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Essay/Work

Fuck work

Economists believe in full employment. Americans think that work builds character. But what if jobs aren’t working anymore?

James Livingston

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Video/Beauty & Aesthetics

This is the final resting place of your cast-off clothing

14 minutes

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Essay/Economics

Are coders worth it?

In today’s world, web developers have it all: money, perks, freedom, respect. But is there value in what we do?

James Somers

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Essay/Cultures & Languages

Kept women

Mistresses are big business in China, where no official is a real man without his own ernai. What’s in it for the girls?

James Palmer

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Essay/Education

An inconvenient child

My six-year-old son was suspended as a danger to others. His crime? A disability you could find in any classroom

Michael Graziano

Video/Demography & Migration

How we became more than 7 billion – humanity’s population explosion, visualised

6 minutes

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Essay/Work

Stupefied

How organisations enshrine collective stupidity and employees are rewarded for checking their brains at the office door

André Spicer

Essay/Values & Beliefs

ISIS is a revolution

All world-altering revolutions are born in danger and death, brotherhood and joy. How can this one be stopped?

Scott Atran

Essay/Economics

The new astrology

By fetishising mathematical models, economists turned economics into a highly paid pseudoscience

Alan Jay Levinovitz

Essay/Demography & Migration

The balinghou

Chinese parents bemoan their children’s laziness and greed, but this generation of young people has had enough

James Palmer

Essay/Cultures & Languages

The invasion of America

The story of Native American dispossession is too easily swept aside, but new visualisations should make it unforgettable

Claudio Saunt

Essay/Gender

Male escorts

Is the growing market for male escorts a sign of female sexual liberation or just a re-run of the same old stereotypes?

Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore

Essay/Memoir

Stoop stories

My black friends call it Murderland. My white friends call it Charm City, a town of trendy cafés. I just call it home

D Watkins

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Essay/History

Slaves or wage slaves

Incentives, rewards, bonuses and bonding experiences – Roman slaveowners were the first management theorists

Jerry Toner

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Essay/Cities

The end of walking

In Orwellian fashion, Americans have been stripped of the right to walk, challenging their humanity, freedom and health

Antonia Malchik

Video/Social Psychology

Is the office cubicle actually designed to crush your soul?

26 minutes

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Essay/Ethics

Natural police

Seen through game theory, cancer and police corruption are pretty much the same thing. And for one of them, there’s a cure

Suzanne Sadedin

Essay/Ecology & Environmental Sciences

Scorched Earth, 2200AD

Climate change has done its worst, and now just 500 million humans remain on lifeboats in the north. How do they survive?

Linda Marsa

Essay/Economics

Return of the oppressed

From the Roman Empire to our own Gilded Age, inequality moves in cycles. The future looks like a rough ride

Peter Turchin

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Essay/Ethics

Hell on Earth

What happens to life sentences if our lifespan is radically extended? A philosopher talks about future punishment

Ross Andersen

Essay/Automation & Robotics

The golden age

The 15-hour working week predicted by Keynes may soon be within our grasp – but are we ready for freedom from toil?

John Quiggin

Essay/Fairness & Equality

Not born this way

Other liberation movements have rejected the idea that biology is destiny. So why should gay rights depend on it?

Shamus Khan

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Idea/Race

Why the Nazis studied American race laws for inspiration

James Q Whitman

Video/Demography & Migration

La Estrella, Spain – population: two. Will the last couple in the village leave?

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Essay/Family Life

Fertility fog

Women in their 30s and 40s exhibit a mix of wishful thinking and woeful ignorance when it comes to their fertility. Why?

Amy Klein

Essay/Human Rights

Twilight in the Box

The suicide statistics, squalor & recidivism haven’t ended solitary confinement. Maybe the brain studies will

Shruti Ravindran

Idea/Education

Without tenure, professors become terrified sheep

Alice Dreger

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

Essay/Childhood & Adolescence

The end of adolescence

In the 20th century it offered a bridge from the innocence of childhood to the responsibilities of adult life. Not any more

Paula S Fass

Essay/History

Medieval graffiti

Graffiti on the walls of Europe’s old churches reveals the real Middle Ages – a world far removed from knights and damsels

Matthew Champion