Glass Half Full


One of the greatest modern political leaders explains what COVID means for the political and economic shape of the future.
  Paul Romer on Why We Need $100 Billion for Testing

Testing Well

An Interview with Paul Romer


The Nobel-winning economist explains the ins and and outs of the massive testing program we need to keep COVID at bay and reopen.
  Mervyn King on radical uncertainty

Full of Passionate Intensity

An Interview with Sir Mervyn King


The former Governor of the Bank of England talks about why our obsession with modeling and quantifying brings with it systemic risks.
  Laura Marris on Camus and The Plague
Great Works

Self-Healed Physician

An interview with Laura Marris


A translator on why Camus and his novel of plague speak to us in this dark moment.

Squeeze Play

by Emily de La Bruyère


China's is making a soft-power play around its creditors in the midst of the COVID pandemic.
  Andrew Roberts on Churchill vs. the Spanish Flu


An Interview with Andrew Roberts


The best-selling historian shows us that real leadership, like Churchill's, does matter in times of crisis.
  James Shapiro on Shakespeare's Plague Years
Great Works

A Pox on All Our Houses

An Interview with James Shapiro


The leading Shakespeare scholar examines the playwright's difficult and dark relationship with the plague that devastated his nation.
  Tom Holland on the Plague at Athens

Feverish City

An Interview with Tom Holland


The best-selling historian take a look at a pandemic that changed the course of ancient history.
  John Barry on the Spanish Flu

The Pale Horse

An Interview with John Barry


The award-winning historian explains why the Spanish Flu did so much damage and what we can learn from it as we move through the COVID crisis.
  Adam Tooze on the COVID economy

The New New Economy

An Interview with Adam Tooze


A leading historian lays out the economic transformation COVID has wrought, and why it carries global risks.
  Mark Braude on Napoleon's Quarantine on Elba

The Emperor's New Digs

An Interview with Mark Braude


The man who reshaped Europe spent a long time in isolation, with results that no-one predicted.

Don't Know Much

An Interview with David Dunning


The eminent psychology professor and co-discoverer of the Dunning-Kruger Effect on what we know, what we don't, and what we don't know we don't know.
  Yohanan Plesner on Netanyahu and Gantz


An Interview with Yohanan Plesner


A former cabinet minister and Knesset member and current head of the Israel Democracy Institute talks about the political situation in Israel.
Good Works

Book of Life


Karen Young founded an organization to help Alzheimer's patients. In the post-COVID world, that effort looks radically different.

Light in the Darkness


The religious symbol with the longest history of use has meant many things to many different groups, Jewish and otherwise.
  Andrew Blauner on the genius of <em>Peanuts</em>

Good Old Charlie Brown

An Interview with Andrew Blauner


Charles Schulz's Peanuts can still delight, sadden, and fascinate us seven decades after it premiered in newspapers. We spoke with the editor of a Peanuts writing anthology about why.