Ben Crair is a former Deputy News Editor of The Daily Beast.


The acclaimed filmmaker takes an unsparing look at the death penalty in his new film, 'Into the Abyss.' By Ben Crair

What if gang violence in America could be reduced just by talking? Professor and activist David Kennedy talks with Ben Crair about his new book, Don’t Shoot, criticism of his plan, and the economics of gangs.

Prakashanand Saraswati led one of America’s top Hindu temples, until a jury convicted him of abusing kids.

One of America’s great playwrights will shock his fans with a new book that attacks liberals with rants ripped from conservative talk radio. Ben Crair on David Mamet’s dismaying willingness to become a sacrificial lamb.

Sid Meier is one of the most beloved computer game designers of all time. But will fans play his new Civilization for Facebook?

He's the director of some of America's finest independent films, but some critics say his "true calling" is as a writer. Does his new novel, A Moment in the Sun, prove them right?

Videogame designers, including industry pioneers, are betting on Facebook as the next gaming platform. With 500 million users, this could mean big money.

An Israeli programmer was recently criticized for his videogame about the Holocaust. But it’s not the first time that a game has tackled one of the gaming industry’s few taboos, as Ben Crair reports.