Latest from Ryan McCarthy

Jon Stewart changed journalism before journalism was ready to change

Jon Stewart's rise coincides almost perfectly with the growth of the modern Web -- he was the first true star of a new era of Internet journalism.
  • Feb 11, 2015

A grand, unified theory of Tom Cruise movies

Tom Cruise is America. America is Tom Cruise. The policy secrets of his movies.
  • Oct 31, 2014

The end of a casino monopoly, in three charts

A look at how Atlantic City's dominance was upended by America's casino boom.
  • Sep 23, 2014

Ebola: A guide to the best longreads

A guide to the best longform journalism on the biggest Ebola outbreak in history.
  • Sep 18, 2014

Music from mid-sized American cities: a non-definitive Spotify playlist

A selection of indie music from Minneapolis, Athens, Chapel Hill, and Portland.
  • Sep 8, 2014

Millennial or Gen X? The ultimate guide to generational confusion

A guide to separating the data from the generational cliche.
  • Sep 4, 2014

Why abundant coal may have ‘cursed’ the Appalachian economy

Is the hear of coal country suffering from what economists call the 'resource curse'?
  • Aug 27, 2014

Where teen birth rates are falling the fastest

Wonkblog has a rundown of the uneven drop in teen births.
  • Aug 20, 2014

America’s changing refugee population, in 4 charts

Which countries are driving trends in America's refugee population?
  • Aug 13, 2014