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New York Magazine
17 min read
Society

Aziz Ansari Is From a Red State, Too

WHERE IS Aziz’s phone? That seems to be the most frequently asked question on the set of Master of None’s season two, most frequently by Aziz Ansari, the show’s star and co-creator. “I try not to keep my phone on me because I need to keep all distractions out of my face when I’m trying to do all of this shit,” he says. So he makes a point of handing it off to his assistant, Jessica, whose main job seems to be to keep Ansari’s phone charged and to run across this Brooklyn soundstage and fetch it whenever he wants it, which turns out to be always, and then to remind him that she’s already given
Entrepreneur
3 min read
Entrepreneurship

The Secret to Pitching

Lakshmi Balachandra is a former entrepreneur, improv comedian and venture capitalist. She now works as a professor at Babson College, studying negotiation, pitching and trust development in the world of entrepreneurship. She talks us through how best to engage potential investors, partners and clients, and how to avoid mistakes that can kill a deal. Related: 5 Steps to Master the Art of Negotiation What are investors really looking for when they sit down to hear a pitch?They always say “passion.” But I’ve tested it, and they don’t want passion. I spent two days with the Tech Coast Angels [a la
TIME
15 min read

Warning: The Next Global Security Threat Isn’t What You Think

Across China, the virus that could spark the next pandemic is already circulating. It’s a bird flu called H7N9, and true to its name, it mostly infects poultry. Lately, however, it’s started jumping from chickens to humans more readily—bad news, because the virus is a killer. During a recent spike, 88% of people infected got pneumonia, three-quarters ended up in intensive care with severe respiratory problems, and 41% died. What H7N9 can’t do—yet—is spread easily from person to person, but experts know that could change. The longer the virus spends in humans, the better the chance that it mig
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Illuminating examination…

Even as the Vance family manages to achieve some semblance of ‘The American Dream,’ J.D. Vance shows how deeply the scars of poverty—and the familial and societal ills that it engendered—have compromised the health and happiness of each generation. A must-read for those interested in the ramifications of American social, economic, and political policy.