Paul's Recent Stories
Making Sen$e Jun 09Will the new killer ‘butler app’ kill our ability to fend for ourselves?
By completing your to-do list, Hello Alfred claims to give you back time for leisure. But do outsourcing apps simply open up more time for us to be imprisoned in other ways?…
Making Sen$e Jun 05Jobs up, joblessness up: How can that be? One explanation
The U.S. added 280,000 jobs in May, while the unemployment rate rose a tenth of a percent to settle at 5.5 percent. How do we reconcile May's numbers?…
Making Sen$e Jun 04Dirty laundry? Batman’s butler, Alfred, to the rescue
Paul Solman chats with Hello Alfred CEO Marcela Sapone about how more Alfreds will liberate people in busy careers.
Economy May 29Why the Freddie Gray riots began at a shopping mall
Editor’s Note: When economic correspondent Paul Solman went to Baltimore earlier this month to report on how the riots there affected the local economy, he spoke with Johns Hopkins historian N.D.B. Connolly. Connolly brought Paul to the mall where the…
Economy May 15Racism, riots and economics: If history is the guide, why Baltimore won’t recover soon
What do the race riots of the 1960s suggest for the economic recovery of places like Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri, today? Boston University economics professor Robert Margo has studied the long-term effects, and says that even where the physical damage…
Economy Apr 23With dementia, reality sometimes hurts more than it helps
Both of Paul Solman’s parents lived into their 90s, and they both experienced bouts of confusion and dementia. He talked to dementia coach Kerry Mills for helpful advice for caretakers.
Making Sen$e Mar 14The economics week in review with Nobel laureate Robert Solow
Paul Solman interviews Nobel laureate Robert Solow abut the week's economics news and looks ahead to the Federal Reserve's policy meeting next week.
Making Sen$e Feb 20Why is there more violence for violence’s sake today?
Despite the rise of ISIS, terrorism doesn't look like it used to, says University of Texas at Dallas economist Todd Sandler. In his opinion, violence for violence's sake is now much more prevalent. But why?…
Making Sen$e Feb 16How to get what’s yours from Social Security
One day while playing tennis, Social Security expert Larry Kotlikoff informed Paul Solman about a strategy for maximizing the benefits that he and his wife were eligible to collect. They decided everyone else should know that secret, too, and are…
Making Sen$e Feb 13How to get what you want from online dating
Looking for love for Valentine's Day? In this Q&A, Paul Solman speaks with OkCupid co-founder Christian Rudder, author of "Dataclysm," about what works and what doesn't on online dating sites. Helpful hint for men: Learn your grammar.