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Checking InSeptember 6, 2021 Issue
Same Old, Same Old: Pandemic Déjà Vu
Remember last summer, when we all wore masks and everyone was adopting a pet? Wait! That’s this summer, too.
By Zach HelfandAugust 30, 2021
The Sporting SceneAugust 30, 2021 Issue
Invasion of the Robot Umpires
The minor leagues have been testing the Automated Ball-Strike System. But isn’t yelling and screaming about bad calls half the fun of baseball?
By Zach HelfandAugust 23, 2021
Dept. of ReturnsJuly 12 & 19, 2021 Issue
Springsteen Declared Broadway Reopened; Protesters Came
“It ain’t no sin to be glad you’re alive.” Were the anti-vaxxers picketing the St. James Theatre last month Bruce fans?
By Zach HelfandJuly 5, 2021
Here Today Dept.May 17, 2021 Issue
Maya Lin’s Ghost Forest in the Shadow of Shake Shack
The artist transported a stand of fifty-foot dead cedars up from New Jersey’s Pine Barrens and across the Hudson, to show New Yorkers what climate change can do.
By Zach HelfandMay 10, 2021
Beyond GamestopMay 10, 2021 Issue
First GameStop, Now a Jersey Delicatessen
Your Hometown Deli, owned by a wrestling coach in Paulsboro, has a market valuation of two billion dollars. But how’s the cheesesteak?
By Zach HelfandMay 3, 2021
Calling the ShotsApril 19, 2021 Issue
How Hank Azaria Narrates Life with Generic Baseball Announcer Voice
Besides voicing a good chunk of “The Simpsons,” the actor has a new “Brockmire” podcast, in which he’ll interview Charles Barkley and Ben Stiller.
By Zach HelfandApril 12, 2021
Second ActsApril 5, 2021 Issue
A Mullah Walks Into a Bar: From War-Torn Kabul to a Writers’ Room
Habib Zahori, an Afghan war reporter and interpreter, loves Seth Rogen and stoner humor; on the sitcom “The United States of Al,” he advises on Taliban jokes.
By Zach HelfandMarch 29, 2021
Checking InMarch 15, 2021 Issue
As Told To: An Unhoused High Schooler’s New Nest
A year ago, fifteen-year-old Camilo was living in a shelter without Wi-Fi. He catches us up on his year in quarantine, his rescued pet pigeons, and his search for home and friends.
By Zach HelfandMarch 8, 2021
Dept. of Red TapeMarch 1, 2021 Issue
A Fairy Godmother to the Vaccine Have-Nots
Brooklynite Carolyn Ruvkun has booked more than a hundred vaccination appointments for relatives and strangers who got lost in the online digital dystopia.
By Zach HelfandFebruary 22, 2021
On Capitol HillJanuary 18, 2021 Issue
As Told To: The Pelosi Staffer Keith Stern on the Breach of the Capitol
“Ma’am, we’ve got to go.”
By Zach HelfandJanuary 8, 2021
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