RETRO REPORT

 Retro Report, in partnership with The New York Times, is an independent, online, nonprofit news organization that critically examines the major events and news coverage of our past.

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SUPERPREDATOR

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AFTER A SURGE OF TEEN VIOLENCE IN THE EARLY 1990S, SOME SOCIAL SCIENTISTS PREDICTED THE FUTURE WAS GOING TO BE A WHOLE LOT WORSE. REALITY PROVED OTHERWISE. 

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LIEBECK V. MCDONALD'S: THE BIG BURN

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IN 1992, STELLA LIEBECK SPILLED SCALDING MCDONALD’S COFFEE IN HER LAP AND LATER SUED THE COMPANY, ATTRACTING A FLOOD OF NEGATIVE ATTENTION. IT TURNS OUT, THERE’S MORE TO THE STORY.

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PICKING A WINNER: THE 1998 NFL DRAFT

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AFTER THE 1998 N.F.L. DRAFT PRODUCED ONE OF THE GREATEST BUSTS IN HISTORY, WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED ABOUT THE SCIENCE OF EVALUATING HUMAN TALENT - ON AND OFF THE FIELD?