Derek Thompson

Senior Editor, The Atlantic

Derek Thompson appears in the following:

Sleeping Like Our Ancestors May Not Cure Insomnia

Monday, January 31, 2022

Before the industrial revolution, some people slept in two phases. Sleep hackers today claim that this approach to slumber can remedy restlessness. It isn't that straightforward.

The Complexity of Vaccine Hesitancy

Friday, March 05, 2021

The varied reasons people are resisting the shot.

The Post-Pandemic American Marketplace

Friday, May 01, 2020

The economy isn't going back to normal. Where is it going?

Are Millennials Aging Out of Cities?

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

"We actually feel forced out," said a caller.

Childless Cities

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Atlantic staff writer Derek Thompson on the decreasing birth rates in America's cities. 

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Is New York's Deal With Amazon Worth the Money?

Friday, November 16, 2018

The city and state have made up to $3 billion in tax credits, abatements and cash grants available to the online giant. 

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Goodbye Diners, Hello Avocado Bars

Friday, September 01, 2017

Every time a restaurant closes, another one opens. Or so it might seem. So, is the industry thriving or struggling?


When Shopping Malls Become Ghost Towns

Friday, April 14, 2017

What happens when giants like Macy’s, Sears and J.C. Penney close hundreds of shops, leaving empty shopping malls throughout the country.

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Why We Like What We Like

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Atlantic senior editor Derek Thompson joins on his book "Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in the Age of Distraction," in which he looks at the psychology of why we like what we like

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Millennials, We Hardly Know You

Friday, April 29, 2016

What you think you know about Millennials might be wrong. Here's the truth about those 29-year-olds, and how they're affecting the economy.

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Is Work, As We Know It, Disappearing?

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

For centuries, experts have predicted that machines would replace workers, and work as we know it would disappear. Has that time come? 

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What a Time to Be Looking for a Job

Friday, June 05, 2015

Good news college grads! This might be the best time to find a job since the recession. (Then again, that's compared to the past few years).

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All About Streaming, Not Buying

Friday, February 13, 2015

It’s getting even tougher to make money in the music industry as streaming becomes more popular. Why buy when you can rent, sometimes even for free?


Billionaires Finance Candidates Championing the Middle Class

Friday, February 13, 2015

For a $100,000 a ticket, you can meet Jeb Bush. Got at least a million to spend? Hillary Clinton’s supporters want to hear from you. We're previewing the race to raise millions.


The NFL Can't Take Its Business Dominance for Granted

Thursday, September 25, 2014

If the NFL’s latest troubles with domestic violence succeed in alienating women—a growing portion of its fan base—some industry observers think it could collapse. 

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Will Newspapers Survive On Their Own?

Friday, August 15, 2014

The recent flurry of spinning-off newspapers to be stand alone companies and what it means for the future of the news and the news business.

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Smart Cities, Fewer Cars

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Cities with the smallest amount of cars tend to have more educated populations. The Atlantic's Derek Thompson on what the cities with the fewest cars tell us about driving and density.

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ESPN's Big Bet

Friday, August 16, 2013

As the internet economy emerged, many companies zeroed in on niche groups of consumers to stay in business. ESPN, however, made big money bets on huge sports. Bob talks with the Atlantic's Derek Thompson about how that bet paid off handsomely and about Fox Sports 1 - a new competitor in the cable sports market. 

The Who - Baba O'Riley

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The Case Against Concert-Going

Friday, November 25, 2011

For some music fans, a live show is the ultimate way to experience their favorite artist. Others prefer to stay home. Derek Thompson, senior editor at The Atlantic join us to explain why he loves music – but would rather listen alone….And J. Edward Keyes, editor-in-chief of eMusic, explains why he couldn’t imagine life without live shows.

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The Case Against Concert-Going

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Summer concert season is in full swing – in the parks, streets, and even, as we heard recently on Soundcheck, at Rikers Island. But for some music fans, it’s just another season of explaining why they don’t like live concerts. Derek Thompson, senior editor at The Atlantic join us to explain why he loves music – but would rather listen alone….And J. Edward Keyes, editor-in-chief of eMusic, explains why he couldn’t imagine life without live shows.

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