Christopher Phelps (OSU): A Neglected Document on Socialism and Sex. The disembodied book: The age of the printed book is drawing to a close — but there's no need to mourn its passing. A review of Until It Hurts: America's Obsession with Youth Sports and How It Harms Our Kids by Mark Hyman. A review of The Secret Lives of Boys: Inside the Raw Emotional World of Male Teens by Malina Saval. The age of diminishing endowments: An interview wwth Yale president Richard Levin on campus politics and the future of higher education. What place does Economics hold in the liberal arts university? (and part 2) Stefanie Sobelle reviews Picasso and the Allure of Language, edited by Susan Greenberg Fisher. Living on Canada's oil: Must we really choose between energy security and a climate disaster? Taking sides in the revolution: A review of Greg Kot's Ripped and Mark Helprin's Digital Barbarism (and more and more). Robot babies: Can scientists build a machine that learns as it goes and plays well with others? (and more and more from Cosmos). A review of Pieter Spierenburg's A History of Murder: Personal Violence in Europe from the Middle Ages to the Present. Animals can tell right from wrong: A review of Wild Justice: The Moral Lives of Animals by Marc Bekoff (and more and more and an excerpt).
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.
A dish best served boiling hot: The great theme of cinema at the moment is vengeance, and our appetite for punishment seems to be getting more ferocious. In the world of business, it’s all about the numbers; in the world of ministry, it’s all about the numbers as well. There is nothing simple about the diaphanous idea of a fiscal constitution, that’s for sure. What is compulsory national service but a type of slavery? 1588 and all that: Felipe Fernandez-Armesto punctures a few national illusions. The End of the Amazon: Brazil can save its rain forest — the question is, does it want to? Can Brazil save the world from climate change? Hearts and minds: An article on the Peace Corps in the Age of Obama. Many cosmological theories not only see our universe as one of many but also claim that time does not exist; Lee Smolin argues against the timeless multiverse. To protect an ancient city, China moves to raze it. Why is the frat boy culture so sleazy and sex-crazed? A review of Sexual Solipsism: Philosophical Essays on Pornography and Objectification by Rae Langton (and more). Going down in the downturn: More women are turning to sex work in a bad economy — does it beat working at McDonald's? This just in: You’re a terrible mother — and you’re going to die. Frying Nemo: Do fish feel pain?
From National Geographic, the forgotten faithful: Followers of Jesus for nearly 2,000 years, Arab Christians today are disappearing from the land where their faith was born. A review of Hard Surface: In Search of the Canadian Road by Peter Unwin. An interview with Knute Berger’s Pugetopolis: A Mossback Takes on Growth Addicts, Weather Wimps, and the Myth of Seattle Nice. An interview with Charter '08 member Sha Yexin, author of Jiang Qing and Her Husbands. Can China go green? Beijing has big plans to curb pollution and start a cleantech industry, but the global recession and looming trade frictions will test its resolve (and more). A review of David Holmgren's Future Scenarios: How Communities Can Adapt to Peak Oil and Climate Change. Authoritarianism's new wave: Today's undemocratic governments are smarter and more sophisticated than ever before. A review of Detlev Claussen's Theodor W. Adorno: One Last Genius (and more). Missing links: There’s a divide between what we should know about science and what we learn from most newspapers. Is interracial marriage legal? Here's the story of one man’s contribution to multiculturalism. A review of Non-Places: An Introduction to Supermodernity by Marc Auge. A review of The Life and Death of Democracy by John Keane (and more and more).