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The Confidence Gap
Evidence shows that women are less self-assured than men--and that to succeed, confidence matters as much as competence. Here's why, and what to do about it.
Katty Kay and Claire Shipman
Video: The authors talk with Hanna Rosin about the mysteries of self-assurance.
Resegregation in the American South
Sixty years after Brown v. Board of Education, the schools in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, show how separate and unequal education is coming back.
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Video: A short documentary about Tuscaloosa's Central High School
The Pope in the Attic: Benedict in the Time of Francis
What's it like for the first living ex-pope in 600 years to watch from up close as the successor he enabled cheerfully dismantles his legacy?
Paul Elie
Why We Look the Way We Look Now
The modern style of clothes emerged in the Depression, and so did the focus on the figure beneath the fabric--with a startling result: as Americans' wardrobes became more similar, bodies diverged along class lines.
Deborah Cohen
The Money Report
Africa's Tech Edge
How the continent's many obstacles, from widespread poverty to failed states, allowed African entrepreneurs to beat the West at reinventing money for the mobile age
Dayo Olopade
Where the Card Sharks Feed
In 2011, the Justice Department targeted online-poker operators for violating the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. Since then, many guileless amateurs, known to poker pros as “fish,” have been moving back to casinos.
David Samuels
The Pirate Economy
The high price of warding off hijackings in Somali waters
Joe Pinsker
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Dispatches
We Need More Secrecy
Why government transparency can be the enemy of liberty
David Frum
Our Gullible Brains
How our senses influence our thoughts
Sarah Yager
Office Talk Visualized
The origins of workplace jargon
Emma Green
He Hunted Osama bin Laden, He Breaks Into Nuclear-Power Plants
The unlikely career of Dalton Fury
Tina Dupuy
A Stethoscope That Can See
A new tool lets doctors turn sound waves into graphs.
Eleanor Smith
A New Golden Age for Media?
An era of investment in the news business is upon us. Will it last?
Justin Fox
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A Better Battery
Steven Chu, a Nobel laureate and former secretary of energy, and Yi Cui, a celebrated battery researcher who works with Chu at Stanford, describe how an overhaul of the unglamorous battery will jump-start a shift to renewable energy.
James Fallows
Survival Tweets
#Lebanon #LatestBombing
William Brennan
The Vodka Wars
A very short book excerpt
Mark Lawrence Schrad
The Culture File
Reading the Beatles
Forget the recent spate of books on the Fab Four. The only volume you need was published 20 years ago today …
James Parker
Our Nudge in Chief
How, and why, Cass Sunstein believes laws and public policies should help save us from our irrational impulses
David Cole
The Disillusionist
Edward St. Aubyn, who can make words do just about anything, can't help mistrusting precisely that power.
Charles McGrath
A Chekhov From China
Yiyun Li's latest novel maps new extremes of loneliness.
Ann Hulbert
How Shirley Temple Helped FDR
The tiny actress showed demoralized grown-ups how much spunky perseverance could achieve.
Ann Hulbert
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