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The Week in Ideas 5/5

Posted by Kevin Hartnett  May 4, 2014 08:27 PM

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Are teen jobs becoming a luxury good?: Ruth Graham on how jobs for teenagers are disappearing, especially for teens from the least advantaged families. Research shows teen jobs confer a range of important benefits- money, work experience, soft skills- and in our realigning economy, they tend to go to the kids who are already ahead in practically every way imaginable.

How to solve climate change with cows (maybe): Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow on how the solution to climate change may be replenishing the carbon in our soil- and the best way to do that may be to allow ruminants (wild herds of bison, wildebeests, and so forth) to freely roam the plains again.

Who invented 'heavy metal'?: Matthew Guerrieri on where the genre got its name- and why it stuck.

An African-American studies professorís bleak postwar Germany: Christopher Shea interviews Werner Sollors, author of the new book, "The Temptation of Despair: Tales of the 1940s." Sollors talks about the chaotic, underrecognized aftermath of World War II in Germany.

Plus: Britt Peterson on how what you call your new online cryptocurrency says a lot about why you're creating it in the first place.

And: Kevin Lewis on how walking boosts creativity; how companies' stock prices track the fortunes of the sports teams in the cities where they're headquartered; how wearing a flower in your hair makes you more compelling to strangers; and more.

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About brainiac Brainiac is the daily blog of the Globe's Sunday Ideas section, covering news and delights from the worlds of art, science, literature, history, design, and more. You can follow us on Twitter @GlobeIdeas.
Brainiac blogger Kevin Hartnett is a writer in Columbia, South Carolina. He can be reached here.

Leon Neyfakh is the staff writer for Ideas. Amanda Katz is the deputy Ideas editor. Stephen Heuser is the Ideas editor.

Guest blogger Simon Waxman is Managing Editor of Boston Review and has written for WBUR, Alternet, McSweeney's, Jacobin, and others.

Guest blogger Elizabeth Manus is a writer living in New York City. She has been a book review editor at the Boston Phoenix, and a columnist for The New York Observer and Metro.

Guest blogger Sarah Laskow is a freelance writer and editor in New York City. She edits Smithsonian's SmartNews blog and has contributed to Salon, Good, The American Prospect, Bloomberg News, and other publications.

Guest blogger Joshua Glenn is a Boston-based writer, publisher, and freelance semiotician. He was the original Brainiac blogger, and is currently editor of the blog HiLobrow, publisher of a series of Radium Age science fiction novels, and co-author/co-editor of several books, including the story collection "Significant Objects" and the kids' field guide to life "Unbored."

Guest blogger Ruth Graham is a freelance journalist in New Hampshire, and a frequent Ideas contributor. She is a former features editor for the New York Sun, and has written for publications including Slate and the Wall Street Journal.

Joshua Rothman is a graduate student and Teaching Fellow in the Harvard English department, and an Instructor in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He teaches novels and political writing.


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