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Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Harper’s columnist Thomas Frank makes the case for more government. Michael Shara talks about the future of space exploration and a new exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History. Darin Gibby attempts to explain why Americans have stopped inventing. And we’ll learn about an investigation into a U.S.-backed raid to capture drug lord Christopher Coke in Tivoli Gardens, Jamaica, in 2010, which killed 73 civilians.

Thomas Frank on the Government as Job Creator

Harper’s columnist Thomas Frank looks back at the federal government work programs introduced during the Great Depression, which each generated millions of jobs. Frank sees the success of these programs as the foundation of the country’s recovery from the current economic recession, and argues that the responsibility to create jobs belongs not just to the private sector but to the government. His latest Easy Chair column on the subject appears in the December issue of Harper’s magazine.

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The Future of Space Exploration

Curator Michael Shara talks about the future of space exploration now that the space shuttle program has been ended, and discusses the exhibition “Beyond Planet Earth: The Future of Space Exploration,” at the American Museum of Natural History through August 12, 2012.

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Why Has America Stopped Inventing?

Darin Gibby attempts to answer the question Why has America stopped inventing? by taking a close look at patent law. Statistics show that today we invent less than half of what our counterparts did a century and a half ago. In Why Has America Stopped Inventing? He compares some of America’s most successful 19th-century inventors with those of today.

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A Massacre in Jamaica

New Yorker contributor Mattathias Schwartz discusses a police and military assault on the Tivoli Gardens neighborhood of Kingston, Jamaica, in May 2010, that resulted in the deaths of more than seventy people. The article “A Massacre in Jamaica” appears in the December 12 issue of The New Yorker.

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