Donovan Henderson

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How to Push Back Against Fake Economics

Economists must do a better job explaining the difference between a robust theory and a stab in the dark.<p>“Fake News” is a charge that U.S. President Donald Trump routinely levels at mainstream news outlets reporting truths he prefers not to hear. So when economists cry foul -- complaining about …

The Lost Boys

The young men of the alt-right could define American politics for a generation.<p>The sudden emergence of the so-called alt-right from the dark recesses of the internet into the American mainstream was at first more baffling than shocking. The young people sharing strange, coded frog memes and …

The Fall Novel Guide

A privileged problem: Too many really good books came out this summer to fit them all in before Labor Day, and this fall’s reads are proving equally …

Books

Google X and the Science of Radical Creativity

How the secretive Silicon Valley lab is trying to resurrect the lost art of invention<p>I. The Question<p>A snake-robot designer, a balloon scientist, a liquid-crystals technologist, an extradimensional physicist, a psychology geek, an electronic-materials wrangler, and a journalist walk into a room. The …

The Death of an Heir: Adolph Coors III and the Murder That Rocked an American Brewing Dynasty

<i>Philip Jett | The Death of an Heir | St. Martin’s Press | September 2017 | 27 minutes (7,489 words)</i><i>Below is an excerpt from</i> The Death of an Heir,</i> …

Crime

For some massacre survivors and their families, there is no leaving Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS — T he goodbyes were brief. What can you say to a man whose wife is in intensive care with a bullet in her brain?<p>Francisco Calzadillas's family just offered him their tightest hugs and words of encouragement: "You're so strong." "Take care." "Please, please let us know if you need …

Las Vegas

The Secret of Churchill’s Darkest Hour: An American General in London

Right under the nose of an ambassador who thought the Brits were finished Raymond E. Lee told the White House it was otherwise—and he was …

Ancient Viruses Are Buried in Your DNA

In July, scientists reported that a strange protein courses through the veins of pregnant women. No one is sure what it’s there for.<p>What makes this protein, called Hemo, so unusual is that it’s not made by the mother. Instead, it is made in her fetus and in the placenta, by a gene that originally …

Biology

Syrian War Drags On, but Assad’s Future Looks as Secure as Ever

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Although Syria’s bloody six-year war is far from over, one result is already becoming clear: President Bashar al-Assad looks as though he is here to stay.<p>On the battlefield, no one remains who is willing and able to topple him. The rebel forces are waning, and President Trump has …

Middle East

Trump Wants to Censor the Media

The president’s call for a Senate investigation into news outlets for publishing unflattering stories about him is an attack on freedom of the press.<p>Frustrated with a set of damning reports about his relationship with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson—including the nugget that Tillerson called him a …

Education Isn't the Key to a Good Income

A growing body of research debunks the idea that school quality is the main determinant of economic mobility.<p>One of the most commonly taught stories American schoolchildren learn is that of Ragged Dick, Horatio Alger’s 19th-century tale of a poor, ambitious teenaged boy in New York City who works …

‘The American War’: The Vietnamese who fought in the Vietnam War have rarely told their stories — until now

<i>After each episode of “The Vietnam War” airs, our new podcast — “The American War” — will break down the major themes and questions raised. We’ll talk to Ken Burns, Lynn Novick and others involved with the documentary for a new perspective on how the film was made and what it all means.</i><p><i>Subscribe:</i> …

Vietnam

The 7 Commandments for Great Photo Walks

In the last year, I’ve walked probably more than 2,000 miles with my camera. I love photo walks because they are so meditative. There is also great …

China watches in frustration as North Korea crisis enters dangerous spiral

BEIJING — The view from China could hardly be much worse: the leaders of North Korea and the United States threatening to rain down total destruction on each other, while U.S. bombers and fighters stage a show of military might close to China's shores.<p>In public, China's foreign ministry has calmly …

North Korea

Football is life in Texas. Then along came Trump vs. the NFL

Chuck Culpepper covers national college sports, as well as some tennis, some golf and some international sports for The Washington Post. He has written previously for Sports On Earth at USA Today, the National (Abu Dhabi), the Los Angeles Times, Newsday, the Oregonian and, beginning at age 14, the …

NFL

Who's Afraid of Free Speech?

What critics of campus protest get wrong about the state of public discourse.<p>Middlebury College’s decision to discipline 67 students who participated in a raucous and violent demonstration against conservative author Charles Murray brings closure to one of several disturbing incidents that took …

Afghan war faces flurry of setbacks as new U.S. military policy nears

ISLAMABAD — As American military officials complete plans that are likely to send several thousand additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan, a flurry of setbacks in the war have underscored both the imperative of action and the pitfalls of various approaches.<p>Further complicating the picture are …

Afghanistan

‘The war after Isis’: has Trump opened the door to conflict with Iran?

As US forces strike Syrian militias backed by Tehran, many fear delegation to the Pentagon and the looming defeat of the Islamic State could fuel a fiercer fire<p>US forces have opened fire on Iranian-backed forces in Syria three times in the past month, amid mounting tensions that observers and …

Middle East

As the 1 percent washes their money through arts funding, artists respond

<b>Occupy Museums, Installation Debtfair, 2017 (Bill Orcutt/Whitney Museum of American Art)</b><p>In an age of rising financial inequality, artists are using their work to follow the money<p>Heather Corcoran<p>June 18, 2017 5:00pm (UTC)<p>At the most recent edition of the Whitney Biennial, the long-running survey of …

Museums

This Dark Matter Theory Could Solve a Celestial Conundrum

For years, dark matter has been behaving badly. The term was first invoked nearly 80 years ago by the astronomer Fritz Zwicky, who realized that some …

When Facebook Censors Journalists

In a world in which 62% of American adults use social media as a news source and where nearly half of American adults access news via Facebook in particular, social media is increasingly becoming a critical gatekeeper in our access to the world’s journalism. Yet, the growing use of social media as …

Journalism

The US military is struggling to keep up with all its responsibilities

Years of complex operations and the ongoing demands of units in the field have left the armed forces struggling to maintain both operational capacity and high levels of readiness, according to a recent report from the Government Accountability Office.<p>"After more than a decade combatting violent …

A Mexican Town Is Giving Americans Something Donald Trump Can’t: Affordable Dental Care

Trump’s anti-Mexican rhetoric doesn’t worry the 600 dentists in Los Algodones or the US “dental refugees” they treat, many of whom voted for Trump. “We’re helping the United States take care of the people they are not able to.”<p>LOS ALGODONES, Mexico — “Hello, my friends, are you looking for a …

Dentistry

Antarctica Is Melting, and Giant Ice Cracks Are Just the Start

Seen from above, the Pine Island Ice Shelf is a slow-motion train wreck. Its buckled surface is scarred by thousands of large crevasses. Its edges are shredded by rifts a quarter mile across. In 2015 and 2016 a 225-square-mile chunk of it broke off the end and drifted away on the Amundsen Sea. The …

A Sociology of the Smartphone

<i>Adam Greenfield</i> | Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life |<i> Verso | June 2017</i> |<i> 27 minutes (7,433 words)</i><i></i> <i>Below is an excerpt from</i> Radical …

Is an Open Marriage a Happier Marriage?

When Daniel and Elizabeth married in 1993, they found it was easy enough to choose a ring for her, but there were far fewer choices for him. Daniel, then a 27-year-old who worked in information technology, decided to design one himself, requesting that tiny stones be placed in a gold band, like …

Relationships

A daughter chases her father’s ghost down the Ho Chi Minh trail

Rebecca Rusch’s father died fighting in Vietnam. In Nicholas Schrunk’s film “Blood Road,” she follows his travels<p>Watching or playing sports is usually a time when we can turn off our politically engaged (and anxious) minds to enjoy a sweet nine innings or an alley-oop, without a care for the world …

Why Couldn’t the Cosby Jury Reach a Verdict? Legal Experts Assess

As the jury’s deliberations extended into this weekend, the possibility of a verdict in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial seemed to dim, though legal experts cautioned against drawing any conclusions. But when the judge in the case, Steven T. O’Neill, declared a mistrial on Saturday morning after …

Bill Cosby

Why does it take a tragedy like Grenfell Tower for ministers to put lives above saving money?

Experts have been lobbying for better regulations for years but governments have failed to act<p>Grenfell Tower fire - latest updates<p>Ronnie King knows as much as anyone about fire safety – and about dealing with politicians. Five days on from the Grenfell Tower disaster, he offers this assessment: “I …

United Kingdom

Uncertainty Over Dreamers Frustrates Immigration Advocates

While the Trump Administration announced the official end of an Obama Administration effort to grant deportation reprieve to the parents of legal …