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But It's Just a Game

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Sponsors: Coming to a Sports Jersey Near You

And really, it’s not that big of a deal.

Go Outside

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The Most Pointless Ferry in Maryland

Most of the some 200 ferries that operate in the United States serve a specific, essential purpose—but not the one that runs across the Tred Avon River.

Our Money

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Why I’m No Longer Willing to Give My Money to the NRA

I grew up with guns—as a kid and during my 20-year military career—and support individual ownership rights, but the National Rifle Association’s platform has shifted radically in recent years.

Burgh Diaspora

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The Geography of Poverty and Migration

The poor, whom we expect to move in order to improve, tend to stay put.

Sociological Images

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For-Profit Colleges and the Conditions That Feed Them

For-profit colleges have manipulated a system primed for manipulation, but eliminating them would not eliminate the conditions that cause people to seek them out.

The Future of Money

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The Dangerous Rise of the Temporary Technology Worker

In the 1099 economy, we all work for commission, hoping to find enough opportunities to piece together a part-time salary on full-time work.

Sociological Images

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Why Don’t More Women Commit Corporate Fraud?

Would having more female leaders reduce corporate crime? We don’t know, but the research suggests it’s likely.

Burgh Diaspora

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The Portlandia Paradox

Oregon’s largest city is full of overeducated and underemployed young people.

ProPublica

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The Overly Harsh and Out-of-Date Law That’s So Difficult on Debtors

A 1968 federal law allows collectors to take 25 percent of debtors’ wages, or every penny in their bank accounts.

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You’re Going to Die! So Buy Now!

New research finds inserting reminders of our mortality into advertisements is a surprisingly effective strategy to sell products.

ProPublica

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In Your Own Words: What It’s Like to Get Sued Over Past Debts

Some describe their surprise when they were sued after falling behind on medical and credit card bills.

Quick Studies

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For Charitable Products, Sex Doesn’t Sell

Sexy women may turn heads, but for pro-social and charitable products, they won’t change minds.

Our Money

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Why the Poor Remain Poor

A follow-up to “How Being Poor Makes You Poor.”

But It's Just a Game

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The Most Untouchable Man in Sports

How the head of the governing body for the world’s most popular sport freely wields his wildly incompetent power.

ProPublica

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The Wages of Millions Are Being Seized to Pay Past Debts

A new study provides the first-ever tally of how many employees lose up to a quarter of their paychecks over debts like unpaid credit card or medical bills and student loans.

A Conversation With

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How Do You Make a Living, Molly Crabapple?

Noah Davis talks to Molly Crapabble about Michelangelo, the Medicis, and the tension between making art and making money.

The Future of Money

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Welcome to the Economy Economy

With the recent introduction of Apple Pay, the Silicon Valley giant is promising to remake how we interact with money. Could iCoin be next?

Burgh Diaspora

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No Innovation Without Migration: Portlandia Is Dying

Build an emerald city. Attract the best and brightest with glorious amenities. They will come and do nothing.

Our Money

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Why Don’t We Have Pay Toilets in America?

Forty years ago, thanks to an organization founded by four high school friends, human rights beat out the free market—and now we can all pee for free.

Burgh Diaspora

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No Innovation Without Migration: The Harlem Renaissance

The Harlem Renaissance wasn’t a place, but an era of migration. It would have happened even without New York City.

Quick Studies

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To Protect Against Meltdowns, Banks Must Map Financial Interconnections

A new model suggests looking beyond balance sheets, studying the network of investment as well.

A Conversation With

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Interview With a Drug Dealer

What happens when the illicit product you’ve made your living off of finally becomes legal?

Burgh Diaspora

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No Innovation Without Migration: Do Places Make People?

We know that people make places, but does it also work the other way?

Our Money

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I Walked Through the Financial Crisis

Why are former Wall Street employees guiding tourists around the Financial District? Paul Hiebert signed himself up and tried to find out.

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Dopamine Might Be Behind Impulsive Behavior

A monkey study suggests the brain chemical makes what's new and different more attractive.

School Counselors Do More Than You’d Think

Adding just one counselor to a school has an enormous impact on discipline and test scores, according to a new study.

How a Second Language Trains Your Brain for Math

Second languages strengthen the brain's executive control circuits, with benefits beyond words.

Would You Rather Go Blind or Lose Your Mind?

Americans consistently fear blindness, but how they compare it to other ailments varies across racial lines.

On the Hunt for Fake Facebook Likes

A new study finds ways to uncover Facebook Like farms.

The Big One

One company, Amazon, controls 67 percent of the e-book market in the United States—down from 90 percent five years ago. September/October 2014 new-big-one-5

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