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Alan Singer

Rebranding Common Core - Same Old, Same Old

Alan Singer | September 29, 2016 | Education
New York is in the process of revising Common Core Standards, at least that is what its State Education Commissioner claims. According to MaryEllen Elia, the State Education Department "isn't just tinkering around the edges and doing small, little things." Elia argues the proposed revisions "more...
Jerry Zezima

"Joking Till the Cows Come Home"

Jerry Zezima | September 29, 2016 | Comedy
By Jerry Zezima Even though I have always been more apt to milk a joke than a cow, which can create udder confusion (see what I mean?), I have long wanted to be a gentleman farmer. First, of course, I'd have to become a gentleman, which would ruin my reputation,...

Presidential debates rarely change minds or sway elections. So why have them?

ResearchGate | September 29, 2016 | Politics
Like millions of other Americans, Benjamin Warner is watching this year's presidential debates very closely. However, he's one of the few viewers doing so with a very specific scholarly background. An Assistant Professor of Political Communication at the University of Missouri, he researches presidential debates and how they...
Vicki Tapia

The Relationship Between Humans And Loud Music

Vicki Tapia | September 29, 2016 | Fifty
While out walking our dogs with a neighbor on a warm, autumn Sunday morning, we discussed plans for the day. She mentioned she and her husband were going to the theater that evening to hear a New Orleans jazz trombone player and his ensemble. And my husband's ears perked up.
Kathleen Peddicord

How To Open A Bank Account Offshore

Kathleen Peddicord | September 29, 2016 | Fifty
On one hand, international banking is more challenging all the time. On the other hand, it's increasingly simple: You can't open a new account anywhere...and good luck spending the money you've already got in any existing accounts.
Leslie Zinberg & Kay Ziplow

The Bucket List Trip Of A Lifetime I Was Finally Able To Take

Leslie Zinberg & Kay Ziplow | September 29, 2016 | Fifty
really do not think I had a bucket list per se, but as the 'kids' grew up and there was more to time to think and wonder, I've allowed myself to dream of places I would like to see and things I still want to do.
Zaki Hasan

Nostalgia Theater Podcast: Brannon Braga on Star Trek: Enterprise

Zaki Hasan | September 29, 2016 | Entertainment
Star Trek Month concludes at the Nostalgia Theater show! This week, I celebrate fifteen years since the launch of Star Trek: Enterprise, the unfairly-ignored...
Laura Dunn

Women In Business Q&A: Vanita Pandey, Vice President of Strategy and Product Marketing,ThreatMetrix

Laura Dunn | September 29, 2016 | Business
Vanita is the Vice President of strategy and product marketing at ThreatMetrix, the Digital identity Company. In this role, Vanita leads the strategic vision and go-to-market for ThreatMetrix products and solutions. With extensive experience in strategy, innovation, product management and analytics...
Ian Fletcher

Sorry, But the U.S. Does Indeed Have a VAT Problem

Ian Fletcher | September 29, 2016 | Politics
A number of economists (here, here) have tried to deny that America has a VAT (Value-Added Tax) problem that's harming our trade balance. It seems Crazy Billionaire has said we do, and he's not allowed to be right about anything. Unfortunately, their denials, while...
David Hinckley

When Vin Scully Makes His Last Call Sunday, Maybe That Means The Dodgers Really Won't Come Back to Brooklyn

David Hinckley | September 29, 2016 | Sports
Last Sunday afternoon I drove to Fordham University in the Bronx, where I was a guest on Dan Romanello's Group Harmony Review over Fordham's radio station, WFUV. As you approach the main entrance to Fordham, you pass the baseball diamond, home field of the Fordham Rams. You park and...


Spottoon | September 29, 2016 | Entertainment
A brooding actor named Seul-Woo and a naive country girl named Young-Woo were arranged to be married when they were kids. Now adults, the time for their marriage has arrived. Essentially strangers, the newlyweds must now learn how to deal with living together, clingy exes, betrayal and their own complicated feelings for each other.
Alexandra Owens

We Wear Orange

Alexandra Owens | September 29, 2016 | Healthy Living
On Friday our family wears orange. You can't compare pain and hurt like the one our people endured in the Residential Schools. You only have to ask someone in the community about the abuse that the schools caused, and each one could name 3 or 4 elders, uncles, or grandmas...
William Bradley

Hillary's Debate Win (and Trump's Stumbles) Haven't Changed the Race

William Bradley | September 28, 2016 | Media
The good news is I may not need to get onto Elon Musk's Mars expedition after all. The first Trump-Clinton debate had loomed as a potential hinge in history. Do some fairly obvious things, and the billionaire bully boy not only extends his momentum, he quite possible takes himself to...
Danny Groner

Verso: Magic Strikes Twice

Danny Groner | September 28, 2016 | New York
I got to see Helder Guimaraes perform a few years ago when he was a part of a two-man show, Nothing to Hide. Guimaraes is back in the Big Apple for a run of Verso through January at New World Stages where this time he's on...
Michael P. McDonald

A Brief History Of Early Voting

Michael P. McDonald | September 28, 2016 | Politics
In recent years American voters are rediscovering a way of voting used during the country's first half-century of existence. I'm talking about early voting.
Great Work Cultures

Author Insights: Joan Blades and Nanette Fondas on The Custom Fit Workplace

Great Work Cultures | September 28, 2016 | Business
We talk about a "custom fit" because work that is designed optimally for both the employer and employee creates a win/win.
David Hinckley

Solid Luke Cage Tells Us Again That Marvel's Real Superhero Would Be a Good Therapist

David Hinckley | September 28, 2016 | Entertainment
Netflix continues to do right by the Marvel universe with Luke Cage, whose 13 episodes drop on Friday.
Supercar Advocates

I Meet The Legendary Classic

Supercar Advocates | September 28, 2016 | Entertainment
It's unfortunate however these masterpieces aren't built like they were in the 80's and the decades before then.
Barbara Waxman

3 Middlescent Stories And A Secret

Barbara Waxman | September 28, 2016 | Fifty
As a coach and gerontologist, I'm constantly exposed to stories from the modern workplace. Again and again, my clients tell me about the culture of ageism.
Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner

Shout It From The Rooftops: #ImWithHer! #HillaryLove

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner | September 29, 2016 | Politics
Hillary is wining and as she does it she's bringing all of us to the table -- and she's putting critically important policies that are too often overlooked and which lift our economy and our families front and center on the national agenda where they belong.