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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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How Junk Food Companies Manipulate Your Tongue

We mistakenly think that harder foods contain fewer calories, and those mistakes can affect our belt sizes.

What Steve Jobs’ Death Teaches Us About Public Health

Studies have shown that when public figures die from disease, the public takes notice. New research suggests this could be the key to reaching those who are most at risk.

Speed-Reading Apps Will Not Revolutionize Anything, Except Your Understanding

The one-word-at-a-time presentation eliminates the eye movements that help you comprehend what you're reading.

To Make Friends, Autistic Kids Need Advice—and Space

Kids with autism need help when it comes to making friends—but they also need their independence.

Gaming the Wedding Gift Registry System

Registering for your wedding? Keep your must-have items away from the average price of your registry—they’re unlikely to be purchased.

The Big One

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