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My colleague Amy Chozick wrote a blockbuster piece about how the Kardashians have become some of the nation’s savviest C.E.O.s. It was particularly notable because she talked to, well, a lot of Kardashians and Jenners. Here Amy tells us about how the story came together:
I have to admit — I had never seen an episode of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” when Choire Sicha, The Times’s styles editor, asked if I wanted to dive into the topic ahead of the 16th season of the show.
As a business reporter, I’ve covered media companies as they struggle to adapt to the digital era and retailers as they angle to survive in the Amazon era. It struck me that the Kardashians had cracked the code of monetizing influence in a way that traditional businesses could only hope to do. All this made me fascinated with looking at the women not as the face of a million pouty mirror selfies, but as entrepreneurs redefining what advertising looks like.
I said yes to Choire’s assignment, like, obviously.
[Read the full story about keeping up with the Kardashian cash flow.]
I had anticipated that the Kardashians would have one of those difficult Hollywood publicists who rejects any interview requests that are not from Ryan Seacrest or the “Ellen” show. The five daughters and Kris Jenner had never done an interview like this before. Instead, I found their press operation was more like covering a business.
I was shocked to learn a couple days after that initial call that all five daughters and Kris (plus Seacrest, who hatched the idea for the show) agreed to talk to me.
Getting the green light was the easy part. Next came wrangling all of their schedules to fit my deadline, at the end of the week.
I always like to be a fly on the wall for the story, but the KarJenners and their kids were on spring break so there were no product debuts or press tours for me to observe. But phone interviews gave me something maybe more valuable: a firsthand glimpse into the family’s insane schedules. I was on Kardashian Call for the next seven days. I would get texts — “Kylie can do now. She’s on way to airport” — and emails: “Can we push to tomorrow for Kendall? Prettiest of pleases!” As for Kris: “It will be around 10:15-10:45 depending on when she jumps in the car (smiley face emoji).”
I caught Khloe at home right after a workout while her 11-month-old daughter, True, napped. I caught Kim, also at home, right when her husband, Kanye West, was taking their daughter, North, to school. Kourtney, a master at the Instagram reveal, couldn’t say anything about Poosh, the wellness website she was expected to introduce on April 2. After I pushed her a couple of times, she asked me (politely), “Did you have any other questions?”
The flurry of phone interviews ranged from over an hour (Kim) to 15 minutes on the way to a Los Angeles airport (Kylie). A 12-person camera crew (already shooting the 17th season) waited for Kris Jenner to hang up with me and step out of the vehicle. I was literally trying to keep up with the Kardashians.
[In a rush? Here are highlights from the story.]
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• The college admissions bribery scandal highlighted a class divide on campuses around the country. It’s perhaps nowhere more visible than at U.S.C., where some students jet to Bali for spring break and others work overnight shifts to make money for books. [The New York Times]
Did this story resonate with you? Do you remember noticing class or wealth differences on your campus? Email us about your experiences at CAtoday@nytimes.com.
• Scores of people working at YouTube and Google, its parent company, have raised concerns about its spreading of false and toxic content. Each time, leaders seemed unwilling to engage in discussions about how to fix the problem. [Bloomberg]
• Bad news, California residents: We’ve been in a serious earthquake drought for almost five years, and some scientists say it will eventually end — with destructive results. [The Los Angeles Times]Also in California
• Pacific Gas & Electric revealed its new chief executive, Bill Johnson, who gained national attention in 2012 when he became chief of Duke Energy for less than a day before he was fired and given a severance worth an estimated million. [The New York Times]
• The trial of two men blamed for the deaths of 36 people in the Oakland Ghost Ship fire started this week. The judge barred the defense from using the words “scapegoat” and “cover-up” during opening statements. [East Bay Times]
• Some parents — including the actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin — who have been charged in connection with the college admissions scandal made their first appearances in a Boston federal court on Wednesday. [The New York Times]
• Mayor London Breed of San Francisco was shouted down at a meeting over a proposed homeless services center that inspired dueling crowdfunding campaigns for and against the project. [The San Francisco Chronicle]
• I-980, which effectively splits West Oakland from Uptown, made it into this year’s “Freeways Without Futures,” a list published by the Congress for New Urbanism, which aims to highlight urban highways that divide communities, are falling apart or are otherwise obsolete. [CityLab]
• Team Black Car or Team Silver Car? In case you missed this viral Twitter opus about two cars in an hourslong standoff over the same Koreatown parking spot, here’s the local news interview with its author. It was real — and it was spectacular. [ABC7]And Finally …
As demand for truffles has grown — think of all the truffle fries, truffle grilled cheese, shaved truffle on tortellini you’ve seen on restaurant menus — and as Northern California produces more of its own luxury fungi, hunters in the region have tapped a new, furry work force to help harvest them.
That’s right: According to The San Francisco Chronicle, there is a place in Placerville where a woman named Alana McGee trains dogs to sniff out truffles.
While the dogs don’t have to be the Italian breed Lagotto Romagnolo, on the day that a reporter visited Truffle Dog Co., all of the soon-to-be professionally trained truffle hunters were.
They’re an Italian breed known for finding wild and farmed truffles in Southern Europe.
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美人鱼心水论坛财富【胡】【叶】【雪】【看】【到】【这】【个】【消】【息】，【简】【直】【是】【要】【开】【心】【的】【跳】【起】【来】。 “【什】【么】？”【胡】【叶】【雪】【立】【即】【问】【道】。 “【这】【件】【事】【情】【需】【要】【营】【长】【或】【者】【教】【导】【员】【帮】【忙】。”【苏】【林】【辰】【立】【即】【回】【答】【道】。 “【先】【说】【说】【是】【什】【么】【计】【划】？”【胡】【叶】【雪】【立】【即】【问】【道】。 【毕】【竟】【她】【的】【好】【奇】【心】【是】【真】【的】【很】【是】【强】。 “【有】【人】【在】【全】【营】【面】【前】【公】【开】【向】【其】【中】【一】【人】【表】【白】。”【苏】【林】【辰】【立】【即】【回】【复】【道】。 【其】【实】【苏】
【徐】【清】【徂】【的】【脸】【色】【由】【苍】【白】【变】【得】【扭】【曲】【而】【恐】【惧】，【徐】【清】【徂】【双】【腿】【有】【点】【发】【软】，【大】【脑】【一】【片】【空】【白】，【她】【伸】【出】【手】，【颤】【抖】【地】【抓】【住】【旁】【边】【一】【个】【保】【镖】【的】【胳】【膊】。 “【阿】【姨】，【你】【往】【那】【边】【走】，【就】【是】【浣】【胜】【酒】【店】【了】。”【简】【心】【倒】【也】【不】【害】【怕】，【伸】【出】【手】【随】【便】【指】【了】【一】【个】【方】【向】，【她】【淡】【定】【地】【看】【着】【徐】【清】【徂】，【以】【及】【挡】【在】【她】【前】【面】【的】【几】【个】【强】【壮】【有】【力】【的】【保】【镖】。 “【你】，【你】，【叫】【什】【么】【名】【字】？”
【成】【都】，【刘】【备】【看】【着】【手】【底】【下】【的】【兵】【卒】，“【你】【方】【才】【说】【什】【么】，【云】【长】【他】【怎】【么】【了】……” “【将】【军】……【将】【军】【他】……【桂】【阳】【一】【战】【将】【军】【大】【败】，【十】【万】【将】【士】【及】【将】【军】【们】【全】【部】……” “【不】【可】【能】……【哈】【哈】【哈】，【不】【可】【能】！”【刘】【备】【大】【笑】【着】【退】【了】【两】【步】，【坐】【到】【了】【自】【己】【身】【后】【的】【王】【位】，“【二】【弟】【他】【不】【久】【前】【才】【给】【孤】【写】【了】【军】【报】，【与】【周】【瑜】【交】【手】【屡】【战】【屡】【胜】，【将】【士】【们】【士】【气】【盎】【然】，【所】
【第】996【章】【你】【不】【是】【一】【向】【很】【野】【吗】 【陌】【羽】【又】【被】【于】【白】【逗】【笑】【了】，【他】【说】：“【于】【大】【白】，【你】【要】【是】【再】【说】，【他】【可】【要】【把】【你】【关】【起】【来】！” 【于】【白】：“【他】【敢】？【我】【才】【不】【怕】【他】【呢】！【我】【出】【入】【都】【有】【经】【纪】【人】【啊】【助】【理】【啊】【保】【镖】【什】【么】【的】，【我】【需】【要】【怕】【他】【吗】？” 【陌】【羽】：“【知】【道】【了】，【你】【很】【啰】【嗦】！” 【于】【白】：“【我】【来】【陪】【你】【诶】，【你】【还】【嫌】【弃】【我】！” 【陌】【羽】【笑】【了】。 【于】【白】美人鱼心水论坛财富【靳】【家】【客】【厅】。【沙】【发】【上】，【严】【菲】【面】【带】【微】【笑】【的】【坐】【在】【那】，【任】【由】【靳】【家】【两】【位】【长】【辈】【上】【下】【打】【量】。【她】【不】【时】【地】【瞄】【一】【眼】【靳】【天】【佑】，【眼】【神】【如】【刀】。 【为】【了】【避】【免】【被】【她】【的】【眼】【刀】【割】【伤】，【靳】【天】【佑】【就】【像】【个】【犯】【了】【错】【的】【孩】【子】，【缩】【在】【严】【菲】【不】【远】【处】【的】【单】【人】【沙】【发】【上】【不】【敢】【吱】【声】。【若】【不】【是】【他】【家】【老】【爷】【子】【威】【胁】，【今】【天】【他】【也】【不】【会】【冒】【死】【涉】【险】，【把】【严】【菲】【骗】【到】【靳】【家】【来】。【现】【在】【后】【悔】【不】【知】【道】【还】【来】【不】【来】【得】
“【始】【皇】【帝】【的】【气】【息】？” 【在】【李】【侠】【客】【操】【纵】【十】【二】【金】【人】【涤】【荡】【中】【京】【城】【时】，【大】【地】【震】【荡】，【九】【天】【十】【地】【的】【生】【灵】【都】【被】【惊】【动】，【亿】【万】【里】【外】【的】【大】【海】【深】【处】，【巨】【龙】【咆】【哮】，【龙】【宫】【摇】【晃】，【惊】【动】【无】【数】【水】【族】。 【一】【名】【老】【龙】【张】【开】【双】【目】，【暮】【色】【金】【光】，【方】【圆】【万】【里】【海】【底】，【都】【被】【他】【目】【光】【照】【亮】，【映】【现】【出】【海】【水】【中】【无】【数】【夜】【叉】、【海】【将】，【大】【小】【城】【堡】【铺】【在】【海】【底】，【内】【有】【无】【数】【海】【底】【精】【灵】【穿】【梭】【来】
“【这】【到】【底】【是】【怎】【么】【回】【事】？“【霍】【时】【凝】【皱】【起】【眉】【头】 【就】【在】【此】【时】【肩】【膀】【上】【的】【松】【树】【开】【始】【呜】【呜】【呜】【的】【哭】【了】【起】【来】，【它】【一】【边】【哭】【一】【边】【说】：“【姆】【妈】【就】【快】【死】【了】。” 【不】【等】【霍】【时】【凝】【出】【生】【询】【问】，【之】【间】【天】【边】【突】【然】【出】【现】【一】【团】【霞】【光】【以】【极】【快】【的】【速】【度】【朝】【着】【这】【里】【飞】【驰】【而】【来】。 【之】【后】【她】【就】【看】【见】【霞】【光】【之】【中】【隐】【隐】【约】【约】【出】【现】【了】【一】【个】【人】【影】。 【接】【着】【霞】【光】【落】【地】，【一】【个】【人】【跌】【跌】【撞】【撞】
【曲】【终】【人】【散】，【宴】【会】【在】【近】【亥】【时】【四】【刻】【才】【结】【束】。 【青】【龙】【城】【内】【依】【旧】【灯】【火】【通】【明】，【似】【在】【等】【待】【归】【家】【的】【人】。 【离】【歌】【回】【到】【客】【栈】，【并】【未】【见】【到】【花】【在】【宸】，【稍】【稍】【有】【些】【失】【落】。 【之】【前】【同】【行】【的】【向】【星】【宇】【等】【人】【都】【回】【到】【各】【自】【的】【住】【处】【收】【拾】【行】【装】，【准】【备】【前】【往】【神】【殿】【的】【事】【宜】，【离】【歌】【想】【到】【离】【开】【之】【后】【可】【能】【很】【久】【都】【不】【能】【回】【来】，【就】【赶】【紧】【找】【到】【周】【老】【说】【了】【接】【下】【来】【的】【安】【排】， 【难】【得】【周】