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Here’s what major cities look like now that the coronavirus has shut everything down

The streets of New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and others are abandoned as authorities tell people to stay at home to stop the spread of covid-19.
  • Mar 24, 2020

Kentucky was devastated for decades by mountaintop removal. Now scientists have figured out a way to undo the damage — one tree at a time.

Patrick Angel spent decades overseeing the destruction of Kentucky's land. After a painful epiphany, he's devoting himself to making Appalachia green again.
  • Feb 13, 2020

Pumpkins and pumpkin spice are everywhere. That must mean it’s autumn.

The lowly orange gourd has come to dominate the season, and not just on Halloween
  • Oct 17, 2019

20 Years of Dining in Washington

From steak to 100-day-old kimchi: The city has added diversity, excellence and whimsy to the scene.
  • Oct 10, 2019

Planned Parenthood’s woman in Hollywood

Meet Caren Spruch, the organization’s woman in the entertainment industry
  • Sep 23, 2019

From Popeyes’ chicken sandwich to oyster carts: A brief history of food crazes

Cupcakes and hot dogs have had their viral moments, too
  • Sep 19, 2019

The Afghanistan war is likely ending. One longtime correspondent asks: Was it worth it?

Longtime correspondent Kevin Maurer returns to the region and asks: What did America get right, what did we get wrong — and what were the consequences?
  • Sep 9, 2019

How German wine found its sweet spot

Could Germany soon challenge France, Italy and Spain, which are getting hotter and hotter all the time?
  • Sep 5, 2019

A look at congressional chaplains — and the controversies

An exorcism in the House? Not exactly.
  • Aug 29, 2019

A conservative senator’s crusade against Big Tech

Josh Hawley’s skewering of Silicon Valley and the future of conservative-liberal cooperation.
  • Aug 28, 2019
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