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What adults are missing about teens and screens

Aug 17, 2022
In a new book, two Harvard researchers reveal the complex social issues teens grapple with in today’s digital world.
“The stories that they were telling us not only stopped us in our tracks, but they made us rethink our own assumptions," says Emily Weinstein about her and Carrie James' surveys and interviews with thousands of teens about their digital lives.
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When governments fail to address community issues, who steps in?

Jul 6, 2022
In an excerpt from "The Fight to Save the Town," the author describes how residents get by in an Oregon county with a declining government.
A person in Detroit walks past the remains of the Packard Motor Car Co., which ceased production in the late 1950s.
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Rumors of the death of the American mall may have been greatly exaggerated

Jun 27, 2022
In a new book, design critic Alexandra Lange describes how design played a major role in the shopping mall’s successes and failures.
Older malls that are dead or dying may offer communities and cities the chance to rethink the use of public space.
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Why you need a personal advisory board for your dream startup

Jun 9, 2022
In this book excerpt, author and investor Kathryn Finney explains why having a personal advisory board is just as important as having a company advisory board.
Kathryn Finney speaks at a women's event in 2018. In her new book, “Build the Damn Thing: How to Start a Successful Business If You’re Not a Rich White Guy,” Finney outlines the importance of having a personal advisory board.
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Formula One engineering paves the way for sustainable innovation

Jun 6, 2022
Motor sport is “the world's fastest R&D lab,” said Dr. Kit Chapman, author of "Racing Green."
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How looking back at the Fed’s past can help us understand its future

May 17, 2022
Former Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke's new book charts a history of “remarkable innovation and change.”
The Marriner S. Eccles Federal Reserve building in Washington, D.C.
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Ever wanted to be a flight attendant? Here are the "bizarre requirements" applicants had to meet in the 1960s.

Apr 21, 2022
Nell McShane Wulfhart tells the story of how women organized to fight sexism in the cabin and turn the job into a lifelong career.
A Pan American (Pan Am) air hostess serves champagne in the first class cabin of a Boeing 747 jumbo jet.
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How a pair of tights contributed to legal protections for privacy in the U.S.

Apr 18, 2022
In a new book, legal historian Amy Gajda explores the origins of the “right to privacy.” A daring moment in a Broadway show is part of the story.
U.S. courts have balanced individual privacy rights with the public’s right to know. In a new book, Tulane law professor and former journalist Amy Gajda examines the strength of those rights today.
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Can supertall buildings help us build more sustainable cities?

Apr 11, 2022
The new book by urban designer Stefan Al explores what the history of skyscrapers can show us about the future.
The Burj Khalifa, the tallest tower in the world, rises in downtown Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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How “delivering happiness” failed Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh

Mar 15, 2022
“It was his life’s mission, and it was ultimately his downfall,” write Kirsten Grind and Katherine Sayer in a new book.
In a new book, Wall Street Journal reporters Kirsten Grind and Katherine Sayer explore the life and legacy of famed entrepreneur and Zappos co-founder, Tony Hsieh. Above: Hsieh silhouetted as he delivers a keynote presentation in 2010.
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