A black-and-white section of a painting of a woman surrounded by men in Puritan garb.

Most witches are women, because witch hunts were all about persecuting the powerless

Women & Gender

Using “witch hunt” to decry purportedly baseless allegations reflects a misunderstanding of American history. Witch trials didn’t target the powerful. They persecuted society’s most marginal members — particularly women.

The Satanic Temple

The Satanic Temple gets religion

Salem Witches

Did Salem intentionally forget where ‘witches’ were killed?

Shrimp trawler

A bright idea could help eliminate a fishing problem

The World

One year on: the housing market

Arts, Culture & Media
The World

Parsing the Obama housing plan with Alvin Hall, Part Two

Global Politics

We talk with Alvin Hall about a more complicated situation: speculators, the guys who bought homes as investments, now have a lot to lose as mortgage payments escalate and housing prices fall.