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  • Lord Browne’s Book Says Coming Out Good for Business (Audio)

    Lord John Browne, former chief executive officer of BP from 1995 to 2007, explains why coming out as LGBT is a constructive move for individuals in their careers and for the companies that employ them. That’s the central theme of his new book, “The Glass Closet: Why Coming Out is Good Business.” Browne speaks with Bloomberg’s Kathleen Hays and Vonnie Quinn on Bloomberg Radio’s "The Hays Advantage."

  • John Brown, the Antislavery Entrepreneur (Part 1): Tony Horwitz

    In 1859, John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry, Virginia, propelled a divided nation toward Civil War. Brown’s wild hair and desperate scheme to free and arm slaves helped foster his enduring image as a crazed fanatic, a zealot on the far fringe of American society.

  • John Brown, the Antislavery Entrepreneur (Part 3): Tony Horwitz

    In the fall of 1855, John Brown arrived in “Bleeding Kansas,” a state torn between slavery’s adherents and its opponents, with a wagonload of guns and swords. After helping his sons harvest crops and build homes, he quickly joined the fight over slavery.

  • Britain Confronts Gas Mother Lode With Fracking by Lord Browne

    An icy rain is pelting about 30 protesters who’ve converged at the gate of a natural gas drilling site near Manchester, England. On the other side of a fence topped with razor wire, a 10-story-high rig is boring into shale to determine if it’s suitable for hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The demonstrators unfurl a banner: “Fracking will poison our children.”

  • John Brown, the Antislavery Entrepreneur (Part 5): Tony Horwitz

    John Brown hoped to launch his “wool business,” as he called his attack on slavery, in 1858. But his former drillmaster, Hugh Forbes, tried to blackmail his backers by threatening to expose Brown’s plan to seize the armory at Harpers Ferry and free slaves.

  • John Brown, the Antislavery Entrepreneur (Part 2): Tony Horwitz

    In this, the second of five excerpts from his new book, “Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War,” author Tony Horwitz continues the story of the legendary abolitionist as he braves the tumult of the wool market and attaches himself, more and more strongly, to the cause of slavery’s destruction:

  • John Brown, the Antislavery Entrepreneur (Part 4): Tony Horwitz

    In the winter of 1857, John Brown quartered the fighters he had recruited for his invasion of Virginia at a sympathetic farm community in Iowa. There, the men drilled at what they called their “War College.”

  • McBride Retells John Brown Legend in ‘Good Lord Bird’

    In 1942, on his way to reaching the age of 111, Henry “Onion” Shackleford tells a friend of his adventures in the 1850s with John Brown and how he survived the raid on Harpers Ferry.

  • Angels and Demons Vie for Momentum in Energy Transition

    For many years, Lord John Browne was the average person's favorite oilman.

  • BP Ends Renewables Energy Target After $8.3 Billion Spend

    BP Plc, recovering from an oil spill that may cost it as much as $42 billion, said it hasn’t set a new target for investing in renewable energy after investing $8.3 billion in the business.

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