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The 8 biggest names in pop music you've never heard

A pop star is the voice of a number-one single, but they're rarely the only brain behind a smash hit. Making a song is a team sport: a collaboration of wits, talent, and beats brought together by writers and producers. Katy Perry may be a household name, but her success is due to the contributions …

What the President Does - and, Importantly, Doesn't - Do

What the President Does — and, Importantly, Doesn't — Do<p>Between the N.S.A./<b>Merkel</b> mess and the <b>Obama</b>Care mess, it seems a good time to ask a question …

Question of the Day: Why Don't Companies Advertise on Homeless People?

<b>Callum Linley</b>, an 18-year-old reader from Melbourne, Australia, writes to say:<p>So why aren’t there companies lining up to advertise on homeless people?<p>…

How Does the Economy Actually Work? Ray Dalio Explains

<b>Ray Dalio</b> is the founder of Bridgewater Associates, known to some as “the world’s richest and strangest hedge fund.” He has appeared on this blog …

The Cheater's High

A new paper in the <i>Journal of Personality and Social Psychology</i> (abstract; PDF) explores “the cheater’s high.” The authors are <b>Nicole Ruedy</b>, <b>Celia …

Are We Heading Toward a Reinsurance Bubble?

As a topic, “shadow insurance” may have a certain MEGO quality — that’s “My Eyes Glaze Over” — but a new paper called “Shadow Insurance” (abstract; …

With So Much Food, Why Do So Many People Go Hungry?

(Photo: petrr)<p>Writing for <i>Foreign Policy</i>, <b>John Norris</b> explores this question: why does hunger still kill “more people every year than HIV/AIDS, malaria …

Freakonomics Goes to College, Part 1: A New Freakonomics Radio Podcast - Freakonomics

Our latest Freakonomics Radio podcast is called “Freakonomics Goes to College, Part 1.” The gist: what is the true value these days of a college …

What Do You Want to Know About Fighting Poverty With Cash Payments?

If you happen to be in New York on Mon., Nov. 11, you might want to come see <b>Richard Thaler</b> and <b>Dean Karlan</b> talk about “using evidence and behavioral …

Fighting Over the Width of Airline Seats

(Photo: sbamueller)<p>Airbus this week called for an industry standard that would provide for a seat at least 18 inches wide in economy cabins, but its …

Pirate Economics, Somali Edition

(Photo: UK Ministry of Defence)<p>An <i>Economist</i> article looks at a new study by the International Criminal Police Organization, United Nations Office on …

An Economist's Tipping Strategy

(Photo: Marcin Wichary)<p>I have a friend with whom I regularly eat out at restaurants and from time to time we disagree on how much to tip. …

Double Exposures Blur Lines Between New York and London

Photographer Daniella Zalcman recently moved from New York to London. She says, “They're both places I adore, and (in my opinion) they're two of the most photogenic cities in the world.” As a result, she decided to produce this series of work in which the two cities visually overlap in layers of …

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My Beer Can Is Better Than Yours: Aluminum Can-ovations for Better Beer Drinking

You might think that one beer can is the same as any other. Big beer companies and craft brewers alike say different, and they’re rolling out new …

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More on the Google AdWords Controversy

A reader named <b>Desmond Lawrence</b> writes from London with further commentary on our “How Much Does Your Name Matter” podcast — specifically, about …

Font Improvement

I write all my papers, letters, and exams using the typeface Times New Roman. As a lunch-table discussion here in England revealed, the University …

Seniors at the Movies

(Photo: David Thompson)<p>Our local movie house in suburban London charges £11.90 for a regular ticket, and even seniors pay £8.90 (over $13). But there …