Robert Gordon

Growth will return. It always does.
In The Rise and Fall of American Growth, Robert Gordon argues that America's exceptional growth of the early 20th century is over and done. His thesis is that innovation ain't what it used to be.
The American new world is a world of change: new people, new communities, new homes, new habits, new toys and tools, new skills, new horizons and new dreams. With all this newly minted change comes an unanticipated and often unacknowledged loss.
While the documentary shows Kramer in robust health and, later in life, as a frail senior citizen, it teaches viewers what can happen when one fiercely intelligent man (who is not willing to take "no" for an answer) speaks truth to power.
In 1968, television network ABC was dead last in the ratings. So for the Democratic and Republican national conventions held in August, ABC hired political polar opposites conservative William F. Buckley Jr. and liberal Gore Vidal to provide commentary and debate each other.
Half the struggle in documentary filmmaking is finding the right material. The other half is figuring out what to do with
The first of three documentaries in the Hamptons International Film Festival's Summerdocs series hosted by Alec Baldwin, Best of Enemies was sure to be a hit with the East Hampton crowd.
Once upon a time, network television news was dignified, objective, and delivered in stentorian, voice-of-God tones by white, vaguely Protestant men, in half-hour increments at the dinner hour.
The realization that two such brilliant minds -- the brightest of their generation -- could allow personal hatred and the burning desire to win at all costs completely derail any semblance of useful debate is the real heartbreak of Best of Enemies.
In an age when a coinage such as "frenemies" has meaning, the operative word in the title of a new documentary, Best of Enemies, is the word "best." The film is about a particular historic event of verbal jousting between two very well-matched public intellectuals, the "best" practitioners of the English language of their time.
When you read the description of Best of Enemies, which had its world premiere this week in the U.S. Documentary competition at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, "hilarious" is not the first word that springs to mind.
Our experience underscores the commitment my family made to serve our country across two generations, and now we watch proudly as our children carry the legacy in national civilian service.
Just as one party has been pulled to the right, Piketty could help pull the other further left, fostering a dilemma that looks hard to avoid for moderate progressives.
Stax Records was more than a music machine releasing hits by the likes of Otis Redding and The Staple Singers.
It appears that the national conversation may be about to pivot from an almost obsessive concentration on big government and expense reduction to a concern for the well-being of the individual citizen and revenue generation.
Rather than complaining that successful charters had the unfair advantage of being liberated from suicidal administrative policies, perhaps all teachers should be given the right to teach a challenging curriculum in a respectful learning environment.
Back in 1981, Marshall Crenshaw's single "Something's Gonna Happen" was released on Shake Records, initiating his string of critically acclaimed classic albums and 45s. Now Marshall, celebrating 30 years of music-making, sits down to talk.
Given the size of my existing medical debt, a second miracle remission is simply out of the question. The resulting stress would prove to be fatal.
Robert Ellis, who is dying of lupus, just wrote this open letter to Obama, challenging him to reach for his deepest levels of courage in being honest about what we face after decades of pillaging our economy.