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Crash and burn: Colin Myler, last editor of the News of the World, closes the paper in 2011. Photo: Tom Stoddart/Getty
Other people’s voicemail: how phone-hacking became the news
By Peter Jukes - 26 August 12:29

The author and screenwriter Peter Jukes reviews two new exposés on the News of the World scandal. 

Beyoncé performs at the VMAs. Photo: Michael Buckner/Getty Images
Beyoncé’s VMA performance was feminism’s most powerful pop culture moment
By Rebecca Traister - 26 August 12:08

More and more high-profile women are embracing the language, ideas, and symbolism of feminism, and that they’re doing it from their places within the power structure, not just from outside of it.

Temps perdu: a 1900s Paris street scene. Photo: Getty
Bouquets and billets-doux: letters from Proust to his neighbour
By Jane Shilling - 26 August 12:07

Propped against a multitude of pillows in his dark bedroom, Proust maintained his connections with the outside world through a blizzard of letters.

Night Moves.
Night Moves: an environmental thriller with an intractable problem at its core
By Ryan Gilbey - 26 August 10:30

Jesse Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning star as eco-warriors in Kelly Reichardt’s tense new film, two radicals who plan to blow up a hydroelectric dam.

Fight the power: Coral Stoakes's placard used in the London protests of 2011
The things they carried: the ingenious props of modern protest
By Michael Prodger - 22 August 17:49

A new exhibition at the V&A celebrates the hardware of protest movements, ranging from Solidarity to the Guerrilla Girls by way of Greenham Common and the anti-apartheid campaign.

Automatic: Kraftwerk perform at Tate Modern in 2013. Photo: Rex
Krautrock: Germany’s coolest export that no one can quite define
By Stuart Maconie - 22 August 16:09

Krautrock is a term that is bandied about alarmingly freely by bloggers, hipsters and, most of all, bands, desperate for its reflected cool – but what does it actually mean? By Stuart Maconie. 

Song
By Emily Berry - 22 August 12:16

A new poem by Emily Berry. 

Speech problems: Gabriel Quigley as Fiona, Scotland's new foreign minister in Spoiling, Traverse Theatre. Photo: Jeremy Abrahams
Edinburgh Fringe plays tackle Scottish independence in irreverent, tub-thumping form
By Mark Lawson - 22 August 12:13

Because the theatrical profession generally attracts more radicals than reactionaries, these performances tend to be rallies for the Yes campaign.

War and poetry: James McArdle (left) as James II
Three kings, one country: very timely plays for Scotland
By Andrew Marr - 21 August 16:49

Superbly acted, aggressively and imaginatively directed and providing great variety, these dramas will make thousands of Scots think again about their country.

The lynx may be brought back to Britain and areas of damaged landscape could be repaired. Photo: Ruggero Maramotti/Gallery Stock
Bring back the big cats: is it time to start rewilding Britain?
By George Monbiot - 21 August 12:20

Rewilding means the mass restoration of damaged ecosystems. It involves letting trees return and allowing parts of the seabed to recover. Above all, it means bringing back missing species.

Floella Benjamin is one of the stars who has given the issue more prominence of late. Photo: Getty
Making a permanent change to the representation of ethnicity on our screens
By Stuart Murphy - 21 August 11:29

Sky’s Stuart Murphy explains why the broadcaster has introduced targets to combat the absence of real change in BAME representation.

Elvis Presley c.1975. Photo: Getty
In 1970’s That’s The Way It Is, you get Elvis at his artistic peak
By Bob Stanley - 19 August 16:36

With this re-release of the 1970 documentary, the question is really how many different versions of “Suspicious Minds” you want in your life.

Care about feminist issues all the time, not just when someone is being abused on Twitter. Image: Keoni Cabral on Flickr via Creative Commons
But What Can Be Done: Dos and Don’ts To Combat Online Sexism
By Leigh Alexander - 19 August 12:26

Here’s a helpful guide to what you should and shouldn’t do if you see a woman being harassed on Twitter.

Hocus pocus: props on the Harry Potter set at the Warner Bros Studio Tour London. Photo: Gettty
Magic effect: how Harry Potter has influenced the political values of the Millennial generation
By Anthony Gierzynski - 19 August 10:56

Reading the books correlated with higher political tolerance, less predisposition to authoritarianism, greater support for equality, and greater opposition to the use of violence and torture.

Chinese relations with the Soviets shaped the communist world during "de-Stalinisation", shaping too Kadare's period in Moscow
“A treacherous climate”: Ismail Kadare’s cold years in Moscow
By Robert Macquarie - 19 August 10:00

With a new translation of Twilight of the Eastern Gods, Ismail Kadare is finally receiving the recognition he deserves in the English-speaking world.

Get your geek on: crowds on the way into San Diego Comic-Con 2013. Photo: Getty
Where’s Wonder Woman? How comic book diversity has failed to translate to the big screen
By Karen Yossman - 18 August 16:38

With over 75 years of history, comics boast a multitude of inspirational female, black and even disabled characters. Superman is, at its heart, an immigrant tale, while X-Men is an allegory of the fight against fascism. 

A local train in Japan: Murakami's new novel concerns a malaise-filled Japanese railway engineer. Photo: Getty
Strange, stark and sentimental: Haruki Murakami’s winning fictional formula
By Randy Boyagoda - 18 August 15:07

Although it won’t finally rank among his most accomplished works Murakami’s new novel, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, will be happily consumed by his fervent readers.

Bill Clinton at a rally in 1996, the year he declared that “The era of big government is over”. Photo: Getty
Honey, I shrunk the government: a paean to the virtues of the small state
By George Eaton - 18 August 11:39

The authors argue that the west has no choice but to unfurl the banner of revolution again. The fiscal crisis and demographic changes have left treasuries creaking under the weight of debt. 

First World War Hero
By Danny Abse - 18 August 10:54

A new poem for the New Statesman by Danny Abse.

Igor Stravinsky walking down a London street, between rehearsals with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1964. Photo: Getty
Time out of mind: recollections from Stravinsky’s childhood
By Antonia Quirke - 18 August 10:00

His parents opposed the idea of him becoming a composer, pushing him bullishly towards the law. 

Robin Williams in 1998, after receiving an Academy Award for Good Will Hunting. Photo: Getty
Using art to understand life: not everything you can imagine is real
By Oliver Farry - 15 August 16:41

From Robin Williams’s death to the Arab Spring, we have to resist the urge to impose simple storylines on complex events.

"Rock Me a Little While" by Kim Weston, a northern soul classic. Photo: Michael Sveikutis/Flickr
Tracey Thorn: With music, we often only hear the side of the story told by men
By Tracey Thorn - 15 August 16:11

When it comes to music such as northern soul, there is a tendency to regard men as the experts, relegating women’s stories of what it felt like to be there to the status of anecdote.

In the Frame: Boris Johnson in “The Man with Two Farces”
By Tom Humberstone - 15 August 12:56

Tom Humberstone’s weekly comic.

Decor at US drive-in Sonic is reminiscent of the retro-futurist style of The Jetsons. Photo: Getty
Come to “America’s Drive-In”, y’all – for tater tots and Jetsons decor
By Will Self - 15 August 11:44

At Sonic, the shtick is meant to be that the food arrives “at the speed of sound”; and the novelty in the late 1950s was that punters ordered their burgers and via speakers they could drive right up to.

England captain Alastair Cook (R) and teammate James Anderson walk off the pitch after defeating India in the fourth Test match between England and India, 9 August. Photo: Getty
The true meaning of success – and why we should never listen to the impatient mob
By Ed Smith - 15 August 11:07

After England’s defeat by India in the second Test at Lord’s, almost every leading voice in English cricket called for Alastair Cook to be sacked as captain. 

The Rover.
Sun, sand and sadism: The Rover by David Michôd
By Ryan Gilbey - 15 August 11:00

Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson star in David Michôd’s distopian thriller The Rover: a film with an uncertain mission at its core, like a post-apocalyptic Dude, Where’s My Car?

Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan in Masters of Sex. Photo: Showtime
Masters of Sex: a drama of sex, ambiguity and darkness
By Caroline Crampton - 14 August 16:25

This US cable drama about William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the American sex researchers who pioneered physiological study of human sexuality, just keeps getting better and better.

Stony-faced and sober: in the US in the 1900s the Anti-Saloon League made Prohibition a powerful force
Demon drink: how the hangover of prohibition lingers in Quebec
By Nina Caplan - 14 August 10:00

To this day, you can only buy wine in French Canada from the government-run outlets of the SAQ: the Société des alcools du Québec.

Pond life: a grey heron in a park in Ealing, west London. Photo: Getty
The silence of the larks: Britain’s mysterious disappearing birds
By Mark Cocker - 14 August 10:00

Britain’s avian population is the most watched in the world – but new studies show nature in retreat.

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