I’m delighted to start today’s link post with one of my own: my CityLab debut, “Why Do Passengers Insist on Crowding Around Subway Doors?“ This was legitimately a classic “This thing really gets my goat, I wonder if I can write about it?” And I learned a lot about the psychology of manspreading, sidewalk rage, game theory at crosswalks and the effects of carpool lanes on congestion, none of which made it into the final article — but I’m pleased to be able to talk about environmental psychology on public transit, with some help from Dr. Richard Wener of NYU’s Sustainable Urban Environments program. Want to be part of the solution, or just learn the secret to a more comfortable commute? Read on!
- Terry Gross is a master class in interviewing all on her own. I only just started listening to Fresh Air after a podcast subscription binge (thanks, Sampler!), but I was riveted by her conversation with Sue Klebold, the mother of one of the two Columbine mass shooters. Both women discuss the most difficult, unimaginable topics with grace, honesty and compassion.
- Pacific Standard recently highlighted one underreported problem within environmental conservation movements — its advocates keep being murdered.
- With the Zika virus and microcephaly making headlines, conspiracy theories about its origins are sure to follow. On the Media took 10 minutes and some good science reporting to dispel the notion that eternal bogeyman Monsanto is behind this particular outbreak.
- The new vacancy on the Supreme Court has inspired immensely bad behavior from many leaders in the Republican party, leading to some very dark responses. The Atlantic posits this showdown may finally provoke the correction against extremism the GOP as a party and the nation as a whole desperately needs.
- Fast Company looks at how to build a nuclear bomb — with a Rolodex.