Idris Elba returns to his Emmy-nominated role in BBC America's Luther tonight. His history playing conflicted men who understand both sides of the law has brought him acclaim, but one particular rumor about an iconic role just keeps coming up — and he's doing nothing to make it go away.
A Harvard School of Public Health study of more than 50,000 nurses suggests the more caffeine they drank, the less likely they were to be diagnosed with depression. Researchers are calling for more study on why this might be.
Commentator Andrei Codrescu reflects on the disasters and disaster coverage of the summer. He observes that it was a tough season, and we don't know what lies ahead: Will it be a return to normal or a further time of trouble? He wants a new drug to sort it all out.
In 2009, Peter Van Buren joined a team working to rebuild Iraq's infrastructure and economy. For the next year, he encountered comically misguided projects, greedy contractors and oblivious bureaucrats. In his new book, We Meant Well, he recounts the ground-level waste and corruption he saw.
This week a high school in western Pennsylvania canceled its production of Kismet, citing sensitivity over the Sept. 11 attacks. The musical was adapted from the Arabian Nights; might it not be good for students to learn a lesson about controversy?
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