|5575||2016-11-03||Our fate was sealed long before November 8 (and not because the election’s rigged)
|5466||2016-10-19||To Donald Trump, we are all bit players in a fantasy America starring Donald Trump
In Trump’s worldview, there are no middle or upper-class black citizens, only a horde of jobless, uneducated Americans fighting for survival amid the urban blight. His latest comments are the clearest evidence yet that Trump has no respect for the actual inhabitants of actual places. How can a man who’s been traveling the country all year still know so little about its people?
|5312||2016-10-01||Under Wall Street lies a legacy of slavery. High time for a tour
Since 2009, the Netherlands has celebrated the end of slavery in the Caribbean with an annual day of remembrance. But we rarely hear about the slaves the Dutch kept in the colony that would become New York. I walked around the city to see if I could find traces of this buried past.
|5349||2016-10-01||Meet Darren Seals. Then tell me black death is not a business
This Ferguson protestor and local activist was found murdered in St. Louis last month. To the end, Darren Seals continued to call out those who exploited black suffering for their own benefit – something that didn’t always win him friends. A portrait of a city’s pain and a life cut short.
|5185||2016-09-01||How do you become “white” in America?
Trump has retweeted white supremacist groups and has the backing of the Ku Klux Klan. He uses whiteness as a weapon, and his candidacy on a major party ticket threatens to put the country back some 200 years. What does Trump’s vision of whiteness mean for a diverse country like the U.S.?
|5072||2016-08-11||Clinton Derangement Syndrome: Diagnosing the real reason that so many Americans hate Hillary
She is experienced, she is qualified, and she is the only thing standing between Donald Trump and the most powerful office in the world. So why does she inspire such widespread contempt?
|4935||2016-07-15||On the ground in Flyover Country
Much of our news comes from the East or the West Coast. But what about that vast space in between, the ‘Flyover Country’? Home to more than half the nation’s people, it is here in the American heartland that presidents are made. Join me in the run-up to the November election, as I report on the U.S. from Middle America.
|4664||2016-06-08||Why do the poor make such poor decisions?
Our efforts to combat poverty are often based on a misconception: that the poor must pull themselves up out of the mire. But a revolutionary new theory looks at the cognitive effects of living in poverty. What does that relentless struggle to make ends meet do to people?
|4503||2016-05-17||The bizarre tale of President Nixon and his basic income bill
In 1969 President Richard Nixon was on the verge of implementing a basic income for poor families in America. It promised to be a revolutionary step – had the President not changed his mind at the last minute. This is the incredible and largely forgotten tale of just how close the U.S. came to stamping out poverty altogether.
|4401||2016-05-02||Time for the facts. What do we know about Cologne four months later?
Refugees quickly got blamed for a rash of sexual assaults in Cologne. But what really happened last New Year’s Eve? In this reconstruction, we place the facts alongside the media narrative. How do victims, witnesses, the police, and the press look back on that night and its aftermath?
|4373||2016-04-22||The solution to just about everything: Working less
For more than 100 years, our workweek kept getting shorter. But since the 1980s, we’ve started working more and more. Why, exactly, is anybody’s guess, because a shorter workweek would solve nearly all the big problems of our day.
|4328||2016-04-14||What’s deadly dull and can save the world? (Hint: We can’t stand it)
What do poor people need most? Food? Healthcare? Education? The answer is as surprising as it is simple. And it can be found under fluorescent lights and modular ceilings.
|4087||2016-02-25||Meet the most persecuted people in the world
They survived ghettos, pogroms, slave ships, and torture camps. There’s a reason the UN calls them the most persecuted group in the world. And no, those causing the misery aren’t radical Muslims, but nationalist Buddhists. Photographer Andreas Stahl and I traveled to three countries to record the Rohingyas’ story – a story that can only be described as the chronicle of a genocide foretold.
|4022||2016-02-11||This is what goes wrong inside your head every day
Thanks to our ability to grasp objects and to grasp language – tasks at which our left brain excels – we humans rule the planet. But why do things sometimes go so absurdly wrong? A cautionary tale of what gets skewed within our skulls and what we can do about it.
|3924||2016-02-05||Never before was so much of the world fenced off by barbed wire
Since its invention a century and a half ago, barbed wire has left a trail of blood in its wake. First developed to keep livestock in or out, it was swiftly put to use to divide humanity into the haves and the have nots. If Google Maps were honest, it would show barbed wire everywhere – in combat zones, along national borders, around ranches, schools, and prisons. For my recent book, I took a look at how things got to this point: a brief history of the Devil’s Rope.
|3967||2016-01-29||Why talking is lying
Muslims, bankers, liberals – we use some terms so automatically, we don’t realize they are actually little lies of language. And little lies have a way of turning into big lies.
|3789||2015-12-23||Operation Easy Chair, or how a little company in Holland helped the CIA bug the Russians
A small company from the Netherlands, the Dutch Radar Research Station, turns out to have worked for the CIA for decades. They secretly developed advanced listening devices which the U.S. then used against the Soviets. I came across this story from the Cold War era when an old friend of mine showed me documents that had belonged to his grandfather. Over the next year and a half, intelligence expert Cees Wiebes and I managed to reconstruct the previously unknown role the Dutch played in the Cold War.
|2607||2015-03-24||How data, not people, call the shots in Denmark
Little Danish club Midtjylland have put analytics squarely at the heart of their operations. Whether the task is player recruitment or match evaluation – it’s statistics first in Denmark. Could they be football’s answer to the Oakland A’s of Moneyball fame?
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|1101||2014-10-15||What we give away when we log on to a public WiFi network
We took a hacker to a café and in 20 minutes, he knew where everyone else was born, what schools they attended, and the last five things they googled.
|541||2013-12-24||Why we should give free money to everyone
We tend to think that simply giving people money makes them lazy. Yet a wealth of scientific research proves the contrary: free money helps. It is time for a radical reform of the welfare state.
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