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Best of TEDTalks 2011 #17: On Regret (Premiere)

Posted December 2, 2011 | 10:49:59 (EST)

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Who's on Crack Now? Correcting the Record on "Crack Baby" Hysteria

Posted April 20, 2010 | 15:17:01 (EST)

Remember the ostensible crack-baby crisis of the 1980s? I do, vividly. I was a kid then, and scare tactics were all the rage. I spent half of junior high watching b-movie filmstrips about the slippery slope from smoking a joint to shooting heroin to dying alone in a gutter while...

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DeathWish Airways: Alan Greenspan and the 30% Chance of Error

Posted April 10, 2010 | 17:03:38 (EST)

Alan Greenspan, the former five-term Fed chief once described as "the greatest central banker in history," has lately given us a new number to think about. Testifying last week before the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission in Washington, D.C., Greenspan was asked by Commission Chair Phil Angelides if he...

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Five Lessons on Rightness From Michael Lewis's The Big Short

Posted March 19, 2010 | 14:08:24 (EST)

In my review of Michael Lewis's The Big Short, I argue that it is ultimately a book about the factors that conspire to lead us into either dazzling rightness or staggering wrongness. To an almost eerie degree, Lewis's otherwise rag-tag protagonists embody the qualities you need...

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Michael Lewis's The Big Short: Betting (Right) on Armageddon

Posted March 18, 2010 | 19:16:17 (EST)

The story of the 2008 financial crisis is, overwhelmingly, a story of losses and losers. The losses include 5 million jobs in the United States alone, tens of millions more overseas, and some 40 percent of the world's wealth. The losers include, at a conservative estimate, several billion human beings.

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Check, Please: Atul Gawande's The Checklist Manifesto

Posted January 4, 2010 | 13:59:35 (EST)

To the usual list of new year's resolutions, most of them having to do with bettering ourselves in one way or another -- eating less, exercising more, learning Spanish, reading Proust -- I invite you to consider adding a new one: let's quit making so many mistakes.

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Are Iraqis Undead? Why the Refugees in Damascus Are More Like Edward Cullen Than You Think

Posted November 20, 2009 | 03:16:48 (EST)

Last week, I wrote a blog post about watching This Is It, the Michael Jackson movie, with a bunch of Iraqi refugees in Damascus. I would love to tell you that this week, in a natural follow-up, I went to go see New Moon in Kirkuk, and that...

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Billie Jean in Baghdad

Posted November 16, 2009 | 14:40:21 (EST)

On Watching the Michael Jackson Movie With Iraqi Refugees

Forgive me, but I am going to start at the end. I am sitting in a dark movie theater in Damascus, Syria. It is October 30 and This Is It, the Michael Jackson movie-slash-valediction, has just opened worldwide. In 24...

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