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American capitalism isn't working for everyone

Jun 6, 2024
In his latest book, investor Ruchir Sharma takes a hard look at who's getting left out of the American dream and why.
A lock seen on a gate outside of the U.S. Department of Treasury Building following the bailout of Silicon Valley Bank in 2023.
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Kyla Scanlon wants to remind us that "people are the economy"

May 30, 2024
Scanlon explains her philosophy of economic education in this excerpt from her book, "In This Economy? How Money & Markets Really Work."
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Inflation and politics have always been connected

May 21, 2024
Rising costs have long been a concern for Americans. What's changed is how the government intervenes in prices, economist Carola Binder writes.
"The return of inflation was not only, or even primarily, an academic concern. It was, even more, a social and a political one," economist Carola Binder writes in her book "Shock Values."
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In "My Black Country," Alice Randall returns color to the heroes, and she-roes, of her songs

Apr 10, 2024
In her book, the country songwriter looks back on her career and the Black artists that shaped the genre, from DeFord Bailey to Beyoncé.
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How NYT critic Morris looks at movie watching

Mar 4, 2024
Cooper, Giamatti or Murphy? Morris weighs in on the range of talent up for Oscars and the "range of experiences" he seeks as a moviegoer.
Which film will win best picture honors at this year's Academy Awards? "It's 'Oppenheimer' city, baby," says Wesley Morris.
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In "Legacy," a physician explores the obstacles keeping Black Americans out of medicine

Jan 25, 2024
Doctor and author Uché Blackstock describes the influence her mother had over her career in an excerpt from her book.
Uché Blackstock, left, stands with her mother, Dale Blackstock, and twin sister, Oni Blackstock. They were the first Black mother-daughter legacies to graduate from Harvard Medical School.
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"We've got a lot more progress to go" on fixing racial disparities caused by the tax system

Jan 18, 2024
Dorothy Brown of Georgetown University has spent her career researching race and the tax code. Now, she advises the Treasury Department.
The Internal Revenue Service does not collect or publish statistics by race, but there is more to the story, says Dorothy Brown of Georgetown University.
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Alan Greenspan's greatest legacy may be the Fed's independence

Jan 10, 2024
Greenspan ignored political pressure to cut interest rates so that he could bring down inflation, says author Sebastian Mallaby.
Where did Alan Greenspan, above, go wrong? "In thinking that 2% inflation was the be-all and end-all," says Sebastian Mallaby, "because it turns out, of course, that economies can be disrupted by things other than the price of eggs going up too fast."
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Transforming the post-incarceration experience

Jan 3, 2024
Sociologist Reuben Jonathan Miller discusses the “moral worlds” of people who’ve been convicted of violent crimes
A sign pleading for help hangs in a window at the Cook County jail complex on April 09, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Why Egypt's Queen Nefertiti is one of the original beauty influencers

Nov 24, 2023
When Queen Nefertiti's bust was revealed to the world in 1920's, she caused a commotion in the fashion and beauty industry. "You would see hair salons, for example, in America have replicas of her bust in their windows," said journalist and author Zahra Hankir.
When it was unveiled in the 1920s, Queen Nefertiti's bust was a sensation in the beauty industry. "You would see hair salons in America have replicas of her bust in their windows," said Zahra Hankir. "You would see fashion houses craft lines that were entirely inspired by Nefertiti."