Web Reads

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A weekly column by Susan Olasky highlighting interesting stories and commentary from around the web.

Web Reads: Secrets of the SAT and birthing new identities

Web Reads: Secrets of the SAT and birthing new identities

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Newsworthy | Taking the test. Reporter Elizabeth Kolbert retakes the SAT as an adult so she can write about the experience as part of her discussion of  Debbie…

Web reads: Buy the bigger pizza!

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Newsworthy | NPR’s Planet Money discovers and charts this news you can use: “When you look at thousands of pizza prices from around the U.S., you see that you almost…

Web Reads: Falling up, disease comebacks

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Newsworthy | Business journalist Megan McArdle explains why failure is a key to success. An interactive map shows the spread of childhood diseases across the globe as…

Web Reads: All that glitters and rich-world vanity

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Newsworthy | Gold rush. A short video takes viewers inside the gold vault of the Bank of England. The scientist/host Martyn Poliakoff has a great voice, big hair, and a…

Web Reads: Giant guinea pigs make the best lounge chairs

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Newsworthy | Lounging. Capybaras are basically huge guinea pigs. Apparently, other animals like to sit on their backs. Here’s a website that collects photos of birds,

Web Reads: Desserts that changed the world

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Newsworthy | New media. Studies show that teens are turning away from Facebook and turning toward Vine, the Twitter-owned service featuring 6-second videos. One of the…

Web Reads: Literary hatchet jobs and telling the good news

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Newsworthy | Poison pens. The snarky book review has been around for a long time. One group honors “literary criticism's most poisonous pens” with “The Hatchet Job…

Web Reads: These criminals are good guys

Web Reads: These criminals are good guys

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Newsworthy | Introspection? A study asked inmates in England how they rated themselves on traits such as “moral, kind to others, trustworthy, honest, dependable,

Web Reads: The Hobbit, modern-day piracy, and apps for traveling abroad

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Newsworthy | This week’s selection of interesting reads from around the web: Read to me. J.R.R. Tolkien fans can listen to eight free lectures on The Hobbit and even hear…

Web Reads: History for the ears and the eyes

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Newsworthy | This week’s selection of interesting reads from around the web: Listen closely. The Roaring Twenties was a noisy decade, and nowhere was noise more…

Web Reads: We’re all human

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Newsworthy | This week’s selection of interesting reads from around the web: Human. The website of 29-year-old photographer Brandon Stanton, who has talked to and…

Web Reads: Debt limit, drumming, life, and death

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Newsworthy | This week’s selection of interesting reads from around the web: The difference between jazz and rock drumming demonstrated. A simple “Introduction to the…

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