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12. Mar/Apr 2014

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The Germ Theory of Democracy, Dictatorship, and All Your Most Cherished Beliefs

Is culture just a side effect of the struggle to avoid disease?

What Dreams Still Come: An Old-Fashioned Explorer in Modern Times

How to be an old-fashioned explorer—intrepid, obsessive, khaki-clad—without conquering anything. The secret life of Keith Muscutt.

The Secret World of Fast Fashion

From 1960s Korea, through Brazil, to today’s Los Angeles: Inside the world that brought you Forever 21—and those skinny jeans in your closet.

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Quick Studies

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The Upside of Personal Tragedy

After painful life experiences we’re more likely to appreciate life’s little delights.

Subculture

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The Liberal Gun Club

Exploring subculture in America.

Life in the Data

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The Upside of Longing

There’s at least one benefit to long-distance relationships.

Prospector

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The Myth of Supervision: Child Safety Isn’t About You

Increased vigilance isn’t necessarily the best way to prevent child-safety issues and injuries.

Culture Essays

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Swedish Pop Mafia

How a culturally conservative effort in the 1940s backfired to create the greatest engine of pop music in the world.

Quick Studies

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Playing Make-Believe While Black

Are preschool teachers influenced in their evaluations of young children by race?

Shelf Help

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Shelf Help: New Book Reviews in 100 Words or Less

What you need to know about Words Will Break Cement, The Tyranny of Experts, and You Are Here: From the Compass to GPS, the History and Future of How We Find Ourselves.

Five Studies

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The Kids Will Be All Right, Even Without the Nuclear Family

Gay, straight, single, divorced: Five studies that prove that the who of family matters a lot less than the how when it comes to raising happy, healthy kids.

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Friends With Benefits: Inside Facebook’s Compassion Research Day

Psychologists, sociologists, and neuroscientists like Facebook—and Facebook likes them back.

Features

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The Secret World of Fast Fashion

From 1960s Korea, through Brazil, to today’s Los Angeles: Inside the world that brought you Forever 21—and those skinny jeans in your closet.

Quick Studies

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Could Taxes on Alcohol Promote Economic Growth?

All of those hangovers could be costing the country a lot of workdays.

In the Picture

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In the Picture

In every issue, we fix our gaze on an everyday photograph and chase down facts about details in the frame.

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Among the Disbelievers: An African Skeptic Does Vegas

A fellow at the James Randi Educational Foundation, Leo Igwe is running a high-voltage campaign against witchcraft beliefs in Africa. Can he convince us to join his crusade against evils half a world away?

Features

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What Dreams Still Come: An Old-Fashioned Explorer in Modern Times

How to be an old-fashioned explorer—intrepid, obsessive, khaki-clad—without conquering anything. The secret life of Keith Muscutt.

Conference Call

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4 Conferences Happening in March and April That Are Worth Attending

From Literature and Physical Culture to Banknote 2014, academic gatherings you should be aware of.

There's a Name for That

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There’s a Name for That Awkward Dance You Do With Strangers in the Elevator

You might also recognize it in the subway, library, restroom, and other public spaces where people aren’t typically very social.

Prospector

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Our Jedi Future: How to Fly a Helicopter With Your Mind

On wearable brain scanners and telepathic toys.

Contributors

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Contributors: Meet Some of the People Behind Our March/April 2014 Print Issue

Introducing Ethan Watters, Timothy Noah, Christina Moon, Robert Anasi, Maia Szalavaitz, and Lauren Lancaster.

Economics Essays

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Disenfranchised: Why Are Americans Still Buying Into the Franchise Dream?

In the tight-fisted world of fast food, it’s not just the workers who get a lousy deal.

Features

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The Germ Theory of Democracy, Dictatorship, and All Your Most Cherished Beliefs

Is culture just a side effect of the struggle to avoid disease?

Datebook

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6 Events Happening in March and April That You Should Be Aware Of

From the first day of Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival to the presidential elections in Afghanistan, dates you might want to watch.

From the Editor

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Editor’s Letter: In These Pages

Introducing the March/April 2014 Issue of Pacific Standard.

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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.

How Gay Men Feel About Aging

Coming to terms with growing old can be difficult in the gay community. But middle-aged men are inventing new strategies to cope.

Cesareans Are Still Best for Feet-First Babies

A new study confirms that surgery is the safest way to deliver a breech fetus.

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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