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Welcome to "Przekrój"!

In case you wonder where you are, and especially since you probably can’t pronounce the name of this website, here’s a little help. “Przekrój” (pron. ‘p-SHEH-crooy’) is the oldest magazine about society and culture in Poland. Now it’s also available in English!

“Przekrój” Magazine brings to the English reader some of the best journalism from across Central and Eastern Europe, in such fields as culture, society, ecology and literature. Stand aside from the haste and fierceness of everyday news and join us now!

Science

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The Unbearable Lightness of Sleeping
healthy living

The Unbearable Lightness of Sleeping
An Interview with Eve Lewis Prieto

Reading / science
What is the dream incubation technique? How can you rewrite what happens in a nightmare? And why might sleeping too much be problematic? Dariusz Kuźma

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Between Control and Hallucination

Between Control and Hallucination
An Interview with Anil Seth

Magazine / science
Neuroscientist Anil Seth talks about hallucinogenics, artificial intelligence, and how our perception of the world might not be consistent with reality. Maria Hawranek
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Script Hunting

Script Hunting
An Interview with Tomasz Bąk

Magazine / science
Neurolinguist Tomasz Bąk talks about the letters and symbols of various world alphabets, as well as how brain diseases can affect language. Jan Pelczar

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Testing the Waters

Testing the Waters
A Liquid Interview

Magazine / science
Our biologist-reporter tunes in to an interview with a particle of water, who explains everything we could wish to know about its structure and properties. Tomasz Sitarz
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There Will Be Life

There Will Be Life
An Interview with Janusz Pętkowski

Magazine / science
Astrobiologist Janusz Pętkowski talks about whether extra-terrestrial life might exist on the planet Venus. Piotr Stankiewicz

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What Is Dying All About?

What Is Dying All About?
An Interview with Marcin Kula

Magazine / science
Social historian Marcin Kula talks about burial traditions, the moral dilemmas surrounding the extension of life, and ‘shaking the coconut trees’. Aleksandra Pezda
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In Search of the Perfect Snowflake

In Search of the Perfect Snowflake
An Interview with Kenneth G. Libbrecht

Reading / science
Kenneth G. Libbrecht talks about why he became interested in snow, the physics behind snow crystals, and where to observe the best snowflakes. Katarzyna Rodacka

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How to Fall Asleep
healthy living

How to Fall Asleep
An Interview with Adam Wichniak

Magazine / science
Adam Wichniak, a psychiatrist from the Sleep Disorders Centre in Warsaw, talks about insomnia, smartphones and blue light, and how we can get better sleep. Aleksandra Pezda
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How the Brain Matures

How the Brain Matures
An Interview with Marek Kaczmarzyk

Magazine / science
Biologist Marek Kaczmarzyk talks about how humans differ from chimpanzees, the problem with fractions, and whether the brain ever really matures. Aleksandra Pezda

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Mythology and Mitochondria

Mythology and Mitochondria
An Interview with Oren Harman

Magazine / science
Oren Harman, author of “Evolution: Fifteen Myths That Explain Our World”, talks about Daedalus and Icarus, the power of myths, and the role of storytelling in science. Tomasz Sitarz
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What’s in a Joke?

What’s in a Joke?
An Interview with Marcin Napiórkowski

Magazine / science
Humour scholar Marcin Napiórkowski talks about jokes in antiquity, liberal and conservative humour, and the importance of laughter. Jan Pelczar

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What Comes After the Flood?
Mind the climate

What Comes After the Flood?
An Interview with Marcin Popkiewicz

Magazine / science
Marcin Popkiewicz, co-founder of a Polish climate science portal, talks about ecotourism, the fight against disinformation, and a possible future world. Łukasz Kaniewski
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An Archaeologist and a Citizen

An Archaeologist and a Citizen
An Interview with Leila Papoli-Yazdi

Reading / science
Iranian archaeologist and academic Leila Papoli-Yazdi talks about being a female archaeologist in Iran, the history of Polish refugees in Persia, and learning about taboo sexualities by excavating ruins. Aleksandra Lipczak

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We Live Inside the Sun

We Live Inside the Sun
An Interview with Paweł Preś

Magazine / science
Astronomer Paweł Preś talks about geomagnetic storms, drunk photons, and why the sun is much more powerful than we could ever imagine. Jan Pelczar
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Mothers of Kings

Mothers of Kings
The Secret Workings of Chimpanzee Politics

Magazine / science
Magdalena Braum, a primatologist and veterinarian in the Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania, talks about how chimpanzees discovered politics long before humans. Agnieszka Wójcińska

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I Am Not a New Frankenstein

I Am Not a New Frankenstein
An Interview with Jack Szostak

Magazine / science
Jack Szostak talks about the beginnings of life on Earth, the beauty of synthetic biology, and why he’s not exactly Dr. Frankenstein. Tomasz Stawiszyński