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The payoff for society in rewarding whistle-blowers

—In late July, a government agency handed over nearly $2.5 million to one person and $1.7 million to another. If the payouts had been lottery winnings, they might have drawn big headlines. Yet the rewards were barely noticed because they went to individuals who had simply revealed financial …

Asking the Tough Questions With an 18th-Century Debate Society

IN NOVEMBER 1788, A GROUP of fine young men founded one of New York’s original social clubs, which they named the Calliopean Society. The club had an “express purpose”—to improve the educations and minds of its 20-odd members. At every meeting, club members gave speeches, presented essays, and debated …