On Hawaii, the Fight for Taro’s Revival

ImageThe taro fields of the Waipa Foundation, on the north shore of the island of Kauai. The foundation focuses on ecological restoration.Credit…Scott Conarroe The root vegetable was a staple food for centuries until contact with the West. Its return signals a reclamation of not just land but a culture — and a way of life. By…

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Who Owns H.I.V.-Prevention Drugs? The Taxpayers, U.S. Says

After years of prodding by patient advocates, federal officials on Wednesday sued the drug maker Gilead Sciences, charging that it had infringed government patents on the idea of preventing H.I.V. with a daily pill. The suit, by the Department of Health and Human Services, came as a pleasant shock to many critics of the company,…

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My Favorite New Recipe!

Good morning. We’re three weeks from Black Friday, and the time before Thanksgiving is going to go very slowly until it takes off like a scalded dog. Smarties should lay down a few plans this weekend against the surety that they will change in coming days — as when news arrives that your aunt is…

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Your Thanksgiving Helper? The Sous-Vide Machine

Picture any kitchen on Thanksgiving Day. There are dishes in the sink; every surface is covered with bowls, containers and cutting boards. In line for the oven are pies, turkey, casseroles and anything that needs reheating. On the burners, you’ve got gravy, cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes vying for space with the soup (whose idea…

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In Yoga, Blurry Lines Easily Crossed

Episode 19: ‘Hands On’ Producer Jamila Wignot When sweaty, barely covered bodies bend and twist in tight space in a yoga class, boundaries can get blurry. What one person may consider a well-intentioned hands-on adjustment to a yoga pose can seem inappropriate to someone else. The combination of physical touch, spirituality and power dynamics have…

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Emma Thompson Can’t Live Without Hannah Gadsby and Potato Scones

Emma Thompson, double Oscar winner (“Howards End” for acting, “Sense and Sensibility” for writing), environmental activist and dame (anointed in vegan sneakers), is frank: She admits that her bank balance often rules her career. “Sometimes I’m not very rich, so I say to my agents, ‘Can you find me a job that might pay well?’”…

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63 Years Between Kisses

On the June day in 1956 when a young woman named Annette Adkins left Woodbridge, Va., to spend the summer with relatives in Kentucky, Bob Harvey lost the love of his life. Mr. Harvey, who had slow danced with her weeks earlier at the junior prom, remembers seeing her get in a 1955 tan Pontiac,…

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Happy Friday! What if You Always Had It Off? Why Don’t You?

Nixon predicted it. Workers have asked for it. And businesses and governments have experimented with it for decades. The world has been talking about the four-day workweek for half a century, so what’s taking so long? The idea pops up every so often in expectant headlines. Just last week, Microsoft Japan inspired a flood of…

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Do You Want to Be Touched?

Rachel Brathen had no idea of the deluge headed her way when she asked her Instagram followers if they ever had experienced touch that felt inappropriate in yoga. This was nearly two years ago. Ms. Brathen, 31 and a yoga studio owner in Aruba, heard from hundreds. The letters described a constellation of abuses of…

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In Oman, Tailoring the National Attire

MUSCAT, Oman — In the alleyways near the Mutrah Souk here, amid the chattering families out for a stroll or the barefoot old men playing cards outside a small neighborhood mosque, Bangladeshi and Indian tailors tend to the business of dressing Omani men in their everyday best. Such scenes have played out all across the…

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