As recently as two weeks ago, Gary Vollmer was absolutely certain that on May 21, 2011, God would send devastating earthquakes, raise believers to heaven in the "rapture," and then destroy the world five months later. Now that it hasn't happened, Vollmer is unfazed.
"God is God, God's going to do what he has to do," he says.
True, he says, believers got some of the details wrong. But the thrust of the message is right.
Tm Harford's first book, The Undercover Economist, has sold 1 million copies worldwide in almost 30 languages.
In a complex world, the process of trial and error is essential. That's what Tim Harford — columnist for The Financial Times — writes in his new book Adapt. And while that idea might seem like common sense, it's one that is often remarkably hard for humans to accept because errors are associated with failure.
The subtitle of Harford's book is "Why Success Always Starts with Failure." For anyone familiar with Internet startups, that concept probably sounds pretty accurate; it seems every successful Internet CEO has a list of past missteps under his or her belt.
Norman Jewison (right) on the set of the 1999 film The Hurricane, which starred Denzel Washington as a boxer wrongly convicted of murder.
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Norman Jewison earlier this month at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. This week, the Society will present 15 of Jewison's films in a series celebrating his life's work.
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Jewison (left) in 1971, at the premiere of Fiddler on the Roof in London. He's joined by the film's stars, Norma Crane (center) and Topol.
This week, the Film Society of New York's Lincoln Center begins a 15-film, six-day retrospective of director Norman Jewison's work. The series is called "Norman Jewison: Relentless Renegade," an apt title for a man whose career has spanned more than 50 years and includes such classics as In the Heat of the Night, Fiddler on the Roof and Jesus Christ Superstar.
President Obama stirred passions on all sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict last week. Guy Raz talks with Maen Rashid Areikat, the Palestinian Liberation Organization's envoy in Washington; Daniel Kurtzer, the former U.S. ambassador to Israel; and Jerusalem Post editor in chief David Horovitz about reaction to the speech.