Alex Ross wrote in The New Yorker about the extraordinary cultural impact of Beethoven. Titled "Deus Ex Musica," it's a well-wrought piece that includes this: "Above all, Beethoven shaped the identity of what came to be known as classical music. In the course of the nineteenth century, dead composers began to crowd out the living on concert programs, and a canon of masterpieces materialized, with Beethoven front and center." Last year, Nick Paumgarten wrote a fine piece for the same magazine titled "Deadhead." Paumgarten talks a lot about Grateful Dead concert tapers and Betty boards and the Dead's extraordinary and comprehensive tape archive. Now the band's business is issuing endless reiterations of the same songs, perpetually replaying the past, just like an orchestra. Shabnam Mousavi studies how business executives make decision, especially when they decide on instinct, not data. Global Witness, founded by Charmian Gooch, documents global corruption, especially through shell companies that do much of corporations' dirty work. Hear more about their work here and here. Edward Carey is a writer and illustrator, author of the Iremonger trilogy, which is a bitchin' name for a set of novels.