First Half

This Season’s First Half Was a Home Run Derby by Tyler Kepnerju. On Monday in Miami, as a prelude to the All-Star Game the next night, a parade of major leaguers will step to the plate, swing hard and try […]


Light posting will continue through July.


PD reviews The Tech-Wise Family by Andy Crouch.


PD reviews Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Cathy O’Neil.


Is Gotham Ready for Bioterror? by Tevi Troy. Maybe—but distributing remedies would be daunting. More.

Going Fishing

Blog posts will be slow to non-existent over the next couple of weeks.


Vietnam’s Unhealed Wounds by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. On April 23, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford delivered an address at Tulane University in New Orleans. As the president spoke, more than 100,000 North Vietnamese troops were approaching Saigon, having […]


The Return of Marco Polo’s World and the U. S. Military Response by Robert D. Kaplan. The supercontinent is becoming one fluid, comprehensible unit of trade and conflict, as the Westphalian system of states weakens and older, imperial legacies – […]


“Fake History” is More Dangerous Than “Fake News” by William Jeynes. Donald Trump and others have complained a great deal about the pervasiveness of “fake news.” What is less commonly spoken about is that for decades professors have also taught […]


The Many Reasons That People Are Having Less Sex by Simon Copland. The average sex life appears to be dwindling – and it may reflect some troubling anxieties at the heart of modern society. More.


How Pixar Lost Its Way by Christopher Orr. For 15 years, the animation studio was the best on the planet. Then Disney bought it. More.


It Took a Century to Create the Weekend—and Only a Decade to Undo It by Katrina Onstad. We made up the weekend the same way we made up the week. The earth actually does rotate around the sun once a […]


What Went Wrong With 13 Reasons Why? by Sophie Gilbert. The Netflix show is a huge hit. It’s also being denounced by educators and experts for the ways in which it tackles suicide. More.


Room for Sex by Richard J Williams. Most architecture sets out to make us civil and efficient. Where are the homes that give us passion and pleasure? More.


Are We Having Too Much Fun? by Megan Garber. In 1985, Neil Postman observed an America imprisoned by its own need for amusement. He was, it turns out, extremely prescient. More.


Trading on the Female Body: Surrogacy, Exploitation, and Collusion by the US Government by Kathleen Sloan. Commercial surrogacy is the ultimate manifestation of the American neoliberal project of capitalist commodification of human life to create profit and fulfill the narcissistic […]


Meet the Sisters Who Ran ‘the Most Famous and Luxurious House of Prostitution in the Country’ by Nina Renata Aron. Chicago’s Everleigh Club hosted celebrities and princes. Its owners made millions. More.


Kids These Days by James Somers. Millennials are as hard-working as anyone else – so why does pop culture pretend that all we do is party? More.

Cork Dork

Cork Dork: The Strangest Experiences of a Woman Who Quit Her Job to Become a Wine-Taster by Kashmira Gander. Bianca Bosker did what many only dream of – she quit her job to become a sommelier. But she quickly realised […]


A Probabilistic Framework for Modelling False Title IX ‘Convictions’ Under the Preponderance of the Evidence Standard by John Villasenor. Conviction in criminal trials in the USA, the UK and many other common law countries requires establishing a defendant’s guilt beyond […]