From Harper's Index

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Christopher Beha, deputy editor at Harper's Magazine, talks about some of the surprises in the January index. 


Christopher Beha

Comments [8]

RUCB_Alum from Central New Jersey

@Rick in NJ from New Jersey

I think you are splitting hairs, Rick. Brian's failing to distinguish between a full-on automatic AK-47 and a semi-auto clone was not the point. Brian was wondering what the price at Walmart for a new AK versus the black market Mogadishu price.

My perusal of AK prices over at - a used gun market - looks like used 7.62 AK's range from $600-$1,100.

Jan. 05 2014 05:22 PM
Bob from Westchester, NY

To Chris Beha: You mentioned in passing that many of the facts and statistics used in this annual article were researched by interns. So I would ask that you add these two items to the Harper's Index:

1.) Amount of revenue generated for Harper's Magazine by the annual Index.
-- I'm guessing a number in the millions
2.) Amount paid to the interns who work on the project.
-- I'm guessing $0.00

Any thoughts/comments?

Jan. 02 2014 02:38 PM
Chris Beha from NYC

To Adam from NJ: This is a very good point. However, the Buffalo Braves were an expansion team whose inaugural season was 1970-71. You'll notice that the Index line says number of teams "at the start of 1970," which was worded this way for just this reason. It's a little weasily, perhaps, but we thought it was a legitimate distinction since the Braves became the Clippers due to a geographic move well before pressure to change American Indian nicknames picked up.

Jan. 02 2014 12:51 PM
Rick in NJ from New Jersey

Love your show, Mr. Lehrer, but...

"AK-47s" are NOT available over the counter, in the US. And NEVER have been. Like all machine guns, they are Class III weapons, and can ONLY be acquired after approval of the BAFT&E, and FBI. And this, only if the weapon was registered, and manufactured, prior to 1984. Those few weapons that meet those criteria, can sell at auction, for $20-35 thousands.

A SEMI-AUTOMATIC - non-machine gun - BAFT&E approved for civilian sale AK clone, usually sell for between $850. to $1,500, depending on quality.

Jan. 02 2014 11:50 AM
Adam from NJ

I hate to be the 'correcting guy', but . . . the Buffalo Braves were an NBA team in 1970. They moved to San Diego for the 78-79 season and became the San Diego Clippers, thus losing the Native American nickname.

Jan. 02 2014 11:13 AM
RUCB_Alum from Central New Jersey

Wow! Public money - at least in the case of the LA Sheriff's Dept. - seems to be used to train 'white dogs'. What are the stats like for NYC?

Jan. 02 2014 11:06 AM
Lesa from Westchester-our local snow belt

My students are also addicted to their smart phones during class. I am both relieved and sorry to hear that I am not the only professor with this issue. The student invest so much in attending college-why not get their money's worth?

Jan. 02 2014 11:04 AM
B from NYC

Go Chris Beha! Go!

It's like a game show !

Jan. 02 2014 11:02 AM

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