Gun violence and economic solutions

Early this morning in Orlando, Florida, a gunman murdered 50 people and injured 53 (as of 11 am CDT) in the worst mass shooting in American history. After the Sandy Hook massacre in December 2012, I wrote a column, Economic theory gives us two 'weapons' to combat gun violence. The short version is that economics suggests we think about gun violence in terms of two concepts: Externalities, … [Read more...]

Happy birthday, Nelson Riddle

Nelson Riddle, 1958 Admit it: you know this song, right? It's iconic and will always be associated with Batman. Neal Hefti wrote the theme, as well as this one: But Hefti didn't do the heavy lifting of turning out music for these shows, week after week, episode after episode. An army of people like Allyn Ferguson, Sammie Nestico, and Lionel Newman soldiered on in the trenches. Nelson … [Read more...]