Happy National Train Day, everyone – for those of you who missed it: that was May 13th this year. A year ago, we started down this path with Train Set: Track One, which gave way to Track Two …and [...]
LA might be the most extreme parking city on the planet. Parking regulations have made it nearly impossible to build new affordable housing, or to renovate old buildings. And parking has a massive [...]
Last year, Roman Mars teamed up with Hank Green to guest host Dear Hank & John -- this year he's back on the Greens' show once again, but this time with Hank's brother John Green (Turtles All the [...]
From scratchers to the Powerball, the lottery is the most popular form of gambling in the United States, even though the odds of winning a big jackpot is infinitesimally small. Jonathan D. Cohen is a [...]
How to bear the gravity of being.
In many ancient creation myths, everything was born of a great cosmic ocean with no beginning and no end, lapping matter and spirit into life. In the cosmogony of [...]
If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of touristy Kyoto, head to this newly opened oasis of books and coffee. Located slightly north of central Kyoto is the Donkou Kissa Fang, a serene cafe and [...]
photo courtesy Sabogawa Koinobori Kawanagashi Association Around this time of year, Japan becomes decorated with scenes of fish fluttering in the sky. Known as koinobori, the carp streamers are an [...]
The Pentagon, Climate Change, and War. Charting the Rise and Fall of U.S. Military Emissions, by Neta C. Crawford, professor of international relations at Oxford University and co-director of the [...]
How do you convey the methodical coldness of Russian colonial violence? How do you document the dawning of an invasion that has been repeatedly denied by the aggressor? How do you expose its stealth? [...]
Off-Earth. Ethical Questions and Quandaries for Living in Outer Space, by astrophysicist Erika Nesvold. Published by MIT Press.
While books on interplanetary travel typically focus on technology, [...]
I remember the incensed headlines when the opera Carmen, directed by Leo Moscato, premiered at the Teatro del Maggio Fiorentino in 2018. In the revised final scene, Carmen -who lives in a Roma camp- [...]
In some rental housing across the British Isles, mould blackens parts of walls and ceilings. It takes over clothes while damp and leaks damage food items and furniture. The health of tenants living [...]
Machines were supposed to free us from efforts. So why do we find ourselves in a situation where algorithms and electronic devices have made it possible for work to reach us wherever we are, at any [...]