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Vote with your feet: film, music, art and more to engage you politically
From the heroic Mr Smith using political institutions to clear his name to Naomi Klein’s exposé of the sharp end of globalisation, our critics choose political cultural works that inspire

Peter Bradshaw, Jonathan Jones, Alim Kheraj, Steven Poole and Kate Wyver

24, Jan, 2022 @10:00 AM

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The Anomaly by Hervé Le Tellier review – high-concept thrills
In this playful French prizewinner, the mysterious duplication of a plane and its passengers kickstarts an interrogation of reality

Steven Poole

14, Jan, 2022 @7:30 AM

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The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows by John Koenig review – fifty shades of sad
Ever felt something but struggled to express it? A new book might help you put a name to your ‘proluctance’

Steven Poole

05, Jan, 2022 @11:00 AM

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Sip, sip, hooray! Film, music, art and more about drinking
Whether your tipple is Mad Men, Roger Scruton or a game set in Satan’s afterparty, our critics toast the best culture about booze

Jessica Kiang, Phil Harrison, Keza MacDonald, Michael Cragg, Steven Poole

13, Dec, 2021 @10:00 AM

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The big idea: Should we worry about artificial intelligence?
Could AI turn on us, or is natural stupidity a greater threat to humanity?

Steven Poole

29, Nov, 2021 @8:00 AM

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The Wordhord: Daily Life in Old English – a lexical treasure chest
This compendium of words and scholarly asides paints a colourful portrait of the Anglo-Saxon world

Steven Poole

09, Nov, 2021 @10:00 AM

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The Making of Incarnation by Tom McCarthy review – tech-industrial sublime
This densely woven novel of cyclegraphs, MI6 agents, special effects and cybernetics is implacable and intermittently tedious, but then isn’t the world, too?

Steven Poole

07, Oct, 2021 @8:00 AM

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The big idea: does practice make perfect?
Prodigies such as Emma Raducanu spend thousands of hours honing their skills, but could anyone deliver a world-class performance with enough dedication?

Steven Poole

04, Oct, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Malfeasance: Biden decried it in Afghanistan – but what does it mean?
Entering English from French, ‘malfeasance’ tends to describe misdeeds in public office – such as those by US presidents

Steven Poole

10, Sep, 2021 @6:00 AM

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‘Hycean’: a portmanteau of hydrogen and ocean that’s not so far, far away
This new class of planet hoped by scientists to harbour alien life is a hot waterworld. Let’s stop Earth turning into one

Steven Poole

03, Sep, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Passing the ‘chimp test’: how women were key to the birth of language
How did humans learn to talk and why haven’t chimpanzees followed suit? Linguistics expert Sverker Johansson busts some chauvinist myths

Steven Poole

28, Aug, 2021 @11:00 AM

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‘Chipageddon’: how a global tech crisis came to sound quite tasty
First chickens, and now a worldwide shortage of microprocessors … the word ‘chip’ is the latest word to gain an Armageddon flavour

Steven Poole

27, Aug, 2021 @6:00 AM

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