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Thursday, January 16, 2020
Over 500 scripted TV shows were produced in the U.S. in 2019. But that record output is happening amid an ongoing battle between screenwriters and Hollywood's biggest talent agencies.
Friday, December 06, 2019
The Paramount Consent Decrees were enacted more than 70 years ago to keep Hollywood studios from monopolizing film distribution. Now the Department of Justice has filed to terminate them.
Friday, November 22, 2019
Sperm banking has become a lucrative international business. But until the 1980s, it was a niche industry.
Friday, November 08, 2019
In the film Honey Boy, Shia LeBeouf tells his life story and stars as his father. It draws from his turbulent childhood as a Disney star and his conflicted relationship with his father.
Friday, November 01, 2019
The rise of online retail has meant the rise of online returns. One country where that is particularly apparent is Germany. Some companies there are trying to find ways to cut down on the costs.
Friday, October 11, 2019
The now-defunct budget airline WOW got Iceland hooked on tourism. The island nation's economy was reshaped by the tourism boom, and WOW's bankruptcy is changing things again.
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Filmmaker Mads Brügger's new film, Cold Case Hammarskjöld, is a controversial investigation into the mysterious plane crash that killed U.N. General Secretary Dag Hammarskjöld over Zambia in 1961.
Saturday, April 06, 2019
We follow the founder of f*ckjerry and comedian Jim Mendrinos into the world of comedy. Where a whole series of informal sanctions are deployed to protect jokes from theft.
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Stealing jokes is as old as comedy itself and it has become increasingly rampant and profitable on Instagram. One social media campaign may be forcing a major Instagram account to change its behavior.
Thursday, January 24, 2019
Netflix's Black Mirror: Bandersnatch lets viewers make decisions for the main character. The publisher of the Choose Your Own Adventure book series is suing Netflix for trademark infringement.
Friday, January 04, 2019
Drugs like K2 have been responsible for overdoses and spikes in emergency room visits in the U.S. Several of the formulas for these drugs came from the lab of a chemistry professor in South Carolina.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Synthetic drugs like "Spice" and "K2" have helped jumpstart a revolution in the drug trade.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Parkinson's Law says work expands to fill the time allotted. Goodhart's Law says you get what you measure. Has anyone ever tested these laws of the modern workplace?
Sunday, June 10, 2018
During coyote hunting derbies, contestants vie to kill more coyotes than their competitors. Wildlife activists believe the competitions are unethical, and are pushing to make them a thing of the past.
Sunday, May 20, 2018
California Fish and Wildlife agents are combating a rash of succulent poaching incidents on the state's coastline, apparently to satisfy a booming demand for the plants in Korean and Chinese markets.
Sunday, April 08, 2018
Jeff Runions has spent almost four decades in the trucking industry. Now, he's helping drive the industry's shift toward automation, as a test driver for a self-driving trucking company.
Sunday, April 01, 2018
Ajmal Faqiri came to the U.S. on a Special Immigrant Visa after working as a interpreter and translator for the U.S. military in his home country of Afghanistan. Now, he works the gig economy.
Sunday, March 25, 2018
Sunita Williams was the second female commander of the International Space Station. Now, she says her new job working with private companies to develop space technologies feels like a new frontier.
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Directors Chapman and Maclain Way explore the Rajneeshees — a cult behind the largest U.S. act of bioterrorism — in their new Netflix documentary mini-series, Wild Wild Country.
Sunday, March 11, 2018
Musician Mac DeMarco has garnered the image of an impish pop-rock troubadour, but many of the songs on last year's This Old Dog tackle his conflicted relationship with the father he never knew.