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If you remember this playground, your childhood was awesome
  • Architecture

If you remember this playground, your childhood was awesome

The story of Bob Leathers, the architect whose kid-designed playgrounds shaped a generation of play.

What it's like to be a travel writer, from free booze to near-death experiences. Image 1.

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What it's like to be a travel writer, from free booze to near-death experiences

 

We spoke with three travel writers who report from exotic, wild or luxurious destinations for money.

 

 

New Yorkers' seven most common anxieties, illustrated. Image 1.

New Yorkers' seven most common
anxieties, illustrated

 

Hopes&Fears talked to more than a dozen New York mental health professionals to find out what their clients fear most.

 

 

  • Question

Why do people want to be good?

Why do people want to be good?

Hopes&Fears talked to experts on altruism, prosocial behavior, morality, and ethics about the “goodness” drive, and how it plays out in politics, society, and daily life.

  • City Index

How common is alcohol abuse in cities around the world?

How common is alcohol abuse in cities around the world?

From Dublin to Dubai, Hopes&Fears looked at self-reported statistics and factors that affect alcohol abuse around the world.

  • Question

Is it possible to run out of empathy?

Is it possible to run out of empathy?

Hopes&Fears asked psychologists, philosophers and scholars of empathy for their insight on the limits of compassion.

  • Internet

Rigorous fun: A conversation with PBS Idea Channel's Mike Rugnetta

Rigorous fun: A conversation with PBS Idea Channel's Mike Rugnetta

Hopes&Fears sat down with the YouTube empresario to discuss his process, his (failed) attempt to improve arguing online, and "decreasing world suck."

Dungeons & Dragons and the ethics of imaginary violence
  • Video Games

Dungeons & Dragons and the ethics of imaginary violence

“Right” is a relative concept in Dungeons & Dragons. But can in-game violence actually teach people morality?

  • Internet

How will "likes" and "hearts" change Twitter?

How will "likes" and "hearts" change Twitter?

Twitter users were surprised today when their favs were replaced by cutesy hearts. We asked experts how Twitter's new "likes" will affect the way we use the platform.

  • City Index

What are the highest grossing horror films shot in cities around the world?

What are the highest grossing horror films shot in cities around the world?

From The Grudge (Tokyo) to The Exorcist (Washington, D.C.), we rounded up the highest grossing horror movies shot in specific cities around the world.

  • Question

What will people do if they don't have to work for a living?

What will people do if they don't have to work for a living?

Hopes&Fears answers questions with the help of experts. Today, we asked economists, media theorists and authors to predict what our lives will look like in a post-labor world.

  • City Index

How much paid leave do people get in cities around the world?

How much paid leave do people get in cities around the world?

Hopes&Fears gathered information on the paid leave, whether for vacation, state holidays, illness or parental leave, legally guaranteed to workers in cities around the world.

  • Question

Should you get paid sick days for mental health?

Should you get paid sick days for mental health?

Hopes&Fears answers questions with the help of experts. Today, we ask experts in mental health advocacy, employee rights and public health care if sick days legislation should apply to mental health.

  • Media

Pitchfork's female contributors respond to Condé Nast's acquisition and "millennial males” comment

Pitchfork's female contributors respond to Condé Nast's acquisition and "millennial males” comment

Condé Nast's chief digital officer Fred Santarpia said that the music site's value comes from a “very passionate audience of millennial males." We asked female contributors to respond.

 A bloody hot mess of photos from NYC's Blade Rave
  • Events

A bloody hot mess of photos from NYC's Blade Rave

Amy Lombard photographs BBQ Film's dance party tribute to the 90s cult vampire flick Blade, with the Crystal Method, Pictureplane and fanged fans.

How hard is it to legally buy a gun in cities around the world?
  • City Index

How hard is it to legally buy a gun in cities around the world?

How hard is it to buy a legal gun? Is it really so much easier in the US than abroad? We researched the specific steps to acquiring a gun in three US cities and in six cities around the world.

  • Music

Philly band Nothing wants to leave label backed by drug price-gouger Martin Shkreli

Philly band Nothing wants to leave label backed by drug price-gouger Martin Shkreli

Hopes&Fears talked to Nothing's lead singer, Dominic Palermo about the band's predicament and his plans going forward.

"It's not enough": A roundtable discussion on music venue accessibility
  • Music

"It's not enough": A roundtable discussion on music venue accessibility

Hopes & Fears assembled four advocates for music venue accessibility to discuss the complex issues people with disabilities face in the realm of live music, and what we can do to create change.

  • Architecture

These artists turned a glitch into a building

These artists turned a glitch into a building

We spoke to Zurich collective !Mediengruppe Bitnik about what architecture and performance have in common, and how they transformed a momentary digital error into permanent stone.

20 new words from the Oxford Dictionary, illustrated
  • Media

20 new words from the Oxford Dictionary, illustrated

From hangry to butt-dial.

  • News

Colorado, Washington have collected a combined $200 million in taxes from legal weed sales

Colorado, Washington have collected a combined $200 million in taxes from legal weed sales

Colorado has used this revenue to fund the many costs of legalization, including building a regulatory infrastructure.

  • Music

Hip-hop historian Dan Charnas hopes "gangsta rap doesn't come back"

Hip-hop historian Dan Charnas hopes "gangsta rap doesn't come back"

We spoke to the author of 'The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-hop' about moguls, the culture of the 90s and how now it's "the activists who are doing the work, not the rappers."

  • Number of the day

60% of Australian students are studying for jobs that will soon be automated

60% of Australian students are studying for jobs that will soon be automated

Currently, 30% of young people in Australia are unemployed.

  • News

The 19 craziest entries from Buzzfeed's Style Guide, illustrated with gifs

The 19 craziest entries from Buzzfeed's Style Guide, illustrated with gifs

From Kimye to sidebutt.

  • News

John Oliver takes on the lingering presence of legal LGBT discrimination in the US

John Oliver takes on the lingering presence of legal LGBT discrimination in the US

"The Constitution isn't the star in Super Mario Brothers. It doesn't make you invincible so you can just do whatever the fuck you want."

  • News

Ken Burns speaks on the centrality of slavery in the American Civil War

Ken Burns speaks on the centrality of slavery in the American Civil War

"When Thomas Jefferson says all men are created equal, he owns a couple hundred human beings and he doesn’t see the contradiction or the hypocrisy..."

  • Quote of the day

Michel'le, Dr. Dre's former girlfriend, speaks on his abuse

Michel'le, Dr. Dre's former girlfriend, speaks on his abuse

R&B singer Michel'le and others reignite allegations against the rapper in light of his new film.

  • Video of the day

Watch Chatroulette randoms find themselves in a real-life first person shooter

Watch Chatroulette randoms find themselves in a real-life first person shooter

To play, people shouted commands to an actor wearing a camera helmet.

  • Number of the day

22 veterans commit suicide in the US every day

22 veterans commit suicide in the US every day

A new bill passed by the US senate aims to reduce this epidemic.

  • Reading list of the day

The essential long reads on Hurricane Katrina's 10-year anniversary

The essential long reads on Hurricane Katrina's 10-year anniversary

Thankfully, on this sombre anniversary, journalists around the country are tackling this history in creative and moving ways.

  • News

Japan can no longer afford to give every new centenarian a silver sake cup

Japan can no longer afford to give every new centenarian a silver sake cup

The country may end the gift-giving entirely, or find a cheaper way to continue the tradition.

  • News

Who was Khaled al-Asaad and why should we remember him?

Who was Khaled al-Asaad and why should we remember him?

Khaled al-Asaad worked for 50 years as the head of antiquities in the Syrian city Palmyra, where he was killed.

  • News

This USB stick loaded with data collected by The Data Drive is for sale on eBay

This USB stick loaded with data collected by The Data Drive is for sale on eBay

According to the listing, the drive includes 3500 pieces of data from 1700 unique visitors to the site.

  • News

You can own Buffalo Bill's home from 'Silence of the Lambs' for only $300,000

You can own Buffalo Bill's home from 'Silence of the Lambs' for only $300,000

The old Victorian house includes four bedrooms, one bathroom and yes, a basement.

  • Science

How does your
brain remember
a face?

How does your 
brain remember 
a face?

We spoke with Dr. James Knierim about cognitive maps, Jennifer Aniston and how our brains are like a democracy.

  • News

Facebook tests new Notes feature with a Medium-like design

Facebook tests new Notes feature with a Medium-like design

Yesterday, developer David Winer spotted a new format for Facebook's old Notes section, which has been largely inactive for years.

  • Quote of the day

Stephen Colbert on suffering: “Acceptance is not defeat."

Stephen Colbert on suffering: “Acceptance is not defeat."

"I love the thing that I most wish had not happened.

  • Email of the day

Jeff Bezos says New York Times exposé "doesn’t describe the Amazon I know"

Jeff Bezos says New York Times exposé "doesn’t describe the Amazon I know"

He asked that staff members alert HR to any practices like those described in the article, which he called "callous".

  • News

Listen to Deerhunter's "Snakeskin" off upcoming album 'Fading Frontier'

Listen to Deerhunter's "Snakeskin" off upcoming album 'Fading Frontier'

Deerhunter have announced the follow-up to 2013's Monomania, Fading Frontier, which will be out October 14th on 4AD.

  • News

Dolly Parton wants the '9 to 5' cast to reunite on her co-stars' show 'Grace and Frankie"

Dolly Parton wants the '9 to 5' cast to reunite on her co-stars' show 'Grace and Frankie"

She also joked that, 35 years after the original movie, it'd be more accurate to call the reunion "95".