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Educational? You Be the Judge.

Meet Supreme Court Justice Irene Waters. With her pursed lips and dark hair pulled back in a bun, she bears a passing resemblance to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Krakauer speaks: As his new release hits shelves, an intimate recap of an accidental career

From the windows of his home outside Boulder, Colorado, Jon Krakauer can look west to find the silhouettes of the Flatiron mountains.

After a Slow Beginning, Asian Interest in Indian Art Grows

Sakshi Gallery, one of the largest private art spaces in Mumbai, is planning to lead a group of Taiwanese collectors on a contemporary art tour through India in December after opening a Taipei branch in February — the first Indian gallery to set up in Taiwan.

A Refuge Made From Refuse

Dried loofah, a fruit of the gourd family, is commonly used as a coarse, skin-scrubbing bath sponge. But in rural Paraguay, where an estimated 300,000 or more families lack adequate homes, it is finding a new use as a low-cost construction material.

Targeting Scalia’s Secrets

There are a few things you may know about Antonin Scalia. Nominated by President Ronald Reagan, he joined the nation’s highest court in 1986. He’s among the most conservative of the nine Supreme Court justices.

Military’s Plan for PTSD: Early Diagnosis Good, Prevention Better

The military is struggling to address a surge in mental health problems being reported among returning soldiers. As the New York Times recently reported, suicides are at their highest level on record, with 129 reported between January and mid-July — more than the number of troops killed in active combat during the same period.

Physicist’s Fool-Proof War Formula (Just Add Media Accounts)

The military has been trying for years to turn the chaos of war into a simple math problem. So far, those efforts have been trumped by a confluence of shaky variables: free will, tribal factions and chance being a few examples. But one physicist says he’s cracked the code. How’d he do it? He turned on the TV.

The Rumpus Interview with Robert Sullivan

Journalist Robert Sullivan often documents unlovely corners of the natural world: The Meadowlands(1998) turned a naturalist’s eye on a dispiriting region of northern New Jersey notable for its Mafia dumping grounds, while in Rats(2004) Sullivan gave Ratus norvegicus the Dian Fossey treatment.

The Goat That Got Away

A FEW Sundays ago, between 2:53 and 2:56 a.m., a young man was seen loitering outside Cabrito, a Mexican bar and restaurant on Carmine Street in Greenwich Village.

Revenge of the Nerds

The kingdom of the geeks, thriving in an old factory in Downtown Brooklyn.

Can Public Assistance Be More User Friendly?

The Human Resources Administration isn't interested in measures that officials and advocates are proposing.

Genetically Modified Hawaii

New varieties of genetically engineered crops thrive in the world's most isolated landmass.

Mixed Media: Efforts To Increase Access For All

City residents face changes to Internet availability, television reception, radio ratings and computer access -- some more welcome than others.

The Mysterious Life and Death of Queenie the Bull

A Queens woman's eye-witness account of something a little out of the ordinary on her morning commute: a bull running down Atlantic Avenue.

The Meat of the Matter

A conversation with Scott Gold, blogger and author of the meat lover's manifesto, The Shameless Carnivore.

Selling Tap Water

A New York City entrepreneur is selling water from his city's municipal pipes -- and he's counting on green consumers to buy it.

HIV Prevention, Treatment Hit by Local Funding Cuts

Numbers showing the city's AIDS epidemic rages on worse than thought arrived in tandem with state cuts for AIDS-fighting measures. In a climate with plenty of needs and ever fewer resources, this is the first in an ongoing series looking at reduced social services funding.

A Beer for the Ageing

The inner-circle of beer geeks is moving beyond anything on offer in stores to brews less easily acquired, and more rare. They’re learning, like the most dedicated oenophile, that patience is a virtue.

Fueling the future? The hunt for a sustainable biofuel.

The wind blowing through LaBelle, Florida was soft and warm. Large, billowy clouds hung above Mark Dalton's 10-acre field, dappling it with shadows.

Last Night a Beat Box Saved My Life: Pitch Perfect and the strange allure of a cappella

When I heard that GQ editor Mickey Rapkin was writing a book about college a cappella, I was thrilled.

In Far Rockaway, Pretty Beach Meets Housing Bust

The Rockaway Peninsula's tortured development history enters its latest chapter, with ill-fated spec buildings disintegrating next to successful new housing development, and a rezoning belatedly attempting to instill order.

Do People Only Use 10 Percent Of Their Brains?

The human brain is complex. Along with performing millions of mundane acts, it composes concertos, issues manifestos and comes up with elegant solutions to equations.

Views of the Race From Across the Atlantic

American voters are not the only ones taking a closer look at the field of contenders for the presidency.

Why Does China Care About Tibet?

Buddhist monks and other Tibetans began protesting in and around Lhasa on March 10, the anniversary of a major uprising against Chinese rule.

Consider the Kumquat

As a young girl growing up on a California vineyard, I passed the long summers outdoors, and when I wasn't catching lizards or squeezing grapes into fizzy water in order to make "wine spritzers", I was foraging.

Making Testing Accessible

Zachary Westcott knows that he should get tested for HIV. As a 27-year-old sex worker who serves both women and men, he is especially at risk. But the lines at clinics are long and the staff can be callous, so he tends to put it off.

Full Brownstone Nests

The kids are moving back home in Brooklyn—because they need to (and they want to!). But what about when they start families of their own? Or when the boyfriend wants to sleep over?

Ballet as a Reality Show

On a wintry Wednesday afternoon, thousands discovered that New York City Ballet principal dancer Maria Kowroski wears flared purple legwarmers.

History's Storyteller

Public historian Richard Rabinowitz prefers the storytelling of history to lecturing on its particulars.

A Passage to India

"The ethnic restaurant is one of the few places where the native and the immigrant interact substantively in our society."

The Girls' Guide to Hot Rabbis and Tattooed Chefs

What does the Modern Love column tell us about contemporary Judaism?

Musharraf’s Monster

In Pakistan, independent TV is young, powerful, and biting the hand that fed it

A New Rallying Cry

Why the concept of justice - not freedom, not democracy - is becoming a potent tool for political reform in the Muslim world

In a Hearing World, a Church’s Mettle Is Tested

“We’re waiting for the young people to come and take over.”

Can Benazir Bhutto save Pakistan's President Musharraf?

After eight years in exile, former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's return was greeted with twin bomb blasts late Thursday.

Being Juan Valdez

A "Colombian idol"-style search transformed a humble farmer into the 21st century version of TV's coffee icon. Meet the man behind the mule.

Ninja Playground

For all its seventh-generation beauty—and the game is gorgeous—Sigma plays like an arcade game, as if its life depends on killing our quarters.

Teachers: Be subversive

Jonathan Kozol, author of "Letters to a Young Teacher," talks with Salon about why No Child Left Behind squelches learning and about reading Rilke's sonnets to first graders.

Arctic Land Grabs Could Cause Eco-Disaster

After nations carve up the fast-melting region, will there be anything left?

Liberian Refugees: 17 Years in Limbo

Trapped between frightening civil war memories of their native country and an alien society in nearby Ghana, refugees linger for years in the Buduburam permanent settlement camp.

The Fundamentalist Moderate

Religious scholar Javed Ahmad Ghamidi has become a popular figure in Pakistan for his strict reading of the Koran -- which, he says, dictates against gender discrimination, terrorist jihad, and other favorites of modern Islamists

Fingers for Fighting

The Minor Leagues of Professional Video Gaming

In Pakistan, protesting goes a cappella

As things get tougher for their president, Pakistanis use a catchy pop tune to express their anger.

free 103point9: Ten Years of Transmission Arts

I’m standing in Williamsburg’s Black & White Gallery with a portable radio in my hands and a pair of headphones fit snugly in my ears.

Mosque attack adds to Musharraf woes

Pakistani security forces were readying for a final assault on the extremist Red Mosque Wednesday.

Will Cambodian food ever catch on in America?

Thai restaurants are a dime a dozen, but 30 years after Pol Pot, Khmer cuisine is still hard to find in the U.S. Why hasn't it become the next big thing?

Big Girls, Don't Cry

The fight for the right to be fat, queer, and proud.


Marlo Donald was kicked off Social Security for kicking someone almost 20 years ago. The bizarre tale of a "fugitive felon."

The Culture of Being

Transnational adoptees come of age and search for home.

Maybe Only God Can Make a Tree, but Only People Can Put a Price on It

"Trees are great for a variety of reasons, but how do you explain that to the Office of Management and Budget?"

Wat is the Wat

One thing Sambath Suen can’t abide is the cold. Until four years ago, Suen lived in Kandal, a Cambodian province that borders on Vietnam.

Liberia removing barriers to girls' education

Making schools safer is part of push to improve literacy.

Lord of the Skies

In war-torn Afghanistan, Zamarai Kamgar has built the only private airline.

Sunnis and Shiites, A Street Apart

Two mosques, two sects, face each other across Atlantic Avenue. Given global tensions, the natural questions arise.

Destination: Colombia

There's more than magical realism in the literature of this beautiful and still very dangerous country.

A Special Place to Plead One's Case: Third Mental Health Court Opens

Some criminal cases meet with 'problem-solving justice.'

Can You Hear What I Hear?

Walter Sear and his Sear Sound are the last of the analog champions.

Nothing Really Matters

Author Tom Lutz talks to Sabine Heinlein about 400 years of slacker culture.

Lips Inc.

Hip-hop disrespects them. Subway patrons love them. Beatboxers make some serious noise.

What's real in "Borat"?

Everything you wanted to know about the Kazakh road trip—what was staged, who was an actor, and who was just hapless comedy roadkill.

Arabian nights

In its fourth year, the Arab-American Comedy Festival will do anything but bomb.

OutKast's last hey ya

Has hip-hop's once unstoppable juggernaut finally chugged to a halt?

Big man on campus

Author Jeremy Iversen went undercover as a high school student. The experience taught him about text messaging and steroids -- and the failures of U.S. education policy.

Smoke and struggle: training a wildland firefighter

We watched fires burn across the canopies of forests and rumble like demons. “It’s Satan,” said our instructor, “Can you hear him?”

The Ghost Ships of Coney Island Creek

Burned and rotting hulks of abandoned vessels jut from the dirty beach into the silted, sluggish water of Coney Island Creek. No one is sure when the two dozen wrecks arrived at this little waterway at Bensonhurst's southern tip. No one even knows their names.

Toronto AIDS Conference Targets Bush

Activists and supporters sound off on President Bush’s plan to spend $15 billion to fight AIDS—known by the acronym PEPFAR—and its approach to preventing HIV infections worldwide.

Cool Jews

We've gone from badasses Lou Reed and James Caan to jackasses Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller. Where are the hip male Jews?

Book Helps Decode Supermarket Gobbledygook

Supermarkets are not evil giants, but they are caught up in the business of giving you what you want, and figuring out what makes you want something.

Leisure Scoop

One of my more significant childhood experiences took place at a leisurely Sunday barbecue, when an employee of my father’s asked his infant: “What does daddy do at Mr. Heinlein’s company?”

Protesters Focus on U.N. Gathering

AIDS activists press world body for tougher action during special session on epidemic

The Prom Without Boys

Muslim teenagers remake an American rite of passage

Freedom Undefined in Afghanistan

How the New York Times accidentally covers up the contradictions of Aghanistan with the euphemisms of "freedom."

First Prize: A Chance to Stay

They want to live in the United States, but a gallery competition for foreign-born artists may be asking too much.

Poetry in Felt and Slate

Eighty-three years and three generations make Blatt a New York institution. Sam Blatt immigrated from Russia in 1913, and though a cabinet maker by trade, he knew an opportunity when he saw one.

Seeking to Recapture the Glory of the Past. Or Maybe Not.

In Greenpoint, the pool at McCarren Park is surrounded by weeds and signs that read 'Danger.' In some eyes, that's the way it should stay.

Lip Gloss

Acid-eating Okies keep the reverb and bunny suits, can the chemistry

Migration: On the Wing With Monarchs

For 72 days Gutiérrez had accompanied the monarchs on their migration, from Montreal to Michoacán, logging 4,375 miles and drawing attention to the numerous threats they face as they travel across North America.

Moored in Legend, and the Talk of the Town

The oral history swirling around an anchor casts a light on the days when the neighborhood was the nexus of wealth and power in Brooklyn, then an independent city.

Greenpoint’s Empty Space

"In Poland they might have been functioning alcoholics; they had work and a support system. But here bad tendencies increase and the men find themselves on a different social level. In New York, they live like on the moon."

A Marriage, When the Spirit Moves Them

Rearing back like a raging snake, the woman hisses and writhes on the floor. Another divine match.

Only the Store Is Gone

While a sign is the only material evidence of the store's 76 years in Manhattan, Gimbels is living a new life in that peculiar New York lexicon of things that no longer exist.

Agencies Join Forces to Aid Older Tenants

In New York's expensive and competitive housing market, many landlords seeking higher rents have become more aggressive in trying to evict older tenants.

Blasts From the Past

The High Line, the West Side railroad that will soon be a park, has a 72-year history as intriguing as its future.


Did a struggling white writer of gay erotica become one of multicultural literature’s most celebrated memoirists—by passing himself off as Native American?

Onward Into the Audioscape

The Strokes upgrade their cute dishevelment but leave a few too many sexy hooks behind

Endless Summer

Unschooling is a radical branch of home-schooling where kids control what and when they learn -- free of teachers, schedules and tests. Unschoolers say it's intellectually empowering. Critics call it irresponsible.

Get Real

Illinois doesn’t directly fund sex ed in schools. But it does provide almost the entire budget of the Glenview-based Project Reality, whose abstinence-only curriculum, offered to schools for free, misleads kids about birth control and STDs.

Hearing Is Believing

Ivory-billed sightings leave field biologists wanting to hear more

Do today's kids have "nature-deficit disorder"?

A new book argues that children desperately need to be able to play in the woods -- and that our culture's sterile rejection of nature is harming them in body and soul.

The Bad Boy on the Bus: An Interview with Matt Taibbi

News: Assigned to cover the 2004 Democratic primary, Matt Taibbi found there was nothing to cover. So he fell back on his own resources. Oh, and drugs.

Gay Caballeros

Inside the secret world of Dallas' mayates

The Rainy Season in Guatemala

Guatemala 2000-02

Your SS Number Is Just a Click Away

Free Web sites offer up Social Security numbers, divorce agreements, mortgage papers and more to anyone seeking a peek.

The Making of an American

A Brooklyn pool hall reveals how to pose as a native son in 2005

Straight Story, Curved Universe

Why Michael Finkel is not Jayson Blair

What Does France Have Against Google?

A string of lawsuits and a fierce debate over its digital library project have turned Google into a symbol of cultural imperialism in France. Is it all mere coincidence, or does the land of "liberte, egalite, fraternite" have it in for the company whose mission is so decidedly global?

A Pipeline to Promise, or a Pipeline to Peril

The United States is betting the future of energy lies in the hard-to-reach Caspian Sea. With the $3.6 billion pipeline about to open it remains to be seen if the investment will show a return.

I Need You for U.S. Army

Stretched to the breaking point in Iraq, the U.S. Army desperately needs troops, but finding fresh meat has never been harder. Inside the military’s new recruitment machine.

The Cure for Cocaine

An experimental new vaccine will soon make that white powder as mind-altering as air

The Child Soldiers

Returning the youngest warriors to normalcy

The Secret Life of Your Social Security Number

Someone may have used your Social Security number to obtain credit -- with every intention of keeping up on the payments. Even weirder, you may never find out.

The Sins of the Father

Cantankerous, proud and devoted to helping immigrants, Father Justin Lucio's singleminded sense of duty led to overblown charges of "scandal"

Older Gays Still Hesitant About Coming Out

Many find it hard to forget threat of being stigmatized

Ivan Wilzig: The Peaceman Cometh

From banker to singer, messenger of peace, and aspiring purveyor of action figures


In new "Starsky & Hutch," one 70s star makes a comeback



Crying Wolf

What spurs people to stage crimes against themselves?

Dying Without Dignity

Three in four Czechs languish in institutions before dying, say health-care workers

Make New Friends

...but beware of fakesters

Who Wants to Be a Billionaire?

Billionaires for Bush kicks off a season of protest, pranks and party-going

The Watchers

Protesting at the GOP convention? Legal observers have your back

What God Gap?

Nuns & Baptists Die-In, Balloons Fall From Heaven