What we’re reading

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.

Ai Weiwei’s new exhibition at Alcatraz is awesome.

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A little sneak preview.

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.”

There’s also Grantland‘s “The Lessons of ‘Lost’: Understanding the Most Important Network Show of the Past 10 Years,” which urges readers to not let Lost‘s underwhelming finale eclipse its brilliant, groundbreaking work–and places Lost in a unique cultural context that only enhances its importance as a cultural entity moving forward.

In other collegiate news, there’s the New Yorker‘s “Pictures From An Institution,” about the man behind Bard College, Leon Botstein, and the future of Bard without him. But the piece also brings up central questions regarding the purpose of education, how we construct higher education in this country, and if, in education, we’re placing emphasis on the wrong things. (Short answer: we are.)

The Wilds of Education,” Frank Bruni’s opinion piece in The New York Times, advocates for a “dangerous” educational system, one that questions students notions of the world. Or, as Brown Proffesor Stefano Bloch once said in lecture: “You come to college not to learn, but to unlearn.”

If you’re the opposite of tech savvy (unsavvy?), like me, Slate‘s “What Is the Shellshock Vulnerability?” explains the most malicious internet bug since Heartbleed (I can’t keep up!).

The New York Times How Israel Silences Dissent,” written by Israeli-American Mairav Zonszain, is an important addition to the ongoing discussions surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The Untold Story of How the Apple Store Cube Landed in Midtown” is the untold story of how the Apple store cube landed in Midtown Manhattan.

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