The Strokes vs. The White Stripes: With one band reunited, and the other broken up, Nerve ranks both discographies in an epic battle royale of early 21st-century rock. Amid all the earbudded iPods, smart phones and MP3 players, one can't help but wonder: Whatever happened to the audiophile? The flatlands of the synth cover: The introduction of the synthesizer gave PoMo bands the means to replay the history of rock and roll with the authenticity knob turned down low. An article on 6 pieces of music that mean the opposite of what you think. Hip-Hop Unveiled: Gender inequality, homophobia and pro-gun — cool or right-wing? What perfection sounds like: Get ready for 3-D sound — Rocket scientist Edgar Choueiri wants to bring it to your living room. Is subway music a contradiction in terms? He grew up in the same house as Bob Marley, and together with Peter Tosh, they created not just The Wailers but a new template for sound, but only Bunny Wailer remains, and today he lives in his own private Zion. Why do so many musical superstars think that their careers are part of a divine plan? A look at the 5 weirdest ways music can mess with the human brain. How accurate will our documentaries about The Beatles be in the year 3126? The International Music Score Library Project raises copyright concerns. Egomaniac, sellout, plagiarist — David Bowie has been accused of many things, but a new biography reveals a warmer side to the pop pioneer. The all-seeing eye of rock and roll: How the Boston rock scene grew up, got real jobs, and became — Freemasons? A review of Radiohead and Philosophy: Fitter, Happier, More Deductive. Scholars sing the praises of Eurovision: Kitschy song contest wows academia; "rampant snobbism".

Matt Zwolinski (USD): Structural Exploitation. How New York Times reporter Mark Hawthorne dropped out and became a hate evangelist in Berkeley. The Policy Apocalypse: The right's ridiculous rhetoric on Obama will have a real effect on policy. David Rosen on America's changing sexual appetites. Larry Beinhart on the astonishing stupidity of not raising taxes on the rich when budgets are tight. The Journal of Unsolved Questions, online in Mainz, Germany, seems well worth a look. Nobrowmanship: The desired state is “one-upness”, which is sort of a nirvana for petty individuals. Viva la Recesion: Are bad economies good for democracy? Who's more likely to be right: A century of economics or as billion years of evolution? The collapse of secure retirement: The dream of a modestly middle-class retirement is fading. The first ever study of its kind by See Change Strategy takes a deep dive into medical pot, a growth industry. A review of Zero Degrees of Empathy: A New Theory of Human Cruelty by Simon Baron-Cohen. A new lease on life for humanitarianism: How Operation Odyssey Dawn will revive RtoP. What's wrong with a little sex? If J. Michael Bailey, the Northwestern professor who introduced America to a certain motorized toy, doesn't sound very sorry, it's because he doesn't think he did anything wrong. A review of Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable. Government shutdown: How Democrats and Republicans are already spinning it. When we travel, the meanings consumerism ascribes to objects become opaque, and the choices we have to make — where to eat, where to go, what to do — can abruptly seem arbitrary, pointless. Robert Pape on the new standard for humanitarian intervention: How Libya may set a new global precedent for when international military action is — and isn't — warranted. Can a pill bring sexy back? Questioning a film, its feminism, and the FDA.

Craig Martin (Baltimore): Taking War Seriously: A Model for Constitutional Constraints on the Use of Force, in Compliance with International Law. Do Americans love war? Getting to the heart of Americans' historical love affair with warfare. War is a drug: Tom Engelhardt on Washington’s 30-year high and the urge to surge. An interview with Dominic Tierney, author of How We Fight: Crusades, Quagmires, and the American Way of War. From Treasury Vault to the Manhattan Project: The U.S. War Department borrowed 14,000 tons of government silver in its drive to make the world’s first atomic bomb. A review of Between War and Peace: How America Ends Its Wars. A review of The Violence of Peace: America's Wars in the Age of Obama by Stephen L. Carter. Dan Bailey is in search of the origins of warfare in the American Southwest. The Naked Truth of Battle: James MacGregor Burns reports on his experiences as one of America’s first combat historians, among a handful of men who accompanied soldiers into the bloodiest battles to write history as it was being made. From Popular Mechanics, meet the airmen who watch over America's nukes — and await the unthinkable. A History of Violence: How the Army is trying to capture the lessons of war. Forty-Five Years of Frustration: Mark Clodfelter on America’s enduring dilemma of fighting insurgents with airpower. The Stoner Arms Dealers: How two American kids became big-time weapons traders — until the Pentagon turned on them. A review of Outsourcing War and Peace: Preserving Public Values in a World of Privatized Foreign Affairs by Laura A Dickinson. Why peace is the business of men (but shouldn’t be): A modest proposal for the immodest brotherhood of big men.