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health care ethics | Sep 15th, 2011

Bioethicist Arthur Caplan's $10,000 Challenge For Michele Bachmann

UPDATE: Caplan appeared on Anderson Cooper's 360 to further explain his challenge. Republican Presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann stirred controversy this week by claiming, on national television, that injecting girls with a preventative vaccine against the human papillomavirus virus (HPV) can... Continue Reading →
innovation | Sep 14th, 2011

Visualizing The Lavin Agency: Tom Wujec Helps Us "See" What We Do

Last month at Lavin’s annual get-together, staff from New York City and Toronto shared stories and laughter, and talked about the year ahead. Pretty standard annual meeting stuff, right? Not quite. This year, Tom Wujec also led us in one of his famous “visualize your business” sessions, in which he... Continue Reading →
neuroscience | Sep 13th, 2011

Imagine: Jonah Lehrer's Upcoming Book on How Creativity Works

It may be the eternal question, in both business and the arts: Can we learn how to be more creative? As it turns out, we can, says Jonah Lehrer. Lehrer is the journalist whose writings on neuroscience—for Wired, The New Yorker, and The New York Times Magazine, among others—become immediate... Continue Reading →
marketing | Sep 12th, 2011

A Persuasive Book From Dragons' Den Judge Arlene Dickinson

Anyone can be persuasive. Disagree—says Arlene Dickinson in her new book, out now, fittingly titled Persuasion—and you've already shown how good you are at the art of sway. In her much-anticipated first book, Dickinson showcases the same unique combination—warmth and razor sharp business acumen—she... Continue Reading →
remembering 9/11 | Sep 11th, 2011

Colum McCann Recalls 9/11 and Discusses The Power of Art

The New York Times released a series of touching clips, titled 'A Cultural View', detailing the effects of 9/11 on the lives of eight New York artists. Colum McCann was one of those eight. McCann starts out by recalling his experience, and how, as a writer, even the seemingly insignificant elements... Continue Reading →
ten years later | Sep 8th, 2011

Generation 9/11: Andrea Elliott on Young Muslim Americans Today

In The New York Times this week, Andrea Elliott writes about the generation of Muslim Americans who came of age in the decade following 9/11. Drawing on a polyphony of voices, Elliott discovers that, in the ten years since September 11th, some of this country's young Muslims have embraced their... Continue Reading →
pandemics | Sep 8th, 2011

A Fictional Film, A Real-Life Threat: Laurie Garrett on Soderberg's Contagion

Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer Laurie Garrett served as a consultant on Steven Soderbergh’s new film, Contagion, in theaters today, about a team of doctors racing to stop the spread of a deadly airborne virus. It’s a subject for which Garrett, author of the bestselling book The Coming Plague,... Continue Reading →
race and america | Sep 7th, 2011

Randall Kennedy: Obama, Like Jackie Robinson, Must Rise Above Racial Abuse

With the 2012 election looming, Randall Kennedy appeared on CNN to discuss whether Barack Obama's presidency has been clouded by racially charged distractions from his opponents. Put another way: is Obama less respected than any other previous president because he’s black? The answer, Kennedy says,... Continue Reading →
entrepreneurism | Sep 5th, 2011

Jessica Jackley: A Stunning Animation Reveals the Power of Microloans

Five years and four million Kiva microloans make for a gorgeous and inspiring time-lapse video—one of the most persuasive information graphics ever. But not only is the video a stunner, so, too, is the story of Jessica Jackley, the co-founder of Kiva. The video, played out against a map of the world... Continue Reading →
politics on tv | Sep 5th, 2011

What's So Funny About Diplomacy? Kal Penn's New Show is Set at the UN

Kal Penn's latest television project will have him playing a role he’s familiar with: an employee of the U.S. government. Penn, who just finished a three-year term as Associate Director of the White House’s Office of Public Engagement, is slated to star as a “key assistant to the U.S. ambassador” in... Continue Reading →
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