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Back in the loop: why cassette tapes became fashionable again


What Makes a Greeting Card Black?

For more than two decades, Hallmark has directly addressed black customers with its Mahogany collection, whose cards speak to a shared history.

Abacus Tournaments

The abacus is still taught in Japanese schools, although not as intensively as it once was. But the centuries-old tool is still popular, and national tournaments attract elite competitors.

Win a Game Show, Pay Off Your Student Debt

Television so dystopian that even its host says, “It’s a show that shouldn’t exist.”

Norway Ski Team’s Sweater Gets Tangled in a Neo-Nazi Uproar

A design for official knitwear to be worn by the country’s competitors this season bears a rune that white supremacists have tried to co-opt.

As Low-Power Local Radio Rises, Tiny Voices Become a Collective Shout

A diverse new wave of stations, united by the word “alternative” and broadcasting from basements or attics, has arrived in urban America.

‘Collectibles versus commodities’: As Target halts sales of trading cards, collectors reckon with fast-changing hobby

‘The Simpsons’ and ‘Big Mouth’ are recasting nonwhite roles. But it’s about more than finding the right voices.

“Big Mouth” star Jenny Slate was the first white actor to publicly announce she would no longer voice a mixed-race character, followed shortly by Kristen Bell of “Central Park.” Mike Henry soon after tweeted that he would stop voicing Cleveland, a black character who has long existed in the “Family Guy” universe. Months after Hank Azaria stepped down from voicing Indian store clerk Apu Nahasapeemapetilon on “The Simpsons,” producers said white actors would refrain from voicing nonwhite characters across the board.

No Cell Signal, No Wi-Fi, No Problem. Growing Up Inside America’s ‘Quiet Zone’

Green Bank, W.Va., is home to a telescope so large that it requires near radio silence to operate, a technological restriction that has created a unique kind of modern childhood.

More states are trying to protect black employees who want to wear natural hairstyles at work

New JerseyTennesseeMichigan, Wisconsin, Illinois and other states have proposed legislation to explicitly ban race-based hair discrimination — tackling a remaining loophole in the law governing discrimination in workplaces, schools and other public places. California and New York were the first to sign legislation into law in July, and New York City issued guidelines on the issue earlier this year.

Podcast: Good Christian Fun

is a comedy podcast delving into the strange upside-down world of Christian pop culture. Hosts Kevin T. Porter and Caroline Ely are your tour guides through the weird and hilarious world of faith-based entertainment.

Bold Women. Scandalized Viewers. It’s ‘Sex and the City,’ Senegal Style.

A hit TV show that unapologetically portrays female sexuality has thrilled many Senegalese. Except those who want it taken off the air.