New York City's Burger King Tells All

Danny Meyer, the CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group, stopped by Big Think’s offices the other week to chat about the restaurant business in New York City. After more than 20 years on the job, Meyer has yet to close a restaurant. What are the secrets to his success? He describes the process of building a brand, and how a restaurant that has existed for 11 years (Meyers' own 11 Madison Square Park) can still get bumped up to four stars by the New York Times.

Meyer doesn’t only dabble in fancy restaurants; he’s also the king of the burger establishment Shake Shack, which recently expanded from its Madison Square Park location to the new Mets’ stadium Citifield. Have you ever wondered where the idea for Shake Shack came from? Meyer tells all.


He also delves into food television and what it’s doing to our society (for better or worse), and clears up a popular restaurant rumor: is it really a bad idea to order sushi on Fridays? Plus, what keeps Danny Meyer up at night.

Why a great education means engaging with controversy

Jonathan Zimmerman explains why teachers should invite, not censor, tough classroom debates.

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  • During times of war or national crisis in the U.S., school boards and officials are much more wary about allowing teachers and kids to say what they think.
  • If our teachers avoid controversial questions in the classroom, kids won't get the experience they need to know how to engage with difficult questions and with criticism.
  • Jonathan Zimmerman argues that controversial issues should be taught in schools as they naturally arise. Otherwise kids will learn from TV news what politics looks like – which is more often a rant than a healthy debate.
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Are these 100 people killing the planet?

Controversial map names CEOs of 100 companies producing 71 percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions.

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  • Just 100 companies produce 71 percent of the world's greenhouse gases.
  • This map lists their names and locations, and their CEOs.
  • The climate crisis may be too complex for these 100 people to solve, but naming and shaming them is a good start.
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SpaceX catches Falcon Heavy nosecone with net-outfitted boat

It marks another milestone in SpaceX's long-standing effort to make spaceflight cheaper.

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  • SpaceX launched Falcon Heavy into space early Tuesday morning.
  • A part of its nosecone – known as a fairing – descended back to Earth using special parachutes.
  • A net-outfitted boat in the Atlantic Ocean successfully caught the reusable fairing, likely saving the company millions of dollars.
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