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The Most Important Person You’ve Never Heard Of Pejman Yousefzadeh 07/24/2007
Meet Norman Borlaug, savior of the world’s starving.
Keeping up with the Gateses? Laura Vanderkam 07/23/2007
An economist explains, briefly, why inequality matters more than we think it does.
Mind Games Charles Euchner 07/20/2007
Chess superstar Garry Kasparov reveals his strategies for business, politics, and life.
Question & Answer: The Truth About America's Schools Diane Ravitch 07/19/2007
Is K–12 education really lagging badly, or have we ‘raised our sights’? DIANE RAVITCH answers the tough questions.
The American Scene The American 07/18/2007
When CEOs Buy Big Homes, Clogged U.S. Ports, and more...
Unbought, Unbossed, and Unbelievable—Deep Pockets Aren’t the Problem with Rich Candidates Tim Taylor 07/18/2007
The substance of their positions—not the source of their money—is the real problem with most self-financed campaigns.
Biz Ed Frederick M. Hess 07/17/2007
What's the best way for businesses to help fix education? Stop backing a system that doesn't work, smash the regulations, and support the entrepreneurs who will shake things up.
No Hesitations Caren Chesler 07/16/2007
A child of violence and poverty, ROLAND FRYER of Harvard goes where other economists fear to tread.
Abolish the SAT Charles Murray 07/13/2007
The SAT got him into Harvard from a small Iowa town. But now, CHARLES MURRAY wants to abolish the test. It’s unnecessary and, worse, a negative force in American life.
The Human Factor Sally Satel 07/10/2007
Drug abuse causes hundreds of billions of dollars in economic losses and untold personal heartache. How to limit the damage? SALLY SATEL suggests we start by ditching the ‘brain disease’ model that’s popular with scientists and focus on treating addicts as people with the power to reshape their own lives. Despite its own prejudices, an HBO series transmits just this message of responsibility and optimism.