Climate news is relentlessly, objectively grim. Should we ever allow ourselves to feel optimism?

Terry Tempest Williams, Naomi Shihab Nye and other writers and activists on where they find hope.

D.C.’s rising libertarian star, with her ‘healthy skepticism of state power,’ secures an influential podcast

Jane Coaston wants listeners to grapple with different views.
  • 2 days ago

To see or not to see? Experiencing Shakespeare during the pandemic offers its own rewards.

The artistic director of D.C.’s Shakespeare Theatre Company says this past year has allowed new ways to understand the Bard.
  • 1 day ago

Date Lab: ‘What an honor to be a part of this date with her’

These two indulged in a bit of fantasizing about their potential future together.
  • 6 days ago
  • Perspective

Gene Weingarten: Oh, is it your birthday? I don’t care.

I feel utter disdain for people who consider their birthdays sacrosanct, worthy of applause.

Why are so many Christians in Colombia converting to Orthodox Judaism?

One photographer set out to document their growing community.
  • 9 hours ago
  • Review

L’Auberge Chez Francois is ready for its close-up, yet again

The 45-year-old dining destination in Great Falls succeeds thanks to delicious consistency.
  • Spring Home & Design
  • Perspective

A century ago, landscape design was a man’s world. But these women created a garden for the ages.

The sanctuary that owner Mildred Bliss commissioned Beatrix Jones Farrand to design at Washington's Dumbarton Oaks endures as one of America’s great gardens.

Southern Poverty Law Center President: ‘We have to get back to a place where we all can agree on how to find truth’

Margaret Huang discusses how to counter hate — and the toll of disinformation.
  • Apr 6

Faced with a pandemic, these families found silence, storage and solace — in a shed

Many have turned to online plans to carve out room for school, work and hanging out.
  • Apr 5

This flower power couple curates more than 300 acres of Washington’s downtown

First they fell in love with horticulture. Then they fell in love with each other.
  • Apr 5
  • Review

Swahili Village brings a taste of African fine dining to D.C.

Look for chargrilled beef, goat stew and ace side dishes from Kenya native Kevin Onyona.

Date Lab: ‘The most interesting part of the date was when we talked about rating it’

Could an English lecturer and statistician come to an agreement?
  • Apr 1

She was the Rosa Parks of D.C., but her story was mostly forgotten

Half a century before the civil rights movement, Barbara Pope boarded a train — and challenged Virginia’s Jim Crow law.
  • Mar 31

Pete Buttigieg: ‘A lot of the mistrust in our country right now is the result of policy failure.’

The new secretary of transportation and former presidential candidate talks about trust and the challenges ahead.
  • Mar 30
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Art With a Point

A continuously updating collection of stand-alone illustrations from The Washington Post Magazine.
A continuously updating collection of stand-alone illustrations from The Washington Post Magazine.