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The Conscience of Television
The Conscience of Television

What Lucille Ball has to do with the dot-com bubble, or why 2001 was the beginning of the end for TV comedy.

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I Like Cats: A Picture-Book Showcase of Indian Folk Art
I Like Cats: A Picture-Book Showcase of Indian Folk Art

Bad cats, sad cats, sunny cats, slow cats, hurried cats, cats with scowls and cats with jowls.

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Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”: A Neuropsychology Reading
Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”: A Neuropsychology Reading

Unpacking the lyrics of the iconic happiness anthem to find surprising science-tested insights on well-being.

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The Swerve: How the World Became Modern
The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

From Shakespeare to Einstein via Lucretius, or how a long-lost Roman poem gave rise to the Renaissance.

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What Makes Hitchcock’s Films Great: An Animated Recipe
What Makes Hitchcock’s Films Great: An Animated Recipe

A scoop of suspense, a sprinkle of dry wit, a pinch of love, half a MacGuffin, and one whole cameo.

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Missed Connections Illustrated: Visual Paeans to Modern Love
Missed Connections Illustrated: Visual Paeans to Modern Love

Reverse-engineering serendipity, or what ice skating collisions have to do with fish market romance.

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