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Features

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Preserving America’s World War II POW Camps

By: Teresa Bergen

Online on: April 19, 2018

Young German prisoners of war interned in the American heartland during World War II seemed an awful lot like us, and, for the most part, we treated them royally.  More

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Forever Young: Why Are Adults Acting Like Children?

By: Kurt Andersen

Online on: June 12, 2018

At some point, baby boomers decided not to behave like grown-ups, with repercussions from benign to unfortunate.  More

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20 Life Lessons from Leonardo da Vinci

By: Walter Isaacson

Online on: May 29, 2018

We may never be able to match the talents of one of history’s greatest geniuses, but his life offers a wealth of lessons.  More

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How to Make Your Own Luck

By: Carlin Flora

Online on: May 8, 2018

Some people are luckier than others. Is their good fortune more than just fate?  More

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Mother’s Day: A Tribute in Classic Illustrations

By: Post Editors

Online on: May 10, 2018

In this gallery, the Post commemorates the fun — and just as frequently the frustration — of motherhood.  More

Departments

The Argument

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Dead Wrong: Let’s End Late-Life Suffering

By: Dawniel Kupsch

Why do we allow our loved ones to suffer in ways we would find unconscionable for our pets? It’s time to stop this torture.  More

American Pop

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Funny Business: Why the Comedy Club Scene Is Booming

By: Cable Neuhaus

Improbable as it may seem, the comedy club scene is booming across America.  More

Lighter Side

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Going South on an Antique Motorcycle

By: Philip Gulley

Philip Gulley shares his somewhat dubious plan to ride a 1974 Triumph Bonneville 2,000 miles along the Mississippi River.  More

My Word

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Class of ’41: A Mother’s Secrets Revealed

By: Steven Slon

In 2001, on a beautiful spring weekend, I accompanied my mother to her 60th college reunion and got a glimpse of the young woman she once was.  More

Tech

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4 Best Apps for Outdoor Junkies

By: Abby Lewis

Adventure awaits at your fingertips with these free apps.  More

New Movies

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Seriously Good Films to See in May 2018

By: Bill Newcott

Noted film critic Bill Newcott, creator of AARP’s “Movies for Grownups,” offers his picks.  More

New Books

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Top 10 Reads for Summer 2018

By: Amazon.com Editors

Every month, Amazon staffers sift through hundreds of new books searching for gems. Here’s what Amazon editor Chris Schluep chose especially for Post readers this season.  More

You Be the Judge

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You Be the Judge: Inde-fence-able Neighbors

By: Joan SerVaas

The driveway vs. the fence: how would you rule?  More

Logophile

Logophile Language Puzzler: Dumpster Diving

By: Andy Hollandbeck

The May/June 2018 Logophile Language Puzzler has people running from the police, spending the weekend in a strange place, and being amorous but not romantic.  More

3 Questions

3 Questions for Nick Nolte

By: Jeanne Wolf

Nick Nolte’s bad-boy reputation? He encouraged it, because anything’s better than being boring. Get a peek at the real Nick Nolte in this interview with Jeanne Wolf.  More

5-Minute Fitness

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5-Minute Fitness: Forward Lunge

By: Post Editors

Work out your rear and hip flexors for better balance and lower-body strength with this move from twins and former Rockettes Katherine and Kimberly Corp, creators of PilatesOnFifthOnline.com.  More

Special Report

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How Keeping a Gratitude Journal Can Literally Heal Your Heart

By: Paul Nicolaus

The idea of a gratitude journal is nothing new.  More

From the Pharmacy

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Smart Tips for Buying Drugs Online

By: Cara Acklin, Pharm. D.

Here’s how to sidestep rogue pharmacy sites that can put your health and personal information at risk.  More

Healthy Eating

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Summer Lunch by Curtis Stone

By: Curtis Stone

Give your midday meal a spring makeover with help from our celebrity chef.  More

Everyday Heroes

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Creating a “Support System” for Homeless Women

By: Ken Budd

“Homeless women need bras.” Those four words changed Dana Marlowe’s life — and the lives of women in need.  More

Backstory

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Why Americans Love Diners

By: Richard J. S. Gutman

For 135 years, the iconic eateries have been our home away from home.  More

The Vault

Gems from our Archive

We Said It Here First

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Good Writing Calls for a Pen or Pencil

By: Post Editors

Well before computers ended the clack-clack-clack of the typewriter, Post editors warned of the risks of machine-enhanced writing.  More

Vintage Advertising

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Driverless Cars and Flat TVs: Predictions of an Automated Future in 1956

By: Post Editors

The idea of a driverless car must have seemed fantastic to Post readers when this ad appeared in 1956.  More

Did We Say That?

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Did We Say That? The Dangers of Women Playing Basketball

By: Post Editors

In 1903, Post editors warned readers that letting girls train just like the boys in athletics, and especially basketball, could be detrimental to “standards of womanly reticence and refinement.”  More

Beatlemania

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Tracking Down the Guru Who Developed Transcendental Meditation

By: Lewis H. Lapham

In 1968, Post writer Lewis Lapham tracked down the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, inventor of transcendental meditation. He also found himself meditating with the Beatles.  More

The Swinging Sixties

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What’s the Best Way to Teach Kids about Sex?

By: Post Editors

Even in the late ’60s, with all the talk of changing social mores, our puritan roots still showed when it came to talking to kids about sex.  More

The More Things Change

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America’s Demand for Healthier Food — More Than a Century Ago

By: Post Editors

Online on: June 11, 2018

Before the FDA, food canners and packers in 1905 organized their own national organization to protect and self-regulate the purity of America’s food supply.

The Rockwell Files

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The Rockwell Files: Pain in the Rear

By: Jeff Nilsson

Almost everyone has scene the iconic Rockwell illustration of the boy about to get a shot at the doctor’s office. But did you know Rockwell struggled with how “cheeky” it should be?  More

Freeze Frame

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The Louisiana Bayou: The Place of Sleeping Water

By: Post Editors

Beneath gray shrouds of Spanish moss, a Cajun couple paddles across the dark, still waters of Bayou Chicot.  More