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October 7, 2023 | Vol. 38, No. 19

Playing to win

Jill Nelson | Why Africa is the new prize in the struggle for global power

Depraved hearts

Kim Henderson | One murder in rural Mississippi underscores the nation’s struggle to contain violent crime

Killer robots

Grace Snell | New battlefield weapons challenge traditional wartime ethics


Charity stripes

TRENDING | Some college athletes are using their “NIL” deals to benefit others


Investing in a place

BOOKS | Tom Lake explores the virtue of contentment

Cultural creep

BOOKS | Author exposes sexual lies within the Church

Painful passages

BOOKS | Novels delve into idolatry and aging with grace

Children's Books

Science and history discoveries

CHILDREN’S BOOKS | Reviewing four new stories for youth


Surprised by Oxford

MOVIE | Memoir-based film shows God’s grace at the crossroads of faith and romance

My Sailor, My Love

MOVIE | A poignant and beautifully shot film plumbs the depths of complex human relationships

Box Office Top 10

MOVIES | Top films for the weekend of Sept. 15-17

On Fire

MOVIE | Wildfire disaster movie is too intense for younger viewers and too predictable for older ones

Dumb Money

MOVIE | Vulgar chronicle of the GameStop stock phenomenon offers an unsatisfying class-warfare narrative

A Haunting in Venice

MOVIE | Kenneth Branagh’s new film is better than the Agatha Christie novel it’s based on


A walking contradiction

MUSIC | Rock guitarist and songwriter Robbie Robertson was comfortable in the background

New and noteworthy

MUSIC | Four new albums reviewed

The shape of water

SCIENCE | Do “forever chemicals” in drinking water pose a perpetual threat?

Gun battles

POLITICS | New Mexico governor targets open carry and gets caught in the crossfire

Self-spying cars

TECHNOLOGY | Automakers fail consumer privacy test

Catholic conflict?

RELIGION | Upcoming synod focuses on hot-button morality issues