William DuVall of Alice in Chains writes: The Guitar Heroes Who Lit the Fuse

Three crucial guitarists provided a masterclass in musical storytelling


The Liberal Arts Are Dead

Should we educators just face the music and accept the fact higher ed is now just for job training?


A news app isn’t a new homepage. It’s a social media account.

With apps, it’s more important than ever for news editors to consider their audiences’ context. That’s why the values we apply to social media should be applied to apps.

When you’re a guest in someone’s home, you play by the host’s rules. For many years, news organizations did the hosting. Picking up a…


Three Months Without Breathing

At 24, I stopped being able to speak or breathe. I thought I was dying, but it was more than that.


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Yes, We Should #BanSports. But That Doesn’t Mean We Should Get Rid Of Them.


Yes, we should #bansports. But that doesn’t mean we should get rid of them.

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What About the Female Asian American?

Growing Up As a Self-Loathing Chinese-American Girl


We were different, I told myself. But in the eyes of my middle-aged, ironically overweight white gym teacher who doubled as a sociology teacher and the rest of my peers from this affluent suburban town, did anything distinguish us? Meek, weak, shy — and, well, Asian…

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“Hey, At Least We’re Not the Mafia”

Payday lenders have a horrifying— yet effective — approach to lobbying.

The payday lending industry makes its profits of off…


I put my family before my job


I still remember when my wife, Jordon, told me she was pregnant with our first child.

Last May, she asked me to go on a walk with her, an activity that we both enjoy, especially together. We walked around downtown Manhattan, Kansas, for a short while, before sitting down on a wood picnic table outside the Riley County Courthouse. I wasn’t…

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No, But Let’s Not Have a Zombie Apocalypse, Either


Something amazing happens when you tell people you write about sports for a living. You begin to feel like you’re in a scene from Dawn…

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The Downside of Data: “Juking the Stats”

Over-reliance on data makes the public go blind. I struggle with the widespread adoption of data these days.


The Opportunity Filter: Shiny Object Syndrome And The Sharing Economy


Shiny object syndrome.


In the opportunity fueled sharing-economy, I’d surmise that shiny…

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#Bansports From Your Life And #ReadTheDamnNews


I have an internet addiction, and it’s not to porn: I constantly check ESPN.COM for breaking sports news. You know, earth-shattering stuff…

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Terrorism has no religion

Tens of thousands of people marched in the streets of Tunis on Sunday, March 29 — marking the end of World Social Forum 2015, the shy but…


One explanation for why poverty is “falling faster than ever” while inequality skyrockets (in 3 graphs)


Despite lingering gloom from the economic recession, life is getting


TIDAL Wave or Shallow Pool?


Will Jay-Z’s new streaming service deliver real change — or just more of the same?

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No More Forever Projects


It took me a long time to see past forever projects.

I told myself that making promises gave beginnings gravity. I labeled my newsletter a…

In response to Should We Ban Sports?

Let The Sports Industry Behave Like a Free Market

Legalize steroids and gambling and introduce the Athlete IPO.


Mitigating hidden bias in tech

We know hidden bias exists, but how and why should we get past it?


A few weeks ago, Freada Kapor Klein, investor, researcher…


Gordon Pask’s Adaptive Teaching Machines


“Adaptive learning” might be one of the latest education technology buzzwords, one that’s often uttered alongside that other popular adjective…


The Hidden Brilliance of Late Risers

If you’re a late riser, there’s a good chance that you have, at one point, been made to feel inferior to the seeming moral superiority of your early


Move over citizen journalism: here comes a much smarter future


The news media landscape will be shaped by how information is shared, not just how it is created


The Scientology Fun Page!

Reduce your Body Thetans with puzzles


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In response to Should We Ban Sports?

There’s Nothing Banning Sports Would Solve That Banning Humans Entirely Wouldn’t Solve Better.


There’s nothing banning sports would solve that banning humans entirely wouldn’t…


Enough Isn’t Yet Enough Because I’m The Problem

The recent discourse in sports media has forced me to take a long look in the mirror when it comes to sexism. I don’t

How Technology Led a Hospital To Give a Patient 38 Times His Dosage

When Pablo Garcia was admitted, he felt fine. Then the hospital made him very sick. Blame high…