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The Takeaway

Why Working Less Leads to Getting More Done

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

More than a third of American workers regularly eat lunch at their desks, and more than half plan on doing work while they're on vacation. But Tony Schwartz, author of "Be Excellent at Anything" says we're doing it all wrong — and that the trick to getting more out of work is to do less.

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The Takeaway

Robots Come and Go, But Some Trades May Always Be Manual

Friday, February 08, 2013

Advertised as the first full-service window washing robot, the Winbot 7 is a kind of Roomba for windows. But can a robot really replace a real, live window washer? Patrick J. Shields, who has been washing windows for 25 years, says no way.

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The Takeaway

Defense Industry Warns Cuts Will Lead to Economic Plunge

Thursday, January 31, 2013

This week we learned that the U.S. economy contracted in the fourth quarter of last year, in large part because of severe defense spending cuts. If Congress and President Obama fail to reach a spending deal by March, those cuts will continue, with potentially disastrous effects for cities dependent on the defense industry.

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The Takeaway

Who Employs Racists? Facebook's New Search Can Tell You

Thursday, January 24, 2013

What if so many of your employees are racist online that your company can be categorized as an employer of racists? It’s not so hard to gather up and organize this information. In fact, technologist Tom Scott recently did with the help of Facebook’s new Graph Search service.

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On Being

Seth Godin — The Art of Noticing, and Then Creating

Thursday, January 24, 2013

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On Being

[Unedited] Seth Godin with Krista Tippett

Thursday, January 24, 2013

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The Takeaway

How Companies Should Regulate Employees on Social Media

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A federal regulator has recently ruled, in a number of cases, that employees posting about wages, hours, and working conditions on social media is protected speech. Steven Kane, owner of a human resources consulting firm, explains the legal issues surrounding employee comments on social media, and how employers should handle these issues.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Tweak It: Small Changes, Big Differences

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Cali Williams Yost explains how resolving the job-versus-life conflict doesn't require the kind of big, disruptive, scary transformation that so many time-management "experts" recommend. Instead, you can make small, consistent, everyday changes to improve your job performance and your well-being. In  Tweak It she gives examples of people who have tweaked their lives and guides readers on how they can improve their lives, both on off the job.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Underlying Logic of the Office

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Ray Fisman and Tim Sullivan explain why everyday dysfunction is actually inherent to the very nature of organizations. In their book The Org: The Underlying Logic of the Office, they show the economic logic of why organizations exist in the first place and look at how they’re structured—from the cubicle to the CEO’s office.

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The Takeaway

Getting Back to Business in a Post-Sandy 2013

Thursday, December 27, 2012

For many in the New York and New Jersey area, this week's winter storm comes as their recovery from super storm Sandy is still underway.  That slow path to recovery for Sandy victims is particularly daunting for local business owners contending with how to keep their doors open. As winter sets in and 2012 comes to a close, a handful of business owners in and around Red Hook and nearby Sunset Park in Brooklyn share their stories about how they're trying to rebound two months after the storm.

The Takeaway

Olympus Whistleblower Speaks Out

Friday, December 07, 2012

You might know them for their cameras, but Japanese company Olympus is responsible for one of the largest financial scandals in recent memory. Former CEO Michael Woodford blew the whistle on Olympus's shady dealings, and now he's speaking out about the ordeal in a new memoir.

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The Takeaway

A Map for Finding Our Fiscal Way

Friday, December 07, 2012

There are likely many images that spring to mind when considering the "fiscal cliff," but for the dean of Columbia Business School, Glenn Hubbard, the looming austerity crisis brings back memories of summer vacations in Ogunquit, Maine: a scenic coastal walk along a narrow path on a cliff. Hubbard says there is a safe way down the rocky path to reach the beach below, but you just need to find the right way to get there. Hubbard was chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under President George W. Bush. He explains why our system was set up to create a "fiscal cliff" in the first place.

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The Takeaway

When a College Degree Doesn't Matter in the Job Creation Equation

Friday, December 07, 2012

The US Labor Department releases its monthly employment numbers this morning. With every job lost or gained, there’s at least one economist wagging his or her finger about how the value of a college education is more and more important in today's tough job market. But Sharon Virts Mozer, the CEO of FCi Federal who has created over 1,000 jobs, believes that most employers overestimate the power of a four year degree.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaway | December 7, 2012

Friday, December 07, 2012

The Changing Value of a College Degree | A Map for Finding Our Fiscal Way | Conditions for Syrian Refugees Continue to Worsen | Olympus Whistleblower Speaks Out | Harry Reid's New Year's Resolution? Filibuster Reform | Jim DeMint Exits Senate for Heritage Foundation | Edward Burns on Directing, Acting and the Holidays

The Takeaway

'Triumphs of Experience': Studying the Happy Life

Friday, November 30, 2012

Between 1939 and 1944, more than 200 Harvard students – all "physically and mentally healthy" men – were recruited to participate in a study. The 200-some odd students had the privilege of being tracked by Harvard Medical School for the rest of their lives. Dr. George Vaillaint, professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and author of "Triumphs of Experience" has been overseeing the study since his early 30s. He set out to discover what predicts a happy life.

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Listen to Lucy

Marriages and jobs require work and love

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Marriages and jobs require work and love

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The Takeaway

Small Business Owners React to Jobs Report

Friday, October 05, 2012

The recently-released ADP September jobs report showed modest growth in the job market. While all of this will certainly be hailed as positive results from the Democrats, Republicans and other detractors will be quick to point out that job growth has been significantly less than what was expected.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Hidden America

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Jeanne Marie Laskas tells stories of coal miners, migrant laborers, ranchers, air traffic controllers, landfill operators, long-distance truckers, and even cheerleaders. Her book Hidden America: From Coal Miners to Cowboys, an Extraordinary Exploration of the Unseen People Who Make This Country Work is a tour of the often overlooked people who are crucial to keeping the country running.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Hanna Rosin on the End of Men and the Rise of Women

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Hanna Rosin, senior editor at The Atlantic, discusses men, women, and power in a transformed world. In The End of Men: And the Rise of Women, Rosin looks at how women have pulled decisively ahead of men, and she reveals how this shift has profound implications for marriage, sex, children, work, and more.

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The Takeaway

The Gender Bias Lawsuit that Changed Journalism

Monday, September 10, 2012

On March 16, 1970, 46 of Newsweek’s female employees publicly accused the magazine of gender discrimination in hiring and promotion. It was the first class female class action lawsuit, and Lynn Povich was proud to be a part of it. 

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