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COVID-19 is putting the economy on fast-forward

Nov 24, 2020
Will that make it better or worse? Scott Galloway, professor at the NYU Stern School, weighs in with his new book, "Post Corona: From Crisis to Opportunity."
People wait in line to receive donated groceries on May 6, 2020, in the Queens borough of New York City.
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The economic power of royal fashion

Nov 17, 2020
In this book excerpt, veteran style journalist Elizabeth Holmes writes about how Meghan Markle used fashion to respond to media criticism.
The royal family celebrating the Queen's 90th birthday in 2016. Color is an essential part of Queen Elizabeth II's wardrobe, writes Elizabeth Holmes.
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The agrarian roots of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon whiskey

Nov 10, 2020
Like all Kentucky bourbons, the famous whiskey brand owes its origin to American tax law.
In his new book, “Pappyland: A Story of Family, Fine Bourbon, and the Things That Last,” author Wright Thompson explains how tax policy helped Kentucky become the whiskey capital of America.
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Every number is the story of what's counted, and what's not

Oct 12, 2020
In this book excerpt, Deborah Stone examines the way we calculate unemployment numbers.
Demonstrators rally at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., in 2019.
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How innovations in cardboard and canning led to the rise of modern grocery stores

Oct 7, 2020
In this book excerpt, author Benjamin Lorr explains how cardboard boxes, cardstock and tin cans led to a revolution in consumer products.
In this excerpt from his new book, "The Secret Life of Groceries: The Modern Miracle of the American Supermarket," author Benjamin Lorr writes that innovations in canning and cardboard technology made modern grocery stores possible.
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Why are so few Black women married in America?

Oct 6, 2020
In this book excerpt, Dianne Stewart writes about the costs facing Black women with incarcerated partners.
Dianne Stewart, the author of “Black Women, Black Love: America’s War on African-American Marriage."
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College admissions is a business, and the pandemic could upend it

Oct 5, 2020
In his new book, Jeff Selingo looks at how some colleges must compete for applicants, and why the COVID-19 pandemic could make this competition even tighter.
A student moving into the University of Colorado Boulder on Aug. 18, 2020.
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The natural gas well that changed everything

Sep 15, 2020
In this excerpt, Daniel Yergin writes about a man’s determination to extract gas from underground rock denser than concrete.
Natural gas is flared off at a plant outside of Cuero, Texas.
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CEO Reed Hastings on how Netflix beat Blockbuster

Sep 8, 2020
In this book excerpt, Hastings describes how he and co-founder Marc Randolph offered to sell the company to Blockbuster for $50 million.
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings delivers a speech in Paris earlier this year.
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How to sell the future

Sep 7, 2020
A look at how advertising execs sold computers before any of us knew what they were.
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