How the Owens Bottle Company Helped End American Child Labor
An excerpt from Vince Beiser's new book about how sand transformed civilization.
Prairie Home Companions: A Homecoming in Red Cloud, Nebraska
A homecoming in Red Cloud, Nebraska.
Into the Eyeballs of Syrian Refugees: Should We Be Scanning Irises?
Is it really a good idea to scan the irises of thousands of vulnerable people?
The Problem With the Way People Are Interpreting That New Gun Study
Journalists are misrepresenting a new study about the number of children killed every year by firearms.
NRA Member Finds Most Gun Dealers Favor Background Checks
Survey polled 1,601 gun dealers, pawnshops, and gunsmiths in 43 states.
Building a Legal Marijuana Industry From the Ground Up
Washington's Initiative 502 legalized pot across the state, but provided only a few guidelines for how to produce, process, and retail the drug. What regulations will lawmakers put in place—and will they convince black market users to switch to a new, regulated industry?
What to Think About Anti-Gay Crusaders Who Now Say They're Sorry?
Exodus International's Alan Chambers, Ken Mehlman, and others like them have done serious damage to a righteous cause. Is an apology enough?
Gun Medicine: California's Armed Prohibited Persons System
Why we should be treating gun violence as a disease—and why most states can't.
Hotelling's Law: Why Everything Starts to Look the Same
Why do Burger King and McDonald's start to sell the same salad? There's a name for that phenomenon.