From The Atlantic, Joshua Kucera is spooked: The spies who loved him; a street brawl in India brings down a global kidney-transplant ring; and a rooster crows in Portland: The heartbreak of urban chicken husbandry. Dani Rodrik on letting developing nations rule. Borrowing from Peter to pay Paul is a scheme made famous by Charles Ponzi; who was this crook whose name graces this scam? Slate goes inside the world's most annoying economic crisis; a look at Tim Geithner's daunting to-do list at the Treasury Department; and here's an interactive guide to the bailout trillions. How the crisis gives the US new financial power. A Democratic Love Story: Why the party's fractious economic experts have finally united. More on Geoff Nicholson's The Lost Art of Walking. From The New York Times, a look at the Buzzwords of 2008. The Internet will be tamed: A recent conference between three of the country’s most prominent scholars examined how individual accountability may eventually settle the online Wild West. Getting away with murder: Why Rafiq al-Hariri's assassins may never be caught. An excerpt from Borges and the Eternal Orangutans by Luis Fernando Verissimo. A review of The Crime of Reason and the Closing of the Scientific Mind by Robert B. Laughlin. A review of Beyond Tolerance: Searching for Interfaith Understanding in America by Gustav Niebuhr (and more).

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