R2-D2 and BB-8 on the cover of the Dec. 14, 2015 issue of TIME.
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December 3, 2015 7:34 AM EST

How J.J. Abrams Brought Back Star Wars
Inside the making of The Force Awakens

Two New Voices on the Arts

The Fallacy of ‘Free Speech’

A new wave of campus revolts and campaign speeches is fueling a dangerous war on words

Review: Misery Breaks Both Legs on Broadway

Laurie Metcalf and Bruce Willis star in the adaptation

Six Steps to Building an ISIS Strategy

The First Genetically Altered Animal Is Approved for Eating

AquAdvantage grows twice as fast as regular salmon

The TSA and the Price of Security

TSA’s emergency powers are doing more harm than good

Why Giving Is the Best Gift This Year

And how to make your altruism count

From the Heart

Actors, comedians and other influencers share the gifts that have meant the most, from thoughtful meals cooked by their kids to an annual closet cleanout turned clothing giveaway

Review: The Big Short Knows Why Your Rent Is Too Damn High

Ryan Gosling, Steve Carrell, Brad Pitt and Christian Bale star in this movie about the financial crash

Karl Rove Won’t Rule Out Donald Trump Nomination

‘I don’t want to say the chances are zero’

Sending Women to War

The Pentagon nears a historic decision on equality at the front lines

Review: Vintage Valor in In the Heart of the Sea

A whale tale that’s no fluke

The Climate Contest

Inside the confusing alliances and battle lines at the major U.N. climate summit in Paris

Strike a Power Pose–But Do It In Private

How good posture can change your life

Transparent‘s Second Season Comes with More Angst and Less Insight

Transparent may be running out of things these people can teach us

Syrian Refugees In the U.S. Feel a Backlash

Marco Vs. Ted: Inside the Rivalry Reshaping the GOP

The Forces Fueling the Rise of France’s Far Right

Review: Grimes’ Art Angels Hints at Pop’s Dark Side

Grimes learned to play the violin, ukulele and other instruments while recording her new album

The Millennial Beard: Why Boomers Need Their Younger Counterparts

And vice versa

Where Do People Still Hunt Whales?

Japan’s whaling fleet set sail on Dec. 1 in defiance of a 2014 U.N. order to cease the practice. It’s not the only place to bypass the International Whaling Commission’s 1986 ban on commercial operations.

Why Washington Is Fighting Over Your Financial Planner

Your retirement savings adviser may not be working in your best interest

Verbatim

9 Questions with Tiger Woods

Review: A ‘Hitch’ in the History of Filmmaking

Kent Jones’ new documentaryHitchcock/Truffaut looks at the director’s filmmaking

Netflix’s New Love Story

What You Said About …

Buzzy Gifts for Book Lovers

2015’s most buzzed about reads–from runaway best sellers to cult classics in the making–prove to be particularly thoughtful and timely this holiday season. Cross the readers off your list with these last-minute picks at Amazon.

Quick Talk With Rick Ross

The rapper’s new album is Black Market

Uninformed

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