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Weekly Review — March 4, 2014, 8:00 am

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Crisis in Crimea, corruption in Turkey, and the inadequate diversity of Google Doodles

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Letter from Las Vegas — From the February 2014 issue

Bad Romance

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One genre and a billion happy endings

Weekly Review — January 28, 2014, 8:00 am

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Photographic evidence of war crimes in Syria, ominous Ukrainian texting, and a South Korean tower of jawbones

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Controversy — January 23, 2014, 2:47 pm

NYC vs. HEA

Romance writers, Jennifer Weiner, and the future of publishing

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Weekly Review — December 3, 2013, 8:00 am

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Walmart celebrates Black Friday with protests and police reports, Amazon experiments with drone delivery, and Republicans salute the end of racism 

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Weekly Review — October 15, 2013, 8:00 am

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“Little boys” negotiate the U.S. government shutdown and debt ceiling, Bashar al-Assad wants his Nobel Peace Prize, and the Vatican tells the world about Lesus

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Weekly Review — September 10, 2013, 8:00 am

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The Syria debate continues, the NSA breaks encryption routines, and a Windischeschenbach tubist complains about sex

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Weekly Review — July 23, 2013, 8:00 am

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Detroit files for bankruptcy, prison breaks outside Baghdad, and snail-mucus makeup in France

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Weekly Review — June 11, 2013, 8:00 am

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Big Barack is watching, Turkish winter is coming, and Sunday Swett is winning

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Weekly Review — April 30, 2013, 8:00 am

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A Bangladeshi building collapses, George W. Bush’s presidential library opens, and koala chlamydia ravages Australia

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Weekly Review — March 12, 2013, 8:00 am

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Chávez cancer conspiracy theories, drone droning, and coitus leo interruptus

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Weekly Review — January 29, 2013, 8:00 am

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Inauguration week politics, Aramaic vowel preservation, and Canadian foreskin awareness

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Conversation — December 12, 2012, 12:51 pm

A Conversation With Russell Banks

“[T]o be an artist . . . you really have to blast the launch pad to get liftoff, scorching everything and everyone around you, and you cause a lot of damage sometimes.”

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Readings — From the November 2012 issue

Guerrillas in the Mix

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