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The World’s Weird America: How Some of Our Most Popular Products Are Seen Overseas

Why David Hasselhoff and Baywatch hit it big in Germany, Mister Donut took off in Japan, and the ritual of Slurpee-filling is so different in Taiwan than in your local 7-Eleven.

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Is Women’s Underwear a Form of Cultural Capital?

A researcher offers some lofty theories about some pretty basic observations.

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Culture Creep: How and Why We Separate the Artist From the Art

Woody Allen married his stepdaughter, Coco Chanel slept with Nazis, and R. Kelly is a sexual predator, but our brains find a way to let us appreciate their art.

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Through a Data Set, Darkly

Is quantitative analysis the secret to understanding culture?

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Report Paints Grim Picture of Arts, Culture Economy

Production of cultural goods and services took a huge hit with the recession, and has been slow to rebound.

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What Does an American Look Like?

The majority of us—even those of us who oppose racism and embrace the idea that the U.S. is a nation of immigrants—hold the belief that America = white.

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Talking With Choire Sicha and Caleb Crain About Their New Books

Choire hopes people hate his book. Caleb just wants people to get his. Jane Hu spoke to the two of them—when they weren’t talking to each other.

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Why Are We So Obsessed With Sharks?

Shark Week is coming! You’re probably excited, and that’s kind of strange.

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Whither Cultural Critics?

With access to books, movies, and television more open than ever, and research showing that crowdsourcing leads to biases, cultural criticism needs to change.

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The Music Festival Bubble

When will it pop?

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Banning Chocolate Milk Was a Bad Choice

The costs of banning America's favorite kids drink from schools may outweigh the benefits, a new study suggests.

In Battle Against Climate Change, Cities Are Left All Alone

Cities must play a critical role in shifting the world to a fossil fuel-free future. So why won't anybody help them?

When a Romance Is Threatened, People Rebound With God

And when they feel God might reject them, they buddy up to their partner.

How Can We Protect Open Ocean That Does Not Yet Exist?

As global warming melts ice and ushers in a wave of commercial activity in the Arctic, scientists are thinking about how to protect environments of the future.

What Kind of Beat Makes You Want to Groove?

The science behind the rhythms that get you on the dance floor.

The Big One

One state—Pennsylvania—logs 52 percent of all sales, shipments, and receipts for the chocolate manufacturing industry. March/April 2014