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When you imitate the speech of others, there’s a thin line between whether it’s a social asset or faux pas. Franklin McMahon/Corbis via Getty Images


What makes us subconsciously mimic the accents of others in conversation

We often imitate styles of speech we hear – what’s known as ‘linguistic convergence.’ But a researcher wanted to see if we alter our speech based on the mere expectation of how someone will sound.
A view of the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C. John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty Images


How ‘gate’ became the syllable of scandal

Many of the coinages fail to differentiate the mundane from the momentous. Has the suffix’s overuse rendered it essentially meaningless?
In an age of distraction, the desire to read faster and more efficiently is understandable. eclipse_images/Getty Images


Can Bionic Reading make you a speed reader? Not so fast

The claims made by the creators of the app – which highlights parts of words to supposedly enhance users’ reading abilities – are dubious.
Walt Disney testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee claiming that communists once ‘took over’ his studio. Bettmann/Getty Images


Disney hasn’t found itself in this much trouble since 1941

The custodians of one of Hollywood’s most reliable cash machines have been careful to sidestep political minefields that might remind customers of a realm outside the Magic Kingdom.
James Corden, host of ‘The Late Late Show,’ recently announced that he will be stepping down from the show. Theo Wargo/Getty Images


What can reverse late-night TV’s decline?

Members of the key 18-to-34 demographic finds the format stale, the hosts unrelatable and the topics patronizing.
One of the recent shifts in podcasting has been the introduction of paywalls and exclusive content. Peter Dazeley/Getty Images


How corporate takeovers are fundamentally changing podcasting

By implementing paywalls, making exclusive content deals and incorporating ad tech, big media companies have reshaped what was once an entirely free and open ecosystem.
A man tends to his plot at a community garden in Santa Monica, Calif., in April 2020. Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images


The pandemic’s gardening boom shows how gardens can cultivate public health

As lockdowns went into effect in the spring of 2020, many people took up gardening as a coping mechanism. But will a hobby born out of a crisis recede as life returns to normal?

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