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The Chinese Balloon Was Shot Down By the U.S. Military. Here’s How It Went Down

A U.S. fighter jet shot down a suspected Chinese spy blimp above the Atlantic Ocean off the South Carolina coast Saturday, ending a three-day spectacle that dominated headlines and created an international incident. The operation took place at the direction of President Joe Biden in U.S. airspace as the balloon drifted over the water. Senior defense...

The Chinese Balloon Was Shot Down By the U.S. Military. Here’s What We Know

A U.S. fighter jet shot down a suspected Chinese spy blimp above the Atlantic Ocean off the South Carolina coast Saturday, ending a three-day spectacle that dominated headlines and created an international incident. The operation took place at the direction of President Joe Biden in U.S. airspace as the balloon drifted over the water. Officials said...

The Chinese Balloon Looks Nothing Like a Weather Balloon, Experts Say

As a large Chinese balloon traversing the United States reached North Carolina on Saturday, Chinese officials were sticking by their claims that the vessel wasn’t being used for spying, but “for scientific research such as meteorology.” But experts say that the balloon, which is being closely monitored by US officials, looks nothing like a typical...

What the Audible Founder Learns From Public School Interns

In the 25 years since Don Katz launched Audible as a pioneering audiobooks service, the audio space has become flooded with content. It’s easier than ever to record a podcast in your bedroom and reach a large number of listeners over social media. Rather than try to chase the widest possible audience, Audible—which was acquired by Amazon for $300...

Ohio Village Evacuated After 50-Car Train Derailment Creates Huge Fire

EAST PALESTINE, Ohio—A train derailment and resulting large fire prompted an evacuation order in an Ohio village near the Pennsylvania state line on Friday night, covering the area in billows of smoke lit orange by the flames below. About 50 cars derailed in East Palestine as a train was carrying a variety of freight from Madison, Illinois, to Conway,...

What the Audible CEO Learns From Public School Interns

In the 25 years since Don Katz launched Audible as a pioneering audiobooks service, the audio space has become flooded with content. It’s easier than ever to record a podcast in your bedroom and reach a large number of listeners over social media. Rather than try to chase the widest possible audience, Audible—which was acquired by Amazon for $300...

How to Take Your Own Voice Seriously

On Instagram in late January, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez posted a series of stories calling out the prejudice inside the cringy phrase “word salad.” It’s an accusation of muddled speech that’s lobbed at people (okay, women) whose communication style differs from the traditional speaking patterns we associate with leadership—a.k.a men, or,...

Why a British Man Attempted to Assassinate Queen Elizabeth on Christmas Day 2021

British national Jaswant Singh Chail pleaded guilty on Friday to treason for his 2021 attempt to assassinate the late Queen Elizabeth II. Chail was caught on the grounds of Windsor Castle on Christmas Day armed with a crossbow. He told authorities that he was there to kill the Queen and said that it was revenge for the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre...

Murder in Big Horn Isn’t Your Typical True Crime Story

In December 2018, 14-year-old Henny Scott was found dead two weeks after she went missing near Lame Deer, Mont. In August 2019, 18-year-old Kaysera Stops Pretty Places was found dead four days after she went out with friends in Hardin, Mont. In January 2020, 16-year-old Selena Not Afraid was found dead along Interstate 90 three weeks after she was reported...

How Knock at the Cabin Is Different From the Book It’s Based on

Warning: This post contains spoilers for Knock at the Cabin. In writer-director M. Night Shyamalan’s new movie Knock at the Cabin, one family is faced with a grievous choice: willingly sacrifice one of their own or, as the four armed strangers holding them hostage claim, the world will end. The apocalyptic horror film, in theaters Feb. 3, is based...

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