Supplemental Listening — September 30, 2016, 11:53 am

In the Wilderness

Robert Gumpert discusses “Division Street,” his photo essay on homelessness in San Francisco, which was published in the October issue of Harper’s Magazine

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Postcard — September 29, 2016, 1:48 pm

Museveni’s Democracy

Notes from Uganda’s disputed presidential election

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Art, Sketch — September 28, 2016, 8:00 am

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Illustrations of Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, as it appeared between 1928 and today.

Weekly Review — September 27, 2016, 3:22 pm

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The president of a Crime Stoppers chapter in Canada was fired for allegedly participating in the cultivation of cannabis, police in Mexico found a van outfitted with a ten-foot-long air cannon used to fire 60-pound bales of marijuana over the U.S. border, and an employee of the Royal Canadian Mint was suspected of having smuggled out an estimated $179,015 in “cookie-sized nuggets” of gold by coating them in Vaseline and hiding them in his rectum. Read more…

Art, Monday Gallery — September 26, 2016, 8:00 am

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“Discarded #50,” a photograph by Anthony Hernandez, whose work is currently on view at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Artwork courtesy the artist

Context — September 23, 2016, 1:49 pm

Beyond the Broken Window

Donald Trump advocates for stop-and-frisk; Petra Bartosiewicz considers the history of William Bratton’s policing policies

Postcard — September 23, 2016, 12:00 pm

The Transhistorical Moment

A museum’s misguided attempt to rescue the past

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Conversation — September 20, 2016, 1:59 pm

Murky Waters

Harper’s Magazine writer David Gargill on General Electric’s failed Hudson River cleanup

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Weekly Review — September 20, 2016, 12:34 pm

Weekly Review

In Minnesota, an Islamic State militant dressed as a private security guard stabbed nine people at a shopping mall, before being shot and killed in a Macy’s by an off-duty police officer. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump conceded that U.S. president Barack Obama was born in America, Jane Goodall compared Trump’s behavior to that of male chimpanzees performing dominance rituals, a dead Republican won his primary race for a seat in the New York State Assembly, and a deceased Siamese cat was sent a California voter-registration application in the mail. Read more…

Art, Monday Gallery — September 19, 2016, 12:39 pm

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“Untitled (Prologue II),” a photograph by Dawit L. Petros, whose work will be on view as part of the exhibition Recent Histories: New Photography from Africa, opening on Thursday, September 22, at the Walther Collection, in New York City. Artwork courtesy the artist and Tiwani Contemporary, London

Editor's Note — September 15, 2016, 6:21 pm

Inside the October Issue

Robert Sullivan on the cult of Hamilton, Walter Kirn on the Republican National Convention, Rachel Nolan on El Salvador’s anti-abortion machinery, a story by Joyce Carol Oates, and more

Art, Sketch — September 14, 2016, 8:00 am

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From How to Be Perfect: An Illustrated Guide, with words by Ron Padgett and illustrations by Jason Novak. The book was published this month by Coffee House Press. Padgett’s 2011 book, How Long, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in poetry. Jason Novak’s illustrations have appeared in the New Yorker, the Paris Review, and on this website.

Weekly Review — September 13, 2016, 4:37 pm

Weekly Review

A tractor-trailer crashed on I-95 in Delaware, spilling 8 million blank pennies; a tractor-trailer caught fire on I-68 in Maryland, burning bacon and ribs; and a new ATM in Ohio was dispensing pizzas rather than money. New York mayor Bill de Blasio announced that 50,000 oysters were being distributed on beds made of porcelain from recycled toilets. “This oyster bed,” said the mayor, “will serve multiple purposes.” Read more…

Art, Monday Gallery — September 12, 2016, 11:56 am

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Under Heaven — 2801JO051, an oil painting by Xu Zhen (with detail), currently on view at James Cohan Gallery in New York City. Artwork courtesy the artist and James Cohan Gallery

Context — September 9, 2016, 3:34 pm

The General Electric Superfraud

Why the Hudson River will never run clean


Postcard — September 8, 2016, 4:02 pm

Vote, Sing, Breathe

The art of protest

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Weekly Review — September 7, 2016, 11:33 am

Weekly Review

North Korea fired three ballistic missiles toward the Sea of Japan. JetBlue put an unaccompanied five-year-old boy on the wrong plane, sending him to Boston instead of New York; the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying a satellite leased by Facebook exploded on the launchpad in Cape Canaveral; and police in Florida arrested a man who posted his own “Wanted of the Week” mugshot on Facebook.A two-year-old girl was cited for littering by the Washington, D.C., Department of Public Works, a public library in Alabama announced plans to enforce jail sentences for overdue books, and convicted rapist Brock Turner was released from prison after serving three months of his six-month sentence. Read more…

Art, Monday Gallery — September 5, 2016, 8:00 am

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A secretary bird, 1870, and a Guianan cock of the rock, 1862–64, reproduced in Remarkable Birds, which was published this month by Thames & Hudson. Artwork © The British Library Board

Postcard — September 1, 2016, 4:16 pm

At the Salton Sea

Road-tripping to the end of the world

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Excerpt — August 31, 2016, 12:35 pm

The Rainmaker’s Flood

The quest to control the weather

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Flor Arely Sánchez had been in bed with a fever and pains throughout her body for three days when a July thunderstorm broke over the mountainside. She got nervous when bolts of light flashed in the sky. Lightning strikes the San Julián region of western El Salvador several times a year, and her neighbors fear storms more than they fear the march of diseases — first dengue, then chikungunya, now Zika. Flor worried about a lot of things, since she was pregnant.

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