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If you didn't know better, you might mistake the hubbub for American politics. But, amid the fickle endorsements and dustups, poet Simon Armitage won election as the newest Oxford professor of poetry.
The annual Man v. Horse Marathon in Wales sounds like a lopsided contest favoring racers with four feet. But scientists say that Homo sapiens evolved to be incredible endurance athletes, too.
It's been said we’re in a second golden age of television. There’s more content on more platforms than ever before, but the sheer volume of TV shows can make it hard for new programs to stand out. Enter the television fest. It’s like a film festival but for episodic content. Elizabeth Wagmeister writes for Variety, and she recently covered the TV festival circuit in a piece called "Why Television Is Hitting the Road for Festivals."
On why TV shows are turning to festivals:
Festivals make sense for television because the TV industry is booming … festivals are a great place for new shows and returning shows to get exposure. The best fans for TV are the ones that are going to these festivals…. When they’re there, they’re going to go on Facebook. They’re going to go on Instagram, and then the buzz spreads.
On how TV festivals operate:
Some of them will have different screenings at a time, so you have to choose. A big example of that is Comi-Con, which of course is film and TV, but there’s so many fans that want to go that every room is jam packed. Other ones, they’ll just have one screening at a time and it depends on how mature these festivals are.
Major League Baseball has invalidated millions of online ballots for next month's game. Officials say ballots are invalidated every year, but the Royals' strong showing this year has raised eyebrows.
This week's selection of articles and essays covers a surprising economic fact about seniors, the psychological damage done to juveniles in solitary and a look at the South Carolina church shooting.
Dylann Roof appeared via videolink for a court hearing today, where he stood expressionless as victims' family members poured out their emotions.
Over the past few months, case tallies have dipped toward zero, only to bounce back up. Health officials worry the outbreak could never end if people keep hiding cases and dead bodies.
We rounded up a few sharp thoughts in the wake of Wednesday night's horrific attack on a historic black church.
We rounded up a few sharp thoughts in the wake of Wednesday night's horrific attack on a black church.
The sign was erected by former Mexican President Felipe Calderón as a protest to the illegal trade of weapons with the U.S. In recent years, the drug violence in the city has receded.
The two executives, at Odebrecht SA and Andrade Gutierrez, were taken into custody in early morning raids linked to a scandal involving Brazil's state-run oil company Petrobras.