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A graduate of Cornell University, Amanda Ripley is an investigative journalist for Time and The Atlantic, and her work has been published in various other magazines and newspapers such as Slate, The Wall Street Journal and the Times of London. Her first book, “The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes -- and Why,” was published in 15 countries and adapted for a PBS documentary. In her writing, Ripley often analyzes the gap between public policy and human behavior, exploring probing questions about how the brain learns. In her New York Times best-seller “The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way” (Simon & Schuster), Ripley questions what it is like to be a child in the world’s new “education superpowers” as she follows three Americans embedded in the culture of education in Finland, South Korea and Poland for one year.