Kate Leaver


These Women Make A Living By Singing at People's Funerals

Singing at her grandmother's funeral inspired Penelope Shipley to start a business and do the same for other people's families. “The idea has always been to help people," she says.
Kate Leaver

How to Make Good TV About Eating Disorders, According to Survivors

In the wake of Netflix's "To the Bone" and the new BBC3 series "Overshadowed," women with EDs tell us how they want pop culture to portray their illness.
Kate Leaver

How This Adorable Frog Became One of the Earliest Pregnancy Tests Around

Back in the 1930s, there was only one reliable and efficient pregnancy test: the humble female South African clawed frog.
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A Cult Member Turned Expert Explains How Anyone Can Be Brainwashed

Dr. Alexandra Stein was brainwashed by a Marxist-Leninist sect as a young woman. Now she studies them for a living.
Kate Leaver

Why Your New Year’s Resolutions Are Doomed to Fail

New year, new you? Not likely. We asked life coaches why most of us abandon our resolutions, and if there's anything you can do about it.
Kate Leaver

Freeing 'Foxy Knoxy': Why People Are So Obsessed with Amanda Knox

As Netflix announces its new documentary "Amanda Knox," we decipher the fascination with the acquitted Seattle exchange student who was accused of a brutal murder in Perugia, Italy.
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How Teen Girls' Hysteria for Boy Bands Became an Unstoppable Force

From the Beatles to One Direction, all-singing and all-dancing pop groups have claimed the hearts of many teenage girls.
Kate Leaver

Why You Are Addicted to Cute Baby Animals

From Minions to tiny baby monkeys, the passage of human history has been shaped by our extreme love for adorable objects.
Kate Leaver

A French Fry Enthusiast Visits the Only French Fries Museum in the World

When in Bruges, there's only one thing for a lover of hot potato sticks to do: Visit the Frietmuseum.
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