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The Man Who Could Be Anyone

One of the most amazing experiences of my life was working with Robin Williams, watching him become me, in the filming of my book “Awakenings,” in 1989. The patients whose experiences I had recounted in the book—some of them were still alive then—loved him, too. Over the next twenty-five years, …

Literature

These Smaller Wal-Mart Stores Could Replace Supercenters

Supercenters are on the decline as shoppers seek out smaller, more convenient stores.<p>Wal-mart said yesterday that sales at U.S. mega-stores have been falling.<p>But there's still a bright spot in its business — the Neighborhood Market concept.<p>Sales at the markets were up an impressive 5.6%.<p>"I think …

Wal-Mart Stores

10 Reasons Your Best Employees Are Leaving You

You've hired a great team of employees. They're enthusiastic and motivated — and seem passionate about the work they're doing.<p>But they're dropping like flies.<p>One by one they are giving their two weeks' notice, and you don't know how to stop it.<p>The days of lifetime employment at a single company are …

Employment

Curfew, state of emergency declared in Ferguson, governor says

In an unusual declaration for an American city, Gov. Jay Nixon imposed a midnight-to-5 a.m. curfew Saturday after fresh violence erupted here amid public anger over the shooting death of an unarmed black man by a white police officer.<p>The governor's curfew and state-of-emergency decree underscored …

Is Putin Looking for a Way Out of Ukraine?

The president's favorite journalist has floated an exit strategy.<p>Sometimes it's a good idea to pay attention to what Andrei Kolesnikov writes.<p>The <i>Kommersant</i> columnist is one of the Kremlin's anointed court scribes and is often described as President Vladimir Putin's favorite journalist. Ben Judah, …

Just How Likely Is Another World War?

Assessing the similarities and differences between 1914 and 2014<p>A century ago this month, Europeans stood on the brink of a war so devastating that it forced historians to create a new category: “World War.” None of the leaders at the time could imagine the wasteland they would inhabit four years …

Will Free Online Courses Ever Replace a College Education?

Two years into their existence, MOOCs haven't stolen students away from brick-and-mortar universities. Instead, they've become a genre of their own.<p>It’s 10:44 am on a Tuesday, and I’m lounging at home in my pajamas, sipping chamomile tea. I am, at the same time, taking a class at Harvard. Professor …

Yes, It Could Happen Again

Instability in Ukraine, chaos in Syria, conflict in the East China Sea—the trigger points for World War III are in place.<p>Pessimism is a useful prism through which to view the affairs of states. Their ambition to gain, retain, and project power is never sated. Optimism, toward which Americans are …

Hamas Snatches Disaster from the Jaws of Victory

As the sun rose over Gaza on Friday morning, the leaders of Hamas had reason to be satisfied. Despite a twenty-four-day bombardment from the air, sea, and land, the Israel Defense Forces had failed to quell a steady barrage of rockets. And while the Israeli forces had discovered and sealed dozens …

Israel

How to Tell a Great Story

We tell stories to our coworkers and peers all the time — to persuade someone to support our project, to explain to an employee how he might improve, or to inspire a team that is facing challenges. It’s an essential skill, but what makes a compelling story in a business context? And how can you …

The New York Times Is a Great Company in a Terrible Business

In 2000, circulation was 26 percent of the Times' business. Last quarter, it made up 54 percent. Digital ads, however ...<p>This morning, the <i>New York Times</i> announced higher circulation revenue, huge gains in digital subscribers, and the continued erosion of its print advertising business. If the <i>Times</i> …

India’s upcoming mission to Mars is a chance to best Russia and China

If all goes according to plan, on Nov. 5 India will celebrate a successful liftoff of its first Mars-bound space mission, the Mangalayaan, or Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM). Designed by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) as a test of the country’s space technology and ability to orbit a …

Space Exploration