Jalmari Eskelinen

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The conman who pulled off history’s most audacious scam

How do you make someone bend to your will? In an extract from her new book on con artists, Maria Konnikova finds answers by exploring the psychological tricks of one of history’s most shocking fraudsters.<p>In October 1822, Gregor MacGregor, a native of Glengyle, Scotland, made a striking …

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Productivity

Donald Trump talks at a fourth-grade level. Maybe that’s why the Fox News audience loves him

<b>(maxim ibragimov via Shutterstock/Reuters/Lucas Jackson)</b><p>The culture of anti-intellectualism in America is fueling hateful, racist demagogues — in politics and on TV<p>Phil Torres<p>January 10, 2016 11:00am (UTC)<p>It’s a cliché to say that democratic states can’t function properly without an informed …

Critical Thinking

The 7-Step Morning Ritual That Will Make You Happy All Day

We read a lot about this or that morning ritual that will make you productive. But what about one that makes you happy?<p>Research shows that being …

Happiness

Comedian Brooke Arnold’s webseries explores what it takes to ‘make it’ in comedy

There are movies and TV shows that have explored a comedian’s struggle with life after fame or at a certain age, but Brooke Arnold is letting us in …

TV shows

Five emerging young rappers making hip hop weirder

It’s been nearly two decades since a (then) 17-year-old Biggie Smalls was filmed freestyling in a rap battle on a street corner in New York City. Little did he know that years later, long after his death, the grainy VHS-filmed clip would be used as a bench mark for pure talent, his loose, easy flow …