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The Teaching Brain

This book asks the questions at the root of education: What is teaching? How does it take place? What is the process? And the question at the heart of the matter: How does teaching differ from learning?

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‘Agent Orange’: a Poem About the Terrible Legacy the U.S. Left in Vietnam

As the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon approaches, Paul Lobo Portugés’ moving poem serves as a reminder of the pernicious and long-lasting effects American interventionism has had in Vietnam.

Posted on Apr 15, 2015 READ MORE



Data and Goliath

It was actually the corporate world that built a “massive Internet eavesdropping system,” a new book notes, and the NSA just tapped into it. “It’s less Big Brother, and more hundreds of tattletale little brothers.”

Posted on Apr 10, 2015 READ MORE



Coloring Books for Adults Top Amazon’s Best-Seller List

The best-selling book on Amazon.com in the U.S. right now is not Harper Lee’s new novel or a title from George R.R. Martin’s “Game of Thrones” but a Scottish illustrator’s coloring book for adults.

Posted on Apr 6, 2015 READ MORE



The Dig

Cynan Jones’ powerful new novel uses the idea of the badger and the sett—its den—as an allegory “for the way we try to create a safe space for ourselves and the things we care for, and how some external force can break into and destroy that.”

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‘Each Breath Despite the Air’: A Poet’s View of Gaza From America

Kenji Liu’s poem about the 2014 conflict in Gaza is especially poignant to listen to as news of the Palestinian Authority joining the International Criminal Court spreads.

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Band 47SOUL Defies Contentious Middle Eastern Borders With Its Political Music and Lyrics

The members of 47SOUL came together to play traditional Arabic street music with an electronic twist and a warm message to their audience that they “don’t care where you’re from,” so long as you listen.

Posted on Apr 1, 2015 READ MORE



Trevor Noah Chosen to Replace Jon Stewart on ‘The Daily Show’ Despite Calls for Female Host

Sure, Trevor Noah has proved he can make Americans laugh at themselves during his recent segments on “The Daily Show,” but what happened to all the great female comedians who were up for the job?

Posted on Mar 31, 2015 READ MORE



The Buried Giant

A new book by Kazuo Ishiguro, whose novels defy classification, is set in a medieval wilderness, complete with dragons and wizards. But as in all his invented worlds, what interests Ishiguro is the abiding human heart.

Posted on Mar 27, 2015 READ MORE



How One ‘Daily Show’ Clip May Have Changed the Lives of Thousands of Veterans

Who knew comedy had such power to bring about change?

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