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The Best Articles of the Week – 07/01/16

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Food for Thought:

  1. NYMag – I, Snowbot.  For a man accused of espionage and effectively exiled in Russia, Edward Snowden is also strangely free.
  2. NYT – Aziz Ansari: Why Trump Makes Me Scared for My Family.  Comedian Ansari with a thoughtful reflection on the risks ethnocentrism and isolationism pose when the current political climate meets tragedies like the Orlando shooting.
  3. Crew – The secret to networking: Help people
  4. TheAtlantic – A New Argument for More Diverse Classrooms.  U.S. Education Secretary John King will argue that interactions with children from different backgrounds prepare students for the workforce.
  5. WSJ – England Makes a Shocking Exit (Again).  Tiny Iceland pulls off huge upset of Three Lions in its major-tournament debut.  This was Iceland, a country where most domestic soccer is semi-professional and the co-head coach has a side job as a dentist.

  1. DSC – The Curse Of ‘Wealth Effects’ Central Banking – Credit JC – A thoughtful look at what is driving markets and the economy and why the Federal Reserve has hit the limit of monetary policy – must read.
  2. WSJ – How to Play the July 4th Sales.  As retailers extend discounts past their ‘final hours,’ shoppers adjust to perpetual promotions.
  3. TheAtlantic – Why America’s Business Majors Are in Desperate Need of a Liberal-Arts Education.  Their degrees may help them secure entry-level jobs, but to advance in their careers, they’ll need much more than technical skills.
  4. NYMag – Good News at the Washington Post.  Inside the paper that Jeff Bezos bought
  5. Bloomberg – Whole Foods Is Getting Killed by Aldi. Is a Millennial Grocery Chain the Fix?  Come to 365 for the cage-free eggs, stay for the TeaBot.

  1. NYT – How ‘Advantage Players’ Game the Casinos.  They’re not cheaters. Instead, they hone the sharpest (legal) edge they can.
  2. Bloomberg – How Amazon Triggered a Robot Arms Race.  In 2012 Jeff Bezos scooped up warehouse automation firm Kiva. Everyone else is still trying to catch up.
  3. TheRinger – Never Get Lost, Google Maps  Where would we be without you? No, seriously … where?
  4. Bloomberg – Can a Company You Hate Make a Cable Box You Love?  The weird thing about Comcast’s new X1 box: It may actually stop people from cutting the cord
  5. WSJ – The Rock Star of Cycling
Interesting Podcasts:

Some of the best new content is on podcasts – just find the Podcast app preloaded on your iPhone to enjoy.  Here are a few to get you started:

  1. Material World – Craft is Dead. Long Live Craft.  Lindsey and Jenny discuss why it is that so many people want the stuff they buy to be special, one-of-a-kind, artisanal. It’s a trend that’s helping small, local businesses and hurting old standbys like MillerCoors and Kellog. Is “craft” just another meaningless marketing term? Can people even tell the difference.
  2. Freakonomics Radio – Are We in a Mattress-Store Bubble? You’ve seen them — everywhere! — and often clustered together, as if central planners across America decided that what every city really needs is a Mattress District. There are now dozens of online rivals too. Why are there so many stores selling something we buy so rarely?
  3. Revisionist History – The Lady Vanishes.  Episode 1 of Malcolm Gladwell’s new Podcast – In the late 19th century, a painting by a virtually unknown artist took England by storm:The Roll Call. But after that brilliant first effort, the artist all but disappeared. Why?

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