David Giles (Winchester): Field Migration, Cultural Mobility and Celebrity: The Case of Paul McCartney. How an unhip trio became superstars: It’s 2015, and yet the “terminally unhip” Rush is one of the world’s biggest touring bands. Rand Paul’s favorite band Rush thinks he’s racist. Leave U2 alone: Why did one of our best rock bands become so loathed? Soraya Roberts on Alanis in Chains: The pressured pop career that led to “Jagged Little Pill”, which turns 20 years old. Dalia Malek on why Vanilla Ice’s former DJ Deshay is the most interesting man in the world. Matt Diehl on the endless fall of Suge Knight: He sold America on a West Coast gangster fantasy and embodied it — then the bills came due. Alex French on how hip-hop is becoming the oldies. Don’t feel guilty about not keeping up with new music: Annie Zaleski on how the bands you loved as a kid can still be your favorites. Your love of the Sex Pistols or Norah Jones says more about your personality than you think.


Maria Theresia Starzmann (McGill): The Materiality of Forced Labor: An Archaeological Exploration of Punishment in Nazi Germany. Jonathan Kulick and James E. Prieger (Pepperdine) and Mark A.R. Kleiman (NYU): Unintended Consequences of Cigarette Prohibition, Regulation, and Taxation. “I’m no longer afraid”: 35 women tell their stories about being assaulted by Bill Cosby, and the culture that wouldn’t listen. There goes the neighborhood: Rick Perlstein on the Obama library in Chicago. Tara Kadioglu on why slow thinking wins: Many decisions and policies are created with intuitive-but-wrong approaches. Will intellectual combat ever top William Buckley vs. Gore Vidal? Running aground on the shoals of America’s colossal self-regard: Ryan Cooper on Ta-Nehisi Coates’ surprising explanation of climate change. Jihadi John “on the run in Syria after becoming terrified ISIS chiefs have no use for him and will subject him to same fate as his victims”. Attention, people: Your phone should never make noise in public.


Simon Keller (Victoria): Motives to Assist and Reasons to Assist: The Case of Global Poverty. Judith Lichtenberg (Georgetown): Responsibility for Global Poverty. Serdar Yardak (Lund): Revisiting Poverty: The Role of Four Philosophy of Science Perspectives in Studying Poverty. The anti-poverty experiment: In the U.S. and abroad, a new generation of data-driven programs is testing ways to help the poor to save more, live better and find their own way to economic security. This book will change the way you think about cash transfers for the poor: Kim Yi Dionne reviews Give a Man a Fish: Reflections on the New Politics of Distribution by James Ferguson. Nancy Birdsall on a new mission for the World Bank. The millennium development goals’ 15-year push ends extreme poverty for a billion people. Poverty falling faster than ever but the 1% are racing ahead. We can end poverty, but at what cost? Rakesh Kochhar on mapping the global population: How many live on how much, and where. The world is getting better all the time, in 11 maps and charts.

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