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Ms. Understood: Barbie Turns 60

A Children’s Museum exhibit scheduled for this month marks Barbie’s 60th anniversary. The doll has been criticized for her proportions and materialism, but scholars also see her as a progressive symbol.

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David Rubin: Elevating The Design Of Cities

David Rubin, one of the country’s leading landscape architects, planted himself in Indianapolis two years ago. He has been elevating the city’s public spaces ever since.

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May Day: Roger Penske’s Indy 500 In The Age Of COVID-19

As our writer and the city’s signature cultural event fell into peril, both looked to the Indianapolis 500’s 83-year-old owner for inspiration.

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Inside The Madam Walker Netflix Drama

The Netflix miniseries on Walker is an overdue tribute that some say strays too far from her roots.

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The Troll Hunter

Meet Josh Russell: Vigilante internet sleuth.

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Inside The City’s $550 Million Flub

The battle over just what went wrong with the GM stamping-plant site debacle.

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Planting My Flag

When I married into a prominent local family, I assumed it would become just a minor part of my identity. Now that my marriage has ended, I realize I was wrong.

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Best Longform Of The Decade

Our celebration of longform over the past decade.

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Ryan Niemiller Gets The Last Laugh

The Joke’s On You

The Problem with Crime Junkie
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The Problem With Crime Junkie

When will the amateur sleuths with professional problems get a clue?

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Abbi Merriss: The Course Instructor

The Course Instructor

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Secrets Of The State Fair Baking Stars

Meet the band of devoted home bakers who keep the Indiana State Fair in blue-ribbon desserts.

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Meet The Afrofuturist Sci-Fi Writer Changing Indianapolis

Afrofuturist author. Community builder. Nerd.

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The Next Neil Armstrong

Purdue’s shaping of the American astronaut—now and in the years to come.

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Hoosier Astronauts Share Their Stories Of Space

Hoosier astronauts describe the thrill of liftoff, the horror of mistakes, and that view.

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