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  • A high-energy Grammys show fixed one big problem, created new ones

    The Recording Academy has heard the criticism. They have taken action. 2018 brought a very dude-ish Grammys ceremony and a very dumb-ish comment by Academy president Neil Portnow about how female artists had to “step up.” This year, at the 61st annual Grammy Awards, there were women, nay, goddesses! Host Alicia Keys brought out her squad — Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith, Michelle Obama, and Jennifer Lopez. They spoke of music, the reason to dance, the global language. “We express our pain, our...
  • Opinion: Apple’s new retail head needs to fix the biggest problem with Apple Stores

    There are many things to love about Apple Stores. The designs are great. Either funky and modern, with loads of glass and natural light, or a respectful yet contemporary conversion of a classical building. You can freely play with the products, without any sales pressure. If you have questions, there will generally be someone who knows the answer

  • The U.S. Needs New Nukes? Really?: New at Reason

    Last week, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D–Mass.) and Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash) introduced the No First Use Act, designed to prevent the U.S. from using nuclear weapons in a first strike without congressional approval. What should be the lowest possible standard of sanity—that the Oval Office shouldn't be able to drop the big one without any oversight—has been introduced before, but it didn't make progress. Rep. Ted Lieu (D–Calif.), whose similar Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017...