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Beat Knowledge

by Ronald Radano
We are all African, when we listen.


by George T. Frampton
The cap-and-trade mechanism of taxing and regulating greenhouse-gas fuels has been stalled in the US since 2010. It's now making a comeback.

Unexceptional Politics

by Emily Apter
A critical meditation on the trials and tribulations of deliberative democracy now

Bigger Profits, Slower Growth

by Herman Mark Schwartz
What are the possible economic causes of populist politics? Begin with the recent development of disintegrated supply chains.

The Young Man Who Sells Antiques

by Jesse Ball
A short story about a red bird

Artist Portfolio: Lucy Raven

Text by Pavel Pyś
Artist Lucy Raven is cinematically drawn to the scientific and industrial worlds of the American West

The Laws of War

by Peter Holquist
How the Russian Empire helped to create the laws of war

The Origins Myth

by Fred M. Donner
The myths and material origins of early Islam


by Joshua Yaffa
An encounter with Russia's unfinished past, as told by the New Yorker's Moscow correspondent

Mobilizing Fear

by Carina L. Johnson
Propagandizing German–Ottoman conflict in the sixteenth century

The Absent Epic

by Haun Saussy
Epics, China, and the politics of narrative

Truckstops on the Information Superhighway

by Tung-Hui Hu
Ant Farm’s 1970 “Truckstop Network” was borne of the idea that one could reverse the dreary flow of information by taking it into one’s own hands.

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