Elon Musk: The Maureen Dowd Interview

So how do the King of Mars, his Galactic Princess and their newborn son, X Æ A-Xii, spend a Saturday night holed up in their Los Angeles pad? A little anime — lately it’s been “Death Note” and “Evangelion.” Lots of late-night debates about the potential and danger of artificial intelligence. And many audiobooks and…

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Travel the World Through These Dance Tutorials

Do you have itchy feet after all these months of lockdown? Now could be the time to do a little homework on the world of dance. And dance does span the globe, with genres found all over that are historically integral to their communities, cultures and regions. Of course, being culturally engaged is not the…

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True Crime Podcasts at the Intersection of Race

When people think of true crime podcasts, they inevitably think of “Serial.” But the genre is vast, and the podcasts listed here represent that diversity: a mother who investigates the death of her own son, a journalist recovering the lost history of a nearly forgotten race massacre, two friends telling each other stories about their…

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Me, My Relationship and PTSD

Sam and I began the conversation partly in jest. His co-worker had just eloped in Hawaii, and as we scrolled through their photos I gave him an elbow to the ribs and said in a singsong voice, “Well, maybe we should go to Hawaii, too!” Later we spoke about it in more thoughtful tones, and…

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Comic-Con Is Online, and So Is the Artist Alley

Like most large events, fan conventions including San Diego Comic-Con, WonderCon and Dragon Con, have shifted gears this year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Some have been postponed or canceled; others have moved their programming online. While the panels and screenings that take place at these conventions can easily be streamed from one’s…

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How to Talk to Your Friends About Money

When the 2008 recession hit, Emma Connelly was in second grade. The mass layoffs hit close to home. “My dad was unemployed off and on for basically six years, so he became a stay-at-home dad,” Ms. Connelly, 22, said. “We got very close.” As was true for many households at the time, money had become…

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La Caridad 78, a Beloved Chinese-Cuban Restaurant, Closes

La Caridad 78, an Upper West Side anchor on the corner of 78th Street and Broadway for 52 years, has closed. It was one of the city’s best-known purveyors of Chino Latino food, a particular combination of Chinese-American and Cuban fare. The restaurant and others like it juxtaposed dishes from both cuisines; sometimes they met…

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Nadine Taub, Early Leader in Women’s Rights Law, Dies at 77

In the early 1970s, Nadine Taub was one of a cadre of young female lawyers breaking new ground by fighting gender discrimination. Along with Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Nancy Stearns and others, she made legal history in cases that successfully argued that equal rights for women were protected under the Constitution. She litigated cases for rape…

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C.D.C. Calls On Schools to Reopen, Downplaying Coronavirus Risks

WASHINGTON — The nation’s top public health agency issued a full-throated call to reopen schools in a statement that aligned with President Trump’s pressure on communities, listing numerous benefits of being in school and downplaying the potential health risks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published the statement, along with new “resources and tools,”…

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Avoid the Oven!

Hello and welcome to Five Weeknight Dishes. Last week, I boldly suggested that you roast dinner on sheet pans to minimize cleanup. I got some angry emails! You were so mad at me! It’s too hot out for that! Readers, I have to apologize. I lost sight of one of the founding principles of this…

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