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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!

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The Largest Star in the Universe
Kurzgesagt

The Largest Star in the Universe

Media / Video
Each of us sometimes looks at the starry sky at night. Have you ever thought about which stars are the largest in the universe? Here is the answer from Kurzgesagt.

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The Book of Generation

The Book of Generation
A Creation Story

Magazine / science
Our biologist-reporter observes a story similar to the Judeo-Christian account of creation, but featuring soil, plants and fungi instead. Tomasz Sitarz
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Don’t Be Rubbish, Be a Pearl!

Don’t Be Rubbish, Be a Pearl!
The Era of Fake News

Magazine / culture
We live in an era of disinformation; where ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative facts’ have quickly established themselves in the common language. What can we do about this? Paulina Wilk

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Dreaming of Crystal Houses

Dreaming of Crystal Houses
The Great Victorian Exhibition Space

Magazine / society
In the mid-19th century, the British were planning a world fair to consolidate their empire’s reputation on the global stage. They needed a pavilion to house the exhibition in, and Joseph Paxton’s Crystal Palace did not disappoint. Zygmunt Borawski

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In Rhythm with the Sun

In Rhythm with the Sun
The Body’s Biological Clock

Magazine / science
The human body has adapted to function in cycles of light and dark. Here’s what goes inside your organism during one 24-hour shift. Tomasz Sitarz
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The World’s Oldest Doctor
healthy living

The World’s Oldest Doctor
The Power of the Placebo Effect

Magazine / science
The efficacy of medical treatments can be influenced by many factors. Our correspondent details the success of the placebo effect, and the importance of double-blinding. January Weiner
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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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Obrazek
Igor Kubik
Artwork / Illustrations
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22nd October 1909

22nd October 1909
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1909, Poland’s most important shrine – the Jasna Góra Monastery – was broken into; the painting of the Black Madonna of Częstochowa was stolen. But who committed the theft? Adam Węgłowski
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October in History

October in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

Reading / society
Our eternally pessimistic correspondent gives his historical highlights for the month of October. Adam Węgłowski
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No Bread, No Circuses
sports

No Bread, No Circuses
The Olympics and Climate Change

Magazine / society
The pandemic has already delayed the 2020 Olympic Games. But sporting tournaments are already facing a larger issue: global warming. Andrzej Kula

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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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The Quest for Coloured Glass

The Quest for Coloured Glass
On Places and Non-Places

Magazine / society
A childhood memory of coloured glass leads our writer to reflect on the nostalgic attachment to places, and the existential alienation of non-places. Tomasz Stawiszyński

Opinion
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Stach
Szabłowski
Stach Szabłowski

Why Toppling Statues Is A Good Thing

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We’re No Longer There

Paulina
Wilk
Paulina Wilk
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Matthew
Coachinger
Matthew Coachinger

My Visor

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The Subterranean Brain of the Forest
Mind the climate

The Subterranean Brain of the Forest
How Trees Communicate

Magazine / science
The forest is full of life, not only in the green leaves that burst out of tree crowns, but also underground, where a dense collection of roots and fungi form a communication network. Maria Hawranek
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Nature Is Not Nice
Mind the climate

Nature Is Not Nice
An Interview with Andri Snær Magnason

Reading / culture
Writer and poet Andri Snær Magnason talks about Iceland’s sacred cows, the importance of his grandmother, and his latest book “On Time and Water”. Aleksandra Lipczak
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The Limits of Clean Energy
Mind the climate

The Limits of Clean Energy

Magazine / science
If the world isn’t careful, renewable energy could become as destructive as fossil fuels. Jason Hickel
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Loss Is Such a Useless Word
Mind the climate

Loss Is Such a Useless Word
An Interview with Forrest Gander

Magazine / culture
American poet Forrest Gander talks about the climate, the role of poetry, and where we can find hope. Julia Fiedorczuk

Audio

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What Does the Amazon Rainforest Have to Say? ♫

What Does the Amazon Rainforest Have to Say? ♫

Media / Audio
American acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton takes us on a sound trip to the first quiet park on Earth, where we can hear the gentle sounds of the Zabalo River, nestled deep in the Amazon rainforest.
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Mr Barker, Oedipuss and Us ♫

Mr Barker, Oedipuss and Us ♫

Media / Audio
We have more in common with cats and dogs than some people think – especially when it comes to cheekily deceiving each other. Original text by Ludwika Włodek.
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The Oak Chronicles ♫

The Oak Chronicles ♫

Media / Audio
An encounter with an ancient oak tree named Bartek, as experienced and retold by a biologist and poet. Original text by Urszula Zajączkowska.
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Life in a Sealed Jar. A Brief History of Terrariums ♫

Life in a Sealed Jar. A Brief History of Terrariums ♫

Media / Audio
Closed terrariums are currently in vogue for urban gardeners, but their history runs all the way back to 19th-century botany. Original text by Joanna Dobkowska.

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7 Common Traits of Self-transcended People
big think

7 Common Traits of Self-transcended People

Reading / society
The psychologist Abraham Maslow created a hierarchy of needs, which collectively represent the needs and desires required to motivate all human behaviour. How do we reach the highest level? Mike Colagrossi
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Our Bodies Are Chronically in "Threat Mode"
big think

Our Bodies Are Chronically in "Threat Mode"
But Being Kind Recalibrates Our Nervous System

Magazine / science
Being kind to others positively impacts your physical and mental health, according to this groundbreaking research by Stanford professor Dr. James Doty. Jaimee Bell
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Feeding the Soul
healthy living

Feeding the Soul
The Poilâne Bakery

Reading / society
The Poilâne bakery in Paris was founded in the 1930s. Today, it continues as a family business under the leadership of Apollonia Poilâne, baking some of the French capital’s finest bread. Agnieszka Drotkiewicz
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Summer Meditations
Healthy Living

Summer Meditations

Reading / society
A psychologist outlines four meditation exercises for the summer months. Julia E.  Wahl