Indian Journalists Are on the Front Lines in the Fight Against Election Deepfakes

Andrew Deck

While the current infrastructure for deepfake detection is being pressure tested in India right now, the reporting strategies being carved out by journalists during the election offer a preview into the challenges that lie ahead for other newsrooms around the world.

The Adventures of American Impressionist Tilden Daken

Bonnie Portnoy

Born within months of one another in 1876, Jacl London in January and Tilden Daken in June, the painter and the writer, both 25 at the time, hit it off straight away. The westbound train was scheduled to arrive the following morning. That night, in the Reno railyard, London taught Tilden his rules of the road, the precarious practice of clinging to the brake beams inches above the track, or in the hobo vernacular, “riding the rods.”

New Book on Arlington, Va., Hits All the Worthy Spots

Eric Green

Arlington is an international city upon itself, with numerous activities and places to visit, as Barbara Noe Kennedy explains in her new book, 100 Things To Do In Arlington Virginia Before You Die. Things to do consist of more than touring the Pentagon or Arlington National Cemetery, even if those sites are majestic in their own right.

Not Even the Great J.K. Simmons Can Save ‘You Can’t Run Forever’

Ulises Duenas

Simmons opens the film by gassing up his motorcycle in a rural area and shooting three people there for no reason. Even though his character is a psychotic killer, Simmons is charming in this role -- too charming in fact. His casual attitude towards his actions is funny and takes away from any feeling of dread that a thriller needs in order to be compelling.

Artist George Townley Embraces the Sun-Soaked Scenery of Los Angeles

The Editors

Escapism is a major theme in Townley’s work and the driving inspiration for his art. He grew up in a small, rainy town in the north of England, so drawing sun-soaked landscapes in California was a way of escaping his environment.

‘Cat City’: Chicago Turns Feral

Sandra Bertrand

They consider feral cats – not climate change – as the number-one challenge to the birds’ survival. One book cited in the film is Cat Wars: Thee Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer, co-authored by the activist Peter P. Marra, which examines the real threats to biodiversity.

The South Dakota Governor Shoots Dogs, Doesn’t She?

Eric Green

The governor, considered a potential vice-presidential running mate for former President Donald Trump in the 2024 election, described Cricket as “less than worthless” and “untrainable.” Obviously, she did not abide by the old adage that a dog is man’s (or woman’s) best friend.

‘Adios Buenos Aires’ Is Another Poignant, Notable Film From Argentina

Tara Taghizadeh

John Lennon once said: Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans. And Adios Buenos Aires captures this sentiment perfectly.  As Julio dreams of abandoning Buenos Aires in favor of a fresh start, he is forced to reckon with the people and events that hold him back.

The Harlem Renaissance at the Met: An Explosion of Joy

Sandra Bertrand

The groundbreaking exhibition, The Harlem Renaissance and Transatlantic Modernism, explores the far-reaching and everyday ways in which Black artists portrayed modern life. Through some 160 works of painting, sculpture, photography, film, and ephemera, the new Black culture was taking shape. 

Is Tipping Dead?

Christopher Elliot

Many service workers have come to depend on gratuities to earn a living. Squeezing a tip out of a customer before the meal is served or under the watchful eye of your server is hardly the fault of the employee. But the employees are likely to pay for these misguided policies.

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