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Case of the vanishing journalists

TV, newspapers and podcasts have made reinvestigating old crimes big news. But who can they turn to for help? Meet two reporters who left their jobs to become media-minded private eyes.

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Front and centre

The spotlights used in many a film classic were made by a family-run company in a tiny Bavarian town. We meet the German engineers bringing a warm glow to Hollywood.

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French touch

Gallic pop’s ecstatic renaissance is being driven by electro-tinged – and frankly libidinous – tracks from a new wave of artists. Riding highest on our list is Corine, who joined us in the apt setting of Hotel Grand Amour…

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The Ten

Whether you’ve got your eye on a painting at Art Basel, want to watch a thrilling piece of cinema or prefer to spend your summer days relaxing with a good novel, our guide to the best films, series, art, books and exhibi…

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Judging a book by its cover

Is it the cardinal sin? Not according to those who design the jackets that catch your eye in the bookshop. We meet them to find out why – when it comes to selecting reading material – it should be love at first sight.

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Must the show go on?

Just when you thought the plug should be pulled on the tired old music talent show, along comes another new offering. Yet ‘Songland’, which sees the spotlight shift from singer to songwriter, promises something different…

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Star turn

Abstract artist Frank Stella had his first Moma retrospective 50 years ago. We caught up with him as he prepared to show his latest colourful work, partly inspired by his smoking habit.

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Nothing but the truth

From skateboarding in Illinois to covert filming in the suburbs of Damascus, documentary films are enjoying mass-market appeal – and cashing in at the box office too. We meet the genre’s talents.

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Writing rights

‘The Last Column’, a collection of final dispatches by journalists who have been killed in the line of duty, reminds us of the importance of a free press.

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The Ten

Are you experiencing Netflix fatigue? Do your Spotify playlists feel uninspired? Then it’s time to take charge. This month we launch our new guide to the unmissable films, series, art, books and records that should make…

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Novel approach

A Japanese book distributor is espousing an unusual business model that sells not just books, but the bookshop experience itself, to bibliophiles and casual shoppers alike.

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Messing with Texas

Texas is big. It’s about big money, big cars and big characters. But a new side is emerging that’s attracting a different kind of crowd – and looking kind of cool.

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Human touch

Innovative media brands are helping audiences to look up from their screens and find meaningful connections by making them part of the show.

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Feast for the senses

France has an enviable history of nurturing some of the world’s great artists – so these galleries, bookshops and record shops could be hiding the next big thing.

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Freedom of speech

Author Leïla Slimani discusses identity, ridiculous people and politics – themes from her own life, as well as her novels.

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Culture briefing

A round-up of the best French television, film, music and media. Plus: art from New York and Ukraine.

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Healing hands

Clad in white coats and working with a surgeon’s precision, these Rome-based fine-art restorers are on a mission to preserve the city’s cultural heritage.

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Culture briefing

A snowy photography museum, Peruvian art in Madrid, going rural in the fight against climate change.

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Headline act

We visit a Greek newspaper staying healthy in an industry that many thought was dying. The cure? Better reporting, smarter stories and plenty of supplements.

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Making a stand

Roadside kiosks are a fixture of everyday life in Greece – and a trusty source of gossip. But these charming outposts have a history that takes them beyond the fleeting concerns of the day.

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