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Music

Are the Grammys really about good music?

After winning his Grammy in 1996, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder said, 'I don't think this means anything.' Was he right?
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How should you read unnamed sources and leaks?

With an explosion of media outlets that don't adhere to mainstream journalistic standards, it's became difficult for readers to know whether to trust reports based on unnamed sources and leaks.
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Is mass murder becoming a form of protest?

New ways of expressing discontent are constantly emerging. Could mass shootings join what sociologist Charles Tilly has dubbed the 'repertoire of contention'?
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A same-sex marriage ceremony in… Renaissance Rome?

Same-sex marriage is not a 20th-century phenomenon; couples have long claimed the right to marry.

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