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Are You As Embarrassed By Your Spotify Wrapped Playlist As I Am By Mine?

Are You As Embarrassed By Your Spotify Wrapped Playlist As I Am By Mine?

Today is an annoying day on my social media feeds, which are mostly comprised of my peers sharing their Spotify Wrapped data to assert publicly that they listen to obscure music under the thinly-veiled guise of partaking in a cute year-end reflection. But what about those among us who feel knocked down a few pegs…
9 questions about the Hong Kong protests you were too embarrassed to ask

9 questions about the Hong Kong protests you were too embarrassed to ask

Protesters filled Hong Kong International Airport in August. Many wore black, the unofficial uniform of these demonstrations. They carried signs and decorated the walls and floors with messages explaining why they were rallying, disrupting the transit hub. Some taped bandages to their eyes, dripping with red ink to represent the injury to a female volunteer…
12 questions about Brexit you were too embarrassed to ask

12 questions about Brexit you were too embarrassed to ask

The United Kingdom’s divorce with the European Union — better known as Brexit — has become a drawn-out, contentious affair without an obvious resolution. The UK is deeply and bitterly divided on how it should exit the EU, and what its future relationship with the bloc should look like. And in many ways, the split…
9 questions about Turkey, Syria, and the Kurds you were too embarrassed to ask

9 questions about Turkey, Syria, and the Kurds you were too embarrassed to ask

The airstrikes started at 4 pm local time last Wednesday in northeastern Syria, across the border from Turkey. Black smoke plumed into the air over towns like Ras al-Ayn and Tal Abyad. Below, tens of thousands of people fled. Turkey had launched a ground offensive before the end of the day. This is how Turkey’s…
11 questions about Brexit you were too embarrassed to ask

11 questions about Brexit you were too embarrassed to ask

The United Kingdom’s divorce with the European Union — better known as Brexit — has become a drawn-out, contentious affair without an obvious resolution. The UK is deeply and bitterly divided on how it should exit the EU, and what its future relationship with the bloc should look like. And in many ways, the split…
5 questions about labor strikes that you were too embarrassed to ask

5 questions about labor strikes that you were too embarrassed to ask

Nearly 1,000 Amazon employees are walking out of work. More than 45,000 GM auto workers are on strike for the fifth day in a row. In October, about 80,000 Kaiser Permanente employees are set to go on strike. The wave of labor unrest has become a defining feature of the economy since the 2008 Great…
Why are the cats sexy? And other Cats questions you were too embarrassed to ask.

Why are the cats sexy? And other Cats questions you were too embarrassed to...

If you’re not familiar with the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats — or even if you are — then you probably have many, many questions after glimpsing December’s film adaptation, whose trailer pounced upon an unsuspecting and baffled nation this week. Sporting a surprising, A-list cast including Taylor Swift, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Jennifer Hudson,…
9 questions about the Mueller report you were too embarrassed to ask

9 questions about the Mueller report you were too embarrassed to ask

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the Trump-Russia investigation will come out on Thursday, with redactions by the US Department of Justice and Attorney General Bill Barr. But what in the world will it look like — and what will it say? The most consequential topic is what Mueller has found out about President Donald…
9 questions about climate change you were too embarrassed to ask

9 questions about climate change you were too embarrassed to ask

This explainer was updated by Umair Irfan in December 2018 and draws heavily from a card stack written by Brad Plumer in 2015. Brian Resnick contributed the section on the Paris climate accord in 2017. There’s a vast and growing gap between the urgency to fight climate change and the policies needed to combat it.…
Why You Feel So Awkward When Someone Else Is Embarrassed

Why You Feel So Awkward When Someone Else Is Embarrassed

"I think it comes from people relating to whatever the other person is going through, taking it on for themselves, and feeling embarrassed for them," she says. "It's very human and it's an empathetic and sympathetic reaction. I think people who are more empathetic feel this more often, people who are able to step into…

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