Big Think's Five Sunday Reads

Pour another coffee and cuddle up with some material to round out your weekend.


Niall Ferguson tells us the truth about financial deregulation, in case you thought it was totally for blame for our current straits.

Taking Richard Florida to task, Joel Kotkin says what American cities need is an economically solid middle class, not a high-earning creative class that flits from cool place to cool place.

Do we draw a bit too much from Paolo Friere's Pedagogy of the Oppressed in all the urban savior teacher-ed programs?

Jeff Sachs, Esther Duflo, Geoffrey Canada, Naomi Klein, Malcolm Gladwell and David Remnick speak at the New Yorker Summit 2009.

The unanswered questions about Obama's vision for health care in America get their due at Salon.

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'Upstreamism': Your zip code affects your health as much as genetics

Upstreamism advocate Rishi Manchanda calls us to understand health not as a "personal responsibility" but a "common good."

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  • Upstreamism tasks health care professionals to combat unhealthy social and cultural influences that exist outside — or upstream — of medical facilities.
  • Patients from low-income neighborhoods are most at risk of negative health impacts.
  • Thankfully, health care professionals are not alone. Upstreamism is increasingly part of our cultural consciousness.
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In U.S. first, drug company faces criminal charges for distributing opioids

It marks a major shift in the government's battle against the opioid crisis.

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  • The nation's sixth-largest drug distributor is facing criminal charges related to failing to report suspicious drug orders, among other things.
  • It marks the first time a drug company has faced criminal charges for distributing opioids.
  • Since 1997, nearly 222,000 Americans have died from prescription opioids, partly thanks to unethical doctors who abuse the system.
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