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- Feb 1 20179 minutes
I asked one of my students to explain his support for Trump. The answer was more than I bargained for.
- Feb 2 20177 minutes
Why You Didn’t See It Coming: When scale confounds our perceptions, stories can clarify them.
You don’t see it coming. You probably couldn’t if you tried. The effects of large changes in scale are frequently beyond our powers of perception, even our imagination. They seem to emerge out of nowhere: the cumulative effects of climate change, the
- Jan 20 20173 minutes
Alphabet's Eric Schmidt: Embrace Machine Learning
The executive chairman of Alphabet explains how technology will improve lives on a scale we’ve never seen before in history.
- Dec 2 20166 minutes
The Playground Where Babies Learn To Talk
A campaign to encourage brain development is using parks to deliver its message to children and their caregivers.
- Feb 7 20178 minutes
Readers respond to Ta-Nehisi Coates’s analysis of Obama’s legacy and more.
- Dec 12 20164 minutes
The American Obsession With Parenting
Parents of all income and education levels are spending more time promoting their kids’ development—yet socioeconomic gaps in childrearing behavior are growing.
- Jan 18 20174 minutes
Why Poor People Make Expensive Financial Decisions
Often, the banking options available for low-income Americans are all fundamentally flawed.
- Jan 20 20174 minutes
Lauren Bush: Follow These Steps To End World Hunger
Every day, roughly one in nine people around the world do not know where their next meal is coming from.
- Jan 19 201714 minutes
Don’t Tell Your Friends They’re Lucky: Luck has a lot to do with success. We just don’t want to admit it.
Cornell professor of economics Robert Frank says he’s alive today because of “pure dumb luck.” In 2007, he collapsed on a tennis court, struck down by what was later diagnosed as a case of sudden cardiac death, something only 2 percent of victims sur
- Jan 10 20176 minutes
In Germany, Parents Can Sue the Government for Failing to Provide Child Care
A judge has ruled that mothers and fathers can try to recover wages they lost from staying home to take care of their kids.
- Feb 2 20175 minutes
First, They Excluded the Irish
President Trump may block entry to foreigners who need public benefits—a proposal rooted in 19th century laws targeting a wave of impoverished immigrants.
- Dec 5 20163 minutes
The Dangerous Myth That Hillary Clinton Ignored The Working Class
To many white Trump voters, the problem wasn’t her economic stance, but the larger vision—a multi-ethnic social democracy—that it was a part of.
- Jan 19 20177 minutes
Investing Is More Luck Than Talent: The surprising message of the statistics of wealth distribution.
Depending on which economist you ask, big inequalities in wealth are either an essential engine for growth—the reward that motivates people to work hard, innovate, and prosper—or a ticking time bomb capable of unleashing mass misery, social upheaval,
- Jan 1 20174 minutes
The Business Of Humanity
Many of the world’s most prominent corporate and nonprofit leaders gathered with Pope Francis for this year’s Fortune + Time Global Forum. Their aim? Forging a new social compact.
- Dec 12 20162 minutes
Looking for Answers to the World’s Biggest Challenges in the Eternal City
IT’S NO SECRET THAT GLOBAL institutions of all kinds—large and small, public and private—are under pressure. While the elites of most countries still believe in unfettered globalization and market capitalism, they are increasingly isolated in that fa
- Jan 19 20173 minutes
The Dark Side of American Optimism
And the bright side of rising pessimism about the American Dream
- Jan 11 20173 minutes
How Norwegians and Americans See Inequality Differently
According to a recent study, the former are much less comfortable with the idea of luck determining well-being.
- Dec 7 201615 minutes
Environmentalism Was Once A Social-Justice Movement
The incoming Trump administration is likely to see the greatest revival of environmentalism as a confrontational, grassroots, sometimes radical movement since at least 1970, when more than a million people took part in the first Earth Day.The vigil a
- Dec 21 201612 minutes
The Spiritual Crisis of the Modern Economy
The main source of meaning in American life is a meritocratic competition that makes those who struggle feel inferior.
- Oct 10 20163 minutes
Wind is the New Corn
In some of the poorest rural areas in the U.S., turbines are a fresh source of wealth | “Before, I raised corn and soybeans and cattle. Now I don’t. I’m a wind farmer”
- Aug 1 20164 minutes
After Brexit, Global Is Local
Britain’s decision was a setback for the global economic order. Here’s how GE plans to keep growing in a protectionist world.
- May 1 201613 minutes
When he founded Toms, Blake Mycoskie reinvented the idea of a company that does well while doing good. So what’s next for him? Doing that again
- Dec 1 20163 minutes
The 1996 welfare reform law is being used to cut food aid to some of the poorest Americans.
- Dec 10 20163 minutes
Severe Inequality Is Incompatible With The American Dream
Why extreme wealth makes it hard for people to do better than their parents did
- Jun 1 201618 minutes
The Evolution of an Idealist
Before he was president of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim advocated its abolition. Today, he’s roiling the organization by shuffling staff and eschewing old priorities. Is he destroying the bank—or saving it from itself?
- Dec 21 201616 minutes
President Trump and the Unnatural World
David Biello, author of The Unnatural World, talks about the paradox of climate change in the Trumpocene.
- Jan 7 20177 minutes
Would Trump's Infrastructure Plan Fix America's Cities?
Public-works projects have historically improved urbanites’ access to opportunity and quality of life. But they've also helped the privileged at the expense of the marginalized.
- Dec 26 20164 minutes
Where the 'Bad Kids' Go to School
A 2016 documentary magnifies an often ignored part of the education world.
- Jan 16 20172 minutes
Designed In Davos, Tested In Zimbabwe
Insurers are banding together to pioneer crop insurance in Africa | “It’s not a project that’s going to pay off in the first year”
- Jan 16 20172 minutes
U.S. Ranks 23rd Out of 30 Developed Countries for Inequality
A comprehensive index from the World Economic Forum finds that for such a rich country, America isn't doing all that well at creating prosperity.