Joe Pinsker

Why the Massive Air-Bag Recall Won't Make Driving Much Safer

Potentially deadly car parts shouldn’t be the least of everyone’s worries—but they shouldn’t be the most, either.

What Airlines Don't Get About Delays

By presenting the same limited information to fliers in a very different way, carriers might be able to make everyone a little less aggravated.

Why the South Has Far Fewer Breweries Than the Rest of the U.S.

What do you get when you mix corporate interest with religiously motivated temperance? A whole lot of Budweiser.

Finland, Home of the $103,000 Speeding Ticket

Most of Scandinavia determines fines based on income. Could such a system work in the U.S.?

How 14,000 Workers Managed to Slow Down the Entire Economy

Longshoremen play an indispensable role in getting 90 percent of consumer goods into the country—and they know how to use that to their advantage.

Why Can't Public Transit Be Free?

The main goal of transportation that costs riders nothing—getting people out of their cars—can't be achieved by eliminating fares.

Why It's Cheaper to Buy a House in the Winter

"It's a bit like searching for bargains in a leftovers' sale," but the payoff can be big.

A Toast to John Shields, Who Made Every Trader Joe's Feel Like Home

As the West Coast chain went national in the '90s, the former CEO—who died recently at 82—went to great lengths to infuse local influence into each new store.

What 50 Years of Bullet Trains Have Done for Japan

A case study in making a small country even smaller.

41 Percent of American Workers Let Paid Vacation Days Go to Waste

Maybe because senior managers say they view employees who take vacation days as “less dedicated.”

Morning People Are More Likely to Lie to Their Bosses in the Afternoon

And night owls tend to be less ethical in the morning. Siestas might make everyone behave a little better.

Coming Soon: A Mattress Store With No Salespeople

It'll be like a vending machine—but for beds.

Teens Are Having a Hard Time Getting Summer Jobs

Since working over school breaks can predict future job prospects, this matters. 

One City in Pakistan Makes Nearly Half of the World's Soccer Balls

But its factories remain very inefficient, even though there are cost-saving technologies available. Why?