Christopher Beam

Christopher Beam is a writer living in Beijing.

Police State
Oct. 20 2010 10:17 AMPolice AcademyHow to build a police department from scratch.
Police State
Oct. 19 2010 7:01 AMMP Stands for MultipurposeWhat happens when you ask soldiers in Afghanistan to be diplomats?
Police State
Oct. 18 2010 8:14 AMReal World: KandaharThe soldiers of the 372nd MP Company have one of the toughest jobs in Afghanistan: fixing the Afghan National Police.
Explainer
Oct. 14 2010 6:46 PMPorn Star ZeroDoes anyone track the sex lives of adult-film performers?
Obama's Facebook Feed
Oct. 8 2010 3:48 PMBarack Obama's Facebook FeedRick Sanchez, Lou Dobbs, and Rahm Emanuel's new campaign slogan.
Low Concept
Oct. 5 2010 10:56 AMThe Facebook Movie Facebook FeedThe making of The Social Network.
Technology
Sept. 29 2010 6:56 PMThe Other Social NetworkIt launched first. It had cooler features. Why did Columbia's Campus Network lose out to Harvard's Facebook?
Obama's Facebook Feed
Sept. 24 2010 4:06 PMBarack Obama's Facebook FeedChristine O'Donnell, DADT, and why Michelle hates being first lady.
Explainer
Aug. 10 2010 7:16 PMNo-Fly ZoneWhy do so many planes crash in Alaska?
Politics
Aug. 4 2010 6:37 PMAnti-Anti-IncumbencyThe 2010 election meme that refuses to die.
Politics
July 30 2010 7:29 PMRed-HandedWill Republicans return the money donated by the Wyly brothers?
Politics
July 27 2010 6:32 PMTaxonomyBeyond "hikes" and "cuts."
Obama's Facebook Feed
July 23 2010 5:34 PMBarack Obama's Facebook FeedShirley Sherrod, Tony Hayward, and the Great Liberal Conspiracy.
Recycled
July 22 2010 4:18 PMBreitbart's BackThe man behind the Shirley Sherrod shakeup.
Low Concept
July 20 2010 5:26 PMGod Is Great. Inspire Is Not.Tips for al-Qaida's lame new magazine.
Politics
Oct. 19 2010 9:56 PMGuess WhoWhen political prognostication goes wrong.
Police State
Oct. 18 2010 8:14 AMMilitary Police in Afghanistan
Politics
Oct. 15 2010 7:06 PMThe Not-So-Great DebatesThe four kinds of political debates this campaign season.
Explainer
Oct. 11 2010 10:07 AMThey Shoot Horses, Don't They? The life of an equine movie star.
Politics
Oct. 6 2010 6:09 PMAd HominemHow much has the Citizens United case changed campaign finance in 2010?
Explainer
Oct. 1 2010 6:40 PMNation of Anti-IslamIs there more Muslim-bashing in the Netherlands than other countries?
Explainer
Sept. 24 2010 4:48 PMCopywrongCould David Letterman sue Joaquin Phoenix for using his Late Show appearance in I'm Still Here?
Politics
Aug. 11 2010 6:46 PMFinishing SchoolThe case for getting rid of tenure.
Obama's Facebook Feed
Aug. 6 2010 6:17 PMBarack Obama's Facebook Feed
Explainer
Aug. 2 2010 6:34 PMHow Does Stoning Work in Iran?From the size of the stones to who gets first throw.
Politics
July 29 2010 6:43 PMRangel AgonistesCharlie Rangel chooses between his party and his job.
Explainer
July 26 2010 6:57 PMHow Communist Is China?They sure buy a lot of cars for a society built on collective ownership.
Explainer
July 22 2010 6:19 PMMad in ChinaCan Chinese fishermen sue over an oil spill?
Politics
July 21 2010 6:41 PMFriends Without BenefitsWhy Republicans oppose an extension of unemployment insurance.
Politics
July 19 2010 9:51 PMSkim, Baby, SkimHow would a Republican president have handled the Gulf oil spill?

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