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Does the Declaration of Independence Still Mean Something in 2014?

A remarkable document in human history, without precedent or rival, the Declaration outlines not what the United States should be, but what it should not be, defining America in opposition to Britain.

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What Do Expats Think of America?

It’s actually not half bad! Well, except for the guns.

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The Tragedy of America’s Dog

A brief history of the vilification of the pit bull.

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Selling, an American Dream

Why the promise of direct sales, whether it’s knives, Tupperware, or skin care products, still appeals to so many.

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Who Sends Their Kids to Charter Schools?

Nearly two million American children attend charter schools. Who are they, and who’s teaching them?

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The World’s Weird America: How Some of Our Most Popular Products Are Seen Overseas

Why David Hasselhoff and Baywatch hit it big in Germany, Mister Donut took off in Japan, and the ritual of Slurpee-filling is so different in Taiwan than in your local 7-Eleven.

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I Listen to Everything, Except Rap and Country Music

While the two branches of music might appear to have nothing in common, they rose to pop-culture establishment in very similar ways. Today, they share the same songs and the same stage.

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Where Teachers Come From

Half of America’s teachers have taken a non-traditional path to the classroom. And as our schools continue to grow, the race is on to find people who might be able to lead them.

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The Church of the Paranormal

Despite our reputation as a science-minded superpower, America has always had a predilection for the unseen.

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Female Circumcision as Sexual Therapy: The Past and Future of Plastic Surgery?

Is a hooded clitoris to blame for many women’s failure to reach orgasm with their sexual partners? Whether it is or not, the procedure is becoming more popular among both women and physicians.

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How Immigrants Make American Science Great

While the rest of the world is catching up, the United States is still the leader in quality science research—thanks to people from other countries.

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What Does It Mean to Be Anti-Establishment at Berkeley Today?

For some, the opposite of what it meant 50 years ago.

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The Other Connecticut, the Other America

A wealthy state keeps its beautiful, hard-working, and historic cash cow in chains.

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When Did Americans Start Trusting in God?

It all goes back to the Cold War.

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Judge Judy Is a National Treasure

With her popular syndicated television show—now in its 19th year—Judith Sheindlin protects the reasonable American’s notion of accountability and justice, reassuring us that offenders will be punished and victims compensated.

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2 Lanes, 1 Life: The America Far From the Freeway

While the roads might not take up too much space, in the land of the two-lane highway, they’re a second home.

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America Is a Utopian Experiment—and Always Has Been

We’re driven by the idea that at any time, in any context, it is always possible to start a new life and create an intentional society ruled by the beliefs of its participants. And why shouldn’t we be?

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How We Set Up Our Professional Athletes to Fail

For every Michael Jordan, there’s at least one Keon Clark. Or an Allen Iverson. Or a Junior Seau. The machinery of professional sports churns through its athletes and spits them out on the other side.

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American Child Welfare Ruins Lives, Here’s Your Receipt

There’s one way to enter the child-welfare system and make it out in one piece: luck.

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Detroit, China

Chinese investors are buying up much of the bankrupt city’s real estate. What might this mean for the future of the country Detroit is often used to symbolize?

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Why Your Congressional Representative Isn’t So Representative of You

There are a lot of problems with our two-party system, and fixing them would require nothing less than a fundamental shift in the way politics work in this country. But there are better ways.

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A Nation of Amateurs

America is a place where the majority of athletic competitions go unseen, and the majority of athletes uncelebrated. What does it say about us that we continue to compete anyway?

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As American as Peanut Butter

The Great Depression turned the regular, ol’ PB&J into a staple of childhood, and the sandwich stuck. Today, there’s little else that so easily transcends both regional and socioeconomic divides. What’s more American than that?

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How Our Television Reinforces Our Politics

Political stereotypes can be traced through America’s television-viewing habits.

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Do You Have to Pee Standing Up to Be a Real Man?

This simple idea, encouraged by medical texts of the past that taught deviation from the norm would lead to confused sexuality and gender identity issues, has put a surprising number of babies under the knife.

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Don’t Text and Drive—Especially If You’re Old

A new study shows that texting while driving becomes even more dangerous with age.

Apparently You Can Bring Your Religion to Work

New research says offices that encourage talk of religion actually make for happier workplaces.

Canadian Kids Have a Serious Smoking Problem

Bootleg cigarette sales could be leading Canadian teens to more serious drugs, a recent study finds.

The Hidden Psychology of the Home Ref

That old myth of home field bias isn’t a myth at all; it’s a statistical fact.

The Big One

One in two United States senators and two in five House members who left office between 1998 and 2004 became lobbyists. November/December 2014

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