‘Marco Polo’, Netflix’s Next Big Thing, Debuts Friday

Marco Polo, the next big thing from Netflix, will land at last on Friday after being buffeted for weeks in a media storm of questions, among them: Will the lavish limited series help Netflix in its quest to capture ground in the international marketplace? Will the $90 million production, filmed in Italy, Kazakhstan and Malaysia, top the streaming company’s stellar successes with House of Cards and Orange is the New Black? Will the release designed for binge-watching (all 10 hours of the first season …

Virginia Johnson: She Helped Bring Sex Out of the Bedroom

In 1957, Virginia Johnson, a divorced mother of two, saw an ad for a position as a research assistant at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The job turned out to be working for Dr. William H. Masters, a gynecologist who’d begun to study a topic that was largely taboo: sex. Johnson took the job, and it was the start of a partnership that would change America. Johnson, who died on July 24 at age 88 in St. Louis, …

The Takeaway: Older Women Satisfied With Sex Lives; Would You Use $1 Coins?

A large new study finds women in their 50s, 60s and even 70s are still having sex, satisfied with their sex lives and, if anything, want it a little more often, please. And several members of Congress are suggesting phasing out fragile $1 bills””prone to tearing, fading and generally wearing out””and replacing them with coins, which last much longer.