Friday, March 30

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I Was a Teenage Gramlich

On competing in the High School Fed Challenge Championship as "Ed Gramlich":
A team of five students prepares and presents a 15-minute analysis of the US economy, recommends a course of action with respect to interest rates, and then withstands a 10-minute question-and-answer period from a panel of Federal Reserve economists. To prepare for the competition, students look at the same economic indicators and the same forces influencing the economy that our nation's economic leaders examine. And to lend extra verisimilitude to the whole proceeding, competitors are also advised, as we were, to act out the parts of real members of the Federal Open Market Committee.

Thursday, March 29

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Flathead

Matt Taibbi on Thomas Friedman.

Saturday, March 17

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Red Bull's Billionaire Maniac

A profile of Red Bull’s Dietrich Mateschitz, who wants to make his drink a lifestyle. Mateschitz’s co-founder, Chaleo Yoovidhya, died March 17.

Thursday, March 15

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Housed

A fiction writer buys and loses a house in Oakland.

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Housed

A fiction writer buys and loses a house in Oakland.

Tuesday, March 13

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Austin, We Have a Problem

A report from Austin, Texas as it turns into a dot-com hotspot.

Monday, March 12

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Disarming Viktor Bout

A profile of the world’s most notorious weapons trafficker.

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Buy the Right Thing

On a press junket in Ecuador, the author investigates the ethics of shopping.

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Buy the Right Thing

On a press junket in Ecuador, the author investigates the ethics of shopping.

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Smooth Moves

The unlikely story of Spanx.

Wednesday, March 7

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Takeout Story

A profile of the Bronx immigrant family on the other end of your Chinese takeout menu.

Tuesday, March 6

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White Collars Turn Blue

People know Krugman these days as a feisty political polemicist, but back when he was less politically engaged he was absolutely one of the very finest popularizers of economic ideas ever. This piece is a wonderful, brief introduction to the fundamental economic forces driving the world and a lot of my current thinking is preoccupied with the questions it raises. Reading it again, I realized that a point I like to make about the elevator being a great mass transit technology is almost certainly something I subconsciously picked up here.

-M. Yglesias