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Essay/Work

The future is emotional

Human jobs in the future will be the ones that require emotional labour: currently undervalued and underpaid but invaluable

Livia Gershon

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Essay/Economics

What is human capital?

Human capital theory was invented as an ideological weapon in the Cold War. Now it is helping to Uberise the world of work

Peter Fleming

Video/Cities

What happens at the all-night corner shop before sunrise

7 minutes

Video/Nature & Environment

In the murky waters of climate change, native fishers are among the most vulnerable

7 minutes

Video/Poverty & Development

Pride, poverty and rapture in an Appalachian mining community where the jobs are gone

25 minutes

Video/Work

‘Brand consultant’? ‘PR researcher’? Why the ‘bullshit jobs’ era needs to end

4 minutes

Video/Demography & Migration

The interned and the undocumented: the immigration spectrum in the US today

7 minutes

Video/Work

What the night janitor knows about you. And what you should know about her

9 minutes

Video/Stories & Literature

The welder-turned-poet who fell in love with words in a Glasgow shipyard

11 minutes

Video/Art

What happens when an artist doesn’t give up the day job?

6 minutes

Video/Design & Fashion

Not all paper is created equal: an 800-year-old tradition of making it by hand

6 minutes

Video/Travel

Rail workers battle winter’s worst in this kinetic, Oscar®-nominated classic

8 minutes

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Essay/Biology

The queen does not rule

The ant colony has often served as a metaphor for human order and hierarchy. But real ant society is radical to its core

Deborah M Gordon

Essay/The Home

Nobody is home

From the footloose networker to the exiled migrant, home has been displaced by an idea that’s both elusive and contested

Charles Leadbeater

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Essay/Work

Fuck work

Economists believe in full employment. Americans think that work builds character. But what if jobs aren’t working anymore?

James Livingston

Idea/Sleep & Dreams

How the 24-hour society is stealing time from the night

Leon Kreitzman

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Essay/Work

Trust me with your money

It takes diplomacy, anthropology and psychology to serve the world’s super-rich. But only trust opens their purse strings

Brooke Harrington

Essay/Demography & Migration

The great settling down

The idea that American life is increasingly transient and uprooted is a myth: people are moving less, but worrying more

Claude S Fischer

Idea/Social Psychology

Bragging rights: when beating your own drum helps (or hurts)

Patrick Heck

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Idea/Future of Technology

The economy is more a messy, fractal living thing than a machine

George Zarkadakis

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Essay/Social Psychology

Group smarts

Groupthink can be stultifying. So how do the most successful groups elicit collective intelligence from their members?

Jane C Hu

Idea/Education

Without tenure, professors become terrified sheep

Alice Dreger

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Essay/Work

Stupefied

How organisations enshrine collective stupidity and employees are rewarded for checking their brains at the office door

André Spicer

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Idea/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

Coding is not ‘fun’, it’s technically and ethically complex

Walter Vannini

Video/Sports & Games

Life as a young referee: you get berated on the pitch; at home, mother does it too

17 minutes

Video/History of Technology

The last day of hot metal press before computers come in at The New York Times

29 minutes

Video/Food & Drink

Street food in motion: a chicken’s journey from coop to plate in Bamako, Mali

4 minutes

Video/Nature & Environment

The joys and struggles of living on the world’s most crowded island

19 minutes

Idea/Wellbeing

Doctors have become less empathetic, but is it their fault?

David Scales

Idea/Social Psychology

Why rudeness at work is contagious and difficult to stop

Trevor Foulk