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‘You People Are So Patient’

2014 felt like a long, cruel object lesson in disappointment. Should we really have expected better?

‘How Did This Happen, and How Did I Not See It Coming?’

Over 900 members of Jim Jones’s Peoples Temple died on November 1978. Here, in their own words, are some of the people who made it out alive.

For Kids, By Kids—But Not For Long

YouTube’s (mostly) teenage vloggers created a monumental mainstream youth culture free of adult supervision. Now they’re doing the unthinkable: growing up.

The Secret Art of Talking to Other Humans

Whether at a friend’s birthday party or stark naked in the Nicaraguan jungle, our first conversations with strangers require a complex dance of tentative reveals and elisions.

Cultural Currency: What Our Money Says About Us

Given the environmental compromises required for Canada’s evolution into an energy giant, it’s no great surprise that the government may want to downplay our bucolic past on our legal tender.

The Ghomeshi Paradox

By attempting to discredit his victims, Ghomeshi lost his own credibility. This time, the public listened to the survivors; will they continue to?

The Internet’s First Family

MetaFilter began in 1999 as a sort of humane proto-Reddit. Why did a site for sharing “best of the web” links become a place where strangers help each other in real life in extraordinary ways?

The Important Thing is That We’re Arguing

Humans will debate just about anything; whether their positions stand up to any sort of external scrutiny is often of secondary concern. Don’t believe us? Take a look at this diagram.

The Right to Die in Prison

Belgium’s decision to grant euthanasia to a prisoner who claims he’s beyond rehabilitation may seem like a win-win, but making choices in prison isn’t like making choices anywhere else.

The Things You Own Insult You

Attachment to objects may be juvenile, but we won’t let that stop us.