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Why the Helvetica font got a digital makeover

22 hours ago

When it comes to the world of fonts, there are hundreds to play around with but few that stand on top. There are the classics like Times New Roman, Arial and Helvetica. Since its creation in 1957, Helvetica has been widely used as a branding font. American Airlines, American Apparel, the New York City subway system and even your federal tax forms all use the ubiquitous font. 

Jane Rosenthal is a film producer with the a side gig as a CEO of the Tribeca Film Festival

22 hours ago

Running the Tribeca Film Festival is Jane Rosenthal’s side hustle. Rosenthal co-founded it with her producing partner, Robert De Niro, in the aftermath of 9/11 when few visitors wanted to make their way downtown. Her more than 50 credits include movies like “Meet the Parents,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and the upcoming Martin Scorsese directed crime drama “The Irishman," which will be released by Netflix later this year.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

The legendary O’Jays are back with a new album, and they’re raising their voices in protest.

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Eddie Levert and Walter Williams Sr., founding members of the celebrated R&B group The O’Jays, which was formed in 1958. (@EddieLevertSr)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

What do Democratic primary voters really want? New polling finds that a candidate’s race and gender are taking a back seat to “electability.” But what does that really mean?

Many years ago, I worked as an academic day laborer on Philadelphia's Main Line. For those unfamiliar with it, the Main Line — developed in the late 19th century along a railroad route west of the city — was, for decades, a quietly grand stretch of lavish estates, private schools, and cricket and golf clubs catering to Philadelphia's old money. The classic 1940 romantic comedy, The Philadelphia Story, starring Katharine Hepburn as a snooty socialite, was set on the Main Line.

Time was when the word "socialism" had a firm footing in the American political lexicon, with as many meanings as it has collected in all the other nations where it has taken root — as mixed or pure, as planned or market, as democratic or authoritarian, as a dogma or simply an aspiration — "the name of our desire," as the critic Irving Howe (and Lewis Coser) famously defined it.

Yeah, we made the NFL draft about stocks

Apr 24, 2019

To understand the NFL draft, which starts tomorrow, think of a team's general manager as an investment manager. Both have to build a balanced portfolio and manage risk. Both sometimes pay too much for glamour instead of going for more solid, steady performers. Believe it or not, we can take this metaphor even further, which is what we do on today's show. Plus: Ford seeks the market for an electric truck, Lululemon pushes its menswear and Helvetica gets a makeover.

Here's how the NFL draft is like picking stocks

Apr 24, 2019

In some ways the NFL draft, which begins Thursday, is like picking stocks.  

A team’s general manager is like an investment manager. Both have to build a balanced portfolio and manage risk. Both sometimes pay too much for glamour instead of going for more solid, steady performers. For a GM and a money manager, there is extensive research and increasingly sophisticated analysis to perform, as well as surprising value to be found in undervalued assets.  

Investment decisions can be tricky

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