Tag Archives: Jill Lepore

Aug. 8, 2016 The New Yorker

On Aug. 8, 2016 The New Yorker’s James Surowiecki wrote “The Perils Of Executive Action” about President Obama’s getting around Republican obstructionism using executive action. The problem is that it can be overturned by whoever is elected after him. “the power of the President is greater than ever. The choice of a President matters more than ever, too.”

Jill Lepore wrote “The War And The Roses” about the Republican and Democratic conventions.

Jon Lee Anderson wrote “The Distant Shore” about protecting isolated Amazon tribes in Peru.

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Feb. 22, 2016 The New Yorker

On Feb. 22, 2016 The New Yorker’s James Suroweiecki wrote “Economic Populism At The Primaries”  “American workers used to believe that a rising tide lifted all boats. But in the past thirty years it as sunk a whole lot of them.”

Jill Lepore wrote “The Party Crashers” about the history of political parties in America. Eventually the parties are seen as controlled by wealthy conservative elites and lose support. They then reinvent themselves to attract enough votes to be elected.

Jinyang Fan wrote “The Golden Generation” about the children of China’s wealthy. Worried about their own government seizing their fortunes, they move it offshore to places like the United States. Real estate speculation has driven up prices in San Francisco and other North American cities. The results are lots of poor people in China and America forced from their homes while the rich kids go shopping.

Nicholas Schmidle wrote “The Digital Dirt” about TMZ founder Harvey Levin’s attempts to build a tabloid empire and become respectable.

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Nov. 16, 2015 The New Yorker

On Nov. 16, 2015 The New Yorker’s Jill Lepore wrote “Politics And The New Machine” about the history and increasing inaccuracy of political polls in American politics.

Michael Specter wrote “The Gene Hackers” about DNA scientists fighting disease using clustered regularly interlaced short palindromic repeats called CRISPR to “recognize invading viruses”.

John Seabrook wrote “The Invisible Library” about recover lost documents from Herculaneum scrolls. Many great works have been lost to history from the collapse of civilizations. Through accident or design some scrolls survive. It is fascinating that a 2000 year old Roman philosopher’s scroll who postulated that the world is made of atoms should be rediscovered by scientists using a particle accelerator based on his own theory. Profound karma. Makes you wonder how to ensure your work survives. One strategy is to widely distribute lots of copies in many kinds of media.

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May 25, 2015 The New Yorker

On May 25, 2015 The New Yorker’s Jill Lepore wrote “To Have And To Hold” about the 1965 Supreme Court decision Griswold v. Connecticut. The decision legalized the use of contraception on the grounds of privacy.

David Owen wrote “Where The River Runs Dry” about the drought and humans using so much of the Colorado river that water almost never gets to the ocean.

Emily Nussbaum wrote “Good Night” about David Letterman’s thirty year career on television.

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Apr. 20, 2015 The New Yorker

On Apr. 20, 2015 The New Yorker’s Paige Williams wrote “The Tallest Trophy” about a Hollywood actor and a totem pole stolen from tribe in the Pacific Northwest.

Tom Kizzia wrote “Moving To Mars” about people living in isolation on top of a Hawaiian volcano to simulate life on Mars.

Jill Lepore wrote “The Meaning Of The Magna Carta” about how interpretations of the document have changed over the past eight hundred years.

Note: Somebody from the Koch brother’s hometown of Wichita actually read this.

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Mar. 16, 2015 The New Yorker

On Mar. 16, 2015 The New Yorker’s Jill Lepore wrote “Richer And Poorer” about measuring economic inequality. “Income inequality is greater in the United States than in any other democracy in the world.” Robert Putnam, author of “Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis” talks about people in Ohio being born and trapped in poverty. “His policy recommendations include expanding the earned-income tax credit and protecting existing anti-poverty programs; implementing more generous parental leaves, better child-care programs, and state-funded preschool; equalizing the funding of public schools, providing more community-based neighborhood schools, and increasing support for vocational high school programs and for community colleges; ending pay-to-play extracurricular activities in public schools and developing mentorship programs that tie schools to communities and community organizations.” Steve Fraser, author of “The Acquiescence: The Life And Death Of Resistance To Organized Wealth And Power” thinks poor people will have to vote back the New Deal protections they lost in the past thirty years. Political progress will be difficult according to a Columbia University study by Alfred Stepan and Juan J. Linz. Titled the “Gini Index of Inequality of Representation” it showed that the more vetoes a government has in its system, the more inequality there was in a country. Out of twenty three democracies, the United States had the highest inequality, particularly in the Senate.

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Jan. 26, 2015 The New Yorker

On Jan. 26, 2015 The New Yorker’s James Surowiecki wrote “The Shake Shack Economy” about the rise of fast casual restaurants. Apparently food that tastes that better than McDonalds gets more customers. Duh.

Jill Lepore wrote “The Cobweb” about Brewster Kahle, the Internet Archive and Wayback Machine in San Francisco. Not everything on the web stays inline forever. Many links no longer work. Content is missing. If the power goes off, no one in the future will know what happened after the year 2000. They would have to send somebody back to find out and save it all for future reference :-)

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Sep. 22, 2014 The New Yorker

On Sep. 22, 2014 The New Yorker magazine had two articles of interest. James Surowiecki article “Home Free” discusses Utah’s Homeless Task Force with its director Lloyd Pendleton. Their Housing First program spends eight thousand dollars on permanent housing for the homeless versus twenty thousand for traditional homeless shelters. Who knew the solution for the homeless was…homes?

Jill Lepore’s “The Last Amazon” is about Wonder Woman and her roots in early twentieth century feminism.

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Jun. 23, 2014 The New Yorker

On Jun. 23, 2014, The New Yorker magazine’s Jill Lepore wrote “The Disruption Machine” about how all the talk about innovation is just that, a lot of talk.

Sarah Stillman wrote “Get Out Of Jail, Inc.” about seizing property, fining and jailing poor people. Essentially the wealthy have reinvented the debtor’s prison.

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May 12, 2014 The New Yorker

On May 12, 2014, The New Yorker magazine’s Lizzie Widdicombe wrote “The End of Food” about Rob Reinhart’s designer food called Soylent. They claim it has all the nutrients a person needs and can be tailored to individual needs. It could feed millions of people.

Jill Lepore wrote “Away from My Desk” about the rise and fall of the white collar office.

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Mar. 18, 2013 The New Yorker

On Mar. 18, 2013 The New Yorker‘s James Surowiecki wrote “Face Time” about Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer insisting employees show up at work. On those occasions where people need to work on a task alone, working from home may make sense, but socialization is best done face to face. Casual and formal meetings in person at work can be more productive than telecommuting for a company. You are less likely to trust someone who works from home even if it is one day a week.

Jill Lepore wrote “The Dark Ages” about the history of torture and terrorism.

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Sep. 24, 2012 The New Yorker

On Sep. 24, 2012 The New Yorker’s James Surowiecki wrote “Calculating Campaigns” about how lots of money in politics cannot beat a real grassroots campaign.

Jill Lepore wrote “The Lie Factory” about wealthy San Francisco political conservatives Leone Baxter and Clem Whitaker became spin doctors that stopped Upton Sinclair’s End Poverty in California campaign in the 1930s and national health insurance in the 1940s. Their tactics are used today. They perfected the attack ad and quoting out of context. Never lobby. Woo voters. create a straw man opponent. Create a simple theme that rhymes. Never explain anything. Repeat the message until it is accepted as true. Fan flames by creating a controversy, a fight or show.

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Jun. 25, 2012 The New Yorker

On Jun. 25, 2012 The New Yorker’s Ken Auletta wrote “Paper Trail” about the battle of Amazon, Apple and publishers over control of the electronic publishing market. It signals the shift from the wholesale model publishers of selling books at a discount to bookstores to the agency model where the channel like Apple gets a thirty percent commission. In the battle over becoming the online gatekeeper controlling consumers, books seem irrelevant.

Jill Lepore wrote “Obama, The Prequel” about Obama’s family history. He said “I am the son of a black man from Kenya and a white woman from Kansas. I have brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, uncles and cousins, of every race and hue, scattered across three continents, and for as long as I live, I will never forget that in no other country on Earth is my story even possible.” In the worst of all possible worlds the impossible man wins.

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Jun. 18, 2012 The New Yorker

On Jun. 18, 2012 The New Yorker’s Jill Lepore wrote “Benched” about history of the US Supreme Court leading up the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision where Justice Stevens said “a democracy cannot function effectively when its constituent members believe laws are being bought and sold.” Lepore wrote “If not only legislators but judges serve at the pleasure of lobbyists, the people will have ceased to be their own rulers. Law will be commerce. And money will be king.”

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Nov. 21, 2011 The New Yorker

Nov. 21, 2011 The New Yorker’s James Surowiecki wrote “Debt By Degrees” about student college loan debt that is so high, that young people will not be able to go into further debt by buying cars or houses, getting married or having children. “Two million college graduates are unemployed and millions more are underemployed.” We need to change the way we educate people and the way we pay for it.

Jane Kramer wrote “The Food At Our Feet” about Denmark’s Rene Redzepi. He is reviving foraging for food by identifying the best foods for his restaurant customers.

Thomas Mallon wrote “Never Happened.” about the counterfactual or alternative histories of Monica Ali, Michael Chabon, Nicholas DiChario, Philip K. Dick, Don DeLillo, Harlan Ellison, Niall Ferguson, Elizabeth Gaffney, William Gibson, Jeff Greenfield, Robert Harris, Samantha Hunt, Stephen King, Thomas Pynchon, Philip Roth, J.C. Squire, Bruce Sterling, and Harry Turtledove.

Malcolm Gladwell wrote “The Tweaker” about what made Apple CEO Steve Jobs so successful.

Jill Lepore wrote “Birthright” about the history and future of Planned Parenthood.

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Jan. 17, 2011 The New Yorker

Jan. 17, 2011 The New Yorker’s James Surowiecki wrote “State Of The Unions” about how the unions of the Great Depression helped create the American middle class after World War Two. People who do not belong to unions do not realize they benefit from their effect on corporations and government programs.

Jill Lepore wrote “The Commandments” about people who worship the US Constitution.

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