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Use the Bechdel Test to Break Out of Your Netflix Rut Use the Bechdel Test to Break Out of Your Netflix Rut

The almighty recommendation algorithm works in mysterious ways, and not always for the best. If your Netflix homepage has become an echo chamber, a little change in perspective could help you find your new favorite movie.

The Essential Mac Apps for 2018

There are a bunch of great apps you can install on your Mac—no question there. Separating amazing apps from must-have apps is the hard part, and we don’t want you to spend hours analyzing the Mac App Store (or scouring the web) to find the very best and most useful apps. We’ve made a list of champions across four…

I'm Heather Dietrick, CEO of the Daily Beast, and This Is How I Work I'm Heather Dietrick, CEO of the Daily Beast, and This Is How I Work

Heather Dietrick used to run this place. Dietrick was the beloved president of Lifehacker’s parent company, Gizmodo Media Group, before leaving in 2017 to join the Daily Beast as CEO. In How I Work’s tradition of interviewing our past and present colleagues, we talked to her about building a career in law and…

How to Roast Someone Like a Pro  How to Roast Someone Like a Pro 

Unless you were hiking the Appalachian Trail this weekend, you probably know that Michelle Wolf delivered the standard “roast” at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday night and delivered some choice lines skewering the Trump administration and the media. From the reaction, you’d be forgiven for thinking…

How to Spot Bullshit Polls in the News How to Spot Bullshit Polls in the News

When you’re reading the news, it can feel reassuring when the journalist backs up their claim with survey results. But not all surveys are equally trustworthy. Thankfully there are a few telltale signs of untrustworthy polls—as well as polls you can kind of trust. Yeah, it’s a spectrum.

Stop Yelling at Sinclair's Anchors Stop Yelling at Sinclair's Anchors

The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing you to scream at his employees. Sinclair Broadcast Group recently forced news anchors at its 173 local TV stations to recite a script full of Trump-friendly talking points about fake news and a biased media. The story blew up last week when Deadspin (one of…

The Worst News in 2018 Probably Won't Be Trump's Tweets The Worst News in 2018 Probably Won't Be Trump's Tweets

New year, new set of bizarro tweets from the president: this time, he and Kim Jong-un are boasting about the relative size of their nuclear buttons in a pissing match so over the top it feels almost scripted. And yet, according to Ian Bremmer, Twitter brinkmanship doesn’t even crack the top ten of things we should be…

How to Teach Your Kids to Spot Fake News How to Teach Your Kids to Spot Fake News

How to teach kids to spot fake news? First: Teach everyone to spot fake news. When I was a child, my parents had access to only a few news sources: our local paper, the big-city dailies (for us, the Washington Post and the New York Times) and the nightly news. Kids today have ... the entire internet, with every…

I'm USA Today Network President Maribel Wadsworth, and This Is How I Work I'm USA Today Network President Maribel Wadsworth, and This Is How I Work

Twenty-two years ago, Maribel Perez Wadsworth started at the Gannett-owned Rockford Register Star, covering Illinois agriculture. Now, as president of Gannett’s USA Today Network and Associate Publisher of USA Today, she oversees a long roster of local and national papers. Along the way, she’s worked as Gannett’s…

What Not to Say to a Journalist What Not to Say to a Journalist

Now that everyone has a blog and two podcasts, you don’t have to be a rarified expert to field questions from a journalist, or to appear as a guest on a show. Talking to the media can be exciting but terrifying. What if they misquote you? What if they secretly want to do a hit piece on you? What if you’re so boring…

Why You Don't Have to Be Afraid of Serial Killers Why You Don't Have to Be Afraid of Serial Killers

There’s no greater boogeyman in our modern society than the serial killer. They’re ruthless killers, they’re everywhere, and they’re after you—right? Not really. Serial killers are very real, and very dangerous, but the chances of you encountering one are next to nothing.

The Bechdel Test, and Other Media Representation Tests, Explained The Bechdel Test, and Other Media Representation Tests, Explained

In the latest episode of Rick & Morty alternative The Simpsons, guest star Alison Bechdel describes her famous Bechdel test for films: Do two female characters have at least one conversation that’s not about a man? Marge immediately brings up Homer, provoking Bechdel’s FAIL animation, shown here in handy exploitable…

How to Deal With Your Apocalyptic Anxiety How to Deal With Your Apocalyptic Anxiety

With a heated global political climate and the threat of nuclear war seeming to loom over our heads, it’s hard not to be stressed right now. But you don’t have to sit there and stare at your news feed in agony.

How to Be Interviewed In the Media

If you’re opinionated on the Internet for long enough, someday, somebody will want to interview you. This guide from Postlight tells you exactly what to expect and what to do if you get the opportunity. (It covers print, online, radio, podcasts, and TV.)

The Best Video Player for iPhone The Best Video Player for iPhone

A long time ago, Apple made it difficult for third-party developers to make a good media player for the iPhone. Thankfully, over the years they’ve loosened their restrictions, and now you can get a really solid video player with PlayerXtreme.

How Likely We Are to Get Hit by a Giant Asteroid, the Evolution of Recorded Music, and Logo Change Rage

This week we’re talking about logo changes—and if anyone ever actually likes them, how likely we are to get hit by a giant asteroid, the evolution of recorded music from wax cylinders to MP3s, and 25 years of PowerBooks, iBooks, and MacBooks. 

What Happens to Record-Breaking Food After It Wins, Color Photos from the 1900s, and a Three-Minute Trip Around the Universe

This week we’re checking out what happens to the world’s biggest burger, pizza, or other record-setting food after it sets those records, taking a quick trip around the universe, checking out some of the earliest color photos of life around the world, and staying productive in terrible times.

How Hackers Really Steal Passwords, How Close You Live to a Nuclear Bomb, and the Zero Waste Challenge

This week we’re checking out what it takes to produce zero waste for 30 days, learning how criminals actually steal passwords, looking at where nuclear weapons live around the globe, and tlaking about jobs with the best perks.

10 Beautiful Sunsets, the Loneliest Places on Earth, and How the Internet Crosses Oceans

This week we’re checking out 10 beautiful sunsets you should absolutely travel to see, talking about how the internet manages to span entire oceans and keep you connected, looking at how far you can get away from any other human being, and more.

The Truth About that McDonald's Hot Coffee Lawsuit, Overpopulation Explained, and the Original Moonwalkers

In this first Brain Buffet of the new year, we’re busting myths and inspiring you to do your best. First, the truth about that infamous McDonald’s hot coffee lawsuit, and some facts about human overpopulation. Then watch some serious focus at work, see an artist at craft, and more.

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