William Powers

  • The Canary's Song

    Other presidents had ways of at least seeming to be humble. George W. Bush doesn't.

  • Politics on the Brain

    As this week's Washington hoopla demonstrated, politics is n ow a full-on national obsession.

  • The Massless Media

    With the mass media losing their audience to smaller, more targeted outlets, we may be headed for an era of noisy, contentious press reminiscent of the 1800s

  • What's That Racket?

    American radio is a wasteland of ideology-driven talk. What it lacks is heart, and the desire to listen and learn

  • Pyle On

    Don't look for war with Iraq to produce the next Ernie Pyle, no matter how much embedding goes on

  • Civilian Casualties: A Media Primer

    Five guidelines for assessing news reports of civilian casualties

  • Darkness and Light

    Embedded journalists are giving the Iraq story a visceral immediacy that's been lacking from coverage of recent wars.

  • The War Glut

    When the question is war, the news trade's most essential job, after reporting facts, is making sense of them.

  • Tragedy Becomes Us

    We don't just report the horror of tragedy anymore, we wallow in it

  • The Poodle Speaks

    Foreign critics are barking up the wrong tree when they complain about U.S. news media coverage of Iraq

  • A Soft, Cracking Sound

    The selling of war with Iraq is not going as well as the White House wants us to believe

  • After Ann

    Like Johnny Carson's Tonight Show, Ann Landers's column brought people together. It will be hard to replace.

  • Weird Science

    The Clonaid story is driving the news people crazy because it's both a Zany Cult story and a Serious Science story.

  • All Too Human

    The respectable media are fascinated with famous people who seem headed for trouble but are not there yet

  • The Corrections

    The once-genteel media world has become a place where somebody is always waiting to pounce on your errors

  • Goodwill Lacking

    Dole's sense of humor and his heroism kept political and media feelings warm

  • Vive la Difference

    The recent news about the International Herald Tribune says something about its two owners

  • Bias, Anyone?

    Surprising, perhaps, but blatant liberal bias in the media's election post-mortems has been hard to find

  • The Play's Not the Thing

    Google's News Machine: What happens when you take humans out of the story-selection process?

  • High, Low Jack

    None of the media's recent idols has fallen from as lofty a perch as Jack Welch's.

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In Online Dating, Everyone's a Little Bit Racist

The co-founder of OKCupid shares findings from his analysis of millions of users' data.

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What Is a Sandwich?

We're overthinking sandwiches, so you don't have to.

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How Will Climate Change Affect Cities?

Urban planners and environmentalists predict the future of city life.

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The Inner Life of a Drag Queen

A short documentary about cross-dressing, masculinity, identity, and performance

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Let's Talk About Not Smoking

Why does smoking maintain its allure? James Hamblin seeks the wisdom of a cool person.

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