The Week: Most Recent from Lauren Hansenhttp://theweek.com/editor/articles/lauren-hansenMost recent posts.en-usFri, 21 Nov 2014 15:30:00 -0500http://theweek.comhttp://theweek.com/images/logo_theweek.pngMost Recent from Lauren Hansen from THE WEEKFri, 21 Nov 2014 15:30:00 -0500The week's best photojournalismhttp://theweek.com/article/index/272453/the-weeks-best-photojournalismhttp://theweek.com/article/index/272453/the-weeks-best-photojournalism<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0128/64481_article_main/w/240/h/300/kenyan-tea-farmers.jpg?209" /></P><p ><br /> Dog owner Dean Clark presents Frida, a female Chihuahua, as the San Francisco Board of Supervisors issues a special commendation naming Frida "Mayor of San Francisco for a Day," part of the city's efforts to support local animal shelters. | (<em>REUTERS/Stephen Lam</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />Snowy clouds roll off Lake Erie in Buffalo, New York. | (<em>REUTERS/Lindsay DeDario</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />Kelly Bronze turkeys stand in their enclosure on a farm in England. | (<em>REUTERS/Phil Noble</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />An Afghan girl shows off her burqa, which was cut down to fit her size, while playing on the outskirts of Kandahar. | (<em>AP Photo/Allauddin Khan</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />A man (top and...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/272453/the-weeks-best-photojournalism">More</a>By <a href="/author/sarah-eberspacher" ><span class="byline">Sarah Eberspacher</span></a> and <a href="/author/lauren-hansen" ><span class="byline">Lauren Hansen</span></a>Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:30:00 -0500This week I learned that it was Snow White's mother who wanted her dead, and morehttp://theweek.com/article/index/272397/this-week-i-learned-that-it-was-snow-whites-mother-who-wanted-her-dead-and-morehttp://theweek.com/article/index/272397/this-week-i-learned-that-it-was-snow-whites-mother-who-wanted-her-dead-and-more<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0128/64459_article_main/w/240/h/300/snow-white.jpg?209" /></P><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/177886897%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-rDPmn&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false"></iframe></p><p> </p><p><strong>Read more about the facts mentioned:</strong></p><p>A new book shows that Grimm's Fairy Tales were even scarier than first thought <em>(The Week) </em></p><p>6 articles of clothing that caused riots <em>(Mental Floss) </em></p><p>Did Gorbachev really ask George H.W. Bush to find out who killed Laura Palmer? <em>(Slate) </em></p><p>Losing the htrkos in the woods <em>(Now I Know) </em></p><p> </p><p><strong>Listen to more of</strong> <strong><em>The Week</em>'s mini podcasts</strong>:</p><ul><li >Let us now praise Billy Joel</li><li>Rise of the machines</li><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>Nebraska</em></li></ul><p> </p><p ><strong>*You can also find <em>The Week</em>'s mini podcasts on iTunes, SoundCloud, and TuneIn.*</strong></p><p> </p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/272397/this-week-i-learned-that-it-was-snow-whites-mother-who-wanted-her-dead-and-more">More</a>By <a href="/author/lauren-hansen" ><span class="byline">Lauren Hansen</span></a>Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:11:00 -0500An ode to the great American road triphttp://theweek.com/article/index/272230/an-ode-to-the-great-american-road-triphttp://theweek.com/article/index/272230/an-ode-to-the-great-american-road-trip<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0128/64386_article_main/w/240/h/300/the-open-road.jpg?209" /></P><p>America's history is tied to the journey. Its European roots are defined by the great distance those first voyagers traveled. The nascent country chugged westward on the steam of the locomotive, and expanded into the terrain's nooks and crannies on a full tank of gas and the promise of the freeway.</p><p>Over the centuries, the open road has signified adventure, possibility, and escape, as well as loss, limits, and dead ends. And all along, the photographer has been there, hitching a ride to capture both the mundane and extraordinary moments that define America.</p><p ><br />Inge Morath, <em>Outside Memphis, Tennessee...</em></p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/272230/an-ode-to-the-great-american-road-trip">More</a>By <a href="/author/lauren-hansen" ><span class="byline">Lauren Hansen</span></a>Thu, 20 Nov 2014 06:09:00 -0500Fleeing the violence, then and nowhttp://theweek.com/article/index/272043/fleeing-the-violence-then-and-nowhttp://theweek.com/article/index/272043/fleeing-the-violence-then-and-now<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0128/64336_article_main/w/240/h/300/kurds-fleeing-violence.jpg?209" /></P><p>The millions of Kurds who live in the more volatile regions of the Middle East are not new to conflict. In 1991, Kurdish refugees fled Saddam Hussein's "Arabising" operations in northern Iraq. Today, a new generation of Kurds is struggling to stay ahead of Islamic State militants fighting to control parts of Syria and Iraq.</p><p>While the two exoduses are separated by more than three decades, the images from then and now are uncannily similar. The people's faces are stretched with worry; their backs are bent with what little remains of their homes. Whether in stark black and white or bracing color...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/272043/fleeing-the-violence-then-and-now">More</a>By <a href="/author/sarah-eberspacher" ><span class="byline">Sarah Eberspacher</span></a> and <a href="/author/lauren-hansen" ><span class="byline">Lauren Hansen</span></a>Tue, 18 Nov 2014 06:03:00 -0500The week's best photojournalismhttp://theweek.com/article/index/272041/the-weeks-best-photojournalismhttp://theweek.com/article/index/272041/the-weeks-best-photojournalism<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0128/64312_article_main/w/240/h/300/hong-kong.jpg?209" /></P><p ><br /> A man relaxes under an umbrella in Nice in southeastern France. | (<em>AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />A teacher takes cover under her desk during an earthquake drill in Santiago, Chile. | (<em>REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />A pair of boys play with a toy car salvaged from a nearby landfill outside a slum in New Delhi, India. | (<em>AP Photo/Altaf Qadri</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />Stranded window washers hang on the side of One World Trade Center in New York. Firefighters rescued the two workers. | (<em>REUTERS/Mike Segar</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />French President Francois Hollande (center) wears 3D glasses while watching the Philae landing probe's progress toward...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/272041/the-weeks-best-photojournalism">More</a>By <a href="/author/sarah-eberspacher" ><span class="byline">Sarah Eberspacher</span></a> and <a href="/author/lauren-hansen" ><span class="byline">Lauren Hansen</span></a>Fri, 14 Nov 2014 14:35:00 -0500This week I learned a major U.S airline once settled a legal dispute with arm wrestling, and morehttp://theweek.com/article/index/271933/this-week-i-learned-a-major-us-airline-once-settled-a-legal-dispute-with-arm-wrestling-and-morehttp://theweek.com/article/index/271933/this-week-i-learned-a-major-us-airline-once-settled-a-legal-dispute-with-arm-wrestling-and-more<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0128/64286_article_main/w/240/h/300/arm-wrestling.jpg?209" /></P><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/176804535%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-un375&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false"></iframe></p><p><strong>Read more about the facts mentioned:</strong></p><p>How Southwest Airlines settled a legal dispute with arm wrestling <em>(Priceonomics)</em></p><p>Pope Francis worked as a nightclub bouncer <em>(The New York Post)</em></p><p>Don't waste your two most productive hours <em>(The Science of Us)</em></p><p>Strange idioms from around the world illustrated <em>(Neatorama</em> via <em>HotelClub.com</em>)</p><p><strong>Listen to more of</strong> <strong><em>The Week</em>'s mini podcasts</strong>:</p><ul><li>What Darth Vader sounded like on the <em>Star Wars</em> set</li><li>5 things no one tells you about competing on <em>Jeopardy!</em></li><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>Rachel Getting Married</em></li></ul><p> </p><p ><strong>*You can also find <em>The Week</em>'s mini podcasts on iTunes...</strong></p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/271933/this-week-i-learned-a-major-us-airline-once-settled-a-legal-dispute-with-arm-wrestling-and-more">More</a>By <a href="/author/lauren-hansen" ><span class="byline">Lauren Hansen</span></a>Thu, 13 Nov 2014 18:50:00 -0500What Darth Vader sounded like on the Star Wars sethttp://theweek.com/article/index/271819/what-darth-vader-sounded-like-on-the-star-wars-sethttp://theweek.com/article/index/271819/what-darth-vader-sounded-like-on-the-star-wars-set<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0128/64211_article_main/w/240/h/300/darth-vader.jpg?209" /></P><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/176633189%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-5ABFW&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false"></iframe></p><p>For more on this story and to test your knowledge of amazing and interesting facts, trivia, and quizzes, go to <em>MentalFloss.com</em>.</p><p>Read more about the Darth Vader&rsquo;s evolution from sketch to screen.</p><p><strong>Listen to more of</strong> <strong><em>The Week</em>'s mini podcasts</strong>:</p><ul><li>5 things no one tells you about competing on <em>Jeopardy!</em></li><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>Rachel Getting Married</em></li><li>This week I learned the best time and day of the week to buy airline tickets, and more</li></ul><p> </p><p ><strong>*You can also find <em>The Week</em>'s mini podcasts on iTunes, SoundCloud, and TuneIn.*</strong></p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/271819/what-darth-vader-sounded-like-on-the-star-wars-set">More</a>By <a href="/author/lauren-hansen" ><span class="byline">Lauren Hansen</span></a>Wed, 12 Nov 2014 17:55:00 -0500A linguistic dissection of the 2016 contenders' book title choiceshttp://theweek.com/article/index/271698/a-linguistic-dissection-of-the-2016-contenders-book-title-choiceshttp://theweek.com/article/index/271698/a-linguistic-dissection-of-the-2016-contenders-book-title-choices<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0128/64168_article_main/w/240/h/300/campaign-lit.jpg?209" /></P><p>So-called "candidate lit" &mdash; in which seemingly every politician in America with at least one eye on higher office races to publish a credibility-boosting book &mdash; may seem like a recent trend. But it actually dates back to at least 1956, when then-Sen. John F. Kennedy penned <em>Profiles in Courage</em>.</p><p>But today's politician-authors have certainly upped the ante. Publication is more than just an opportunity to introduce yourself to a national audience by boasting about your experience and laying the planks of your policy platform. Book tours have become none-too-subtle proto-campaigns, where...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/271698/a-linguistic-dissection-of-the-2016-contenders-book-title-choices">More</a>By <a href="/author/arika-okrent" ><span class="byline">Arika Okrent</span></a> and <a href="/author/lauren-hansen" ><span class="byline">Lauren Hansen</span></a>Tue, 11 Nov 2014 09:00:00 -0500The week's best photojournalismhttp://theweek.com/article/index/271555/the-weeks-best-photojournalismhttp://theweek.com/article/index/271555/the-weeks-best-photojournalism<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0128/64113_article_main/w/240/h/300.jpg?209" /></P><p ><br /> A feeder moves a giant panda cub as the triplets make their debut public appearance, 100 days after their birth at China's Chimelong Safari Park. | (<em>REUTERS/China Daily</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />A man carries flowers to the tombstone of a relative on All Saints Day, in Ronda, Spain. | (<em>REUTERS/Jon Nazca</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captures the sun emitting a mid-level solar flare. | (<em>REUTERS/NASA/SDO/Handout via Reuters</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />A man rests on the beach after a soccer practice in Colombo. | (<em>REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />A worker cleans a stage in preparation for New York's Democrat Andrew Cuomo's gubernatorial election...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/271555/the-weeks-best-photojournalism">More</a>By <a href="/author/sarah-eberspacher" ><span class="byline">Sarah Eberspacher</span></a> and <a href="/author/lauren-hansen" ><span class="byline">Lauren Hansen</span></a>Fri, 07 Nov 2014 13:50:00 -0500This week I learned the best time and day of the week to buy airline tickets, and morehttp://theweek.com/article/index/271470/this-week-i-learned-the-best-time-and-day-of-the-week-to-buy-airline-tickets-and-morehttp://theweek.com/article/index/271470/this-week-i-learned-the-best-time-and-day-of-the-week-to-buy-airline-tickets-and-more<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0128/64098_article_main/w/240/h/300/airplane.jpg?209" /></P><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/175704567%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-SnVbH&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false"></iframe></p><p><strong>Read more about the facts mentioned:</strong></p><p>The best time to buy airline tickets is on Sunday 57 days in advance <em>(Factually)</em></p><p>The branded bandit: meet an F.B.I. agent in charge of nicknaming bank robbers <em>(Vanity Fair)</em></p><p>Real life journalist suing over the microwave scene in <em>American Hustle</em> <em>(Gizmodo)</em></p><p>An old-fashioned printing shop cashes in on demand for modern type: @ and # <em>(Wall Street Journal)</em></p><p><strong>Listen to more of</strong> <strong><em>The Week</em>'s mini podcasts</strong>:</p><ul><li>5 baffling foreign-language versions of the <em>Fresh Prince of Bel-Air</em> theme song</li><li>Ban PowerPoint!</li><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>The House of the Devil...</em></li></ul> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/271470/this-week-i-learned-the-best-time-and-day-of-the-week-to-buy-airline-tickets-and-more">More</a>By <a href="/author/lauren-hansen" ><span class="byline">Lauren Hansen</span></a>Thu, 06 Nov 2014 18:05:00 -0500Portraits of resilience: West Africa's Ebola survivorshttp://theweek.com/article/index/270828/portraits-of-resilience-west-africas-ebola-survivorshttp://theweek.com/article/index/270828/portraits-of-resilience-west-africas-ebola-survivors<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0127/63962_article_main/w/240/h/300/ebola-survivor.jpg?209" /></P><p>The numbers are sobering: More than 10,000 infected so far. At least 5,000 dead. A 70 percent mortality rate.</p><p>The Ebola outbreak that has crippled three West African countries over the last six months is not selective. It has stolen the lives of young and old, rich and poor. But what is easy to forget as the devastating stories unfold at a faster and faster clip, is that a positive diagnosis is not an unequivocal death sentence.</p><p>Below, images of Liberians who battled the Ebola virus and survived. Their stories are diverse &mdash; some lost entire families, others escaped relatively unscathed...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/270828/portraits-of-resilience-west-africas-ebola-survivors">More</a>By <a href="/author/sarah-eberspacher" ><span class="byline">Sarah Eberspacher</span></a> and <a href="/author/lauren-hansen" ><span class="byline">Lauren Hansen</span></a>Tue, 04 Nov 2014 06:00:00 -0500President Obama is the most toxic man in America, according to these Republican and Democratic campaign adshttp://theweek.com/article/index/271181/president-obama-is-the-most-toxic-man-in-america-according-to-these-republican-and-democratic-campaign-adshttp://theweek.com/article/index/271181/president-obama-is-the-most-toxic-man-in-america-according-to-these-republican-and-democratic-campaign-ads<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0127/63961_article_main/w/240/h/300/toxic-obama.jpg?209" /></P><p><iframe width="600" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/tXEjOkqrFrE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p><strong>For more of <em>The Week</em>'s videos, subscribe to our YouTube channel.</strong></p><p>Recent videos from <em>The Week</em>:</p><p> </p><ul><li>Watch America's last 4 presidents each announce that they're bombing Iraq</li></ul><ul><li>Watch Liam Neeson play the exact same vengeful hero in 8 different movies</li></ul><ul><li>Recommended streaming: <em>Populaire</em></li></ul><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/271181/president-obama-is-the-most-toxic-man-in-america-according-to-these-republican-and-democratic-campaign-ads">More</a>By <a href="/author/lauren-hansen" ><span class="byline">Lauren Hansen</span></a>Mon, 03 Nov 2014 14:05:00 -0500The week's best photojournalismhttp://theweek.com/article/index/271003/the-weeks-best-photojournalismhttp://theweek.com/article/index/271003/the-weeks-best-photojournalism<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0127/63934_article_main/w/240/h/300/hindu-devotees.jpg?209" /></P><p ><br /> Hindu devotees prepare to receive rice offerings from the temple authority in Kolkata, India. | (<em>REUTERS/Stringer</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />Amateur climber Zheng Feng takes wedding pictures with his bride on a cliff in Jinhua, China. | (<em>REUTERS/China Daily</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />Veterinarians clean the teeth of Tango, an 11-year-old male jaguar, at the Buenos Aires Zoo. | (<em>REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />Young Buddhist monks hold candles during the festival of Yee Peng in Chiang Mai, Thailand. | (<em>REUTERS/Dario Pignatelli</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /><br />Girls clad in burqas take picture with a tablet while visiting Karachi's Clifton beach in Pakistan. | (<em>REUTERS/Akhtar...</em></p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/271003/the-weeks-best-photojournalism">More</a>By <a href="/author/lauren-hansen" ><span class="byline">Lauren Hansen</span></a> and <a href="/author/sarah-eberspacher" ><span class="byline">Sarah Eberspacher</span></a>Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:15:00 -0400This week I learned F. Scott Fitzgerald may have revolutionized the game of football, and morehttp://theweek.com/article/index/270971/this-week-i-learned-f-scott-fitzgerald-may-have-revolutionized-the-game-of-football-and-morehttp://theweek.com/article/index/270971/this-week-i-learned-f-scott-fitzgerald-may-have-revolutionized-the-game-of-football-and-more<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0127/63900_article_main/w/240/h/300/f-scott-fitzgerald.jpg?209" /></P><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/174622758%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-ELsxz&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false"></iframe></p><p><strong>Read more about the facts mentioned:</strong></p><p>The football genius of F. 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