Herman L. Boschken (SJSU): Global Cities are Coastal Cities Too: Paradox in Sustainability? Steven Aoun on Hurricane Sandy as the perfect storm in every way. Rena Silverman on why New York City is the worst place for a hurricane. The civilizing power of disaster: Where was all the chaos, looting, and mass-panic during Hurricane Sandy? Genius: Ben Paynter on the Nickelback story. Life after TED: Ideas conferences have lost their spontaneity, says Richard Saul Wurman — so he staged a $16,000-a-ticket event. The world’s largest fashion retailer: From an unfashionable corner of economically disheveled Spain, Zara has conquered the “fast fashion” market by learning a new way to understand shoppers all over the world. The myth of the coach and the problem with college sports: Simon van Zuylen-Wood reviews Paterno by Joe Posnanski. Brass politics: A look at how retired military officers are shaping elections. Solving the afterlife: Vinnie Rotondaro interviews John Martin Fischer, a philosopher who was awarded a five million dollar grant to oversee a philosophical, theological, and scientific study on the question of immortality.