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How violence, exploitation, and religion have ruled Latin America’s history—and might portend its future
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What happens to all the stuff we downsize, declutter, and discard?
Carmen Maria Machado on her meta-memoir of a harrowing relationship
How people experienced their bodies in the Middle Ages
Once upon a time, a woman adopted a 676-pound bale of wool and got an inside look at a disappearing industry
For Halloween, a special guest interview with Ruth Franklin
Mike Isaac on how Uber went so wrong
How a radical conservation effort is transforming a former farm into a verdant, biodiverse landscape—and challenging our ideas about what conservation looks like
Bringing self-help back to its ancient Greek roots