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Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Tech & Science

Repeat Caesareans Becoming Harder To Avoid

Women around the country are finding that more and more hospitals that once allowed vaginal birth after Caesarean are now banning it and insisting on repeat Caesareans.


Happy Divorce

Are the days of the nasty split over? For the sake of the kids, some exes spend holidays together and bring along their new partners. Pass the tolerance, please.

A Traffic Reporter With No Traffic

In a perfect world, Mr. Daniels would have his own drive-time radio program, playing pop music between livel banter with guests and callers. But in the rapdidly consolidating realm of American radio, there are fewer opportunities for on-air personalities, especially for disc jockeys with unmistakably Scottish accents.

Monday, November 29, 2004


You Can't Get Here From There

Balancing security risks against the political and economic benefits of admitting foreign students has always been a problem. It is now doubly difficult in a post-Sept. 11 world, but the recent enrollment declinde suggest we have not yet go the balance right.


The Bell Curve

What happens when patients find out how good their doctors really are?

Royal Flush

Why do restaurants see the need for luxe loos?

Tweens 'R' Us

According to a leading expert on branding, 80 percent of all global brands now deploy a "tween strategy." That is hardly surprising, given that the age group is estimated to be directly involved in spending $15 billion a year and to "heavily influence" more than $30 billion in other spending by parents.



Sunday, November 28, 2004


Good News About Poverty

Economists have been arguing furiously about whether inequality is increasing or decreasing. But it now seems likely that while inequality has gorwn within particular nations, it is shrinking among individuals worldwide. What explains all this good news? The short answer is this thing we call globalization.

Friday, November 26, 2004


The Great Indecency Hoax

To see how the hucksters of the right work their "moral values" scam, there could be no more illustrative example than the Nicollette Sheridan episode.

Tech & Science

Hi, I'm Your Car. Don't Let Me Distract You.

Automakers, their suppliers and cellphone manufacturers are pitching hands-free technology as a safe way to rein in the expanding clutter of gadgetry that can leave drivers grabbing for everything but the steering wheel. But how safe are these devices, really? According to early evidence, probably not as much as you think.

Thursday, November 25, 2004


When A TV Talking Head Becomes A Talking Body

A female news anchor's first-person account of a photo shoot of public nudity leads to a ratings triumph in Cleveland.

Wednesday, November 24, 2004


The Silencing Of Theo Van Gogh

The Dutch filmmaker believed that insulting people was his right as a free citizen. The Muslim fanatic who slaughtered him didn't agree.


Ta Ta Cha Cha

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Tech & Science

New Tools To Help Patients Reclaim Damaged Senses

Until recently sensory substitution was confined to the laboratory. But electronic miniaturization and more powerful computer algorithms are making the technology less cumbersome.


Old Faithful

Testing the limits of love.


The Joke

Monday, November 22, 2004

Tech & Science

Computers As Authors? Literary Luddites Unite!

With little fanfare and (so far) no appearances at Barnes & Noble, computers have started writing without us scribes.

Sunday, November 21, 2004


Who Lost Ohio?

Pro-Kerry "527" groups like America Coming Together revolutionized the political ground game in the swing states. But there were some things they just couldn't change. The final 24 hours of the presidential campaign, from inside ACT's Ohio operation.


The Beginning Of Something: I'll Show You My Lunch Box If You Show Me Yours

As a writing drill, Anne Larnott suggests jotting down the items you remember from your elementary school lunch box. This always made sense to me and may have led to my interest in exploring the simple yet telling textures of growing up.

Just Another Quick-Witted, Egg-Roll-Joke-Making, Insult-Hurling Chinese-American Rapper

Jin tries to find his place in the hip-hop nation.

Friday, November 19, 2004


Under The Cover Of Islam

What gives me the sense the ven modern Muslims can't be modern enough for Western Europe?

Tech & Science

Running Extra Mile Sets Humans Apart In Primates' World

Endurance running, unique to humans among primates and uncommon in all mammals other than dogs, horses and hyenas, apparently evolved at least two million years ago and probably let human ancestors hunt and scavenge over great distances.


How I Learned To Love Larry

She was the champion of the music industry. He was the voice of the people. It was a deathmatch made in heaven — but they found common ground.

Censorship — Yes, But Whose?

With society so fragmented and our values so relative, there can be no such consensus today. Unsatisfactorily, one is left to conclude that the only workable form of censorship is access to the off-switch.

Bono's New Casualty: 'Private Ryan'

Merely the threat that the F.C.C. might punish a TV station or a network is all that's needed to push them onto the slippery slope of self-censorship before anyone in Washington even bothers to act. This is McCarthyism, "moral values" style.

Thursday, November 18, 2004


There's Only One Stuffing: Ask Any Cook

Whether called stuffing or dressing, made with old crusts of corn bread or French-style pain au levain, moistened with Armagnac or applesauce, this unglamorous, gloriously flavored mixture is the true taste of Thanksgiving for many Americans.

How They Count The Enemy Dead

Why's it so hard? Let us count the ways.


Modernism 2

Wednesday, November 17, 2004


How Often Can They Discover Atlantis?

The lost city that's always being found.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004


Colin Powell's Redeeming Failures

There should be an honored place in history's pantheon for statesmen whose idea and instincts turned out to be right — even though they were ignored.

Tech & Science

Why Tom Hanks Is Less Than Human

While sensors can't capture how humans act, humans can give life to digital characters.


An Audience Finally Catches Up To 'The Amazing Race'

In the relatively short history of reality television there seems to have been on inescapable pattern: a show is either successful right out of the gate or it sputters and quickly dies. Slow starts are rarely allowed. That makes CBS's late-blooming "Amazing Race" a notable survivor.



Monday, November 15, 2004


The Pleasures Of Fiction

Human beings expand staggering amounts of time and resources on creating and experiencing art and entertainment — music, dancing, and static visual arts. Of all of the arts, however, it is the category of fictional story-telling that across the globe today is the most intense focus of what amounts to a virtual human addiction.

Something Borrowed

Should a charge of plagiarism ruin your life?


My Heart Is A Snake Farm

Anda's Game

Killing newbies who were trying to cheat the system seemed like a good way to make a buck. But in this simulated reality, who is scamming whom?

Sunday, November 14, 2004


What Is A Foreign Movie Now?

From Belgium to Taiwan, directors are capturing the drift, loneliness and moody perplexities of our time and fashioning a vibrant, new world cinema.

Why Isn't Maggie Cheung A Hollywood Star

It's somewhat mystifying that one of Asia's finest actresses is virtually unknown to Hollywood audiences, as if celebrity were the one export too fragile to make the 7,000-mile trip across the Pacific.

Let Them Eat Cake

They don't diet and they don't spend hours panting round the gym. So how can French women put away as much ice-cream, rich pastries and steak frites as they want and yet stay so slim?

Saturday, November 13, 2004


Building A One-Man Magazine, One Impossible Feat At A Time

Pull back the cover of Esopus and you will find only Tod Lippy, designer, editor, conjuurer. Just Tod Lippy, with his one d and his conceit that he can make the magazine he wants and that people will give him $10 for each one and that then he can make another one.

Granddaddy Of Piano Teachers Steps Out

Say the name Carl Czerny to most pianists, and you will probably see their fingers start to twitch from motor memory.

Thursday, November 11, 2004


On 'Moral Values,' It's Blue In A Landslide

There's only one problem with the storyline proclaiming that the country swung to the right on cultural issues in 2004. Like so many other narratives that immediately calcify into our 24/7 media's conventional wisdom, it is fiction.

Wednesday, November 10, 2004


Here Comes Ramen, The Slurp Heard Round The World

"Ramen?" you ask. "That plastic-wrapped block of dry noodles and powdered soup?" But freshly made ramen is another thing altogether.

How 'Lost' Careered Into Being A Hit Show

The speed with which ABC's Wednesday night breakout hit drama "Lost" went from a network executive's half-baked suggestion to one of the most elaborate and expensive pilots ever filmed was brain blurring.


Tuesday, November 9, 2004


Cruel And Unusual

The end of the Eigth Amendment.

Out Of Beijing

The Bush administration is getting more blame for Darfur than it deserves — and Beijing is not getting enough.

Tech & Science

Miniature People Add Extra Pieces To Evolutionary Puzzle

The Floresians, whoese existence was reported late last month, have shaken up existing views of the human past for three reasons: they are so recent, so small and apparently so smart.


To A Cheetah In The Moscow Zoo

Monday, November 8, 2004


Pavlov's Brother

Before Dr. Ivan Pavlov won worldwide fame for his experiment proving that dogs could be made to salivate at the ringing of a bell, he performed a nearly identical experiment on his younger brother, Nikolai.


Triumph Of The Southside Ladyjacks

Sunday, November 7, 2004


Spend $150 Billion Per Year To Cure World Poverty

So the economist Jeffrey Sachs is telling the developed world. But can money really change everything?


My Hands Are Tied

As an immigration lawyer in the wake of 9/11, I find people's fate are too often sealed by the time I meet them.

Saturday, November 6, 2004


Web Of Influence

Every day, millions of online diarists, or "bloggers," share their opinions with a global audience. Drawing upon the content of the international media and the World Wide Web, they weave together an elaborate network with agenda-setting power on issues ranging from human rights in China to the U.S. occupation of Iraq. What began as a hobby is evolving into a new medium that is changing the landscape for journalists and policymakers alike.

Friday, November 5, 2004


Too Much Buzz On The Blogs

Plenty of them blew it by racing with faulty exit-poll data showing a big Bush loss. Still, they're here to stay, and that's good.

Tech & Science

Music And The Brain

What is the secret of music's strange power? Seeking an answer, scientists are piecing together a picture of what happens in the brains of listeners and musicians.


So You Want To Move To Canada?

All you need to know about becoming a legal resident. Tip No. 1: Brush up on the prairie provinces.

Thursday, November 4, 2004


Are We Headed For An Opposition Press?

Journalists who have been paying attention know that something big in their world changed in 2004. But will they go through the kind of agonizing re-appraisal the Democrats will soon be undertaking? Or will they let that old weary operating system grind on?


News That's Not Fake Enough

At "The Daily Show" election party, the comedy that helped us through the last four years can't quite mask the sadness.

Wednesday, November 3, 2004


The Revolution

Tuesday, November 2, 2004


Breakup Stories

Monday, November 1, 2004


Vote Or Lie

Americans love to vote — for pop singers, soft drinks, or World Series predictions.

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