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Kathryn Schulz

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

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2011 | 9:49 AM

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

(6) Comments | Posted April 20, 2010 | 2:17 PM

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

(7) Comments | Posted April 10, 2010 | 4:03 PM

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

(13) Comments | Posted March 19, 2010 | 1:08 PM

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

(6) Comments | Posted March 18, 2010 | 6:16 PM

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

(2) Comments | Posted January 4, 2010 | 12:59 PM

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

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2009 | 2:16 AM

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

(12) Comments | Posted November 16, 2009 | 1:40 PM

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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