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RADIO’S BREAKFAST CLUB: ANGELA YEE ’97 SERVES IT HOT

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“Don’t screw this up,” Jay-Z joked when he bumped into Angela Yee ’97 in the hallway. She laughed—she’d known Jay-Z for years and was used to his quips—but still, he was right. Oh man, she remembers thinking, the pressure is really on now. It had been a little over two months since she started co-hosting…

ANNE PETERS ’79 MD: DIABETES SURGE IS HER ‘CALL TO ARMS’

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Every Saturday, more than two-dozen produce vendors descend on the East Los Angeles Civic Center to peddle hope. Their tables are ablaze with summer’s bounty: peaches, plums, and berries promise a sweet, yet healthy, snack. Leafy greens, squash and tomatoes round out a cornucopia not easily found in this unincorporated swath of inner city. In…

WE GOT THE BEATS: LUKE WOOD ’91 AND BOZOMA SAINT JOHN ‘99

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Beats Electronics was founded in 2006 by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. Since then, the company has grown by leaps and bounds. With smart design, premium audio, and eclectic marketing techniques, Beats connects with a young, cutting-edge generation of music listeners in ways the established audio companies are too out-of-touch to consider. The Beats staff,…

IAN GARRICK-BETHELL ’02 TAKES A MOON SHOT

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Ian Garrick-Bethell ’02 wants to get you pumped about the moon. One way he might do this is to send a small piece of you up there. Garrick-Bethell, a professor of planetary sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and colleagues are inviting members of the public to submit a single hair, along with…

MUSICAL SCORED BY TRASK ’89 BECOMES A BROADWAY HIT

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A revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, a rock musical with a score by Stephen Trask ’89 and a book by John Cameron Mitchell, opened at the historic Belasco Theatre on Broadway to rave reviews this past April. In June, the show received four Tony Awards, including Best Musical Revival and Best Actor in…

COLLECTING HISTORY: KEVIN STRAIT ’97

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Kevin Strait ’97 collects things: old hats, small tools, rusted shackles, dog-eared photographs, Chuck Berry’s Cadillac, the P-Funk Mothership …  those sorts of things. Their common thread is that they will all be part of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), due to open in 2016 on the National Mall…

WEAR THE CHANGE YOU WISH TO SEE: ALOK APPADURAI ’00

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By Todd Stone ’05.  Alok Appadurai ’00 recently said that for most everything he has done professionally, he’s been able to take out his business card, look anybody in the eye, and say: “This is the work I do and I’m proud of it.” Appadurai can say this with extra confidence these days, because he…

A SITE FOR HAPPINESS NATALY KOGAN ’98

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In Nataly Kogan’s native Russia, there’s a saying: “To write is like to pee. You should only do it if you can’t hold it anymore.” She gives the same advice to young people who ask her about starting a business. Kogan ’98 speaks from experience. She says that, outside of immigrating to the U.S. and…

RIDING HIGH WITH RYE: SIVAN COTEL ’05

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Down a steep drop on an unimproved road in rural Vermont lies a picturesque 500-acre farm where Sivan Cotel ’05 is toiling with a small group of business partners to build a brand for a beverage most associated with the Roaring Twenties—rye whiskey. Although speakeasies are long gone, rye whiskey is enjoying a comeback in…

JOSH LERNER ’00: PAINTING DEMOCRACY’S VIBRANT CANVAS

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  Every four years, Americans participate in one of the great rituals of democracy: the presidential election.  But to Josh Lerner ’00, democracy is a vastly more vibrant canvas, with opportunities for citizens to exercise their voices on questions ranging from, yes, who represents them in the White House to whether a neighborhood should repair…