©Ulla Puggaard

The cyber hack that could swing an election

‘The bizarre has almost become the norm in US politics this past year’

©Harry Haysom

Are universities worth it?

‘To enjoy higher wages, smart people must waste time and money going to the trouble of acquiring a degree’

Illustration by Celyn Brazier of Trum in a Florida-shaped golf course
©Celyn Brazier

Can Trump take Florida?

‘The septuagenarian New York snowbird with a mansion in Palm Beach is a Florida archetype made flesh’

Illustration by Shonagh Rae of Martha's Vineyard littered with Secret Service
©Shonagh Rae

On vacation with the Obamas

‘Each day everyone had to guess where the president’s party might go paddle-boarding next — and take evasive action’

Illustration for "The Diary: Jeremy Paxman"
©Luke Waller

Jeremy Paxman

The FT’s contributing editor thinks the most striking thing about rooms full of old people is how very little you see them laughing

Illustration by Harry Haysom of the Olympics logo across a person's head
©Harry Haysom

Does hosting the Olympics make us happier?

‘Careful surveys of wellbeing are an important tool in figuring out the wisest way to spend public money’

The Fast Lane: Steer clear of driverless cars

Automated vehicles will aid and abet an abdication of responsibility for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians

Nilanjana Roy

Why good cookbooks are so hard to find

On the challenge of buying food books for friends

©Shonagh Rae

How Rio got super-smart

‘Spectators were using their phones to navigate the city, download tickets, hail taxis — or just catch up on the medal tally’

©Harry Haysom

The meaning of trust in the age of Airbnb

‘The reason eBay and Airbnb work is not because of brilliant online reputation systems but because most people aren’t crooks’

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