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Superhero karaoke bars, food photography, and more from Slate readers’ second acts.

June 22 2013 9:30 AMMr. Former PresidentFrom Taft to Carter, the second acts of American presidents are sometimes more compelling than their first.
June 11 2013 8:00 AMSecond ActsTell us a story about how you started over.
June 4 2013 8:30 AMLife Is SweetBrian Noyes left a successful career in magazine publishing to start his own bakery.
May 28 2013 6:45 AMShrink DreamsHow a Slate journalist became a psychiatrist.
May 22 2013 7:00 AMThe Inn of the Second-Act HappinessOperating a bed and breakfast is a common starting-over fantasy.
May 15 2013 5:45 AMNothing but NetHow Andy Enfield’s tech startup success helped him coach “Dunk City” to the Sweet 16.
Oct. 17 2012 11:06 AMThe Future of American ManufacturingYour best ideas for the future of manufacturing, as chosen by readers and Slate staff
Oct. 15 2012 1:16 PMThe Lost LockpickInside one Kickstarter success story gone terribly wrong.
Oct. 11 2012 3:00 AMHow Sausage, Cars, and Chocolate Get MadeA history of the factory tour.
Oct. 8 2012 8:22 AMWhoa! A Rolls-Royce!Taking a $352,000 car out for a spin.
Oct. 2 2012 3:59 PMTrailer Park BluesThe absurd, economy-killing rules towns have passed against mobile homes.
Sept. 28 2012 5:31 PMAbolish the Minimum WageAnd Slate readers' other compelling ideas for reinventing American manufacturing.
Sept. 25 2012 7:09 AMCould Manufacturing Become a White-Collar Industry?Maybe, but it might not translate into lots of jobs.
Sept. 21 2012 2:33 PMThe Steve Jobs of Useless Plastic TrinketsCould MakerBot's Bre Pettis do for 3-D printing what Apple did for computers?
Sept. 17 2012 3:33 AMAmerica's Food FactoriesWhy making a Chipotle burrito or a McDonald's Big Mac should be considered manufacturing.
June 14 2013 7:00 AMWhat Did You Want to Be When You Were 8?Gerry Allen wanted to be a National Park ranger. It just took a while.
June 6 2013 9:00 AMSculpting a Career in FashionHow Alice Wu made the switch from fine arts to clothing design.
May 30 2013 9:45 AMFrom Fashion to FilmsBefore she was an award-winning movie director, Cindy Meehl was a successful designer.
May 24 2013 7:45 AMThe CallingOne man’s path to the priesthood.
May 17 2013 5:49 PMThe Children of PahiatuaThey were orphaned, lost, and alone. Yet a generation of World War II Polish child refugees found a new life and happiness in distant New Zealand.
May 14 2013 5:35 AMThe Barefoot Contessa’s Kissinger ConnectionHow Ina Garten went from nuclear policy analyst to beloved chef.
Oct. 16 2012 11:45 AMThe Next DetroitWhy Mitt Romney is wrong to give up on electric cars.
Oct. 12 2012 1:14 PMThe Death and Rebirth of Spring HillWhat the unexpected revival of a Tennessee car factory teaches about American manufacturing.
Oct. 10 2012 3:44 AMDon't Mourn. Organize!Can manufacturing unions like the UAW survive outsourcing and right-to-work laws?
Oct. 4 2012 11:02 AM"Kickstarter Is Not a Store"Will the crowdfunding site's new message solve its vaporware problem?
Oct. 1 2012 8:04 AMWhere Does It Come From?Why traceability is the next great challenge in manufacturing.
Sept. 26 2012 7:12 AMIndustrial DevolutionCould a bunch of Brooklyn hipsters really represent the new face of American manufacturing?
Sept. 24 2012 4:04 AMThe ApprenticeHow manufacturers and community colleges are teaming up—German-style—to create high-paying factory jobs.
Sept. 19 2012 7:07 AMThe Makers Are ComingChris Anderson argues that homebrew manufacturing will revolutionize the American economy. Is he right?
Sept. 17 2012 3:31 AMMade in AmericaHow Can We Reinvent American Manufacturing?

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