What the twentieth century history of rocketry can tell us about innovation.
Monday, February 7
A newly minted, 34-year-old White House budget director gets a little too candid with a reporter profiling him during Ronald Reagan’s first year in office. Among Stockman’s many admissions: “None of us really understands what’s going on with all these numbers.”
Reporting from inside the Church’s Celebrity Centre in Los Angeles.
During his 35 years as a member of the Church of Scientology, Oscar-winning writer and director Paul Haggis went “all the way to the top.” The story of why he left, and what happened once he did.
Sunday, February 6
The story of a small town just outside Pittsburgh that has suffered through a half-century of economic decline, racial tension, and endless crime. Despite that trajectory, or perhaps because of it, Aliquippa has also produced an astounding number of NFL players.
The juvenile ward on Rikers Island is a world of constant violence fueled by gangs and, allegedly, encouraged and overseen by the guards.
Friday, February 4
The original new journalist on his start at the Times, his daily writing routine, and why he’s always taken notes on shirt boards.
February 1st, 2011. Tahrir Square, Cairo.
Supply and demand paid-sex economics, ‘hobbyist’ internet message boards, and the power of reviews.
“What you say is very unclear, but I suppose you mean that since I find one of your remarks illogical and since I like your poems, that therefore I must like poems which are illogical. But I don’t find your poems either logical or illogical. If you want this interview to have the logic of a poem and not ordinary logic we will have to start over again.”
In the aftermath of a mysterious murder, exploring a part of the story that has received little attention: the young man who lost his life.