The Immense Pleasures of The Hills' Unromantic Reboot—and Reality TV Growing Up With You

It’s five minutes into the premiere episode of The Hills: New Beginnings when Whitney Port declares, “I can’t even believe that I’m a mom—let alone, like, everybody else.” She’s flanked by fellow disbelieving moms Audrina Patridge and Heidi Pratt, and they all burst out laughing. Audrina even folds over at the…

I Interviewed David Burns From The Real World: Seattle Because It's Never Too Late to Realize Teenage Dreams

David Burns was my first “celebrity” crush who was not a real celebrity. In the summer of 1998, as I teetered between middle and high school, The Real World: Seattle premiered and there was David with his slicked-back hair, weathered leather jacket, and multi-colored eyes (one blue, one brown). He had a penchant for…

'People Rise to the Occasion:' How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Office Makes an 'Unusual' Parental Leave Policy Work

Earlier this spring, Ariel Eckblad returned to work as Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s legislative director following twelve weeks of paid parental leave with her new baby. In another congressional office, several things might have gotten in the way of that time: for one, congressional staffers are not…

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