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1942 — The Orient reports that the price of cupcakes, the favorite student snack, have doubled—from two for five cents to five cents each.


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Linda Kinstler ’13 Shares Russia-Ukraine Insight on CNN, MSNBC

Former Bowdoin Orient editor Linda Kinstler ’13, now managing editor of The New Republic, has recently been featured in multiple news broadcasts to share her expertise on the situation between Russia and Ukraine. In 2013, Kinstler was one of eight students selected internationally for a prestigious Google Journalism Fellowship. She formerly wrote for Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab, and contributed more than 80 articles to the Orient during her time at Bowdoin.

Below, Kinstler discusses next steps for Ukraine after the Malaysian Airlines MH17 plane crash with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes. Her segment begins at 9:50.

In the following clip, Kinstler joins congressman Gregory Meeks to discuss new evidence about the plane crash, as well as President Obama’s remarks following the tragedy, with Reverend Al Sharpton. The interview begins at 3:00; Sharpton directs questions at Kinstler starting at 4:40.

You can read the transcript from Kinstler’s appearance on CNN here.


Video: Tracing Thoreau’s 300-Mile Journey Through The Maine Woods (CBS Sunday Morning)

In 1864, at the height of the American Civil War, Henry David Thoreau published “The Maine Woods,” a volume describing his travels to the backwoods of Maine in 1846, 1853, and 1857. One hundred and fifty years later, a group of adventurers retracing Thoreau’s steps finds a landscape that is largely the same and equally magnificent.

So Smooth: Seven Steps to Mastering the Art of Conversation (Time)

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Some people just have it — the gift of gab. And not just small talk; they really just seem to innately know how to be engaging. If you’re not the sparkling conversationalist you would like to be, check out these seven tips to being smooth, culled by Time magazine from Catherine Blyth’s The Art of Conversation: A Guided Tour of a Neglected Pleasure.

Infographic: Time Spent on Facebook (

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Whispering Pines: Discovering a Prodigal Son


Once again, what appeared to be straightforward connection between an object and a Bowdoin alumnus has led me on an endlessly fascinating journey through history. It started with an eBay listing for a somewhat blurry, sepia-toned stereopticon card showing a young man in a chair in what looks like a dormitory room. On the back of the card, written in pencil, is “Photo by S. A. Gűrdjian. Bowd Coll. ’77.” The gauntlet had been thrown down.

Continue reading Whispering Pines: Discovering a Prodigal Son

Where Do People Really Live in the USA? (Business Insider)

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Half of the U.S. population lives in just 146 of the country’s 3,000 counties. Some  — such as Los Angeles County and New York County — come as no surprise, but  take a look at a map compiled by Business Insider to see the nation’s other hotspots.


What You Get When You Teach An Old Dog A New Language (New York Times)

words-256“I used to joke that I spoke French like a three-year-old,” New York Times contributor William Alexander jokes, “until I met a French three-year-old and couldn’t hold up my end of the conversation.” Alexander picked up a language in his late 50s to assuage his fears about deteriorating mental capacity — but blundering through new sounds, words and phrases he could never seem to master did not ease his worries. Nonetheless, his efforts themselves yielded astounding benefits, notably huge increases in verbal and visual memory. Read more to find out why learning a language in adulthood is like “drinking from a mental fountain of youth.”

Infographic: Biggest Workplace Time Wasters (

OK, folks — it’s week-two of our productivity-themed infographic series, taking a look at issue such as finding focus and inspiration. This week kicks off with a look at the time wasters that distract us.

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John Fish ’82 on Dyslexia and His Boston Construction Empire (Boston Globe)

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John Fish ’82

For the first part of his life, John Fish ’82 was “the little boy who couldn’t,” held back by others’ (and increasingly, his own) misinterpretation of his dyslexia as a lack of intelligence. When he was diagnosed, it set him free — throughout the rest of his educational journey, he was diligent and determined to succeed, even though he knew it would take more time and hard work for him than for everyone else. Since then, he has been at the forefront of Suffolk Construction Company, serving as chief executive — the fourth generation in his family to work in the construction industry.

Suffolk is Boston’s biggest construction firm, bringing in more than $2 billion in revenue annually. Since the company began, Fish’s business style has changed from the fight and fire that got him through school (and caused heated disputes in the construction world) to one based on lasting partnerships that have taken him through many projects — and on to a bid for Boston as the host of the 2024 Olympics. Read more from The Boston Globe.

An Interactive Model of Historical Supreme Court Decisions (Mashable)

United States Supreme Court buildingYou are probably familiar with some of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent rulings over the past few years — upholding the Affordable Care Act and striking down the Defense Of Marriage Act, for example. Many of the most controversial Supreme Court cases are addressed during the last two weeks of June, which represent the end of the session. With this interactive model from Mashable, you can see what the court has decided on a variety of historical hot-button issues over the past 68 years.

Here’s how to explore the model: Cases are organized in layers, each representing a different type of issue, from criminal procedure to federal taxation. Mouse over a layer to see (in the upper right-hand corner) the number of the case and the total number of cases. Scrolling from left to right allows you to advance towards more recent cases (the year is displayed in the upper left-hand corner). Click once to see the name and overview of a case — scroll to the top left of the blurb to exit out and return to the graph.