Culture

Empathy is an inherently good human quality. So, why is Yale psychologist Paul Bloom against it? We talk with him about why feeling others’ pain makes for bad public policy. Read more....

 

Back in the mid-20th century, wealthy people fled big cities in droves for a quiet life in the suburbs. Now they’re coming back. Alan Ehrenhalt, author of The Great Inversion and the Future of the American City, tells us why, and how it’s going to change. Read more...

barbra

Modern Hollywood might have some problems, but it’s a lot better than it was sixty years ago. Neal Gabler explains how Barbra Streisand changed the town, and with it, American culture. Read more....

bible

A fiery, belligerent outsider shakes up the political system. Sound familiar? Chris Kutarna tells us what the Renaissance can teach us about our world. Read more....

The Mona Lisa, the David, and … the internet? Writer Virginia Heffernan explains why we can view the internet as a work of art. Read more....

A look at early dating

Is  dating dead? Moira Weigel explains how courtship has changed over the years and where it is today. Read more....

Experts

If NBC trusted the experts, we never would’ve had “Seinfeld.” Professor Adam Grant explains why experts fail. Read more...

Surveillance camera

What should Silicon Valley’s role be in the fight against terrorism? Fred Kaplan tells us what’s going on behind closed doors. Read more....

Paparazzi in action

No photos please. This week on Innovation Hub: fame, celebrity, and how they're changing. Read more....

1920s Census sheet

America’s racial makeup has changed a lot in the last two-hundred years. But our census hasn’t. A former director of the U.S. Census explores how it needs to be adjusted - and why predictions about a majority-minority nation may be wrong. Read more....

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