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As Mark Twain once said, ‘Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.’ Jake Simonds-Malamud

It’s time for a new approach to travel

Globalism has made it easier than ever to visit faraway places – and easier to never really leave home while you're there.
Former President Bill Clinton promotes ‘The President is Missing,’ the new novel he wrote with James Patterson, in New York. AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews

In retirement, most ex-presidents can’t resist the urge to stay relevant

What happens to motivated, determined and egotistical men when they are forced to abandon the White House? As John Quincy Adams once said, 'There is nothing more pathetic in life than a former president.'
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev watch the action during the match between Russia and Saudi Arabia that opened the 2018 World Cup. Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP

One likely winner of the World Cup? Putin

The Russian leader seems to understand the ability of sport to foment feelings of national pride and enhance his popularity at home.
In Season 3 of ‘Parts Unknown,’ Anthony Bourdain took viewers to Tanzania. CNN

Anthony Bourdain’s window into Africa

When covering Africa, Bourdain rejected the monolithic way media outlets have historically depicted the continent's diverse cultures and populations.
Will and Grace are out of retirement – along with a host of other TV characters. Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP

Why did the television reboot become all the rage?

'Will & Grace,' 'The X-Files,' 'Fuller House,' 'Arrested Development' – the list goes on. If we're in the midst of a TV renaissance, why are networks and their viewers looking to the past?
Roseanne Barr had her sitcom canceled on May 29, after calling former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett the child of an ape. Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File

The slippery slope of dehumanizing language

Dehumanizing insults have become more common in political discourse. Psychology research has shown that they can prime us for violence – and even change our brains.
Modern life seems to encourage acceleration for the sake of acceleration – to what end? JoeyCheung/Shutterstock.com

In praise of doing nothing

Technology has made many aspects of daily life much easier. So why do we still feel so overwhelmed?
Many authors born in Latin America have produced some of their finest work while living in the United States. Alvy Libros/flickr

5 Latino authors you should be reading now

Spanish-speaking writers have made exceptional contributions to American literature. Here are the best Latin American and Latino authors you probably haven't heard of.
A tour guide holds up a flag with the faces of Britain’s Prince Harry and his fiancee, Meghan Markle. AP Photo/Alastair Grant

In the US, fairy-tale royal weddings clash with reality

Royal weddings have shaped how Americans imagine their own dream weddings. Unfortunately, they don't come cheap – which might explain why fewer and fewer are tying the knot.