The Most Important Hip-Hop Song of 2004

What This Song Is About It’s a lifestyle song, stuffed fat with meta Houston rap references and slang. Why It’s Important It turned Houston into the epicenter of rap in the months following its release. The city’s influence in rap has yet to wane. ♦♦♦ There were only four songs that were in contention for…

One Doctor’s Take on How to Fix the Sick Healthcare System

Dr. Robert Pearl argues that who pays for healthcare — the primary focus of the decade-long reform debate — doesn’t really matter. Pearl makes a compelling case for the assertion that healthcare costs are, as Warren Buffett likes to say, “the tapeworm of American economic competitiveness.” At healthcare’s current inflation rate, asserts Pearl, it will…

Schoolboy

On the first day of the fall quarter at Stanford University, Jordan Morris walks into his Introduction to Earth Systems class, finds a seat near the back of the lecture hall, and starts flipping through his syllabus. His long summer is over. In some ways, it ended just a few days ago, on the field…

Jennifer Higdon: Autumn Music

About Autumn Music When I started thinking about writing a piece for woodwind quintet, my mind began to contemplate all of the wonderful chamber music that I have played as a flutist through the years. My mind kept going back to one of the greatest contributions to the woodwind quintet literature, Samuel Barber’s “Summer Music”….

30 for 30 Shorts: #BringBackSungWoo

Welcome back to our 30 for 30 documentary short series. The Kansas City Royals’ odyssey to the 2014 World Series ran parallel with the equally improbable journey of SungWoo Lee. A die-hard Royals fan who lived in Seoul, SungWoo had not only charmed the faithful in a visit to Kansas City in the summer of…

A Jobless Recovery in Coal

One industry has been sinking for years. Another seems to be undergoing explosive growth. Can you guess the punch line? At the same time, according to the Energy Information Administration, coal production is actually soaring so far in 2017. In the most recent week, production was up 23.7 percent from the same week in 2016;…

Robert Paterson: Eating Variations

About Eating Variations Eating Variations is based on a series of witty poems with the same title by Ron Singer. The work as a whole is essentially a satire on food faddism and depicts different aspects of eating. The way I chose to set these poems is light-hearted, perhaps lighter in spirit than Singer originally…