The humble coffee bean is one of the most important and actively traded commodities in the world. It doesn’t take more than a glance at...
Japan Fires up Nuclear Power Again, but Can It Ever Be Safe Enough?
After two years without any nuclear power in response to the 2011 Fukushima earthquake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear crisis, Japan has restarted its first reactor,... Read more
States Look to Neighbors for Drunk-Driving Laws
The severity of a state’s alcohol-impaired driving problem doesn’t predict its new laws on the subject—neither does the political makeup of the state government. A new... Read more
Hope for Little Venezuela in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES—In unity there is strength. No need to tell that to Dassler Dazha, a former telenovela actor in his native Venezuela and present-day floral... Read more
History, Race, and the Future
This week’s column features an interview with former congressperson, ambassador, and school psychologist Diane E. Watson, PhD, who has traveled the world addressing issues of... Read more
Recalls Hurt Brands and Rivals on Social Media
Product recalls provoke a sharp increase in negative chatter on social media sites. This bad buzz can cause a drop in sales and the market cap—or... Read more
Can Internet Access Keep Local Government Honest?
When citizens have easy and constant access to government information, that’s called government transparency. It’s vital for good governance, and citizens’ perception of the government... Read more
Auctions Aren’t Best for Abandoned Buildings
To help distressed cities recover, managed sales programs are a better way to sell abandoned properties than are auctions, a new study says. Managed sales... Read more
Japan’s ‘Sacred’ Rice Farmers Brace for Pacific Trade Deal’s Death Sentence
In small wet rice fields, or suiden, across Japan, farmers don rubber boots to slosh through the fields and check their plantings. Meanwhile, thousands of... Read more
Star Wars Is Back. Get in Mood With These Most Hilarious Stormtrooper Pictures
In just five months the new “Star Wars: Force Awakens” hits movie theaters, yet for many the force never went to sleep in the first... Read more
The US Won the World Cup—Not the Women’s World Cup
On July 7, 26.7 million Americans tuned in to watch the World Cup final between the US and Japan. Not only did the game score... Read more
Donald Trump and Neil Young: What That Song Communicates
The use of Neil Young’s Rockin’ in the Free World (1989) at Donald Trump’s presidential campaign announcement this week – and the response from Young... Read more
How to Be Less Annoying on Facebook
Are you annoying on Facebook? This new study will tell you if you are. It’s hard not to be judgmental on Facebook. We all have... Read more
Newspapers’ Ongoing Search for Subscription Revenue: From Paywalls to Micropayments
It’s no mystery that newspapers are struggling to make money: between 2006 and 2014, the industry lost approximately 30 billion dollars in advertising. In response,... Read more
Showbiz Politics: Through Campaign Songs, Candidates Become Stars
The next presidential race has begun, and over the next year and a half, Americans will watch extravagant political productions unfold. Those looking to succeed... Read more
Do Canada’s Schools Need a ‘Quiet Revolution’?
A grassroots teacher-led movement that has taken hold in the United Kingdom is spreading around the world and last weekend landed in North America. Its... Read more
The Media and Baltimore: Covering the Dramatic Versus the Representative
Does the news media make bad situations worse? President Obama said as much in his comments about the uprising in Baltimore triggered by the latest... Read more