‘They want the story so much that they don’t pay attention’

For 25 years, Captain Janks has been prank calling news outlets — and they keep falling for it.


The month’s best music: Rae Sremmurd, Maddie and Tae, Beverly, and more

A ranked selection of notable new recordings we heard in July.


WASHINGTON, DC -- JUNE 17: Jim and Doreen prepare to return to the live broadcast after a commercial break. Doreen Gentzler and Jim Vance have been at NBC4.They've been continuously anchoring the 6 pm and 11 pm broadcasts since 1989.…. (photo by Andre Chung for The Washington Post) FOR MAGAZINE

Washington’s anchors

Jim Vance and Doreen Gentzler have co-anchored for 25 years. They’re still leading the pack.


WASHINGTON, DC- JUNE 12: Luca Trabocchi, 10,preparing macaroons at the Fiola  restaurant. He is photographed in Washington, D.C. on June 12, 2014.  (Photo by Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

Submit your cooking class for our annual list

We’re taking submissions now through Aug. 25.


The Ragnar Relay Series’s Washington race starts at western Maryland’s Rocky Gap State Park, above, and ends at National Harbor.

What is 200 miles long and has 36 legs?

The long-distance relay: It can be an awesome monster, but participants say it inspires teamwork.

Weddings & Romance

Michael and Liza at Woodward table June 22. 2014

A date that ends with a proposal, sort of

He might not be the right guy for her, but she gives the thumbs up for others to date him.


Sloane Stephens of the U.S. returns the ball during the fourth round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Romania's Simona Halep at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Monday, June 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Why are women’s sports not as popular as men’s?

Men’s event usually involve more time on TV and bigger prizes. Perhaps it’s time for a change.


Carolyn Hax: Mom can help mom be happy again, too

One sibling says four others aren’t doing enough. But maybe everyone is helping in their own way.

Reliable Source

Russell Brand isn’t scared to talk about real topics and take on the media.

Why can’t more American celebrities be like Russel Brand?


SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 24: My father, George Kim, stands in front of Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul, South Korea, April 24, 2014. (Theodore Kim/The Washington Post)

A son’s first visit to Korea, his parents’ homeland

Visiting Mom and Dad in their native South Korea, the writer discovers that Dad is actually quite the guide.

Travel coverage

Home & Garden

Purslane from Bigstock.

A weed that’s hard to beat (in the frying pan)

Purslane is not only tasty to eat but also highly nutritious. Try it in salads and sautes.


Spanx stretches into new territory with jeans, but the promised magic is elusive

The company that made its founder a billionaire tries to branch out.


Parenting by Seinfeld and other advice

Think you’re alone in your parent/kid battles? Think again. And read this sage advice.