Harvey Wallbanger

  • Selective Selection In Employment

    With a reported 6.1 job seekers for every job opening, perhaps this is a good time to talk about hiring. Can I use that word? So many workplaces use…

  • The Case Against PowerPoint

    I'm thinking we may soon turn a corner in the long battle against a pernicious affliction. No, I'm not talking about terrorism or unemployment or…

  • Management Mumbo Jumbo: Lose Weight by Weighing Less

    Hyper-glib purveyor of management gobbledygook Gary Hamel lifts our hopes when he quips at the Wall Street Journal blog: "I don't know if I'll write…

  • University Discovers Incentives! Strangeness Ensues.

    Little advances in free-market entrepreneurship among universities always make my heart go pitter-patter. It's like seeing a man sling off his leg…

  • Trumped

    Trump Entertainment Resorts has filed for bankruptcy a third time, after missing a December interest payment due bond holders, and just ahead of…

  • Maybe college is over-rated

    Check out Marvin Olasky's interview with Charles Murray, who has written a book arguing that too many kids go to college. An…

  • It's for the children

    New regulations around the testing and sale of children's toys take effect this week, with predictable confusion. Thrift shop owners and small…

  • "Uh-oh"

    Following up on my earlier post about the self-serving spin generated by the Peanut Corporation of America, the company at the center of…

  • Hamel don't hurt 'em

    From The Wall Street Journal: management book faves of CEOs like Novartis's Daniel Vasella and Snap-On's Nicholas Pinchuk. Thankfully, none of them…

  • Accounting for higher ed

    "As an industry," explain the authors of a new report on college spending, "higher education still has not made the transition from cost accounting…

  • Punitive justice

    While plenty of news media attention has been paid to Attorney General nominee Eric Holder's affinity for criminals who aren't CEOs, what worries…

  • Endowment envy

    While most university endowments took a hit in 2008, the richest managed to eke out a positive return on the year. Their secret? A blend of…

  • Football is Dangerous Business

    Football is bad for your health. I'm not talking about those of us who will watch the Superbowl with one hand in a bag of chips and the other…

  • Full frontal disclosure

    Several news agencies report that the Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating, inquiring, reviewing, and/or -- my favorite -- "probing"…

  • Customer focused companies?

    Heartland Payment Systems, which processes payments for -- depending on which story you read, 175,000 or 250,000 small businesses across the U.S.,…

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Adventures in Legal Weed

Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.

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What Makes a Story Great?

The storytellers behind House of CardsandThis American Life reflect on the creative process.

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Tracing Sriracha's Origin to Thailand

Ever wonder how the wildly popular hot sauce got its name? It all started in Si Racha.

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Where Confiscated Wildlife Ends Up

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.

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Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.

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The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air

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