When normal life gets upended, most of us try to pretend it isn’t happening. In a restaurant, diners see smoke rolling across the ceiling, and they often just sip their drinks. Every firefighter has a story like this.
A Pilgrimage to the World Cup
I started playing soccer in New Jersey when I was 7 years old, back when fathers who had never played the sport were coaching kids who had never played.
How Will People Behave in Deep Space Disasters?
In just over a decade, NASA hopes to send astronauts to Mars. Things will go wrong; they always do. But this time, the crew will be more isolated than astronauts have ever been.
Political polarization distorts reality. Here’s proof.
Last year, a group of liberal Jewish New Yorkers flew to Michigan to meet a group of conservative Christian corrections officers...
The Least Politically Prejudiced Place in America
As American towns become more politically segregated and judgmental, what can we learn from one that hasn’t?
What if White House reporters started calling different kinds of experts?
Why is College in America so expensive?
The outrageous price of a U.S. degree is unique in the world.
Complicating the Narratives
What if journalists covered controversial issues differently — based on how humans actually behave when they are polarized and suspicious?
Make America Talk Again
My visit to a Difficult Conversation Lab–and other experiments in reviving complexity (in a time of false simplicity).
Gifted & Talented & Complicated
A review of Off the Charts: The Hidden Lives and Lessons of American Child Prodigies
Federal Law Enforcement has a Woman Problem
Why does the Border Patrol have fewer women than the Marines?
Do Police Body Cameras Work?
Cops, Crime & the Brain... on Camera
Girls in the Middle East do better than boys in school by a greater margin than almost anywhere else in the world: a case study in motivation & mixed messages.
America, Meet America
Bringing back U.S. exchange programs could help remind citizens what we all have in common
How to finally get more women (and better men) into elected office.
America is Getting Fairer, Not Smarter
The new PISA international test results are out: The Good, the Bad & the Downright Terrifying