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It's not you, it's my cost-benefit calculations

Sep 8, 2014
A commentary from McSweeney's.
Posted In: Commentary, humor, big data

A pep talk for the self-employed

May 30, 2014
Freelance writer Anne Brinser Shelton has some thoughts on the office of one.
Posted In: office behavior, workplace culture

A short history of the billionaire

May 8, 2014
In his new book of essays, "But Enough About You," Christopher Buckley delves into history's forgotten billionaires.
Posted In: billionaires, humor
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Ever find it difficult to talk to your boss - or your boss's boss?

Apr 15, 2014
Chris Colin and Rob Baedeker, authors of "What to Talk About," have some tips.
Posted In: office behavior, humor

The Market Was Down

Feb 21, 2014
A short story from the collection 'One More Thing'
Posted In: humor, fiction

8 post-apocalpyse scenarios: The Day After the Debt Ceiling

Feb 6, 2014
The authors of "How to Win at Everything" share some predictions for what happens if Congress fails to agree about the Debt Ceiling.
Posted In: debt ceiling, apocalypse

Passing notes in the back of Coursera

Sep 25, 2013
Massive open online courses, or MOOCs, allow anyone to be a student. Retirees, soccer moms or radio commentator Beth Teitell.
Posted In: moocs, online education, EdX, Udacity

What would life be like without a cell phone?

Sep 3, 2013
Gary Sernovitz is the managing director of the investment firm Lime Rock Partners. And he doesn't have a cell phone.
Posted In: cell phone

Why technology has ruined summer camp

Aug 7, 2013
Commentator Beth Teitell says technology is ruining the camp experience because it allows parents to monitor kids 24/7.
Posted In: camp

Living life as a target-market female

Jul 30, 2013
What it's like to live in an advertiser's world of the target-market female, aged 25 to 45 years old.
Posted In: satire, comedy, advertising

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About this collection

Some of America's best known companies and largest temp agencies benefit from — and tacitly collaborate with — an underworld of labor brokers,  known as "raiteros," who charge temp workers fees for transporation and other services. The result? Workers earn pay below minimum wage.  We explore the system at work in Chicago’s main Latino neighborhood, Little Village, in this special investigation with ProPublica and the Marketplace Wealth and Poverty Desk.