If you read one thing this week (yikes), it should be ProPublica‘s “Inside the New York Fed: Secret Recordings and a Culture Clash,” exposing patronage and corruption within the country’s largest regional Federal Reserve banks. The report was so influential that it provoked a congressional reaction and changes in policy at Goldman Sachs.
Another hugely important article: “For a Worker With Little Time Between 3 Jobs, a Nap Has Fatal Consequences” situates the tragic death of Maria Fernandes in a greater context of unlivable circumstances for low wage American workers.
In “God, Darwin and My College Biology Class,” David Barash takes the more controversial stance that science and religion are incompatible and students should know that.
For your weekly dosage of cultural critique, New Republic‘s “How Parody Videos Transformed Pop Music–for Better and Worse.”