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A new study raises concerns that officials such as secretaries of state won’t be able to contain misinformation surrounding the voting process on Tuesday.

As Election Day approaches, fact-checking organizations and media watchdog groups are expecting an influx of misinformation tied to the voting process at polling places across America.

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Author: Ruth Reader
Posted: October 31, 2020, 8:00 am

Over the past year, five new major streaming services rolled out. Apple TV Plus has the brightest future of the bunch.

The streaming wars entered an exhausting new phase this past year, marked by an onslaught of buzzy major platforms, teeming with high-profile projects.

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Author: Joe Berkowitz
Posted: October 31, 2020, 7:00 am

Climate change, partly by increasing the risks and severity of wildfires, hurricanes, and other disasters, poses a threat that permeates the U.S. financial system.

Burnt orange daytime skies signal that the consequences of climate change are already here. But while we tend to focus on the death and destruction resulting from the growing frequency and severity of wildfires and other disasters, we often pay less heed to the ways their costs ricochet through the financial system, with the potential for widespread collateral damage.

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Author: Jeffrey Dukes
Posted: October 31, 2020, 6:00 am

A CEO who’s conducted hundreds of interviews explains the essential qualities he looks for when hiring.

Hiring talented people is an art (and science) in and of itself.

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Author: Winston Ibrahim–Minutes
Posted: October 31, 2020, 5:00 am

The first big U.S. story of the century was fodder for streaming video (over—ugh!—dial up), heated message-board posts, and a new medium called blogging.

For years, it seemed destined to remain the most bizarre and unfortunate presidential election any of us would see in our lifetimes.

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Author: Harry McCracken
Posted: October 31, 2020, 12:00 am

Election Day 2020 is upon us. Did you forget to register? It’s not too late in some states, including critical swing states that could tip the race.

As we head into the final weekend before the 2020 election, it’s safe to say that many, many Americans are just waking up to the fact that—for whatever reason—they are not registered to vote. Perhaps they have procrastinated, or have tuned out the news, or have been working extra hard and simply missed the deadline.

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Author: Christopher Zara
Posted: October 30, 2020, 4:04 pm

Ready to upgrade your kitchen? Food52’s own cookware line includes saucepans with stay-cool handles and built-in strainers.

[This post has been updated with new information about the Five Two line.]

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Author: Lauren Steele
Posted: October 30, 2020, 3:00 pm

Though the U.S. made up around 4% of the global population in 2016, it produced 17% of the world’s plastic waste.

Americans may have a distorted view about what happens to the incredible amount of plastic we use. Despite decades of discussion about the importance of recycling, only around half of Americans can leave their recyclables at the curb with the garbage. And even when old plastic bottles or packages do end up in recycling bins, they often aren’t recycled (though glass and aluminum are). Instead, they end up being shipped to other countries that don’t have adequate recycling infrastructure to handle the waste. Because of this, a new study calculates that the U.S. is one of the world’s largest contributors to ocean plastic pollution, ranking just behind Indonesia and India.

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Author: Adele Peters
Posted: October 30, 2020, 2:00 pm

We’re getting a very rare Halloween treat in the night sky.

This year has been horrible, but there’s one shining—literally, one could argue—exception to the crappy 2020 we find ourselves enduring.

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Author: Zlati Meyer
Posted: October 30, 2020, 1:51 pm

It may be an unlikely candidate for incisive commentary, but this frivolous-seeming meme is far more useful than you think.

It may have started one way, but the hottest Twitter meme of 2020 has now gone in an entirely different direction.

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Author: Joe Berkowitz
Posted: October 30, 2020, 12:54 pm

America needs more than a cookie right now, and the peril of brands trying to capture the cultural moment.

Last week, the two candidates running for Utah governor appeared in the same ad, a PSA to promote civility in politics, working together, and the peaceful transition of power. There was Chris Peterson wearing a blue donkey button, and Spencer Cox wearing a red elephant button, and there they were being respectful and supportive of each other, despite the election race between them.

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Author: Jeff Beer
Posted: October 30, 2020, 12:45 pm

In just weeks, the order has undermined the work of diversity and inclusion consultants—just as many companies were committing to racial equity work.

When President Trump issued an executive order in late September that took aim at diversity and inclusion training, McKensie Mack wasn’t surprised. The executive order effectively barred federal agencies, contractors, and grant recipients from conducting any trainings that might promote “divisive concepts”—suggesting the U.S. is “fundamentally racist or sexist,” for example—or “race or sex stereotyping or scapegoating,” which could encompass anything from white privilege to unconscious bias.

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Author: Pavithra Mohan
Posted: October 30, 2020, 11:00 am

New research from Tucson might lead to some bright ideas for tackling light pollution.

You would not be faulted for assuming that the giant, high-wattage street lights lining roads and highways nationwide cause significant light pollution, but not so fast.

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Author: Arianne Cohen
Posted: October 30, 2020, 10:38 am

The CEO of Pipeline Equity was one of the early signatories of Time to Vote. She says, “Supporting a federal Election Day holiday presents one avenue for businesses to show up for their employees.”

The only presidential election I didn’t vote in was in 1996. The poll lines stretched around the block, and I was stressed about being late for work. I carry the guilt of not voting in that election to this day. My father, a Hungarian refugee, had risked his life to ensure my existential right to vote. To use my voice to make a choice.

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Author: Katica Roy
Posted: October 30, 2020, 10:30 am

A new exhibit at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs traces the history of luxury—a concept that is evolving before our very eyes.

When you think of luxury products, you might imagine an Hermès bag or a Patek Phillipe watch in a glittering window on Fifth Avenue. But the human craving for scarce, beautiful objects is not a modern one—in fact, the new exhibit Luxes at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris reveals that it goes back to prehistoric times. The exhibit is an anthropological exploration of how perceptions of luxury have changed over time and perhaps more crucially, why people are so drawn to these things. In the end, luxury isn’t just about the frivolous whims of the wealthy; it’s a direct reflection of what a society values, but struggles to obtain.

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Author: Elizabeth Segran
Posted: October 30, 2020, 10:00 am

A new book by Diana Lind, the former editor of Next City, examines the policies and market forces that have elevated homeownership above all other housing choices—and how that’s starting to change.

For all the aging or now irrelevant clichés of what it means to be an American or to live in America, one has remained largely true throughout the decades. The American Dream, for many people, means owning their own home. But even that apple pie of cultural standards is beginning to change.

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Author: Nate Berg
Posted: October 30, 2020, 9:26 am

The social network’s trending feature has deep structural problems that feed illogical narratives.

When actor Chris Pratt found himself trending on Twitter on October 17, it wasn’t because of his new film or the birth of his first child.

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Author: Aaron Duncan
Posted: October 30, 2020, 9:00 am

Many of us are eating worse than usual while working remotely. Here are a few simple ways to eat healthier and improve your productivity.

One of the perks of working from home is that you get to work in an environment free of the various daily distractions of the office.

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Author: Kaleigh Moore
Posted: October 30, 2020, 9:00 am

With COVID-19 cases rising, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said she wants to push a comprehensive stimulus package in the lame duck session.

Election Day is a mere four days away, and the good people in Washington have failed to pass a stimulus bill for coronavirus relief. In fact, they can’t even agree on what a stimulus package might include. With no hope for a pre-election deal, here’s the latest update on how things might play out after November 3.

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Author: Arianne Cohen
Posted: October 30, 2020, 8:25 am

Stars, stripes, and the AOC effect. Oh, and don’t forget the puns. Just like our politics, political logos are a mess. (With a few glimmers of hope.)

America’s particular brand of political turmoil doesn’t have one logo that sums it up. It has approximately 1,000.

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Author: Lilly Smith
Posted: October 30, 2020, 8:00 am
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Small Biz Survival

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Seems like there have been a lot of coronavirus-related surveys this year. This survey is different: we’ve been asking for and listening to your rural challenges since 2015. Of course rural challenges are different this year with COVID-19. That doesn’t mean all your other challenges disappeared, but it might mean your priorities have changed. We’d like your […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: October 20, 2020, 11:10 am
Small towns have endured boom and bust cycles, commodity crashes, mill and factory closures, environmental disasters and losing their economic reason for existing. Rural communities have reinvented themselves before, and rural businesses are re-inventing the way they do things.  How Holyoke Hummus stays Idea Friendly through a crisis John is the owner of Holyoke Hummus […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: October 6, 2020, 1:24 pm
Join me for the Rural Renewal Symposium hosted by Oklahoma State University. It’s an online event on October 13, 2020. What is the Symposium about? The Symposium is meant to raise awareness, attract resources and stimulate research toward solving grand challenges facing rural communities. And goodness knows we have some grand challenges. I’ll be facilitating […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: September 26, 2020, 2:02 pm
2020 has taken a toll on downtown shopping and placemaking. There’s no time to waste on big master plans and no money for expensive consultants. Start taking action now to show life and new activity with small inexpensive steps. Murals add life and color to a downtown and are highly visible even to people driving […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: September 11, 2020, 12:20 pm
Guest post by Paula Jensen I watched Jon Stewart’s Political Comedy ‘Irresistible’. The story is set in small-town Wisconsin. The community has recently suffered a devastating loss of their main employer. In response, a failed political consultant from Washington, D.C. lands himself a gig helping a local veteran run for Mayor against the long-time incumbent. […]
Author: Paula Jensen
Posted: August 24, 2020, 7:51 pm
Guest Post by Chris Brogan The COVID-19 quarantine has crushed so many small businesses and the economy at large. It’s truly been the worst financial crisis unfurling in this country since the 1930s. And while some measures are in place to help this not reach that level of despair, many people are finding themselves out […]
Author: Chris Brogan
Posted: August 7, 2020, 11:54 am
Photo by Dan Meyers on Unsplash Guest post by Chris Brogan The whole quarantine and COVID-19 situation has impacted small businesses even more than the big guys because it’s not like anyone has massive reserves of cash around so that you could deal with shutting down for months at a time. And now, as different […]
Author: Chris Brogan
Posted: July 13, 2020, 7:53 pm
This is a short sample from the SaveYour.Town video “Refilling Your Business Pipeline” featuring Deb Brown and me. Small towns and rural communities will need new business startups to revitalize their local economies, but not many people have the resources today to do a startup the way it’s traditionally been done. Part of what holds […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: July 7, 2020, 11:56 am
Should we offer incentives to fill it with small retailers? How do we convince the mayor and economic development group?   The empty factory building A reader wrote in to ask about converting and dividing up a huge old building. Because my answer isn’t quite what the reader asked for, I’ve taken the details out. […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: June 9, 2020, 6:33 pm
Editorial by Becky McCray Not everyone who says they’ll help your town is telling you the truth.  If you want a resilient small town economy and prosperity for the people in your town, I have some self-defense ideas for you.  Focus more on your own people, less on attraction.  Stop paying people to bring business […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: June 7, 2020, 3:34 pm
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