How American Are ‘The Americans’?

By Eric Thurm from Pacific Standard On November 20, 1983, ABC aired The Day After, a movie that imagined the potential fallout from a war between the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the Warsaw Pact. One hundred million people congregated around their televisions to watch. Among the audience that night, according to the FX series…

The War on Stupid People

by DAVID H. FREEDMAN from The Atlantic As recently as the 1950s, possessing only middling intelligence was not likely to severely limit your life’s trajectory. IQ wasn’t a big factor in whom you married, where you lived, or what others thought of you. The qualifications for a good job, whether on an assembly line or behind…

New Orleans Searches For The Truth

By Ben Casselman from FiveThirtyEight They called Damond Peters “The Truth.” Peters won the nickname on the basketball court, where he had a dangerous left hand and a swagger reminiscent of another “Truth,” Celtics star Paul Pierce. But to those who knew him best, the name resonated beyond basketball. He was the little brother who…