Danbo with presents

Here are three things to know about our holiday show:

1. Retailers are hunkering down in “Amazon war rooms” to fend off the online giant. But that may not be enough to save them, according to CNBC's Courtney Reagan and Howard Anderson of Harvard Business School.

2. Going clubbing? Downtown haunts will soon be located next to a runway. Cities of the future are being built around airports, says John Kasarda, author of “Aerotropolis."

3. People may love peppermint mochas, but they don’t really like opera music in the morning. Historian Nancy Koehn explains how Starbucks changed culture – and why, early on, CEO Howard Schultz had more failures than successes. 

Dubai international airport

Highways may have defined the 20th century, but airports are shaping the cities of the future, according to John Kasarda, author of Aerotropolis: The Way We'll Live Next. Read More...

Apple Store in NYC

Forget little improvements in gadgets or delivery speed. Courtney Reagan, CNBC’s retail reporter, and Howard Anderson, a lecturer at Harvard Business School, discuss what retailers really need to change to stay relevant in the coming years. Read More...

slinky in the sea

A stray piece of metal in a Philadelphia shipyard provided the inspiration for an affordable toy with a uniquely American twist. Read More...

Sharing a piece of chocolate cake

Don’t keep all those holiday truffles to yourself this year. Yale researchers report that chocolate tastes better when it’s shared. Read More...

Starbucks sign

Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks, created a cultural shift in the way that we consume coffee. But he also had more early failures than successes, says Nancy Koehn, a historian at Harvard Business School. Read More...

Pumpkin pi

Thanksgiving (and other assorted holidays) are just around the corner, so we thought it would be a great time to revisit a few traditions. Read More...


Here are three things to know about this week's show:

1. Football fans don't like to admit how much they like cheerleaders. But data tells the experts otherwise. 

2. Martin Luther King, Jr. learned to fail the smart way. Anjali Sastry, co-author of “Fail Better,” says that if a failure reveals something new and useful about the world, then it’s more likely to lead to success.

3. That shiny new medical device might not be the most efficient way to treat a patient. Especially when there are small changes that can lower health care costs, says MIT's Jon Gruber. 

copy sign

When an inventive patent officer got tired of the tedious proofreading process his job entailed, he started searching for a better way to make copies. Read More...

glow in the dark roads

Highways are useful, but they can be really dangerous. One Dutch designer is using a new technology to make roads a whole lot safer (and prettier, too). Read More...

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