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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.

Arts on the Weekend
New York’s Second Opera Is Back

The New York City Opera returns from bankruptcy with a triumphant double-bill.

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Saudi Journeys

One month in the desert kingdom isn’t enough time to learn its complexities. Even forty years might not do it.

U.S.-Israel Relations
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Terms of Estrangement

An insider’s account of the Obama Administration’s rocky relationship with Israel gives pointers on how the relationship might be conducted in the future.

The Middle East
The Tragedy of Modernity in the Middle East

Modernity was supposed to be a virtual synonym for tolerance and progress, but somehow things haven’t worked out that way for the region.

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illiberalism

Tribalism on one side strengthens tribalism on the other.

A Setback?

Austria’s far-right Freedom Party suffered a defeat at the polls on Sunday. But the country’s next parliamentary could come sooner than most expect, offering the populists another chance.

Europe's Mess

A “No” vote many thought would strike a serious blow against the EU may have been more of a stay of execution. But that does not mean any of Europe’s underlying problems have gone away.

Budget Battles

Many of the nation’s top military brass have Putin on their minds when looking at the 2018 defense budget.

democracy and its discontents

The outcome of the election made the public more supportive of America’s idiosyncratic election system overall.

Consequences

Yet more proof that the only way to assure good treatment for refugees is to do everything to prevent their displacement in the first place.

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