Ideas Editor

Stephen Heuser

Heuser serves as the editor of the Ideas section. Prior to his current role, he covered life sciences for the Business section, and edited the Globe's prize-winning coverage of higher education, science, and the environment.

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The risk

Vulnerability in an open city

By , Globe Staff

An event like the Marathon bombing brings home that a city’s vulnerability is as perfect an expression of human trust as we have left in societies.

A Cambodia shaped by water, history and resilience

By , Globe Staff

On the banks of a Cambodian river that swells to the proportions of a lake in the wet season, the life of a village unfolds 20 feet above the ever-changing surface.

Uncommon Knowledge

How Tina Fey destroyed Sarah Palin

By Kevin Lewis ,

How parodies of politicians can affect those politicians’ popularity, why power makes us suspicious, and more surprising insights from the social sciences.


As gripping as ABC

By Erin McKean ,

In an episode of “The Simpsons,” Steven Wright tells this joke: “I finally got around to reading the dictionary. Turns out the zebra did it.”

More Stories

The power of Creole

By Leon Neyfakh , Globe Staff