Bill Simmons’ Book of Basketball 2.0 Podcast (theringer.com): Bill Simmons sequel to 2009’s The Book of Basketball isn’t a book but a podcast. No matter, it’s fascinating to see how much basketball has changed in the last decade.
The Collar Bomb Heist (wired.com): In 2003 a man with a bomb forcibly locked onto his neck is forced to rob a bank. Incredible true story described as “one of the most complicated and bizarre crimes in the annals of the FBI.”
How Washington Keeps America Sick and Fat (politico.com): “The share of research dollars devoted to nutrition has stayed largely flat for at least three decades…” even as diet-related conditions like obesity, Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure are on the rise.
Life is a Ponzi Scheme (nih.gov): The inversion of global age distribution—from many young supporting few elderly to the new arrangement where fewer young support many elderly—is frighteningly similar to the infamous Ponzi scheme.
The Lure of Luxury (bostonreview.net): As someone not swayed by luxurious things, it’s great to get some insight on why luxury goods are so compelling.