tv » August 27

Outlander: Claire heals, hopes to return home


by Jennifer Ziegler

Outlander gets back on track in its third episode on Starz. Claire attracts attention, both good and ill, for her healing prowess.

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tv » August 24

Depth of characters drives strong third Korra season


by Kevin Hillman

Legend of Korra’s third season has ended, again proving that it is among the best shows airing today. The reason? Strong, diverse characters.

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tv » August 21

As Doctors cycle through, so do fans’ emotions


by Charissa Jelliff

Every fan of Doctor Who knows she must say goodbye to characters she has grown to love. Just because one character leaves doesn’t mean the story is over.

books | tv » August 19

Outlander deviates, predictably, to show us skin


by Jennifer Ziegler

The cross-century contrasts in behavior and dress are adapted well in Starz’s Outlander, but one big change to draw in viewers misses the mark.

history | tv » August 17

Korra draws parallels to real-world march to war


by Kevin Hillman

Legend of Korra’s social commentary made season one remarkable, and season two steps it up by exploring the reasons we fight wars.

culture | drink » August 15

Navigating tap handles: Selecting lager or ale


by Jared Washburn

Beer is divided into two camps based on how it is fermented: ale and lager. Most bar patrons don’t know the difference. But you’re not “most bar patrons,” are you?

movies | tv » August 14

Sometimes, celebrity deaths give rise to real-life mourning


by Charissa Jelliff

Expressions of grief from fans when celebrities die can seem over the top. But several recent Hollywood tragedies have triggered unexpectedly raw emotions.

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books | tv » August 13

Outlander adapts time travel, intrigue to small screen


by Jennifer Ziegler

Diana Gabaldon’s 1991 bestseller Outlander has finally been adapted to the small screen. The “romance” is secondary to the engaging plot and characters.

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history » August 11

Hating on Supreme Court has always been American hobby


by Kevin Hillman

The Hobby Lobby decision is just the most recent case of the Supreme Court’s tendency to anger many citizens. That history goes back to the beginning of the nation.

movies » August 7

Guardians: ‘Hooked on a Feeling’ Marvel can do it all


by Charissa Jelliff

Marvel Studios has turned obscure characters into beloved moneymakers in the past, but producing Guardians of the Galaxy was a huge risk. It’s time to stop doubting Marvel.

books | history » August 4

Round out summer with easy-reading presidential history


by Kevin Hillman

History books can be dense and difficult to read, but some historians excel at humanizing their subjects. Here are five bios of U.S. presidents, told by five great storytellers.

sports » August 3

New era begins, boring one ends in professional wrestling


by Kevin Hillman

Pro wrestling seems to move in 10-year cycles. An era defined by bland characters and beach bodies is ending. Will the new era be different, and who will lead?

drink » August 2

America’s hopsession: Pushing IBU to the limit


by Jared Washburn

The price of hops could skyrocket, sending shivers down the spines of craft-brew enthusiasts. If you’re not an I.P.A. fan, ease your way into the hoppy end of the pool.