What’s Bigger than the GDP of Pakistan and Stars Al Pacino?
The mafia’s share of Italy’s gross domestic product. From Foreign Policy’s Passport blog:
According to a recently released annual report by Confesercenti, a major business association in Italy, the four main mafia groups in the country together earn about $126 billion a year (more than Italy’s largest companies), amounting to an astonishing 7 percent of Italy’s GDP.
The other 93 percent? Marcello Mastroianni’s hair. —Brendan Mackie
Old Hollywood’s Forgotten Filmmaker
Take a closer look at James Stuart Blackton, a revolutionary filmmaker in old Hollywood who has received little credit.
The Elimination of Fires in the United States
Follow the history of fire suppression in the United States and see how it became the norm in a country where periodic fires were common.
Structural Roots of Food System Inequalities
Take a look into the past, how the food pathways were carved out and the after effects consumers are still facing.