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Has The World Learned The Wrong Lessons From The Ebola Outbreak?

By focusing on the end of the epidemic, writes infectious disease specialist Nahid Bhadelia, we miss the larger point.

Going Away Without 'Ghosting': A Better Way To Say 'I'm Not Into You'

The simple answer? Honesty. Commentator Sarah Hepola says that once she learned how to turn down dates with men she wasn't interested in, it became much easier to say yes to the ones she liked.

Everyone Uses Singular 'They,' Whether They Realize It Or Not

The singular, gender-neutral usage of "they" is now acceptable on college campuses, among the genderqueer and in the Washington Post. Linguist Geoff Nunberg traces the rise of the new "they."

Soccer, The Normal-Sized Player's Game

It's called "the beautiful game," but sports commentator Frank Deford says that's because of who plays soccer, not because of how it's played.

Goodbye Jobs, Hello 'Gigs': How One Word Sums Up A New Economic Reality

Once used by '50s hipsters to connote a no-strings-attached job, "gig" has been co-opted by venture capitalists hyping the new economic order. Linguist Geoff Nunberg reflects on the word's resurgence.

Rose Is Banned From Baseball, But What About Accused Steroid Users?

Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens should be interrogated by the baseball commissioner the same way Pete Rose has been, opines sports commentator Frank Deford.

NBA Dares To Speak Out On Gun Control Issues

With the NBA's new ad campaign against gun violence, commentator Frank Deford says a bunch of athletes may finally provide the first successful nudge toward stiffer firearm regulation.
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Roger Angell: "This Old Man: All In Pieces"

Roger Angell, senior fiction editor of and longtime contributor to The New Yorker, discusses his latest book, "This Old Man: All In Pieces," a collection that includes commentary, letters, jokes and his reflections life in the 10th decade.


Dear NBA: Why So Many Games?

Basketball players don't endure numerous concussions like some football players do, nor do they suffer the arm injuries common to baseball pitchers. But the grind on the hardwood can wear bodies down.

Which Burns More Kilowatt-Hours: America's Christmas Lights Or Tanzania?

As you might have guessed, the answer is not Tanzania. So the holiday season is a good time to reflect on ... electricity.