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The Ice Bucket Challenge’s Meme Money

The ALS Association has raised nearly $100 million over the past month, 50 times what it raised in the same period last year. How will that money be spent, and how can non-profit executives make a windfall last?

Your Money

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Why I’m Not Sharing My Coke

Andy Warhol, algorithms, and a bunch of popular names printed on soda cans.

Go Outside

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Can Outdoor Art Revitalize Outdoor Advertising?

That art you’ve been seeing at bus stations and billboards—it’s serving a purpose beyond just promoting local museums.

Burgh Diaspora

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Poverty and Geography: The Myth of Racial Segregation

Migration, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, or sexuality (not to mention class), can be a poverty-buster.

Burgh Diaspora

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The Politics of Anti-NIMBYism and Addressing Housing Affordability

Respected expert economists like Paul Krugman and Edward Glaeser are confusing readers with their poor grasp of demography.

Quick Studies

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The Impossibility of the Night Shift

Many night workers get “shift-work sleep disorder.” And no one knows how to treat it.

Quick Studies

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One Toxic Boss Can Poison the Whole Workplace

Office leaders who bully even just one member of their team harm everyone.

The Kids Will Be All Right

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What the Cost of Raising a Child in America Tells Us About Income Inequality

You’ll spend nearly a quarter of a million dollars to raise a kid in the United States, or about five times the annual median income.

Our Money

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In Praise of ‘American Greed’

While it remains semi-hidden on CNBC and can’t claim the car chases of Cops, American Greed—now with eight seasons in the books—has proven itself a worthy endeavor.

Burgh Diaspora

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Concluding Remarks About Housing Affordability and Supply Restricitions

Demand, not supply, plays the dominant role in explaining the housing affordability crisis. The wages are just too damn low.

Sociological Images

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Wealth or Good Parenting?

Framing the privileges of the rich.

Homecoming Week

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Will Philadelphia Ever Be Home to a Middle Class?

Jake Blumgart has watched his friends decamp his adopted hometown for places with more opportunities and city services. Will anyone be left to build a better Philly?

Homecoming Week

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Why I Became a Homeowner at Age 22

Kevin Koczwara didn’t necessarily feel ready to commit to homeownership (and a 30-year mortgage) when he was 22. Looking back, he’s glad he did.

Quick Studies

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Journalists Can Get PTSD Without Leaving Their Desks

Dealing with violent content takes a heavy toll on some reporters.

Homecoming Week

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The Housing Bubble Saved My Home

Even though the house was just across town, a then-15-year-old William Brennan did everything in his power to keep his family from moving to Pheasant Manor. In the end, the decision wasn’t his—or anyone else’s—to make.

Quick Studies

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Facebook App Shoppers Do What Their Friends Do

People on Facebook are more influenced by their immediate community than by popular opinion.

Homecoming Week

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Inside Japan’s Disposable Housing Market

In a culture obsessed with newness, no one wants a “used” home—which makes the Japanese real estate market almost unrecognizable to an American.

The Future of Money

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What’s the Value of a Story?

As BuzzFeed puts another $50 million investment to use, some legacy media companies might be feeling left out. But BuzzFeed isn’t taking on journalism. It’s an entertainment, rather than news, company, because it knows stories are more compelling than scoops.

Homecoming Week

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Why It’s So Hard for Soccer to Find a Home in America

Tax-payer-funded stadiums: not so hot right now.

Burgh Diaspora

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Why Is the Rent Too Damn High in New York? Don’t Blame Housing Supply

Supply only matters where demand is strong.

Homecoming Week

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What Does the Grey Lady Think of My Hometown?

For Ryan O’Hanlon, there’s the Long Island town he remembers growing up in, and then the one the Manhattan newspaper wrote about.

Sociological Images

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The Great Recession Destroyed Median Household Wealth in the United States

The net worth of the median household fell from $87,992 in 2003 to $56,335 in 2013, for a decline of 36 percent.

Burgh Diaspora

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Housing Affordability and Supply Side Economics

Housing affordability in Los Angeles, California—and elsewhere—is more than just a supply problem.

A Conversation With

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How Do You Make a Living, Puzzle Maker?

Francis Heaney talks to Noah Davis about the misconceptions and changing dynamics of the puzzling world.

The Future of Money

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Why Technology Won’t Shorten Your Work Week

Despite advances in technology, we’re remarkably good at creating new forms of consumption, which lead to new work, and, in turn, new social hierarchies.

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Your Brain Decides Whether to Trust Someone in Milliseconds

We can determine trustworthiness even when we’re only subliminally aware of the other person.

Young, Undocumented, and Invisible

While young migrant workers struggle under poor working conditions, U.S. policy has done little to help.

Education, Interrupted

When it comes to educational access, young Syrian refugees are becoming a “lost generation.”

No, Smartphone-Loss Anxiety Disorder Isn’t Real

But people are anxious about losing their phones, even if they don’t do much to protect them.

Being a Couch Potato: Not So Bad After All?

For those who feel guilty about watching TV, a new study provides redemption.

The Big One

One in two full-time American fast-food workers' families are enrolled in public assistance programs, at a cost of $7 billion per year. July/August 2014 fast-food-big-one

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