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Public Speaking: Your Audience Wants You to Answer These 4 Questions | Inc.com

Occupying a prominent perch on my shelves and in my heart is a little book called "Public Speaking as Listeners Like It" by Richard C. Borden.<p>It was given to me by Marian Rich, a renowned and beloved New York teacher of voice and speech who worked with actors of all stripes (including Marlon …

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The Reckoning

The father of the Sandy Hook killer searches for answers.<p>In Peter Lanza’s new house, on a secluded private road in Fairfield County, Connecticut, is an attic room overflowing with shipping crates of what he calls “the stuff.” Since the day in December, 2012, when his son Adam killed his own mother, …

Disarmed: How Cities Are Losing the Power to Regulate Guns

A growing number of states bar municipalities—often the sites of the worst gun violence—from passing their own firearm laws, laying bare an urban-rural divide.<p>It was after midnight on February 15. Valentine’s Day had ended, but there were still roses in the gift shop when two men hobbled into Via …

America's Cities Are Still Too Afraid to Make Driving Unappealing

How the Famous Marshmallow Study Explains Environmental Conservation

A marine biologist discovers the importance of behavioral economics<p>In the Stanford marshmallow experiment, arguably the most famous study ever conducted on the concept of delayed gratification, children were offered a choice between receiving one small treat (like a marshmallow) immediately or …

Mapping the Anxiety About College Admissions

In which parts of the country is the hysteria worse?<p>This week I came across another version of one kind of news article I find fascinating for some reason—what I think of as the "college-anxiety" article. These pieces have, as their core premise, the anxiety that emerges when students and parents …

True Detective: Spoiler-y Speculation About the Finale

Some educated guesses regarding where the HBO show may be headed<p><i>This post has been updated. (March 7)</i><p>“This is a world in which nothing is ever solved.”<p>We’ll discover just how accurate Rust Cohle’s assertion may be when the season finale of <i>True Detective</i> airs this Sunday night. But until then, it’s …

Meet 'Ask Zelda,' the Advice Column for NSA Workers

The Agency? Or The Office?<p>The NSA is, on top of everything else, a workplace. Which means that NSA workers have to deal with things like: that supervisor who doesn't respond to emails. And that guy down the hall who's a disruptively loud phone-talker. And that unopened box of Ham & Cheese Hot …

Study: Millennials Deeply Confused About Their Politics, Finances, and Culture

Or at least deeply contradictory: They're always connected but distrustful. They're selfish yet accepting of minorities. They're "independents" who mostly vote Democratic and love Obama while hating Obamacare.<p>Millennials—or Generation Y, which, by varying definitions, includes you if you're …

My Childish, Unhealthy, Joyous Obsession With The Moviegoer

Coming to the realization that loving a good book doesn't make you a good person<p>I was raised to believe that reading was a healthy and wholesome pursuit, like drinking whole milk or doing sit-ups. The hallways of my high school were papered with the American Library Association’s “Read” posters, …

There Are Only 3 Countries Where Girls Feel More Comfortable With Math Than Boys

How women around the world are faring on wages, executive slots, and STEM careers.<p>Saturday is International Women's Day, which arose from an early-20th-century socialist suffrage movement and has since become a national holiday in about two dozen countries—in some of them, a holiday "for women …

Discovering the Roots of Memory

An interview with Brenda Milner, who studied one of the most famous patients in the history of psychology. Her findings shaped everything we now know about the way we remember.<p>As a 95-year-old psychologist, Brenda Milner still remembers the “bad old days” of frontal lobotomies as a treatment for …

A Miracle in Peoria?

A team of Vatican medical experts believes a stillborn child regained consciousness via an intercession from a dead priest.<p>On September 16, 2010, a miracle happened in Peoria. Or at least, a seven-member panel of medical advisors at the Vatican says so: On Thursday, the group reported that it …