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5 years in, HBO’s Last Week Tonight is a lot more than “just comedy”
When Last Week Tonight premiered on HBO in 2014, it was growing in the shadow of Jon Stewart’s hugely influential Daily Show, and not just because Last Week host John Oliver had come to fame as a “Senior British Correspondent” on Stewart’s show. (Oliver had even hosted The Daily Show in Stewart’s place for an…
Standup comedy’s debate over political correctness, explained by HBO’s Crashing
Every week, we pick a new episode of the week. It could be good. It could be bad. It will always be interesting. You can read the archives here. The episode of the week for February 10 through 16 is “MC, Middle, Headliner,” the fourth episode of the third season of HBO’s Crashing. In the…
The acting Pentagon chief has yet to say whether Trump’s border wall is militarily necessary
Acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan says he has yet to determine how much money the Pentagon should reallocate to finance President Donald Trump’s border wall — or whether it’s even necessary at all. Shanahan has the unenviable task of charting out how to turn Trump’s border wall promise into a reality, after the president…
Biologists are trying to make bird flu easier to spread. Can we not?
The bird flu is a deadly virus with the potential to spark a global pandemic. Now, thanks to the US government, two lab experiments trying to find ways to make it more dangerous will resume their work after years on hold. It’s a troubling development, and one that highlights the risks of something called “gain-of-function”…
An ex-cardinal has been defrocked for sex abuse. This has likely never happened before.
The Vatican has defrocked Theodore McCarrick, an ex-cardinal and the former archbishop of Washington, in the most significant punishment to date in the wide-scale sex-abuse scandal that has consumed the Roman Catholic Church. McCarrick, who was accused of abusing at least three minors and harassing adult seminarians, is the most senior-level church figure to be…