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This Is an Uprising

A few lessons about nonviolence “as a method of political conflict”: Nonviolent movements are twice as likely to succeed as violent insurgencies; success is practically guaranteed if 3.5 percent of the population actively takes part; and effective nonviolent protest is always disruptive and polarizing.

Posted on Apr 15, 2016 READ MORE


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First Bite: How We Learn to Eat

Why do we like to eat what we eat? This book explores food and the malleability of taste, memory, family and marketing, asking us to pause and re-examine what we think we know.

Posted on Nov 27, 2015 READ MORE



Barbarian Days

William Finnegan’s memoir about surfing has more depth than many about other addictions. Nothing, not even his cliched dream of chasing waves, is as uncomplicated as it appears.

Posted on Jul 24, 2015 READ MORE



How to Clone a Mammoth

If we could bring back extinct species, should we? This is one of the questions explored by Beth Shapiro, an evolutionary biologist who takes the fantastic to a higher level with her new book, “How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-Extinction.”

Posted on May 15, 2015 READ MORE



The Chain

A new expose of Big Pig reveals that for all the hoopla about artisanal bacon and grass fed beef, Spam and its industrial meat cousins are still what’s for dinner.

Posted on Nov 28, 2014 READ MORE



My Age of Anxiety

Understanding a fundamental aspect of anxiety—the fear of being revealed—highlights the bravery of Scott Stossel’s book, which explores the author’s lifelong struggle as “a twitchy bundle of phobias, fears, and neuroses.”

Posted on Aug 1, 2014 READ MORE



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Beyond the Shock Machine

Some 50 years after the infamous Milgram experiments, Australian psychologist Gina Perry writes, “The standard account ... suggests that ordinary people can be manipulated into behaving in ways that contradict their morals and values—that you or I could be talked into torturing a man. But could we?”

Posted on Sep 13, 2013 READ MORE


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