Cult Week

Cults and extreme beliefs fascinate us because we are all susceptible to their pull. Cult Week explores these stories — and the liminal spaces between the real and the imaginary.

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Cult Week
How an ultra-nationalist religious group became one of the most popular film producers in Japan

Happy Science is an ultra-nationalist New Religious group that uses the media, a political party, and educational institutions to further its controversial belief system.

by Alicia Haddick
HS Productions

The Rise and Fall of

ByAllison McClain Merrill

From the late '90s through the early 2010s, Disney offered up clever online games based on the network's most popular TV shows.


Rooster Teeth Was Too Good For the Internet — Until It Wasn’t

ByEric Francisco

A eulogy for the imperfect studio behind Red vs. Blue.

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One of the Decade’s Most Groundbreaking Animated Movies Was About a Weird Little Guy

ByJosh Bell

This tiny inspirational hero's Oscar-nominated movie is now on Netflix.

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The Forever Labyrinth Brings Art History to Life In An Intriguing Adventure Game

ByRobin Bea

The world’s strangest museum tour.

Sundance 2024 Review

'Seeking Mavis Beacon' Pulls the Curtain Back on an Online Legend

ByLyvie Scott

The Sundance doc explores the mystery of Mavis Beacon, the woman who taught a generation to type before disappearing forever.


A Eulogy for GameStop’s Doomed NFT Marketplace

ByRobin Bea

We’ll always have the memories (of tasteless jokes and stolen art).


Eminem Is Coming To Fortnite OG's Big Bang Finale

ByIan Sherr

The Real Slim Shady will be appearing during a live event.


'Our Flag Means Death’s Fierce Fandom Is Changing the Way TV is Made

ByDais Johnston

What is happening to the fan and creator dynamic?


Can Eating Carrots Give You a Natural Tan? The Science Behind This Bizarre Medical Quirk

ByThe Conversation, Lauren Ball and Emily Burch

Carrots are full of beta-carotene, but does this really give you a natural glow, and is it healthy?

Geeking Out

'Knock at the Cabin' Star Abby Quinn Reveals Her 2 Nerdiest Obsessions

ByLyvie Scott

“Have you heard of The Saddle Club?”