How Warped Tour led the consumerist music festival revolution

Jorge Rodrigo Herrera performs with his band The Casualties at Warped Tour 2006 in Uniondale, New York. | Bryan Bedder/Getty Images The iconic festival was as much about brands as it was about bands. Most of what I remember about being 14 involves wanting stuff: I wanted straighter hair. I wanted to seem like a grown-up (or at least like a 16-year-old). And I really, really wanted to go to Warped Tour. It was the…

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Meatless meat is having a moment. Will eggless eggs be next?

JUST is one of the companies trying to make an eggless egg — a huge step forward for the environment, public health and animals, and a serious challenge for food science. | Courtesy JUST How food scientists are working to imitate an egg I eat a lot of eggs. There’s a pretty solid argument that this is, by far, my greatest moral failing as a person. Egg-laying chickens have some of the most miserable lives…

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Amy Wax, “national conservatism,” and the dark dream of a whiter America

Wax speaking at a gathering organized by the Social Contract Press, an anti-immigration publishing house. | The Social Contract Press via YouTube What the controversial Penn law professor really said about immigration — and why it matters. Last week, a group of conservative intellectuals and media figures met in a Ritz-Carlton in Washington, DC, to discuss “national conservatism”: a new vision for the right that the conference organizers describe as “inextricably tied to the idea of…

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How “Medicare Extra” gets to universal coverage without single-payer

Supporters of the Affordable Care Act participate in a “Save Obamacare” rally in Los Angeles on March 23, 2017. | Ronen Tivony/NurPhoto via Getty Images An analysis of the Center for American Progress’s plan finds it covers everyone, cuts costs by $300 billion, and keeps (some) private insurance. You can think of the Center for American Progress’s Medicare Extra plan as simultaneously trying to answer the leftist critique of Obamacare and the centrist critique of…

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The best $42.92 I ever spent: a handful of junky Forever 21 jewelry

Dana Rodriguez for Vox I didn’t usually buy fast fashion, but I knew I wanted whatever I wore to my father’s funeral to be disposable. You’re supposed to imagine that everything is already broken, at least according to Buddhist monk Ajahn Chah. One of his most popular teachings was that understanding that everything will eventually break, our bodies included, leads to true appreciation for the precious, limited time we have with our belongings and each…

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“Likability” ratings in a recent New Hampshire poll show just how tough female candidates have it

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), speaks during a house party in Windham, New Hampshire, on June 14. | Christopher Evans/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald via Getty Images The complicated gender politics behind “likability,” explained. New Hampshire voters approve of the job Sen. Elizabeth Warren is doing; they just don’t like her all that much. Same goes for Sen. Kamala Harris. Despite Harris’s recent bump in New Hampshire following her performance at the first Democratic debate,…

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