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Friday, November 28, 2008

Athwart. Scalp. Scab. Buckle. Drab. Words that just feel right when they roll of the tongue. What are your favorite words to say? And, Lawrence Lessig on the state of copyright law. Plus, just why are baby strollers so darn expensive?

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Lawrence Lessig

Bubble Bubble Toil and Trouble

Unemployment during the Great Depression was 25 percent. So, just how does the current economic crisis stack up against history's other bubble-bursting periods? Niall Ferguson, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University and the author of The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World, places ...

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Buy, Buy Baby

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Copyright Wars

Is the war on digital piracy killing creativity? Lawrence Lessig, Stanford Law Professor and author of Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy, argues that copyright laws are criminalizing artists and youth and are strangling creativity. He also discusses his effort to use the net roots ...

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A Twittering Headache for Motrin

Over the course of an afternoon, Motrin's latest ad campaign was undone by tech-savvy mothers using twitter who were offended by the ad's tone. Virginia Heffernan, The Medium columnist for The New York Times Magazine, explains how new technology is changing the way consumers and companies interact.

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What's That Word?

Thwart, Pickle, Fluffy: words that sound just right fascinate Joseph Bottum, contributing editor for The Weekly Standard and editor at First Things. He shares his favorites of such words, which he christens these agenbites, (pronounced again bites), and listeners weigh in with their own.

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