We Are the World. We Are the Charity Single.

After the Orlando Shooting, the Musical Staple of 1980s Philanthropy Makes a Comeback

A few years ago I took on a research challenge: to listen to every charity single released in the United Kingdom between December 1984 and the end of 1995. I ended up studying 82 singles in depth—some had international success, some were made for local community audiences.

Charity singles are the songs specially recorded by musical artists to benefit charitable causes. Perhaps the best known are 1984’s Band Aid, which sang “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” about Ethiopian hunger, and 1985’s “We Are The World,” recorded on behalf of Africa. Critics …

Why Angelenos Love Kogi BBQ, Kale, and Cupcakes

Food Trends Are the Edible Zeitgeist, Says Journalist David Sax. And They Impact Our Diets, Economy, and Culture.

If you yell “cupcakes” to a crowd of Angelenos, how will they respond? How about “gluten-free”? Or “kale”? Or “bacon-kale cupcake”?

Journalist David Sax, author of The Tastemakers: Why We’re Crazy …

Be Grateful for Molten Chocolate Cake

The Tastemakers

Food trends—be they healthy, decadent, or just plain silly—have become big business in American cuisine. But do they spring, fully formed, from the brains of entrepreneurs and chefs? Do they …

When Arugula Became a Thing

How Can We Tell a Food Fad From a Revolution?

Ant farms as toys in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Stirrup pants in the late 1980s. That marble-mouthed way of singing inspired by Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam in …