Ms. Joffe-Walt, who is neither an economist nor a specialist on disability, is making a claim that in an economics class would be red penciled with the corrective -- "be very cautious when trying to provide simplistic explanations for data you've brought together."
The real problem is not why so many people get disability benefits, but why so many people are disabled. This gives rise to important questions about our health system and the healthiness of our workplaces.
Education has always been an affair of "the heart," not "the head." Perhaps society has imposed a school reform experiment devoted to remediating academic weaknesses because we dare not confront the emotions of Harper High School.
People across America are talking about the effect hydraulic fracturing (often called "fracking") is having on our food, water and health. But even if you don't have time to read all the reports and articles, you are probably curious about fracking, and why people are concerned.
Our changes must go beyond simple gun control; they must be thoughtful, comprehensive and persistent. Controlling the proliferation of guns is important, but supporting educational and community programs are our best bet to break the cycle of violence.
The first time I heard Mike Birbiglia's voice was during a long drive to New York City. I laughed so hard listening to it that I didn't notice when my dog knocked the car's stick shift from drive into neutral while going 70 MPH on the highway.
Sedaris had everyone in the entire theatre shaking in their seats and rapidly dying of uncontrollable laughter. I could see it then, a headline reading "American Humor Writer Kills Palm Desert Retirees."
Bring me more children Juvenile courts in the U.S. annually process an estimated 1.7 million cases of youth charged with a delinquency offense -- app...
Edgar Allan Poe: I wanted to do a parrot uttering 'never more' but there wasn't much drama in that. So I changed it to a raven. They're big, black dirty birds capable of anything.
Sleepwalk With Me is a really wonderful, poignant, funny, and very original film from a unique and honest voice that shows its main character not as a hero, victim, or saint, but as a real person who makes mistakes, and sometimes big, hurtful, avoidable ones.
The great thing about doing a one-man-show-length monologue, like Sleepwalk With Me, Mike Birbiglia says, is that you can go anywhere you want with it, almost as quickly as you can say it.
Sleepwalk With Me, a charming gem set in the world of stand-up comedy, is the latest in a long line of smart, bittersweet romantic tales heavily influenced by Woody Allen's 1977 classic Annie Hall.
Mike Birbiglia seems like an easy-going guy, someone who probably has a little trouble with confrontation or sticking up for himself. At least that's how he comes off in Sleepwalk With Me, the film version of his hit one-man show.
"Operation Flex" was a fishing expedition that targeted people because of their religion. But we'll never be allowed to know whether the FBI violated the Constitution when they authorized it because it would require the disclosure of state secrets.
In 2008, I made a documentary for This American Life on the disappearance of Bobby Dunbar. The radio show was enormously popular - but I know there was more to tell.
Today I locked myself out of my apartment. Again.