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Global warming heats up the SEC

Global warming heats up the SEC

This week, by a margin divided along party lines, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to encourage companies to disclose the effects of climate change on their business. Hold up—so that means global warming is real?? Some Republican commissioners equate the vote with a kind of political endorsement of an environmentalist agenda, but social [...]

Irving Thalberg: Hollywood’s producer prince

Irving Thalberg: Hollywood’s producer prince

Producer Irving Thalberg was called the Boy Wonder of Hollywood. By age 20 he ran Universal Pictures, and at age 24 he co-founded Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. His status was so large, in fact, that F. Scott Fitzgerald used Thalberg as the inspiration for the main character in his unfinished novel "The Last Tycoon." In Mark Viera's new [...]

You Are Not a Gadget

You Are Not a Gadget

Is Wikipedia smarter than you? Does Facebook promote the wisdom of mobs over the intelligence of the individual? Jaron Lanier, one of the pioneers of Silicon Valley and the father of virtual reality, argues that the Internet has fallen short of its early promise by becoming a place where those doing intellectual work are getting [...]

Food in flight: Berlin Airlift

Food in flight: Berlin Airlift

World War II officially ended in 1945, but with a power vacuum in Germany and increasingly aggressive Soviet Union, in 1948 President Harry Truman ordered fighter pilots back to Berlin—this time with food, not bombs. Richard Reeves profiles the Americans who flew over Soviet blockades, shuttling supplies in a mission known as the Berlin Airlift. [...]

Obama delivers State of the Union address

Obama delivers State of the Union address

Take the poll and share your reactions: which were the most significant themes addressed tonight? Job creation strategies, alternative energy (including new nuclear and clean coal), budget freeze beginning in 2011, the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell and a brief mention of immigration reform–we break down President Obama's State of the Union address with [...]

American Original: The Life and Constitution of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

American Original: The Life and Constitution of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, known as the Great Dissenter and considered by many to be the leading voice of the Supreme Court’s conservative side, was nominated to the country’s highest court by Ronald Reagan in 1986. But before that, he carried his rifle on New York’s subway going to and from military drills at [...]

Eat, pray, marry? Elizabeth Gilbert’s new memoir

Eat, pray, marry? Elizabeth Gilbert’s new memoir

Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the New York Times bestseller "Eat, Pray, Love," found herself in a tricky situation. She was in love with a man named Felipe, a Brazilian-born Australian citizen she met in Indonesia, and eternally committed to him – but after their previous marriages had ended in divorce, neither wanted another wedding. But [...]

“I Love You, I Hate You, I’m Hungry”

“I Love You, I Hate You, I’m Hungry”

It’s always interesting when a book's opening paragraph states, “This is the best book ever. That’s all you need to know. Trust us.” How do you follow that? Simple, with 181 pages of hilarious single-panel cartoons penned by Bruce Eric Kaplan, the TV producer/writer and frequent contributor to The New Yorker. We talk to Mr. [...]

T.C. Boyle’s Wild Child

T.C. Boyle’s Wild Child

A feral boy, a Venezuelan major league ball player, a cloned dog, and rodents galore populate the pages of T.C. Boyle’s new collection of stories, Wild Child. The author of last year’s The Women explores the murky boundary between humans and animals, raising fundamental questions: Who masters whom? How civilized are we? Do our minds [...]

In Jobs we trust—Apple’s Tablet promises to change media

In Jobs we trust—Apple’s Tablet promises to change media

Even though Apple refuses to divulge any details about their new tablet computer until Wednesday, it has already caused quite a stir with the publishing world. Apple enthusiasts are quick to claim that this new device could revolutionize the distribution of newspapers, magazines and books in the same way the iPod ushered the music business [...]