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Your Brain on Story: Why Narratives Win Our Hearts and Minds

Our craving and connection to story is so much more than a haphazard preference.

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Why Make Stuff Up? The Incredible Demand on Campaign Reporters to Keep Things Interesting

Will the recent incorporation of some working political scientists into legacy media outlets help curb the use of misleading headlines and made-up stories of momentum in campaign coverage?

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Lock Up Your Daughters: An Interview With Ralph Steadman

A conversation about Picasso, Sigmund Freud, farm animals, and Hunter S. Thompson.

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Journalism Internship Coordinator Says Paid Positions Have Dropped by Nearly Half

As part of an ongoing investigation into the role colleges and universities play in the intern economy, ProPublica spoke with an internship coordinator to learn more about the process of developing a program.

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Rust Belt Geography and Awful Journalism

The dominant view of dying cities is outdated and wrong, and journalists are largely responsible for the geographic misconceptions.

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Journalism Is Never Perfect: The Politics of Story Corrections and Retractions

Do reporters and editors have an obligation to get the story right—even if not the first time?

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Why Reporters in the United States Now Need Protection

The Obama administration has made the most concerted effort since the Nixon years to intimidate officials from talking to a reporter.

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Is Alcohol Really to Blame for the Prevalence of Sexual Assault on College Campuses?

Access to alcohol isn’t anything new, but access to members of the opposite sex is.

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If You Want Free Nicotine Patches, Pretend to Smoke More Than 7 Cigarettes a Day

Mike Dang called a hotline that helps people quit smoking. The only issue: he’d never started.

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A Journalism Program That Offers Students Internships With Prestige, But No Paycheck

Colleges have used internships as a way to prepare their students for the professional world, but they’re also collecting tuition for unpaid programs.

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Speed Reading Apps Will Not Revolutionize Anything, Except Your Understanding

The one-word-at-a-time presentation eliminates the eye movements that help you comprehend what you're reading.

To Make Friends, Autistic Kids Need Advice—and Space

Kids with autism need help when it comes to making friends—but they also need their independence.

Gaming the Wedding Gift Registry System

Registering for your wedding? Keep your must-have items away from the average price of your registry—they’re unlikely to be purchased.

Smokey Can’t Save Us: Wildfires Are Out of Control

New research shows how rapidly fire dangers are rising in the American West. The results could help governments plan ahead for the flames.

Banning Chocolate Milk Was a Bad Choice

The costs of banning America's favorite kids drink from schools may outweigh the benefits, a new study suggests.

The Big One

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