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The worlds of the fantasy writer N. K. Jemisin are as imaginative as they are intimate. In her Inheritance trilogy, the gods are real and walk the streets. Her Hugo Award-winning Broken Earth books feature a supercontinent called the Stillness that is anything but—the very land is a geologic time bomb, ravaged by earthquakes and …

What if NHL teams could only use goal songs produced by musicians from their city or state? It might not be a question you’ve thought about before, but it’s one that we’re exploring in this week’s edition of our power rankings.  If all of the league’s 31 teams had to pick a celebratory song from …

Omolola Salako joined the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program for the promise of “aha moments” — inspiring experiences that would enable her to better serve the patients she treats as an oncologist in Nigeria.  She had one of those moments Nov. 8 at Northwestern University. Salako was one of 23 women — …

Millions face freezing temperatures amid arctic blast An arctic blast could shatter more than 300 records across the U.S. as it brings freezing temperatures to nearly 222 million Americans. The dangerous weather on Monday caused accidents and travel delays in the Midwest. Nearly 6 inches of snow fell in Chicago, where a plane slid off …

Denmark has temporarily reinstated checks at its border crossings with Sweden after a spate of bombings and shootings in the Copenhagen area that authorities say were carried out by members of Swedish gangs. The spot checks at ferry ports and on trains and vehicles crossing the Øresund bridge separating the Danish capital from Malmö, Sweden’s …

The U.S. held a record 69,550 migrant children in detention facilities in 2019, a Tuesday report from The Associated Press and PBS Frontline found, leading to major psychological and physiscal harm and lasting trauma.  “No other country held as many immigrant children in detention over the past year as the United States—69,550,” said AP tech reporter Frank Bajak in a …

The far-right activists who jeered Donald Trump Jr off a stage in California on Sunday are part of a bloc of white nationalists who embraced Trump’s father on his ascent to the White House but are now causing multiple headaches for the president’s friends, allies and family as his campaign for re-election gathers pace. The …

Tuesday is the day the much-advertised, powerful arctic cold front crosses New England. In northern New England and west through the Berkshires, the cold air is already well-entrenched and snow continues to fly with another few fresh inches falling Tuesday. For the rest of us, it’s all about timing as the cold front poised to …

More Madison Magazine When asked as a kid, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I intuited there were only two possible answers: Get rich or help people. It was assumed you couldn’t do both. Fast-forward four decades to last fall when my daughter started college. As she weighed her career options …