Paul's Recent Stories
Economy Dec 01How Europe’s insatiable thirst for beaver hats drove trade between the Native Americans and colonists
In 17th century New Plymouth, the pilgrims’ trade with the Natives focused on the three F’s: fur, fish and forests.
Economy Nov 13Meet an education innovator who says knowledge is becoming obsolete
Do children need teachers to learn? Sugata Mitra doesn't think so.
Economy Nov 05What does the future hold for workers in a freelance economy?
More independent contractors put large corporations into a very powerful position.
Economy Oct 29Is carried interest simply a tax break for the ultra rich?
Is it a tax break for the nation's wealthiest or an important driver of economic growth?…
Economy Oct 02Dispiriting job growth in September jobs report
The U.S. economy added a mere 142,000 jobs in September, and the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.1 percent.
Economy Oct 01Making use of empty space, urban farming becomes a business
With the repurposing of rooftops and abandoned buildings, urban agriculture has grown to be a business in cities like New York and Chicago.
Economy Sep 24Why the foreclosure crisis isn’t over yet
This is the story of two housing markets — one that's doing very well and another that's treading water.
Economy Aug 24John Maynard Keynes on the stock market this past week
Keynes, perhaps the 20th century most eminent economist, had quite the theory about the stock market. Its relevance was too striking to resist.
Economy Aug 20The conversion of a Patagonia seamstress
“Don’t buy this jacket.” Those words are awfully counterintuitive for a business that makes and sells clothing, but outdoor clothing company Patagonia ran that directive as part of a widespread ad campaign.
Economy Aug 07A supermarket owner’s secret to success in the food desert
Nearly 24 million Americans live in food deserts, low-income neighborhoods with no access to affordable, fresh, healthy food. As a result, people who live in these areas often have poor diets that can lead to higher levels of obesity and…