Getting High With Mom and How Animals Think

Barry Ritholtz is a Bloomberg View columnist. He founded Ritholtz Wealth Management and was chief executive and director of equity research at FusionIQ, a quantitative research firm. He blogs at the Big Picture and is the author of “Bailout Nation: How Greed and Easy Money Corrupted Wall Street and Shook the World Economy.”
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The long weekend has officially arrived! Pour yourself a tall cold-brewed coffee, recline on a hammock with your tablet, and get ready for our longer-form weekend reads:

  • Reefer Momness (GQ)
  • Interview with Matthew Gentzkow (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis)
  • The Power of Stories (Latticework); see also Behavioral Economists Create Model of Our Desire To Make Sense of It All (Carnegie Mellon University)
  • 5 big takeaways from the most thorough review of GMOs yet (Vox)
  • How an industry helps Chinese students cheat their way into and through U.S. colleges (Reuters); see also As SAT was hit by security breaches, College Board went ahead with tests that had leaked (Reuters)
  • How Animals Think: A new look at what humans can learn from nonhuman minds (The Atlantic)
  • How Big Pharma Uses Charity Programs to Cover for Drug Price Hikes (Bloomberg Businessweek)
  • Why doesn’t physics help us to understand the flow of time? (Aeon)
  • Welcome to the Absolute Best of New York (Grub Street)

Be sure to check out our Masters in Business interview with Burton Malkiel, author of "A Random Walk Down Wall Street" and a professor at Princeton.

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