Will America Finally Stop Privatizing Everything? – New Republic

It’s not hard to figure out why this happens. Private companies win contracts to manage federal prisons by undercutting the Bureau of Prisons’ operational costs. Unlike the government, private prison companies must also take their profit margins out of their budgets. The only way to make that work is to massively drop labor costs, corresponding […]

The Slippery Appeal of the Biggest New Band in America – The New Yorker

Last summer, pop radio began playing a fiendish earworm about two young men who feared the ordinary demands of adulthood. A year later, those men have become the biggest new band in America. You may not be familiar with Twenty One Pilots—they’re a slippery phenomenon, selling out arenas while remaining nearly invisible to those outside their […]

Religious Diversity May Be Making America Less Religious … – FiveThirtyEight

Religious Diversity May Be Making America Less Religious … – FiveThirtyEight

In the United States, diversity has generally been considered an asset. It is frequently cited by public figures as both a source of national pride and a worthy ambition. It is an oft-stated goal of Fortune 500 companies, private colleges and entire sectors of the U.S. economy. And even if Americans don’t claim much diversity […]

Five steps to success – The Economist (blog)

Five steps to success – The Economist (blog)

SKYTRAX recently released its annual airline rankings, and the message is clear: given the choice, it is better to fly on Asian carriers and to avoid American ones. Emirates was voted the top airline by flyers across the globe, followed by Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific and All Nippon Airways (ANA). It is the […]

The 50 Most Segregating School Borders In America : NPR Ed : NPR – NPR

The 50 Most Segregating School Borders In America : NPR Ed : NPR – NPR

Enlarge this image The grass is greener … if you’re a student in Detroit, looking across your school district’s boundary with the neighboring Grosse Pointe public schools. Nearly half of Detroit’s students live in poverty; that means a family of four lives on roughly $24,000 a year — or less. In Grosse Pointe, a narrow […]