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Human CapitalFeatures

Merit Badge

Merit Base
Why immigrants bring extra human potential.

Party Of One

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Loneliness hurts — and it can make it harder for us to reconnect with other people.

Ovation Inflation

Ovation Inflation
How do you know it's time to jump to your feet?


What is the price of a Hamilton ticket?

Pop Culture

Pop Culture
Why there's still potential in products that have lost their fizz.
After HarveyFeatures

The Things They Carried

Things They Carry
What does the last thing we grab in a disaster say about us?
Public RelationsFeatures

Sorry Not Sorry

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What does it take to make a decent apology?

Time Warp

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Facebook recently invented a new unit of time, the “flick.” What time units will they launch next?

Net Worth

What to know about net neutrality
What you need to know about net neutrality.
After HarveyFeatures


Why Houstonians feel foggy after Harvey?
Why, weeks after Harvey receded, are Houstonians still feeling foggy?
After HarveyFeatures

Swept Away

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Can residents of Aransas Pass, TX, find new, resourceful ways of healing their community?
Crisis ResilienceFeatures

Survival Essentials

For anyone rocked by Harvey’s life-upending losses: Houston’s refugees and their experiences can be a monumental resource.