House of Cards

Arts, Culture & Media

The fall of the investment bank Bear Stearns can tell us a lot about how we ended up in the current recession. Writer and former banker William Cohan gives Kurt his take on the narrative of the new economy. Cohan’s new book is House of Cards: A Tale of Hubris and Wretched Excess on Wall […]

Ancient latrines

A new study tracks the ancient Roman economy using the city’s early lead plumbing

Woman looks at her phone

A world without men? When men go abroad to work, women in Nepal take the lead at home.


Why Haitians are stranded in Mexico

Ethiopian drought/water jugs

In Ethiopia and other countries, drought related to El Niño is causing a hunger crisis

Global Politics
Gleide Guimarães

The bigger problems behind Brazil’s recent disease outbreaks


Forty percent of Brazil’s homes lack access to any kind of sewer system. Public health workers are afraid to go to crime-ridden neighborhoods. Activists in the country’s poorest areas say both investment and mindsets have to change to tackle a public health crisis.

mad taxi drivers

Every time you hail an Uber, you’re killing America’s middle class


The “freelance economy” might not be so great after all. Author Steven Hill argues that companies like TaskRabbit and Uber are undermining the American middle class.

Ukraine's little "superior ones" just want to have fun.

Ukraine’s wild and crazy rich kids


The children of ranking officials and wealthy businessmen have long found themselves on the wrong side of the law, but their connections typically get them off the hook.

A man stands next to an electronic board in Shanghai showing the benchmark stock indices for Shanghai and Shenzhen, after the new circuit breaker mechanism suspended Thursday’s stock trading on the market in Shanghai, China, on January 7, 2016.

China’s stock markets are plummeting, but that’s only part of the story


The markets in China are tanking and the pain spread quickly to other parts of the global economy. But the bigger worry is what happens with the Chinese currency.

Argentina's President Mauricio Macri arrives for a session of the Summit of Heads of State of MERCOSUR and Associated States and 49th Meeting of the Common Market Council in Luque, Paraguay, December 21, 2015.

Argentina devalues its currency to boost its export business


Argentina’s new president want to open his country to the world. Argentines have been there before. It didn’t end well.