Passing notes in the back of Coursera
Massive open online courses, or MOOCs, allow anyone to be a student. Retirees, soccer moms or radio commentator Beth Teitell.
What would life be like without a cell phone?
Gary Sernovitz is the managing director of the investment firm Lime Rock Partners. And he doesn't have a cell phone.
When borrowing to pay for college, remember the Pilgrims
Paying off student loans can be a long and scary venture. But one way to get a handle on how to make it an affordable experience is to take a tip from the Pilgrims.
Chained CPI hurts seniors
Obama's proposal to recalculate the rate of inflation hurts seniors who spend more on health care than the rest of us.
Boston Flab Party
The year's almost up on the challenge from Boston's mayor for the city to lose one million pounds.
Too proud to sell: The disposition effect in behavioral...
The disposition effect says investors tend to "sell the winners, and hold onto the losers" for purely emotional reasons. One behavioral economist fell for the classic investment mistake.
Why aging boomers are more prone to scams
It seems like con artists are dreaming up new scams every week -- and often seniors fall prey to the trickery. But why?
I heart New Jersey... despite its high property taxes
Commentator Jen Miller could up and leave the Garden State with its high taxes. But is the grass -- and the tax savings -- really any greener someplace else?
When cars themselves are backseat drivers
Commentator Beth Teitell on the downsides of increasingly intelligent car technology.
Housing recovery: Good for would-be homeowners?
Commentator Robert Reich says the housing recovery is mostly benefiting investors, not home buyers.
Payday lenders need to be more transparent
Last week on Marketplace, a payday loan lender defended his industry, saying as long as customers did the math, he wasn't doing anything wrong. Commentator Helaine Olen begs to differ.
The case for working from home: Commentary
Writer and artist Tim Sniffen explains why Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's ban on working from home simply won't work for him.
Help wanted: New pope, experience not required
Commentator John Ortved offers his bid to be the new pope.
Your Facebook photo: A window into your soul?
Your online avatar -- that photo or icon that stands for you in the virtual world -- is so much more than an image. Commentator Scott Huler says it's a window into the soul...and that's annoying. Huler lays out his big issues with these few small...
Why I dont need a senior discount
Senior citizens get to purchase a host of goods and services at prices 10-20 percent lower than their under-5o counterparts. But commentator Lorie Eber says it's time for senior citizens give up their discounts.
Facebook privacy issues: Not the only reason Im...
Commentator Julia Angwin says erosion of privacy on Facebook left her little choice.
Infrastructure should have its own budget
Spending on infrastructure and education can help fuel future growth.
The mojo of a man purse
Most guys, when they go shopping, stuff their wallets and keys in their pockets. Maybe a cellphone. But sometimes you need more than your pockets. Commentator Scott Huler has a suggestion -- a man bag.
Family members as property
Commentator Afi-Odelia Scruggs contemplates her great-great-grandfather as someone's 'personal property.'
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