Aug 9, 2019
A new book argues weakly for the influence of Ayn Rand on our culture—after all, the dominant classes in America were greedy and selfish from the get-go.
Jan 25, 2019
A chronicle of the rise of temporary work, from World War II to the present, shows how corporations maximize profit by dumping employees from payrolls.
Oct 19, 2018
This exploration of the tech industry "strings lights around the absurdities of the gig economy and the belief in Everyman entrepreneurial capacity."
Jun 22, 2018
Marilynne Robinson delivers some provocative but often frustrating writing on humanist education, history, and science versus theology.
Jun 20, 2018
CBS All Access' legal dramedy plays like more of a fantasy in the current climate, but it’s just the show we need right now.
Nov 24, 2017
Jeff Goodell's cautionary book on sea level rise and climate change offers a modern history of arrogance in the face of evidence.
Jun 24, 2016
Rebecca Traister excavates the economic, social and sexual options women have had historically in relation to marriage, and tracks how the growing numbers of unmarried women have advanced the fights for abolition, suffrage and labor rights.
Feb 5, 2016
Ian Haney Lopez, the book's author, writes that many white Americans no longer see themselves as racist. He maintains, however, these people are manipulated by dog whistle politics -- coded racial language that "operates on two levels: inaudible and easily denied in one range, yet stimulating strong reactions in another."
Jun 12, 2015
A team of scientists and a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist recount, in the new book "Fukushima," what happens when a catastrophe strikes that no one imagines. Early and often comes the warning: Hubris Ahead.
Mar 21, 2015
Surgeon and public health expert Atul Gawande writes in his book on facing the final phase of life that "as people's capacities wane making their lives better often requires curbing our purely medical imperatives When should we try to fix and when should we not?".
Jul 26, 2014
Many now-extinct species had traits that were advantageous for millions of years, until some change made them lethal. Mostly, Homo sapiens are that change.
Jun 6, 2013
It's dire but simple: There are no longer any essential resources for economic expansion or survival that are abundant, accessible or safe to obtain.