Last Call: Why do people live in Barrow, Alaska?

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Last CallLast CallLast Call is The Takeout’s online watering hole where you can chat, share recipes, and use the comment section as an open thread. Here’s what we’ve been reading/watching/listening around the office today.

The Devil Wears Prada

Everybody has that movie that they can’t ever turn off, and here is mine: If I come across it while channel flipping, I will never not watch The Devil Wears Prada. I don’t know what it is: Anne Hathaway’s clothes, Emily Blunt and Stanley Tucci’s over-the-top performances, or Meryl Streep’s masterpiece of passive-aggressiveness. Probably a combination. I might have seen it 20 or 80 times, and I will undoubtedly watch it 20 or 80 times more. [Gwen Ihnat]

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Why does Barrow, Alaska exist?

I’ve long been fascinated with extreme locales, places that are the coldest, hottest, highest, lowest on Earth. Barrow, Alaska sits on the Arctic Ocean and is the northernmost city in the United States—so close to the North Pole, the sun doesn’t rise for 65 days in the winter. And yet, 5,000 people call it home. Why? This 10-minute short film explains. [Kevin Pang]

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Gwen Ihnat

Gwen Ihnat is the Editorial Coordinator for The A.V. Club.

Kevin Pang

Kevin Pang was the founder and editor-in-chief of The Takeout, and director of the documentary For Grace on Netflix.