The “First Lady of Show Business” and the “Last of the Red Hot Mamas,” Sophie Tucker was a star in vaudeville, radio, film, and television. A gutsy, song-belting stage performer, she entertained audiences for sixty years and inspired a host of younger women, including Judy Garland, Carol Channing, and Bette Midler. Tucker was a woman […]
Most people would feel a great loss if elephants, rhinos, or gorillas were to become extinct, but would we willingly move our families, change our means of earning a living, and disrupt our culture to prevent their extinction? People living in rural Africa are being asked to do just this by the world community. The Myth […]
For two months in the spring of 2016, the world watched as wildfire ravaged the Canadian town of Fort McMurray. Firefighters named the fire “the Beast.” It acted like a mythical animal, alive with destructive energy, and they hoped never to see anything like it again. Yet it’s not a stretch to imagine we will […]
It was a spring day on the Las Vegas strip in 1971 when Ruby Duncan, a former cotton picker turned hotel maid and the mother of seven, led a procession. Followed by an angry army of welfare mothers, they stormed Caesar’s Palace to protest Nevada’s decision to terminate their benefits. The demonstrations went on for […]
Sarah Halpern-Meekin is a sociologist and associate professor in the Human Development and Family Studies department at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She studies romantic relationships and welfare policy and is currently looking at how premarital experiences are associated with later relationship outcomes; how government-funded relationship education programs are experienced by their participants; and how changes […]
Jeremy Popkin holds the William T. Bryan Chair in history at the University of Kentucky, where he teaches classes on the era of the French Revolution. Two of his books, one on the explosion of “new media” after 1789: Revolutionary News: The Press in France, 1789-1799, published by Duke University Press in 1989 and You […]
Ethan J. Leib is Professor of Law at Fordham Law School. He teaches in contracts, legislation, and regulation. His most recent book, Friend v. Friend: Friendships and What, If Anything, the Law Should Do About Them, was published by Oxford University Press. In it, he explores the costs and benefits of the legal recognition of and […]
Adrian Johns is a professor in the Department of History and the Committee on Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science at the University of Chicago. He is the author of several books, most recently <em>Death of a Pirate</em>, published by Norton. <em>Piracy</em>, his history of intellectual piracy from the invention of printing to the Internet, was published by the University of Chicago Press and has been published in Italian, Spanish, French, and Czech. <em>Piracy </em> won the Book of the Year Award from the American Society for Information Science and Technology and was named an Outstanding Title by <em>Choice Magazine</em>.
In a world of more-better-faster, the challenges and stresses have never been greater: too much to do, not enough time. And in an economy where worker talent (know-how, energy, attention, commitment, and creativity) is at a premium, everyone is trying to maximize personal productivity. In The Simplicity Survival Handbook, Bill Jensen offers the antidote you’re seeking: […]
Markets have long been acknowledged to be a superior mechanism for managing resources but until the age of big data, they largely functioned better in theory than in practice. Now, as ideal markets are within reach because of vastly easier access to enormous amounts of information, we are on the verge of a major disruption. […]
Dark Energy. Dark Matter. They don’t just sound mysterious, their strangeness is causing long-held notions about the universe to be questioned all over again. Astronomers have long known that the universe is expanding, but they assumed that gravity was slowing down that growth. Instead, it appears that the growth of the universe is accelerating and […]
A leading scholar of American cultural history, Lauren Sklaroff is Associate Professor of History at the University of South Carolina. Her areas of research include all elements of popular culture, and the history of race and ethnicity in the U.S.. She taught previously at George Mason University, held a fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution, and was […]
Richard C. Francis is a freelance science writer and the author of Epigenetics, published by W. W. Norton & Co. Writing in the New Republic, Judith Shulevitz said, ““Mesmerizing stuff…Richard Francis provides an excellent non-technical introduction to the scientific underpinnings of this discomfiting new genetics.” His most recent book, Domesticated: Evolution in a Man-Made World, was also published […]
Anna Rubino is a scholar and a journalist with an extensive background in covering the international oil industry from New York and Brussels. She has reported for over two decades for international publications and news services such as <em>Business Week</em>, <em>McGraw-Hill World News</em>, <em>Petroleum Intelligence Weekly</em>, and the <em>International Herald Tribune</em>. She is the author of <em>Queen of the Oil Club</em>, published by Beacon Press. <em>The Financial Times</em> called it “an entertaining glimpse into a competitive, secretive world whose too little-known past still profoundly influences our lives.”
David Monaghan is a sociologist of inequality and stratification who focuses on higher education. His research is focused on the relationship between higher education and social stratification. Currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Education Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he is the co-author, with Paul Attewell, of <em>Data Mining for the Social Sciences: An Introduction</em>, published by the University of California Press.