American Life

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The Sharing Economy

Got a car, a spare bedroom, some rudimentary carpentry skills? Thanks to the smartphone, you can easily make some extra cash. But is this any way to earn a living? More

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Talk of rain, wind, clouds—even sunshine—dominates the news today, even though we are insulated from all but the most extreme weather. What’s behind the fascination More

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The Midlife Career Change

More and more Americans are switching jobs to pursue lifelong passions, better their economic future, or simply to find their true calling.  More

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Simple: Less Is More

In the modern world, we've let complexity get the best of us. Here's why the easy way is often the smarter way. More

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Hell Week

In the second decade of America’s war on terror, conventional military methods just aren’t getting it done anymore. Sometimes the answer is drones. But more More

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