Robert M. Ball and the battle for Social Security
The elderly are entitled to what they have earned
What men have thought about women thinking
How ice, worms, and dirt made us what we are today
Is there a genetic predisposition to sing Streisand on street corners?
The philosopher's view of knowledge—forever demanding explanations, justifications, definitions, and criteria—is fantasy, and a dangerous fantasy
Oil refeneries, sand dunes, and other objects of beauty and affection
John Lomax roamed the West, collecting classic songs from the cowboy era
Hurricane Florence has dropped more than 30 inches of rain in parts of North Carolina and left hundreds of people stranded by floods. In an interview with environmental reporter Elizabeth Rush, Smarty Pants host Stephanie Bastek asks what the future looks like for America’s coastal residents, especially as climate change contributes to rising sea levels and worsening storm seasons. “The options for the people and animals in these places is stark: retreat or die,” Bastek notes. “Those are the options we generally associate with far-off islands, like Fuji or Kiribati. But dramatic, life-changing climate change is happening right now in our own backyard.”
Thylias Moss and Charles Simic
How the sexualization of concert dance helped end a golden age.
Reading the obituaries of Philip Johnson
The playwright drew a line between reaching out and selling out