Jose Medina

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Activism

Leonard Cohen Makes It Darker

At eighty-two, the troubadour has another album coming. Like him, it is obsessed with mortality, God-infused, and funny.<p>When Leonard Cohen was twenty-five, he was living in London, sitting in cold rooms writing sad poems. He got by on a three-thousand-dollar grant from the Canada Council for the …

Literature

Try Not to Cry While Watching Earth Rise From the Moon in HD

These aren’t renderings, special effects, or a scene from <i>No Man’s Sky</i>. This is actual footage of the Earth and the Moon, as seen by Japan’s Kaguya …

Aerospace

How 'Values Voters' Became 'Nostalgia Voters'

White evangelicals are culturally and economically disaffected—anxious to protect the conservative Christian culture rapidly disappearing in America.<p>The South Carolina Republican primary results present long-time observers of white evangelical Protestants’ political behavior with a conundrum. How …

Republicans

White Christian America is dying

Robert P. Jones is the founding CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI). His new book, “The End of White Christian America,” has been called “quite possibly the most illuminating text for this election year.” He kindly answered some questions about the book via email. Below is a …

Religion
Wall Street
Wildlife

The End Of A Republican Party

Racial and cultural resentment have replaced the party’s small government ethos.<p>Legend has it that after leveling Carthage in the Third Punic War, …

Republicans

Election Update: The Craziest End To The 2016 Campaign Runs Through New Mexico

<i>Want these election updates emailed to you right when they’re published? Sign up</i> <i>here</i><i>.</i><p>This weekend was a letdown for those of us hoping for new, …

Government

Why I Choose to Live with My Parents

<i>By Clarissa Wei</i><p>Let’s be honest — living at Mom and Dad’s is not sexy. In America, it screams dependent, broke, entitled and extremely lazy.<p>I’m 23 …

Los Angeles County

Trump vs. Clinton: The Better Candidate Doesn't Win, the Better Marketer Does

Regardless of what happens in November, the Presidential election will be remembered as a testimonial to the power of marketing.<p>How did a business …

Bernie Sanders

How insane work hours became a mark of American privilege

Americans work a lot: 47 hours a week on average, according to a 2014 survey — and a fifth work as much as 59 hours a week. Unlike other advanced …

The talent trap: why try, try and trying again isn’t the key to success

The idea of “grit” speaks to our deepest wishes: we all want to believe in our own limitless potential, and that of our children.<p>Angela Lee Duckworth …

The War on Stupid People

American society increasingly mistakes intelligence for human worth.<p>As recently as the 1950s, possessing only middling intelligence was not likely to severely limit your life’s trajectory. IQ wasn’t a big factor in whom you married, where you lived, or what others thought of you. The qualifications …

High School

The Coddling of the American Mind

In the name of emotional well-being, college students are increasingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don’t like. Here’s why that’s disastrous for education—and mental health.<p><b>S</b>omething strange is happening at America’s colleges and universities. A movement is arising, undirected and …

New Jersey

The Perils of Writing a Provocative Email at Yale

Nicholas and Erika Christakis stepped down from their positions in residential life months after student activists called for their dismissal over a Halloween kerfuffle.<p>Last fall, student protesters at Yale University demanded that Professor Nicholas Christakis, an academic star who has …

Higher Education

GE's Immelt Signals End To 7 Decades of Globalization

General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt, in a speech that may signal an end to seven decades of globalization, said his company is making a “bold pivot” …

Economic Development

It's Not Just You, Most Millennials Are Bored at Work

A new survey says that millennials are the generation least engaged at work, and most of us are ready to look for new jobs. What's wrong with us?<p>Oh, millennials! What will you do next? How will we ever understand you? You are "emotional" about buying coffee, yet "bored with life." You love talking …

Demographics

Congratulations! You’ve Been Fired

AT HubSpot, the software company where I worked for almost two years, when you got fired, it was called “graduation.” We all would get a cheery email from the boss saying, “Team, just letting you know that X has graduated and we’re all excited to see how she uses her superpowers in her next big …

Are millennials wreaking havoc on employers, or vice versa?

“Quick, help me, the inmates are running the asylum” is what is running through the heads of most business owners with multi-generational employees these days.<p>That is another way of saying those business owners are struggling with the rapid rise of the millennials generation in the workforce, and …

The Workplace

In the Age of Loneliness, Connections at Work Matter

<i>HBR STAFF</i><p>Loneliness is a feeling we’d all like to avoid. Research shows it’s terrible for our health; it diminishes cognitive performance and the immune system, increases the risk of heart disease and dementia and hastens early death. And the psychological effects are just as bad; studies show that …

New York City

The Supreme Court's Plea for Health Insurance Help

The justices are split—and desperate to find a solution that works for religious nonprofits and the government in a battle over birth control.<p>Not since a disembodied hand wrote MENE MENE TEKEL UPHARSIN on the wall of Belshazzar’s palace has an oracle delivered a message quite so mystifying as that …

Health Care

Quit Your Job

A midlife career shift can be good for cognition, well-being, and even longevity.<p>Perhaps you are one of the lucky ones. Perhaps you have reached your 40s, 50s, or 60s blissfully happy in your job. You are engaged, fulfilled, and challenged. Your work draws on your natural talents and passions. If …

Middle Age

The Shift Away From ‘No-Excuses’ Discipline

Many New York City charter schools are starting to modify their strict attitudes towards student behavior—but the effort still has a long way to go.<p>A few years ago, if a student arrived at an Ascend elementary school wearing the wrong color socks, she was sent to the dean’s office to stay until a …

Education

Millennials are finally arriving in the car market

DETROIT (AP) — Millennials were once a source of panic in the auto industry. Dubbed the "go nowhere" generation, they weren't getting driver's licenses, never mind buying cars. Headlines declared it was "The End of Car Culture."<p>New data suggests at least some of that worry was misplaced. …

Demographics