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Why Are Some Countries Rich And Others Poor?

A new book called Why Nations Fail argues that a lot comes down to politics — not just laws, but also a country's norms.

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The Transformation Of American Factory Jobs, In One Company

A few decades ago, many workers at Standard Motor were illiterate. Today, they need to learn a computer language to operate the machinery.

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The Club Behind Omaha's $100 Million Creative Boom

A couple college friends decided Omaha needed a music venue. The community they created led developers to remake a whole neighborhood.

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Looking For A High-Tech Job? Try Cotton.

If you want a good job, find a company that creates something that nobody else has. It doesn't have to be computers or biotech; it could be cotton seeds.

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