Weekend Reading

In this edition, long overdue reads, a book to help you brave Mt. Rainier, a Man Booker finalist, and more...

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A Happy Little Piece About Bob Ross and The Joy of Painting

A look back at the strangely soothing landscapes of Bob Ross and their unlikely geographies, uncommon colors, and "happy little trees."

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When Doing Your Job Means Risking Your Life

These three women put everything on the line to report from abroad.

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Matt Bellassai: 10 Books That Make Me Laugh Every Single Time

Social media sensation and host of the hit web series "Whine About It" tells us what tickles his funny bone...

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Weekend Reading

In this edition, something for Star Wars and superhero fans, a modern-day retelling of King Lear, a chilling exposé from a storied whistle-blower, and more...

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Family Portraits - from Beyond the Grave!

Images from The Apparitionists, Peter Manseau's weird tale of "spirit photographer" William Mumler, his ghostly images, and those who dearly wanted to believe him.

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A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived

Adam Rutherford on Surprises in Our Genetic Past (Like: Interbreeding!)

Adam Rutherford on how we know that we're all far more closely related than you'd ever imagine.

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Weekend Reading

In this edition, Robert Langdon is smitten with Spain, the mysteries of the modern human, Eleanor and her side-Hick, and more...

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Announcing the National Book Award Finalists

Today the National Book Foundation announced its shortlists for the National Book Awards in Fiction, Nonfiction, Young People's Literature, and Poetry. First given in 1950, previous winners of the National Book Award include Flannery O'Connor, William Faulkner, Ralph Ellison, Alice Walker, Annie Proulx, and Charles Johnson. The winners will be...

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Space Age Love Song

Get a extraterrestrial's look at Planet Earth with spectacular images from View From Above: An Astronaut Photographs the World.

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