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17 seasons in, Grey’s Anatomy reimagined itself for the pandemic. But only a little bit.

Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) looks for some downtime in Grey’s Anatomy’s season 17 premiere. | ABC The show’s take on 2020 was extremely weird — and surprisingly moving. Watching the 17th season of Grey’s Anatomy over a couple of weeks,…

How Gold Diggers finds the horror in petty high school betrayal

Penguin Press In the Vox Book Club’s May pick, sin is petty and low-stakes. That’s what makes the book work. The Vox Book Club is linking to Bookshop.org to support local and independent booksellers. Sanjena Sathian’s Gold Diggers, the Vox…

“Get the vaccine and enjoy life with no masks”: Kate McKinnon returns as SNL’s Dr. Fauci

NBC/YouTube SNL’s latest cold open tackles mask-wearing scenarios and new CDC guidance. This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that fully vaccinated people can discard their masks in most circumstances — and Saturday Night Live brought back…

It never made sense for AT&T to buy WarnerMedia. Now it’s undoing its $100 billion deal.

WarnerMedia’s Game of Thrones. | HBO The people who brought you Game of Thrones are merging with the people who bring you 90 Day Fiance. Five years ago, one of the world’s biggest phone companies announced it was buying one…

How the Space Fantasy Became Banal

This story contains mild spoilers through Season 2 of For All Mankind. During the Geneva Summit of 1985, as Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev attempted to negotiate their way out of the Cold War, the American president paused the proceedings,…

One Oppressive Economy Begets Another

Sharon Lavigne was teaching a special-education class when her daughter called to tell her about the Sunshine Project. Named for its proximity to Louisiana’s Sunshine Bridge, the operation, helmed by the Taiwanese behemoth Formosa Plastics, was on track to build…