Manufacturing Optimism

Manufacturing Optimism

In September, 2012, five panelists met at the Commonwealth Club to discuss the future of California. Moderator Ross DeVol, Chief Research Officer at the Milken Institute, went around the table asking the panelists their opinion and prognosis of the state’s economy....
A Nation in Transition

A Nation in Transition

 India is … everything. Rich and poor, ancient and modern, conservative and progressive, capitalist and socialist. This country of contrasts, where we send rockets to the moon and offer it flowers, where we exalt women as goddesses and rape them, where helipads on...
Blood and Guts

Blood and Guts

There was a long silence after the director finished the narration of the script. The actor leaned back in his Eames chair and stared at the ceiling. “I don’t think I can do this.” The director sighed softly. He began his pitch about how this would push the actor out...
Still Searching for the Formula

Still Searching for the Formula

Amy Chua wrote Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother as a cathartic memoir but ended up generating a firestorm of controversy over her authoritarian parenting style. Parents the world over weighed in on whether the hard discipline she employed toward her daughters was...
On Faith

On Faith

The producer at the radio station where I host a kid’s quiz show was unusually complimentary. “Your show is so interesting and fun … it deserves its popularity,” he gushed while I blushed. As I arranged my quiz paraphernalia in the small booth where we work, he...