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On Topic: Scary times for poultry farmers

Let’s start in the land of fiction, where we often bury ideas to see if the world is ready for them.

In Michael Connelly’s 1993 ... »

On Topic: What next, Mr. Draper?

“It’s a hoot.” — Joan Harris, on her job at a 1960s advertising agency.

It seems worth noting — at least t ... »

On Topic: Art and commerce, not always peanut butter and jelly

Commerce — the engine that turns the world, as author Ayn Rand would tell us — hasn’t always sat comfortably next to art ... »

On Topic: A woman’s perspective

The Association of American University Women released a report this spring that puts a bit of a drag on the celebratory nature of this month’ ... »

On Topic: Economists cite ‘dangerous sense of complacency’

About a half-dozen years ago, during the depth of the Great Recession, for a story I was writing on supply-chain issues for the metals industry, I ... »

On Topic: Not-so private eyes, they’re watching you

It was without a trace of irony when my wife said, “It was in the news.”

I’d pointed out what appeared to me to be the a ... »

On Topic: The big story

I could be seriously wrong about this, but I’d put down money that one of the biggest stories of the 2010s will be a business story — ... »

On Topic: Everybody’s working for the weekend

This is it, the big showdown for retail.

It used to be that the general consumer retail industry geared up for three significant selling peri ... »

On Topic: Still some time on the clock

Every Sunday this month. starting on page 1A, we’ve been running installments of our series titled Aging in Iowa. The stories take a look at ... »

On Topic: Innovators and troublemakers

Alan Turing suddenly is everywhere.

The English mathematician is the subject of a new movie, “The Imitation Game,” about the cr ... »

On Topic: Foul play

Where does the employer’s responsibility — or, put another way, blame — start and end when an employee misbehaves — or, ... »

On Topic: Why Buck Rogers, and those stores, matter

For many, the hard times that have befallen Radio Shack do not come as a shock, just as we weren’t — or shouldn’t have been &# ... »

On Topic: Top and bottom of the ladders

Isn’t that just the way? You read one thing and you think, yeah, that makes sense. Then you hear something else and you wonder, well, gosh ... »

On Topic: Author says news should explain the ‘why’

Thirteen years ago, we worked our way through the same contentious debate in newsrooms of newspapers, magazines, TV stations and websites across th ... »