Category Archives: The Explainer

The Explainer: New York City’s Man and Woman of the Year

Blood cancer, unquestionably, is not the most cheerful of topics. Yet statistics such as these—an individual in the US is diagnosed with blood cancer every three minutes; more than 176,000 new blood cancer cases will be diagnosed in the US … Continue reading

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Why Nielsen Ratings Are Flawed: Explained

TV shows live and die by the Nielsen ratings–every season, brilliant yet underrated shows go off air because they couldn’t garner a big enough Nielsen audience. Friday Night Lights, my all time favorite show, was perennially in danger of cancellation … Continue reading

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The Explainer: Daylight Savings Time

By now, you’ve hopefully caught on: early yesterday morning, while we were sleeping unsuspectingly in our beds, Daylight Savings Time struck again. Although this happens twice a year, every now and then I ask myself the question: What the hell … Continue reading

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Habeas Corpus: Explained

In 1933 Alabama, nine black males, aged 12 to 21, were accused of raping two white female teenagers. Twelve days after their arrest, the boys were brought into an Alabama court and presented with their “lawyers”: one, a forgetful, elderly … Continue reading

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The Explainer: Explained

Several years ago, I read a Nicholas Sparks book (calm down: his books are terribly entertaining beach reads) in which the main character was an investigative journalist. Readers wrote to him with questions, and he researched the subject and reported … Continue reading

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