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Book Review: ‘Solving Problems with Design Thinking: Ten Stories of What Works’ by Jeanne Liedtka, Andrew King, Kevin Bennett


A collection of case studies where design thinking approach to problem solving made all the difference. Read More »

Godzilla Remake Coming in May 2014


Will this be a smart Godzilla movie? Judging from the trailer, the remake will offer the obligatory level of eye candy, possibly surpassing fan expectations, but given the apparent focus of the trailer on the ordinary people caught up in the wake of unimaginable destruction, there may be here more than the canned human interest plot often found in high ... Read More »

Book Review: ‘Does Capitalism Have a Future?’ by Immanuel Wallerstein, et al.


Will capitalism overcome the many threats to its survival? What will replace it if it fails? This volume by leading world system theorists attempts to provide answers. Read More »

Journey Through The World of ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ With a Chrome Experiment Map.


Interactive map brings Middle-Earth to life ahead of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Read More »

The Incomparable Barbra Streisand Comes Home in ‘Barbra Streisand: Back to Brooklyn’ on Great Performances Friday, November 29, 2013

Photo Credit: Russell James/Copyright Barwood Films, Ltd.

The two hour performance will include nine hits from Streisand’s repertoire never performed on stage before. Read More »

Is Standardized Testing Killing Creativity Among America’s Youth?


Creativity in America is on the decline. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Fire and Light: How The Elightenment Transformed Our World’ by James MacGregor Burns


An uncritical presentation of the history of Enlightenment. Read More »

Book Review: ‘The War That Ended Peace’ by Margaret MacMillan


This new history of Europe's conflicts leading up to World War I lacks geopolitical context. Read More »

Book Review: ‘The Art of Negotiation’ by Michael Wheeler


A learned treatment on the fine points of negotiation. Read More »

Book Review: ‘The Firm: The Story of McKinsey And Its Secret Influence on American Business’ by Duff McDonald


A history of the consulting giant charts its game-changing influence on American business over the decades. Read More »