Children playing street football in Tbilisi, Georgia, from Robert O'Connor's autumn 2019 piece

The radical history of trousers

It has been a long, uncomfortable journey for women to win the freedom to choose what they wear, writes Sally Feldman.

Blood on the terraces

Football is supposed to bring people together, but across disputed borders, even team names can become political weapons. Robert O'Connor reports.

What scientists learned from the art of illusion

From politics to advertising, the techniques used by magicians are everywhere; Niki Seth-Smith on a Wellcome Trust exhibition that puts the rabbit back in the hat.

The ethics of true crime TV

True crime is big business. But, asks Caroline Crampton, are we too keen on treating rape, murder and miscarriages of justice as entertainment?

Imagined communities

Usually associated with the political right, nationalism is dynamic and versatile enough to take liberal and left-wing forms too. Luke De Noronha explores.

Six days in a 70s utopia

Ken Worpole looks back at a strange encounter and asks: was the Danish radical schooling project known as Tvind a liberating new frontier in education, or a cult?

The trailblazing elder stateswomen of rock

The first generation of female rock elders are sharing their war stories. Samira Ahmed reflects on their experiences.

The shockingly intimate photos of Nan Goldin

Rejecting the division between observer and participant, Nan Goldin’s photographs are unlikely to ever be repeated, writes Huw Lemmey.

A woman’s scorn

Charlotte Lydia Riley reviews a new book by Rebecca Traister, which in the age of Trump and #MeToo, is a timely challenge to the idea that female anger is irrational.

Race to the future

Published several months before the current wave of protests spread across Lebanon, in this report Samir Jeraj asked whether the Beirut marathon could transcend the city's many divisions and fraught history.

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