use of recording tech in ‘Abbey Road’

As the album celebrates its 50th anniversary, an expert in sound recording details how the band deployed stereo and synthesizers to put a unique artistic stamp on this iconic album.
Prof. Stephen Meyers and his Geoscience 100 class at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Photo by Ethan Parrish. Author provided

Art + geoscience can unite students to take action

A science researcher's work gets twisted by a conservative news site; he considers this his wake-up call to educate as many students as possible about the importance of science to our world.

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