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Who are the great thinkers in the debate about our world and its future? The U.K.-based magazine Prospect invites you to answer that question, and it has nominated 65 public intellectuals for you to choose from. There are plenty of Americans on the list...
Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan president who died Tuesday, was an avid reader. "Read, read, read, read," he said in a speech in 2009. "That should be our slogan every day." It turns out that his political position might be attributed (at least in part) to...
Psy stands for "psycho", but today it should stand for "psyched"! On Thursday morning, "Gangnam Style" hit 1 billion views on YouTube -- becoming the first video ever to hit that milestone. To celebrate, YouTube has a little dancing Psy doing horsey...
Two years ago, Californian and citizen of the world Sarah Shourd was released from prison in Iran after an intense international campaign to free her. A bit more than a year later, that effort, including pressure from the State Department, Oman (the...
George A. Miller, an iconoclastic psychologist who played a crucial role in shifting his field from the study of behaviors to the direct examination of thought processes, died July 22 at his home in Plainsboro, N.J. He was 92 and died of complications...
World NowJulian Assange WikiLeaks' founder is served with extradition letter; at Ecuadorean Embassy in London he awaits word on an asylum bid....
World NowThe death of Bassel Shahade, a young Syrian filmmaker who studied in the United States and returned to his country to document the rebellion, rattled friends who remembered him as a passionate adventurer, The Times writes. These are a few of the films...
Christopher Hitchens, the engaging and enraging British-American author and essayist whose polemical writings on religion, politics, war and other provocations established him as one of his generation's most robust public intellectuals, has died. He was...
Among the offerings at this year's Sundance Film Festival is a documentary about a trailblazing chimpanzee named Nim Chimpsky who played a key role in the scientific debate over what it means to be human. The James Marsh film, "Project Nim," explores the...
Oh, NPR, won't you please state your game? Are you liberal? Are you neutral? Are your employees secret socialists? Do their screensavers feature slideshows of Noam Chomsky? Do your office Christmas parties serve only free-range eggnog? Do your parking...
Absolute Monarchs A History of the Papacy John Julius Norwich Random House: $30 The respected historian of the Byzantine Empire and Venice now turns to one of the oldest institutions on Earth and those who have worn the mitred hat during its 2,000-...
Show TrackerCan I get a "hallelujah," fans? As of this week's episode, "Gossip Girl" has finally dug itself out of last season's rut. The Upper East Side gang is back together, including the criminally under-utilized Eric, making his first appearance of......
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