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Jonathan Franzen’s graph of the year

"A large new peer-reviewed study published in 2013 estimates the number of North American birds killed by cats at well over one billion per year."

  • Wonkborg
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  • Dec 26, 2013
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9 questions you were too embarrassed to ask about ‘Duck Dynasty’

The A&E show's in the headlines after racist and homophobic comments by star Phil Robertson got him suspended. Here's what you need to know.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Dec 20, 2013
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What ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ got wrong about the AIDS crisis

The Oscar season drama risks giving viewers a misleading impression of the early history of the AIDS epidemic.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Dec 10, 2013
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The O.C.: The only show you need to understand the economy of the 2000s

Don't miss our appreciative look back at the greatest economic analysis of the 2000s.

  • Jim Tankersley, Dylan Matthews and Mike Konczal
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  • Aug 11, 2013
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How the economy killed the rom-com

The reasons for the current dearth of frothy, funny, sigh-inducing entertainment are what an economist might call over-determined.

‘Arrested Development’ was a Communist utopia, and season four ruined it.

Jacobin's Peter Queck and Bhaskar Sunkara explain why ensemble comedies, at their best, are communist utopias — and that's why Arrested Develops's fourth season fell short.

  • Peter Queck and Bhaskar Sunkara
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  • May 28, 2013
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