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  • First Look: David Sax’s New Book,<em>The Revenge of Analog</em> Marketing | May 25, 2016 First Look: David Sax’s New Book,The Revenge of Analog

    — The promise of digital seems too good to pass up. With advanced technology, operations become smoother, purchases simpler, and everything’s just a few clicks away. But recently, we’ve seen another curious trend emerge: the resurgence of analog goods, businesses, and experiences, thriving against a tech-heavy backdrop. It’s the subject of David Sax’s fascinating new book,

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  • NC’s “Bathroom Bill” and Segregation: Jelani Cobb in <em>The New Yorker</em> Diversity | May 24, 2016 NC’s “Bathroom Bill” and Segregation: Jelani Cobb in The New Yorker

    — Bill HB2 should jog your memory, says Jelani Cobb—and not in a good way. The controversial North Carolina bill—which requires citizens to use the restroom that corresponds to their assigned sex at birth—has drawn the ire of many, including businesses, other state governments, and popular musicians like Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam. And in The New Yorker, Cobb makes

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  • Want to Help Children Succeed? Help Their Parents, Says Paul Tough Education | May 24, 2016 Want to Help Children Succeed? Help Their Parents, Says Paul Tough

    — Last week, Paul Tough wrote a piece for The Atlantic called “How Kids Learn Resilience,” in which he champions the development of noncognitive skills—grit, optimism, self-control, among others—in children. The foundation for these skills is laid in our first few years of life, he argues; and for...

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  • Lavin Weekly #38: Bacevich, Stephens, Nair, & MacArthur Exclusives | May 20, 2016 Lavin Weekly #38: Bacevich, Stephens, Nair, & MacArthur

    1. Andrew Bacevich Takes American Foreign Policy to Task in Salon...

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  • Closing the Education Gap: Paul Tough’s New <em>Atlantic</em> Feature Education | May 19, 2016 Closing the Education Gap: Paul Tough’s New Atlantic Feature

    — To author Paul Tough, American education is in dire trouble unless our low-income students catch up to their more privileged classmates. Tough’s latest effort, drawing insight from his upcoming book Helping Children Succeed (May 24), is an article for The Atlantic called “

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  • What’s on Bill Gates’s Nightstand? Jordan Ellenberg’s <em>How Not to Be Wrong</em> Big Data | May 18, 2016 What’s on Bill Gates’s Nightstand? Jordan Ellenberg’s How Not to Be Wrong

    — Every year, Bill Gates releases his summer reading list—the books that influence him, and in turn, shape thought in the wider world. He’s praised books by Lavin speakers in the past (Steven Pinker’s The Better Angels of Our Nature, Jared Diamond’s

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