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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.
Courtesy Mungia

When coal miners can't breathe, getting compensation is an uphill legal battle

Sep 2, 2020
In his new book, journalist Chris Hamby describes miners' struggles to receive the health benefits they've been promised.
A coal worker near Welch, West Virginia, in 2017. Miners who are stricken with black lung disease often face obstacles in their efforts to receive benefits.
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Why “America’s pumpkin queen” stayed on the land where she grew up

Aug 25, 2020
Sarah Frey dreamed of leaving her family’s farm. Then it became her life’s work.
Sarah Frey, the founding farmer and CEO of Frey Farms. She launched the company at the age of 16.
Photo by Angela Talley courtesy of Sarah Frey

Youth entrepreneur Mikaila Ulmer on learning to “Bee Fearless”

Aug 13, 2020
The 15-year-old founder and CEO of Me & the Bees Lemonade says youth entrepreneurs like her prove anyone can grow a company.
Mikaila Ulmer, the 15-year-old founder and CEO of Me & the Bees Lemonade in 2019.
Microsoft, courtesy of Me & the Bees

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From California to the Midwest, examining the perils of industrial farming and the risk to food

Aug 12, 2020
An excerpt from "Perilous Bounty: The Looming Collapse of American Farming and How We Can Prevent It."
A farmer plows a field in Centreville, Maryland. The primary sources of America's food supply face ecological calamity.
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"We don't waste fellowships on women": Microbiologist Rita Colwell on sexism in academia

Microbiologist Rita Colwell, the first female director of the National Science Foundation, talks about her experiences facing sexism in the world of science.
Scientist and professor Rita Colwell giving a talk at World Water Week in Stockholm in 2010.
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'America is an old house': Isabel Wilkerson on race and caste in America

Aug 5, 2020
In her new book, “Caste,” Pulitzer-Prize-winning writer Isabel Wilkerson compares America to an “old house” where “the work is never done, and you don’t expect it to be.”
"When people live in an old house, they come to adjust to [its] idiosyncrasies and outright dangers," Isabel Wilkerson writes in "Caste."
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