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Why Two Men You’ve Never Heard Of Are More Important Than You’ll Ever Be

April 11, 2013 • 0
Have you ever wondered about the process by which scientists pressurize natural gas to turn hydrogen into liquid nitrogen, thereby helping manufacture artificial fertilizer?
The political machine

A Recipe for Success

April 5, 2013 • 1
Anyone who ever gave money to Barack Obama paid a price far steeper than his or her donation.
Lincoln: A dude who went from being represented on canvas to becoming a star of the silver screen.

OSCARS ALERT: WKND BLOG considers “Lincoln”

February 23, 2013 • 3010
Lincoln and “Lincoln” by Scott Stern I was that guy — or, at least, I wanted to be. In the theater. After the movie. The one who walked out going, “They all looked so accurate. Especially Edwin Stanton! And Salmon P. Chase. And did you notice how Lincoln’s body was slanted at the very end? »
Be sure to wear some flowers in your head!

California Dreamin’ with Michael Chabon

February 22, 2013 • 0
“Telegraph Avenue” has what George W. Bush ’68 would’ve called a cast that “looked like America.” Not that he would read a book this progressive. Or one this long. Black, white, Asian, Jewish, Christian, young, old, thin, fat, really fat, gay, straight and sexually ambiguous characters all play major roles. It is as if author Michael Chabon tried to capture the entire essence of Berkeley and Oakland in a single book.
Dis bro right hurr.

The Historian Who Changed History: “Howard Zinn: A Life on the Left”

February 15, 2013 • 1
Sadly, it was a story about a historian destroying history.
Harold Koh: this dude abides!

Harold Koh: Lawyer, Professor, Statesman

February 1, 2013 • 1
Immediately after Barack Obama’s second inauguration on Jan. 21, the State Department’s legal adviser, Harold Hongju Koh, returned to Yale. Koh served as the dean of Yale Law School from 2004 to 2009 and as a professor there since 1985. Last week, he was appointed Ster- ling Professor of International Law. Koh, who had been a strong critic of President George W. Bush’s ’68 “War on Terror,” is an interna- tionally renowned scholar of human rights. However, in the Obama administration, he has come under fire from former allies for his expan- sive views on the president’s authority to use unmanned drones to kill suspected terrorists abroad. On Tuesday, Koh spoke at a packed Master’s Tea in Davenport. Hours before that, WEEKEND sat down with Koh to discuss executive authority, drones and who he wants to see fill the next opening on the Supreme Court.
Are you smarter than Nate Silver?

Predicting the Unpredictable (or at least tyring)

January 25, 2013 • 4819
“The Signal and the Noise” is an excellent attempt to teach the reader how to judge predictions. Most of the book, reviewers have noted, are about issues that modern statistics cannot predict—in the stock market, in predicting climate change, in the housing bubble, in predicting natural disasters. Perhaps this is why “The Signal and the Noise” is somewhat unsatisfying to me. In spite of Silver’s decent attempt, the book remains largely inaccessible to me.
Fascism + propaganda = a whole lot of scary.

A Stroll through Fascism: “Selling War” at Sterling

January 25, 2013 • 4944
When you walk into the main foyer of Sterling, head up to the desk, make a right, and walk past the entrance to the stacks, continuing down the sun-dappled corridor. There, in five display cases on the left side of the wall, is “Selling War.”
Can success be measured through IQ tests, vocabulary quizzes, the SATs?

‘Is Our Children Learning?’

December 7, 2012 • 5539
Why do our children seem not to learn? Why do some children do better than others? How do some children break the cycle of poverty? In “How Children Succeed,” freelance journalist Paul Tough addresses all these questions.
Sarah Palin looks surprised. What's the matter, gurl?

Game Change –> Game Over

November 9, 2012 • 0
By 11:30, it was over. All the major networks had announced that Barack Obama was going to be the winner. Shortly thereafter, his rival conceded in an awkward if apparently sincere statement. The election that had seemed like it would go on forever was finally at an end. Fast-forward four years. By 11:30, it was »
J.K., I've a feeling we're not in Hogwarts anymore!

Rowling gets real

October 12, 2012 • 38
Apparently, J. K. Rowling thinks a lot about sex. Genitalia, masturbation, pedophilia, incest, rape, teen pregnancy — these are all peccadillos that delight her fancy. Now, after decades of writing magical children’s stories, her pent-up prurience can finally break free; the reader is treated to such phrases as “pink labia pulled wide to show dark »

“Passing” for love and politics

September 28, 2012 • 0
It is a grainy video clip, shot with a shaky camera. A reporter offscreen asks ominously, “Is there anything else that’s going to come out about you that we don’t already know?” The woman laughs nervously, “You know, I don’t think so, but who knows?” It’s clear that she was kidding, but in the context »