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Video/Work

‘Brand consultant’? ‘PR researcher’? Why the ‘bullshit jobs’ era needs to end

4 minutes

Idea/Politics & Government

Why bureaucrats matter in the fight to preserve the rule of law

Melissa Lane

Idea/Anthropology

How arrogance can make even an obnoxious person popular

Joel Robbins

Essay/Subcultures

Going underground

Subterranean metaphors have been a powerful tool of political resistance. Today, is there anywhere left to hide?

Terence Renaud

Video/Nature & Environment

Can combining commerce and conservation keep American bison in the wild?

15 minutes

Idea/History

Palmyra’s ruins can rebuild our relationship with history

Erich Hatala Matthes

Essay/History

The new authoritarians

Last century’s dictators wanted to reinvent their subjects as ‘new men’. This century’s strongmen just don’t care. Why?

Holly Case

Idea/Education

Why the most successful students have no passion for school

Jihyun Lee

Essay/History

What is global history now?

Historians cheered globalism with work about cosmopolitans and border-crossing, but the power of place never went away

Jeremy Adelman

Essay/Economics

In praise of cash

Cash might be grungy, unfashionable and corruptible, but it is still a great public good, important for rich and poor alike

Brett Scott

Video/Anthropology

How footprints trapped in time unlocked a mystery of early hominids

8 minutes

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Idea/Music

The night when straight white males tried to kill disco

Hadley Meares

Essay/Subcultures

Utopia Inc

Most utopian communities are, like most start-ups, short-lived. What makes the difference between failure and success?

Alexa Clay

Idea/Poverty & Development

There is a simple way to improve the world’s food systems

Peter A Coclanis

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Essay/Economics

End of a golden age

Unprecedented growth marked the era from 1948 to 1973. Economists might study it forever, but it can never be repeated. Why?

Marc Levinson

Essay/History

The Masada mystery

Have archaeologists proven the ancient tale of mass suicide in the Judaean desert or twisted science for political end?

Eric H Cline

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Essay/History

How Europe became so rich

In a time of great powers and empires, just one region of the world experienced extraordinary economic growth. How?

Joel Mokyr

Video/Demography & Migration

The interned and the undocumented: the immigration spectrum in the US today

7 minutes

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Essay/Economics

The great cryptocurrency heist

Blockchain enthusiasts crave a world without bankers, lawyers or fat-cat executives. There's just one problem: trust

E J Spode

Idea/Religion

Understanding other religions is fundamental to citizenship

Kenneth Primrose

Video/Work

What the night janitor knows about you. And what you should know about her

9 minutes

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Essay/Politics & Government

Fire, hatred and speed!

The glamour, bullying and violence of the libertarian alt-Right has a direct political ancestor, and it’s not Nazi Germany

Jay Griffiths

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Idea/Demography & Migration

Solving the mystery of the Druze – a 2,000-year-old odyssey

Eran Elhaik

Essay/Demography & Migration

The future is mixed-race

And so is the past. Migration and mingling are essential to human success in the past, the present and into the future

Scott Solomon

Video/Art

What happens when an artist doesn't give up the day job?

6 minutes

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Essay/Religion

Christians were strangers

How an obscure oriental cult in a corner of Roman Palestine grew to become the dominant religion of the Western world

Michael Kulikowski

Essay/Progress & Modernity

Is greatness finite?

The world feels caught between infinite possibility and limited resources. Thomas More and T R Malthus can help

Joyce E Chaplin

Video/Cities

A poetic tour through Detroit's abandoned, ghostly Packard Automotive Plant

7 minutes

Essay/Progress & Modernity

The makeover trap

From transgender celebrities to fitness fads, pop culture loves reinvention. But the drive to ‘find yourself’ has a dark side

Michael Lovelock

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Idea/History

‘European culture’ is an invented tradition

Benjamin G Martin