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Twenty Pieces of Music That Changed the World
Topic: Arts 8:14 am EST, Jan 13, 2010

One of the most popular features on The Sunday Edition this past year and a half has been 20 Pieces of Music that Changed the World.

The Sunday Edition's very own musical guru, Robert Harris, took us on a cultural journey -- discussing the importance of music from Beethoven to Disco, and from Depression-era classics to rap.

Chad the Nanny:

Tonight, I'm gonna teach Ray about jazz.

Twenty Pieces of Music That Changed the World

The Ruse of the Creative Class
Topic: Business 8:14 am EST, Jan 13, 2010

Alec MacGillis:

Cities that shelled out big bucks to learn Richard Florida's prescription for vibrant urbanism are now hearing they may be beyond help.

Previously (in 2008):

Atlanta is just as hosed as Munich, but Richard Florida has a new book.


In 2008 came Who's Your City, essentially a how-to book for choosing a place to live. Florida is candid about his business plan -- when he plugged his second book on The Charlie Rose Show, the host asked, "Don't you think we've milked this for about as much as we can, Richard?"

"I hope not, Charlie," Florida said. "I hope not."


The Voluntary Milking System (VMS) allows cows to decide when to be milked, and gives dairy farmers a more independent lifestyle, free from regular milkings.

A banker:

Revolutionize your heart out. We'll still have this country by the balls.

The Ruse of the Creative Class

10 Words You Need to Stop Misspelling
Topic: Health and Wellness 7:19 am EST, Jan  5, 2010

Please, stop. Please.

Every time you commit one of these errors, a bottlenose dolphin scoffs in your general direction.

10 Words You Need to Stop Misspelling

What Matters Now
Topic: Business 7:57 am EST, Dec 17, 2009

John Wood:

The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now.

Randy Palumbo:

The greenest thing you can do in your kitchen is not tear it up and put in a new one.

Gina Trapani:

Getting things done is not the same as making things happen.

Don't worry too much about getting things done.

Make things happen.

William C. Taylor:

Are you the most of anything?

Hugh MacLeod:

The best way to get approval is not to need it.

Howard Mann:

We walk the streets with our heads down staring into 3-inch screens while the world whisks by doing the same. And yet we're convinced we are more connected to each other than ever before.

Arianna Huffington:

America needs to get some sleep.

Clay Johnson:

Imagine if we organized around meaningful data instead of vapid rhetoric.

What Matters Now

David After Dentist
Topic: Society 9:54 pm EST, Dec 16, 2009

David, after the dentist:

Is this real life?

Yes, David. Yes, it is.

David, after the dentist:

Is this going to be forever?

Yes, David. Yes, it is.

David Clark:

If the gathering, storage, and processing of information puts us all in the center of a digital panopticon, the failure to forget creates a panopticon crossbred with a time-travel machine. Don't forget about forgetting.

David Lynch:

So many things these days are made to look at later. Why not just have the experience and remember it?

David After Dentist

What Is Living and What Is Dead in Social Democracy?
Topic: Politics and Law 8:05 am EST, Dec 16, 2009

Tony Judt:

Why is it that here in the United States we have such difficulty even imagining a different sort of society from the one whose dysfunctions and inequalities trouble us so? We appear to have lost the capacity to question the present, much less offer alternatives to it. Why is it so beyond us to conceive of a different set of arrangements to our common advantage?

Mark Twain:

When an entirely new and untried political project is sprung upon the people, they are startled, anxious, timid, and for a time they are mute, reserved, noncommittal. The great majority of them are not studying the new doctrine and making up their minds about it, they are waiting to see which is going to be the popular side.


Do you understand the difference between "Is it worth buying?" and "Can it be sold?"


It's important to understand that it isn't Congress that must change -- it is us.

Mark Whitehouse:

Giving up on the American dream has its benefits.

Joe Nocera:

They just want theirs. That is the culture they have created.

Jon Lee Anderson:

The air stinks heavily of raw sewage, but no one seems to notice.


This is the road to despotism. This is the fevered dream of theocracy. This is America.

Jules Dupuit:

It hits the poor, not because it wants to hurt them, but to frighten the rich ... Having refused the poor what is necessary, they give the rich what is superfluous.

David Foster Wallace:

The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day. That is real freedom. The alternative is unconsciousness, the default-setting, the "rat race" -- the constant gnawing sense of having had and lost some infinite thing.

What Is Living and What Is Dead in Social Democracy?

American Dream 2: Default, Then Rent
Topic: Home and Garden 7:43 am EST, Dec 14, 2009

Mark Whitehouse:

Giving up on the American dream has its benefits.

Shana Richey:

It was scary. It's still very hush-hush.

Kenneth R. Harney:

Don't feel guilty about it. Don't think you're doing something morally wrong.

Pascal Bruckner:

A revolution comes when what was taboo becomes mainstream.


We're saving lots of money.

Christopher Thornberg:

It's a stealth stimulus.

John Fortune:

It's pathetic.


About half of Palmdale's 147,000 residents endure a daily commute that can extend to two hours or more one way.

Nate Silver:

Perhaps the only good thing about losing your job is that you no longer have to endure the drive to work.

Dan Kildee:

Much of the land will be given back to nature. People will enjoy living near a forest or meadow.

American Dream 2: Default, Then Rent

Topic: Science 7:43 am EST, Dec 14, 2009

Ever wanted X-ray specs or super-human vision?

Chromoscope lets you explore our Galaxy (the Milky Way) and the distant Universe in a range of wavelengths from X-rays to the longest radio waves.

Michiru Hoshino:

Oh! I feel it. I feel the cosmos!

Charles C. Mann:

I felt alone and small, but in a way that was curiously like feeling exalted.

Jonathan Rauch:

Do you know someone who needs hours alone every day?

Anne Frank:

As long as you can look fearlessly at the sky, you'll know that you're pure within and will find happiness once more.


Ghosts of Shopping Past
Topic: Arts 7:43 am EST, Dec 14, 2009

Landscaping overgrows, walls develop mildew, ceilings cave in -- a building can be shut down, but that doesn't make it go away. Brian Ulrich's photographs of closed-down malls and big-box retail stores reveal the potential ghost towns lying inside successful shopping complexes all across America.

Dan Kildee:

Much of the land will be given back to nature. People will enjoy living near a forest or meadow.

Brian Ulrich:

Not if, but when.

Over the past 7 years I have been engaged with a long-term photographic examination of the peculiarities and complexities of the consumer-dominated culture in which we live.

George Soros:

The short-term needs are the opposite of what is needed in the long term.

Steve Bellovin:

Architecture matters a lot, and in subtle ways.

Jane Jacobs:

When a place gets boring, even the rich people leave.

Christopher Leinberger:

It's not a matter of waiting for two or three years to absorb the overproduction. It's a matter of drastically reducing real estate prices to well below replacement cost. And when you sell something for below replacement cost -- that might sound like, well, "Somebody takes a hit but life goes on as usual." No, life doesn't go on. For the owners of that retail or housing space, every dollar that they invest will be money they don't get back. That is another definition of a slum. There's no incentive to invest in a slum. So here you are.

Ghosts of Shopping Past

When Folly Is Forever
Topic: Society 7:42 am EST, Dec 11, 2009

Viktor Mayer-Schonberger:

Remembering has become the norm, and forgetting the exception.

Adam Keiper:

The implications are uncertain but potentially troubling.

But what's so bad about a little self-censorship?

Eric Schmidt:

If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place.

Georgie Binks:

Where do computer files go when you die?

Greg Conti:

Time is of the essence.

William Deresiewicz:

Facebook holds out a utopian possibility: What once was lost will now be found. But the heaven of the past is a promised land destroyed in the reaching. Facebook, here, becomes the anti-madeleine, an eraser of memory.

Mementos, snapshots, reunions, and now this -- all of them modes of amnesia, foes of true remembering. The past should stay in the heart, where it belongs.

David Clark:

If the gathering, storage, and processing of information puts us all in the center of a digital panopticon, the failure to forget creates a panopticon crossbred with a time-travel machine. Don't forget about forgetting.

Thom Andersen:

Perhaps "Blade Runner" expresses a nostalgia for a dystopian vision of the future that has become outdated. This vision offered some consolation, because it was at least sublime. Now the future looks brighter, hotter and blander. Computers will get faster, and we will get slower. There will be plenty of progress, but few of us will be any better off or happier for it.

Louis CK:

Everything is amazing right now, and nobody's happy ...

When Folly Is Forever

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