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Wole Soyinka turns 80

Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka turns 80 tomorrow, so it's good to see him get a bit of attention. At Deutsche Welle Thomas Mösch profiles him, in Nigerian Nobel laureate in literature Wole Soyinka turns 80, while in This Day Dele Momodu...Show More Summary

Profile: Wole Soyinka at 80

Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka turns eighty on the 13th, and there's already been quite a bit of coverage. In The Sun Henry Akubuiro offers a useful overview of his life, in Wole Soyinka @ 80: Footprints of an iconoclast. (Several of Soyinka's books are under review at the complete review ; see, for example, Of Africa and A Play of Giants.)

Continuing Conversation... Hansen on Risk, Ambiguity, and Measurement, by Amy Willis

In this week's episode, Roberts talks about risk and uncertainty with 2013 Nobel laureate, Lars Peter Hansen. What are your thoughts on this topic? Use the prompts below the fold to join our conversation online, or start your own offline. Show More Summary

Hansen on Risk, Ambiguity, and Measurement

Lars Peter Hansen of the University of Chicago and Nobel Laureate in economics, talks to EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the power and limits of economic models and quantitative methods. Hanson defends the value of models while recognizing their limitations. Show More Summary

China: Plan To Name U.S. Embassy Road After Dissident 'Sheer Farce'

2 weeks agoNews : The Two-Way

An amendment working its way through Congress would rename the street in front of the Chinese Embassy in Washington after Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo.

Why Dow Investors Aren't Panicking Over This Nobel Laureate's Dire Warning

Robert Shiller thinks stocks are overvalued, but does his cyclically adjusted price-to-earnings measure make sense to use?

Hey religion, your misogyny is showing

Opinion by Randal Maurice Jelks, special to CNN (CNN) – Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate from South Africa, called one of his books “God is not a Christian.” He might have added a subtitle, “God is not a man, either!” One of the great problems in our world is patriarchy. The late […]

Street Fight: Congress Renames Road by Chinese Embassy After Jailed Dissident

Beijing is not amused by the “provocative action,” as Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo “has been convicted in accordance with the law”

Book News: James Patterson Wants To Give Books To New York City Kids

2 weeks agoNews : The Two-Way

Also: The Moscow Times pays a visit to a secret Soviet erotica collection; a poem by late Nobel laureate Wis?awa Szymborska.

Bending the Arc of History

Many economists and policy-makers struggle to explain growing inequality and the erosion of the middle class. Nobel laureate economist Paul Krugman has a simple explanation, "...corporations use their growing monopoly power to raiseShow More Summary

Neruda Poems Found

Twenty previously unknown poems by Neruda, a Nobel laureate, were discovered by researchers cataloging his manuscripts at the Pablo Neruda Foundation in Santiago, Chile.

Iraq: The Cost of Building a Failed State

Steve H. Hanke “Governments constantly choose between telling lies and fighting wars, with the end result always being the same. One will always lead to the other.” - Thomas Jefferson Nobel Laureate George Akerlof uses this edifyingShow More Summary

An Educator's Lament: Part III -- Stakes of Our Educational Demise

"You have to be confused before you can reach a new level of understanding anything." -- D. Herschbach (Harvard University chemist and Nobel laureate) In the summer of 2007, I attended "Boot Camp for Profs" in Leadville, Colorado. For...Show More Summary

An Educator's Lament: Part III -- Stakes of Our Educational Demise

"You have to be confused before you can reach a new level of understanding anything." -- D. Herschbach (Harvard University chemist and Nobel laureate) In the summer of 2007, I attended "Boot Camp for Profs" in Leadville, Colorado. For...Show More Summary

Thursday Morning Stir

-Visa's new World Cup spot features Nobel laureates (video above). link -MediaPost Communications introduces "an index that intends to track in real time the movements in price for ads bought and sold on the websites of 500 publishers." link -Digitas LBi's Abi Ellis urges the industry to stop mimicking the great ideas of the 2000s. Show More Summary

Continuing Conversation... Edward Lazear on Becker, by Amy Willis

In this week's episode, Roberts and Edward Lazear share their recollections of recently deceased Nobel laureate Gary Becker. We'd like to hear what you think of Becker's work, and encourage you to join the conversation. Check Your Knowledge: 1. Show More Summary

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