What we’re reading: January 20

Finished this week’s copy of the paper and searching in vain for something else to check out? Here’s some of what we’re reading today.

New Koch | The New Yorker

The billionaire brothers are championing criminal-justice reform. Has their formula changed?

The Fairy Tales That Predate Christianity | The Atlantic

Using techniques from evolutionary biology, scientists have traced folk stories back to the Bronze Age.

State universities: Illinois budget stalemate causing damage ‘beyond repair’ | Chicago Tribune

See Five Naked-Eye Planets in the Sky at the Same Time! | Slate

“If you get up very early over the next couple of weeks, there’s a treat waiting for you outside: All five naked-eye planets known since antiquity are visible in the dawn sky at once.”

More ‘Progressive’ Than Thou | The New York Times Magazine

“When Washington reformers became ‘liberals,’ ‘progressives’ in turn became more radical.”

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