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Culture Sep 21

Tomorrow 176: Sand man at the arcade

You're going to die, clown.

Culture Sep 20

What we loved this week: ‘Spirited Away’ is still charming, ‘The Gone World’ is a pulpy page-turner, bar hot dogs make us happily sick

Here’s the entertainment that got us through the week of September 16, 2019.

Culture Sep 20

The Vietnam myth that gave us all those ‘Rambo’ movies

For decades, conspiracy theorists have clung to the fiction that thousands of soldiers are being held captive in Asia.

Culture Sep 18

Shane Gillis, Ms. Swan, and when it’s acceptable to make fun of Asians

Of course the fired ‘SNL’ comedian was a ‘MADtv’ guy.

Culture Sep 16

Please watch Fred Durst’s new movie starring John Travolta

‘The Fanatic’ is one of 2019’s most memorable — and exquisitely terrible — cinematic experiences.

Culture Sep 16

Dieting while Latinx

“Wellness” sometimes comes at the expense of your culture.

Culture Sep 13

Tomorrow 175: Caroline in the city

Over the influence.

Culture Sep 13

What we loved this week: (Sandy) Alex G has a great new record, ‘The Lord of the Rings’ is better than the debates, Bob Ross shows us how to embrace our happy accidents

Here’s the entertainment that got us through the week of September 9, 2019.

Culture Sep 13

This year’s hottest cultural trend is lemons

Lemons have become the preferred accessory of influencers.

Culture Sep 12

AAFU: How do I save money?

I am finally in a position to get myself out of debt, but I don’t know how to stop spending frivolously.

Culture Sep 12

Using a spoon to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich is fine, actually

Maybe using a spoon is actually even better than using a knife? I don’t know anymore.

Culture Sep 11

This one weird trick will get the media talking about you

Why are so many of my peers obsessed with Caroline Calloway?

Culture Sep 11

Climate change is now a bedtime story

How children’s literature is explaining environmental crisis to young readers.

Culture Sep 10

The Joker is simply a clown who loves crime

Despite what critics might say, he is not a harbinger of societal doom.

Culture Sep 09

What will the 2000s fashion revival really look like?

Early 21st century fashion was more than just trucker caps and bedazzled thongs — it’s something we can learn from.

Culture Sep 06

What we loved this week: Chris Jericho loses a championship belt, the NFL makes its dumb return, bananas remain very healthy and good

Here’s the entertainment that got us through the week of September 2, 2019.

Culture Sep 06

Amy Winehouse was good for girls like me

The singer was savaged by relentless tabloid coverage, but she lived with an unapologetic rawness that resonated with millions of fans.

Culture Sep 05

Getting away with torture is easy when you’re Captain America

A Q&A with the author of ‘How to Justify Torture,’ a new book about the pervasiveness of torture narratives in media.

Culture Sep 05

A little poison never hurt anybody

Modern wisdom dictates that we dispose of all toxic elements in our life, but that’s a mistake.

Culture Sep 04

Hey Keanu Reeves, you have an unclaimed gift card

California’s unclaimed property database is full of celebrities owed paltry sums of money.