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The Globalization of Local Radio

Donga shows in Darwin, Australia, choro deep cuts in Rio, and shipping-container electronica in Brooklyn.

By Ben Ellman

The Rise of the Franken­mansion

Megahouses smack in the heart of the city are sprouting up all over the globe. And they’re not all built for Russian oligarchs.

By S. Jhoanna Robledo

How the World Parties Sober

Including collagen-enhanced, nonalcoholic beer in Tokyo and L.A.’s sound-bath socials.

By Lauren Schwartzberg

What Do Royals Do All Day?

They paint, they get accused of fraud, they run boutiques, they chain-smoke.

By Abby Schreiber

A Festivalgoer’s Guide to the Real Cannes

Everything to know about the city: what Cannois are talking about (rats, Russians),  where to spot stars, and the best place for a 3 a.m. blowout.

By Jo Piazza

Can Boston Ever Be Fun?

It’s certainly trying, by altering laws — and, when that’s not possible, wiggling around them.