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Out Like Flynn
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Field of Fright

It’s hard to think of a worse fit for the job of National Security Advisor than Michael Flynn—and that assessment has nothing to do with any of his alleged contacts with Russian officials.

War on the Silver Screen
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Hollywood’s Afghanistan

War movies can only be as serious as the wars they depict—and only as serious as we Americans are about fighting them.

Religious Freedom
America’s Village Atheists

How the history of atheism in America illuminates the country’s religious, and irreligious, future.

Letter from Arequipa
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Mario Vargas Llosa and His Authoritarians

What Conrad achieved in Nostromo, Vargas Llosa matches in Cinco Esquinas, which describes 1990s Peru under strongman President Alberto Fujimori and his Rasputin-like palace adviser.

Ad Men
Shalom Auslander (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Showtime)
Selling the Good News

Two television dramas about the advertising business—one recent and the other from the 1980s—show us how much American society has changed.

2016 And Beyond
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TV’s Antidote to Trump

David Simon’s under-appreciated Show Me a Hero offers hope that racial divides can be mended, and past injustices overcome.

East Asia
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Taiwan’s New Multicultural Identity

Wei Te-Sheng’s films illuminate Asia’s under-appreciated success story.

Empires of Multiplicity

Two new books give us revisionist accounts of the histories of the Holy Roman and Austrian Empires.

The State of the Arts
6 / 39 Stuart Skelton as Tristan in Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde. Photo by Ken Howard/ Metropolitan Opera.
Opera Americana

The Met is back with a stylish, modern Tristan und Isolde.

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A Cruelty-Free Economy?

How technology and market forces are transforming animal-based industries for the better.

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Disunion

Trump voters were right that the nation needs change and that the “best and the brightest” are failing the nation the way they did during the Vietnam War.

Mullah Mismanagement

Many multi-ethnic states have broken down over the past 150 years, and Iran risks going the same way.

Presidents' Day

Presidents’ Day is a holiday about nobody that teaches nothing.

Crude Economics

They’re cutting consumption at home to keep exports up.

Infowar

Europe’s elections may not offer the fertile ground for “fake news” that is commonly assumed.

the trillion dollar question

A massive infrastructure package is high on the administration’s list of priorities, but actually bringing this idea to fruition will be harder than it looks.

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