Richard T. Karcher (Eastern Michigan): The Chances of a Drafted Baseball Player Making the Major Leagues: A Quantitative Study. Rob Manfred is trying to speed up baseball in order to save it. As baseball considers change, it should look to its past. This is why baseball is so white. The Braves’ new ballpark is an urban planner’s nightmare. Why are some new statistics embraced and not others? Going deep: Kieran Setiya on baseball and philosophy. How audio mixers make sports sound great on TV: The crack of a baseball bat and the roar of a crowd aren't accidents — they're carefully constructed by professionals.


Darkness: Yochi Dreazen on life in Puerto Rico without electricity. “Like going back in time”: Puerto Ricans put survival skills to use. How one small town in Puerto Rico found food and community after Maria. Pop-up disaster relief groups are navigating a devastated Puerto Rico. Why FEMA sent “junk food” to Puerto Rican hurricane survivors. Tesla just unveiled its first battery project in Puerto Rico that will restore power to a children’s hospital. Google turns on Internet balloons in Puerto Rico. Schumer wants “CEO of Response and Recovery” for Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico’s hurricane crisis has only just begun.

Jon Lee Anderson interviews Carmen Yulin Cruz, the mayor of San Juan, on Trump’s “big mouth” and what Puerto Rico needs. Counties that voted for the president get more in disaster relief: The federal aid sent to Puerto Rico fits a longstanding pattern. How Donald Trump’s failure to help Puerto Rico could haunt him in 2020.


T. V. Danylova (NUBiP): Eastern Mysticism and Timothy Leary: Human Beyond the Conventional Reality. Amir Borges Ferreira Neto, Adam Nowak, and Amanda Ross (West Virginia): Do Tourists Tip More Than Local Consumers? Evidence of Taxi Rides in New York City. Interpol needs to stop helping dictators. Culture is armor: Cody Delistraty on Adam Gopnik and the necessity of the cultural intellectual. Comic relief: Marta Zarzycka on the puzzling function of political humor online. Scott McLemee highlights a half dozen catchphrases that have significantly overstayed their welcome. What do we do with our dead? Our mortuary conventions reveal a lot about our relation to the past.


Alabama’s GOP primary is just a preview: Despite controlling all three branches of government, Republican voters are still angry with their representation in Congress. The thing about the Kid Rock for Senate trial balloon is that no one was really willing to predict that he wouldn’t win. The Republican roots of Trumpism: Jonathan Chait interviews Charlie Sykes, author of How the Right Lost Its Mind. Republicans really don’t think it’s their job to keep Trump in check. Trump relishes fighting enemies in his own party. Steve Benen on the unusual nature of the Republican Party’s “civil war”. “What if Trump is doing exactly what congressional GOP leaders want? (i.e., using cultural wedge issues to distract from Rs helping the 1%)”. While you aren’t looking, the GOP continues to gut financial oversight.


ZhiMin Xiao (Durham): Mobile Phones as Life and Thought Companions. Have smartphones destroyed a generation? More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been — but they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis. Our minds have been hijacked by our phones: Tristan Harris wants to rescue them. “Our minds can be hijacked”: Paul Lewis on the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia. David Byrne on eliminating the human: We are beset by — and immersed in — apps and devices that are quietly reducing the amount of meaningful interaction we have with each other. Samir Chopra on social media and the training of our minds.

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