From Smithsonian, a series on people who made a difference, including Wendell Berry, and E. O. Wilson. Der Indianer: Why do 40,000 Germans spend their weekends dressed as Native Americans? Two election reform organizations, relative newcomer National Popular Vote and the more established FairVote, have a promising proposal to use the electoral college for the very end it was intended to circumvent. A look at how science fiction writers can help, or hurt, homeland security. A review of Renegade: The Making of a President by Richard Wolffe (and more). This season marks 150 years since the birth of Sholem Aleichem, whose appeal to "something more cheerful" made him the most popular Yiddish writer. Is Europe's future Christian? Ours is the most secular continent in the world — will it stay that way? A review of Radical Ambition: C. Wright Mills, the Left, and American Social Thought by Daniel Geary. With the advent of transistors, and, more recently, digital signal processing, modern ham radio is one of those hobbies that you can get into at a number of different levels. A look at 9 conservative myths about right-wing domestic terrorism. Animals that count: A look at how numeracy evolved. Who's afraid of industrial policy? We shouldn't pass up a chance to enlist the auto industry in a green transition.