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Patience in the Age of Distraction

The meaning of patience has changed over time, but that hasn’t made it any easier to practice.


Could Taxes on Alcohol Promote Economic Growth?

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


What Does a Rock ‘n’ Roll Musician Look Like Today?

Ezra Furman released two albums last year, both to critical acclaim, but he’s still not totally sure how he makes his money.


How ‘House Hunters’ Explains America

It turns out you can learn a whole lot about this country by watching six different couples try to buy a home.


You Don’t Know America

And neither do we. Introducing our latest special report.


Why ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ Exists

If a movie walks you through hell, that doesn’t mean it actually wants you to go there.


More Than Teenagers Toasting Buns: The Changing Demographics of Fast-Food Workers

The recent strikes show just how untenable the current makeup of the fast-food labor force really is.


The Weakest Economic Recovery Since World War II

One of the biggest differences between this recovery and others that came before is the contraction of government spending and employment.


In Praise of Pumpkin Pie, the Only Reason to Celebrate Thanksgiving

Some people are trying to eliminate pumpkin pie from your Thanksgiving. These people are not to be trusted.


How Americans Cheat the Argentinean Economy

As the Argentinean government tries to limit the number of American dollars in circulation, a black market has taken the place of the official exchange.


Nearly 1 in 5 Adults Is Still Living at Home With Their Parents

And that’s up from just nine percent in 1980.


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When a Romance Is Threatened, People Rebound With God

And when they feel God might reject them, they buddy up to their partner.

How Can We Protect Open Ocean That Does Not Yet Exist?

As global warming melts ice and ushers in a wave of commercial activity in the Arctic, scientists are thinking about how to protect environments of the future.

What Kind of Beat Makes You Want to Groove?

The science behind the rhythms that get you on the dance floor.

Pollution’s Racial Divides

When it comes to the injustice of air pollution, the divide between blacks and whites is greater than the gap between the rich and the poor.

Hunger and Low Blood Sugar Can Spur Domestic Quarrels

In an experiment, scientists found a correlation between low blood glucose and higher levels of spousal frustration.

The Big One

One state—Pennsylvania—logs 52 percent of all sales, shipments, and receipts for the chocolate manufacturing industry. March/April 2014