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  1. explainers
    How to Navigate the New York Public Library Like an ExpertCatching a peek of the “stacks train” and browsing 200-year-old menus is one of the best ways any New Yorker can spend a freezing Saturday afternoon.
  2. crime
    Everything We Know About Pop Smoke’s DeathThe 20-year-old Brooklyn rapper was killed at a home in Los Angeles, but police are still looking for a motive.
  3. the law
    All Your Questions About Jussie Smollett’s New Indictment, AnsweredThe actor faces new charges that he “planned and participated” in staging a hate crime against himself last year. Here’s how we got here.
  4. close reads
    Let’s Talk About That Horrific Alicia Silverstone Scene in The Lodge“We tried to make it as surprising for an audience as possible.”
  5. explainers
    All Hell Has Broken Loose Within the GrammysThe abrupt dismissal of Recording Academy CEO Deborah Dugan could become one of the biggest stories in the music industry since the Me Too era began.
  6. fact check
    Wait, What Is The Hunt Even About?A guide to what we know and don’t know about the plot of Universal’s controversial movie — which is finally coming to theaters this March.
  7. true crime
    Everything to Know About McMillion$ and the McDonald’s Monopoly ScamAn infamous con that involved Florida men, Italian mobsters, Mormons, drug dealers, strip clubs, and a zany FBI sting.
  8. close reads
    So, What Is Taylor Swift’s New Netflix Doc Miss Americana About?Cats! And so so so much more.
  9. radio vulture
    How Roddy Ricch’s ‘The Box’ Just Became Rap’s First Viral No. 1 Hit of 2020The Compton rap newcomer just denied Justin Bieber another No. 1 debut. Here’s how he did it.
  10. this! is! jeopardy!
    Everything You Need to Know About Jeopardy!’s Ultimate VIP TournamentKen Jennings, James Holzhauer, and Brad Rutter face off.
  11. call a lawyer
    How Exactly Does the ‘Law of Surprise’ Work in The Witcher?The most confusing thing about The Witcher, explained.
  12. beginner's guide
    What to Know About The Witcher If You Know Absolutely Nothing About The WitcherA handy guide to the characters, their stories, what’s worth paying attention to, and what you can ignore.
  13. the law
    Everything to Expect From Tekashi 6ix9ine’s SentencingWill he go to prison or see the light of day on Wednesday? Here’s everything we know.
  14. cyber crime
    Offset’s Very Convenient Social Media Hack, ExplainedStarting with how Tekashi 6ix9ine is involved, all the way from jail.
  15. 25 days of cats
    An Attempt to Answer All Your Questions About the Plot and Universe of CatsThey’re cats!
  16. history lesson
    The True Story of the Aberfan Disaster in The Crown Season 3Queen Elizabeth really did wait eight long days to visit the site of an infamous coal-mining tragedy.
  17. timelines
    When Does The Mandalorian Take Place?A very simple guide to the Star Wars timeline.
  18. this means war
    Taylor Swift vs. Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta, ExplainedSwift claims that the fallout from Braun’s purchase of Big Machine is actively crippling her career. Who’s telling the truth?
  19. explainers
    So, How Do You Actually Watch Disney+?If you’re wondering what you can watch right now, what it costs, and how to get it, we’ve got the answers you need.
  20. explainers
    High School Musical: The Musical: The Series: The Premise: The ExplanationThink of it as American Vandal meets Smash.
  21. to stream or not to stream?
    All the New Streaming Services That Want Your MoneyApple+, Disney+, HBO Max, and more are competing for your eyeballs. Which one is right for you?
  22. explainers
    So, How Do You Actually Watch Apple TV+?If you’re wondering what Apple TV+ is, what it costs, and how you get it, we’ve got all the answers you need.
  23. extremely online
    We Can’t Look Away From This Juicy U.K. Soccer Wives ScandalWhat to know about Coleen Rooney, Rebekah Vardy, and a truly scandalous British tabloid feud.
  24. explainers
    So, Uh, What Happens to Tekashi 6ix9ine Now?It stands to reason that, in an unscrupulous attention economy, there would be a market for more content from 6ix9ine should he ever be released.
  25. faq
    Everything You Wanted to Know About Joker But Were Too Freaked Out to AskIs Joker actually an incel? And how similar is it to that leaked script?
  26. explainers
    The True Stories Behind UnbelievableThe Netflix true-crime series hews close to the reported facts of the case while lightly fictionalizing its main players.
  27. explainers
    The True Story Behind Mindhunter’s Atlanta Child MurdersThe actual facts of the infamous Atlanta child murders, including all the major details that Mindhunter didn’t cover.
  28. explainers
    Hollywood Keeps Saying Yes to Quibi. Wait, What’s Quibi?Tinseltown’s latest obsession is a streaming-video start-up that’ll only work on your phone.
  29. timelines
    How Woodstock 50 Imploded Right Before Our Eyes: A TimelineFrom definitely sort of canceled to definitely sort of uncanceled to officially canceled. Here’s what the hell happened.
  30. the law
    All Your Questions About Meek Mill’s Controversial Legal Case, AnsweredHe’s had his original conviction overturned and been granted a new trial, but is he finally #free?
  31. explainers
    Neon Genesis Evangelion Is Finally on Netflix. So Why Are Some Fans Upset?One of the most popular anime series ever is now readily available to U.S. audiences — with some controversial changes. You should watch it anyway.
  32. explainers
    So, What’s the Deal With Jed’s Bachelorette Drama?The front-runner apparently schemed his way onto the show for exposure, according to the girlfriend he left back home.
  33. where's the beef?
    DJ Khaled vs. Billboard May Be a Breaking Point in the Merch-Bundle Chart WarsBundles have become a chart scam ripe for gaming, and the playing field needs to be better defined.
  34. estates
    Aretha Franklin’s Handwritten Wills Are Detailed, Funny, and Legally MessyIncluding the revelation about the paternity of her eldest son, what happens to her gowns, and some shade for her employees.
  35. game of thrones
    What Is the Night’s Watch Supposed to Do Now?Jon Snow saw his story come full circle in the Game of Thrones finale. But what’s the point of taking the black anymore?
  36. dragon sex ed
    Is Drogon the Last Dragon on Game of Thrones?Exploring the ins and outs of dragon gender and reproduction.
  37. chart watch
    Taylor Swift’s ‘ME!’ Came in Second Place. What Happened?Why Swift’s usually successful single strategy might be at odds with today’s chart demands.
  38. eurovision 2019
    If Eurovision 2019 Goes Smoothly, It’ll Be a MiracleWith Israel as host, this is almost certainly going to be one of the most controversial and tense installments of the event in its history.
  39. explainers
    How to Tell Dany’s Dragons Apart on Game of ThronesIs it Drogon, Viserion, or Rhaegal?
  40. explainers
    Unpacking the Unhinged Detective Pikachu UniverseCan Detective Pikachu only investigate Pokémon crimes? Do Pokémon operate outside the human legal system? Is there a Pokémon god?
  41. explainers
    What’s the Deal With Arya’s Dagger on Game of Thrones?This pivotal Valyrian steel dagger has changed hands a lot since season one.
  42. game of thrones
    Everything to Know About the Night King, White Walkers, and WightsA complete guide to the deadliest enemy on Game of Thrones.
  43. #freebritney
    All Your Questions About Britney Spears’s Latest Mental-Health Crisis, AnsweredFrom the whistle-blower, to the Britney Spears fan podcast, to the protests, to the emails, let’s untangle this web of conflicting information.
  44. writers vs. agents
    How Hollywood Writers Are Finding Jobs After Firing Their AgentsCan the WGA’s internet jobs board, a Twitter hashtag, and networking “mixers” provide the employment connections agents once did?
  45. explainers
    Why ‘A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms’ Means So Much to Game of Thrones Readers“Any knight can make a knight” is a key phrase from George R.R. Martin’s prequel. And it’s a genius addition to the show.
  46. explainers
    Which Game of Thrones Characters Have Valyrian Steel?It’s one of the only weapons capable of killing White Walkers.
  47. the industry
    The Hollywood Fight That’s Tearing Apart Writers and Agents, Explained“If you can only leverage profit for yourself, but not for me, what the fuck do I need you for?”
  48. explainers
    Cersei’s Elephant Obsession Is a Great Easter Egg For Book ReadersThe show is way past George R.R. Martin’s books, but it’s still throwing little nods to the readers out there.
  49. vulture lists
    A Brief Guide to the Music of Nipsey HussleFive important songs from the artist’s extensive back catalogue.
  50. rock hall 2019
    The Essential Guide to Roxy Music, From the Songs to the Eno-Ferry FeudEverything you need to know about arguably the most influential of the 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction class.
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