How Passports Work

The concept of passports - that people should enjoy protected freedom of movement - is an ancient one. It wasn't until WWI that they became universal. Learn all about this overlooked, important document.

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Each week Josh and Chuck read tons of articles and plenty of them are really good. Here are the best of the bunch.

Google Maps Pops Up Again, This Time in Latin America!

Google Maps has popped up in my life once more, in the form of an odd little news story out of Central America. It's very fortunate that the U.S. and U.S.S.R. are no longer using Central American nations as proxy armies to duke out the Cold War any longer because a recent foray by the Nicaraguan military into Costa Rica may have led to a major skirmish. Instead, the president of Costa Rica urged that her countrypeople remain "calm and firm," reports CNN in the face of what amounts to an invasion.