Some Ruminations on New England Company Towns

December 22, 2010

I appeared on Radio Boston, a program on the Boston University radio station, WBUR, this afternoon. The show was actually recorded some weeks back, but here it is via the miracle of recording:

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Roebling: A Memorable Company Town

December 17, 2010

Hundreds of company towns were created in the United States at the turn of the 20th century. One of these was Roebling, New Jersey, created by the Roebling steel company. The Roebling family, which built the Brooklyn Bridge, had a works in Trenton, N.J., but there was no space in that town to expand. Company [...]

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Google's Growing Empire: A New Company Town?

November 17, 2010

“I don’t want to say it’s the new company town,” reflects one real-estate executive of Google’s rapidly expanding domain, “but it’s not far from it.” In an article penned by reporter Mike Swift, The Silicon Valley Mercury News describes how Google’s real-estate footprint has grown in the past four years to occupy more than 4 [...]

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CNN's Report on Hershey's Plant Closing

November 10, 2010

CNN’s report from Hershey, Pa. dwells at length with the plight of workers displaced by the closing of Hershey Foods’  historic Chocolate Avenue plant. (I appear on camera, telling viewers that other townspeople are affected as well.) The problem with reports such as these is that they leave us just where we are: in despair [...]

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In Hershey, PA, a Worrisome Plant Closing

November 2, 2010

Can the Hershey company really close its flagship plant? The many-acre facility right on Hershey, Pa.’s main drag, a.k.a. Chocolate Avenue, has signaled to thousands of visitors that they are in Chocolate Town, U.S.A.–not least because the aroma of chocolate fills the very air. But the factory is set to close, as the company announced [...]

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A 1940s Googleplex: An Excerpt From "The Company Town"

October 26, 2010

Everyone nowadays seems to have heard about  Google’s spectacular California campus and headquarters, the Googleplex. News reports profiling the Google home base  are everywhere, including a recent one on CNBC that showed its nap rooms, exotic free food, and numerous distractions (foosball, volleyball, croquet etc.), which the report said made the place seem “like a [...]

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Lots of Press Coverage for "The Company Town"

October 14, 2010

Today’s review of my book in the new issue of The Economist calls The Company Town “delightful.” Quite a boost to the old ego. Here are some links to recent radio interviews and print articles regarding my book: I appeared on Pat Thurston’s late night live-interview and call-in program, broadcast across the West Coast region [...]

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Chile: A Miracle–or a Hostage Release?

October 13, 2010

“What a moment!” the ITN reporter exclaimed. And as one Chilean miner after another rose to the surface, with hugs all around, who could disagree? “It seems nothing short of a miracle from God,” Mr. ITN concluded. But think of it this way: The Chilean mine crisis is something like a hostage crisis. As the [...]

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Whew–Back in the Big Apple!

October 9, 2010

After a whirlwind tour of the Left Coast, I’m back in New York and ready for another week of media promoting of my book. I’ll be on Fox Business TV on Tuesday and a variety of NPR stations over the next few days. I’m looking forward to Red Eye Radio in the wee hours of [...]

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My Book Tour: Day 1

October 2, 2010

I’m now in Seattle after a harrowing flight that took 13 hours…including an unplanned stopover in Syracuse, New York. Here, I will be appearing on a local NPR affiliate station, KUOW, and speaking at Town Hall on Monday evening at 7 p.m. Today was spent getting my bearings and checking out local points of interest, [...]

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