January 27, 2017

Manipulating the levers. Credit: Nick Page / Flickr Creative Commons 

Three things to know:

Money and politics go together like Thelma and Louise. But that relationship has started to spin out of control. Looking for proof? Last year, one group spent almost $900 million to try to influence voters and legislators.

“I think we’ve given up on the idea that some spaces are sacred.” Including, apparently, sermons. Tim Wu explains how advertising has infiltrated our lives.

Dilbert never stops being relevant. We talk with psychologist Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic about how incompetent managers always seem to find their way to the top, and why that’s bad for women.

Jane Mayer, Theda Skocpol, Tim Wu, Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, Alex Reben, Kara Miller

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