Under the influence
How did enlightenment thinkers distinguish between ‘drugs’ and ‘medicines’? And how should we?
Like the world fairs of old, Silicon Valley runs on booms, busts, and showboating impresarios. That's a good thing
Each tree and farm, street and courthouse of my home county rests on shallow-buried stories of slavery and Civil War
My grandfather was a legend – a holy vagabond whose life spanned India’s 20th century. Why did I let him elude me?
If human history turns on the tilt of the multiverse, can we still trust our ideas of achievement, progress and morality?
History and guilt
Can America face up to the terrible reality of slavery in the way that Germany has faced up to the Holocaust?
The song collector
Romany and Traveller songs inspired a century of popular music. Now Sam Lee is searching for the last of them
This is humankind
If my grandfather could survive the Siege of Leningrad and still distinguish between a German and a Nazi, so can I
Tears of sorrow, tears of joy, tears of incontinence or of ecstasy. Crying must mean something – but what?