Flagrant foul against Air Jordan amid racial tensions

Sports legend Michael Jordan has courted controversy after speaking out on the recent spate of police-involved shootings sweeping through the country. In a prepared statement released Monday, the former Chicago Bulls star declared that he could “no longer stay silent” after watching the “deeply troubl[ing]” cases of violence against both unarmed civilians and police officers in the line of duty.” “As a proud American, a father who lost his own dad in a senseless act of violence, and a black man,” Jordan’s statement read, “I have been deeply troubled by the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement and angered by the cowardly and hateful targeting and killing of police officers.… MORE >>

Political polarization reaches the small screen

We hear over and over again about the growing polarization in America. Pew reported a few years ago that partisanship has grown both more concentrated and more pointed since the mid-nineties—the number of voters expressing hard ideological stances has doubled while those same voters feel more and more unfavorable towards their counterparts on the other side.… MORE >>

Was 2015 really America’s most generous year ever?

Good news from the latest Giving USA’s report: in 2015 charitable donations in the United States amounted to $373.25 billion. That means Americans donated over $1 billion per day, on average.… MORE >>

Bringing Back the Balsams?

Though it now conjures images of typical post-industrial recession, the north of New Hampshire once attracted the world’s rich and famous, who sought retreat and respite in any one of the region’s many luxury hotels and resorts.… MORE >>

Brexit strains Britain’s social fabric

Last Thursday, as voters across the United Kingdom cast ballots on their future within the European Union, I was in Dublin attending an academic conference. The professors, graduate students, and other various representatives of the professional intellectual class that I spoke with there all seemed quite confident that the Brits would stay in Europe.… MORE >>

Small-town museums, big time impacts

Elbow, Saskatchewan—a funny name for a village, so named because it is on the “elbow” of the South Saskatchewan River. To get to Elbow, you have to turn off of the road to the village of Eyebrow, named for an eyebrow-shaped moraine on its outskirts.… MORE >>

Angus Deaton argues for prioritizing local needs

In fighting poverty, it’s a long-standing question about whether or not it’s better to help poor people at home or overseas. Angus Deaton, last year’s Nobel Laureate in Economics, makes a forceful case that overseas aid is less effective and less necessary than aid spent in our country.… MORE >>

On the free speech allowed for climate skeptics

Sometime in the past two years the Left got a notion that the best way to win the debate over climate change was to declare anyone who disagreed with the received wisdom that the planet was steadily warming was to send them to prison.… MORE >>

On the presidents of the Ford Foundation

One of my useless achievements is that I think I can name all the presidents of the Ford Foundation without having to look them up. But even though I can name them, I can’t tell you what they were like.… MORE >>

On the newest device that will save the Third World from disease

About every three years, someone invents some sort of miraculous device, which will revolutionize science and/or public health in the Third World. Articles by Carolyn Kormann in the New Yorker and Ed Yong in The Atlantic describe the most recent of these—the Foldscope.… MORE >>
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