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Happy 50th birthday to Medicare.

As Medicare turns 50, Yale Professor Jennifer Klein explains how the social program changed America - and why it almost didn’t happen. Read More...

Some old-fashioned ballot casting.

The Internet was supposed to revolutionize democracy and make government more responsive.; so far, that hasn’t really happened. Author Micah Sifry tells us what went wrong, and what could still go right. Read More...

Analyzing our digital relationships.

What if you could learn about your relationship by examining big data? Statistician Emma Pierson did just that, by combing through all the emails she and her boyfriend had sent each other over the years. She found some… interesting data points. Read More...

The Disney crew gears up for big change.

Rides, costumed princesses… and wearable technology? Writer Austin Carr goes into the high-tech process of reinventing the happiest place on earth. Read More...

A fedora. Credit: davidd / Flickr Creative Commons

As any Mad Men fan knows, the once-trendy fedoras that men sported were hung up the second they entered the office. Author and entrepreneur Nir Eyal wants that habit to come back in style – this time, with our iPhones. Read More...

Science fiction Star Trek paintings. Credit: James Vaughan / Flickr Creative Commons

The gizmos we gawk at in Star Trek and Blade Runner still seem light-years away. But the rapid growth in computing power may have put us on a fast track. Science journalist Steven Kotler tells us why it’s time to start saving up for that flying car. Read More...

Television on the beach. Credit: xan lyons / Flickr Creative Commons

We’ve all heard the age old complaint: hundreds of shows, but nothing to watch. Author and Professor of Media Jason Mittell explains why that disgruntled channel-flipping is becoming a thing of the past — and how today's television just keeps getting better. Read More...

Yoda and Einstein...they look similar

As we look at the lasting influence of Albert Einstein, there’s one legacy that isn’t felt in our iPhone’s GPS or in the way we view intelligence. No, this one is felt in a galaxy far, far away. Read More...

A town hall meeting.

Already tired of the 2016 election? Well, you’re not alone. Social scientist Kate Krontiris tells us why Americans don’t really care about civic engagement, and how we can fix that. Read More...

An art museum

Picture yourself touching Rodin’s The Thinker with haptic gloves - which would allow you to feel the sculpture without actually laying a finger on it. That world may soon be a reality. Entrepreneur Brendan Ciecko and curation expert Elizabeth Merritt give us a peek into the future of museums: virtual reality, individualized guides, and no more boring audio tours. Read More...

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