April 22, 2013

How a tax begat bebop.

The end of The Swing Era and the beginning of bebop was a consequence of a tax intended for wealthy fans of the big band sound, says Eric Felton.


April 9, 2013

An omission, a recommendation, and a prediction.

A report from the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology gives recommendations that have the audacious goal of doubling, over the next decade, the rate of invention of new medicines for patients, while increasing drug safety.


April 5, 2013

14 million invisible Americans.

The federal government spends more money each year on cash payments for disabled former workers than it spends on food stamps and welfare combined.