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When Things Look Dark, Country Music Gets Sunnier

New research finds socioeconomic conditions impact the type of songs that become hits, but in opposite ways for pop and country music.

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The Heirs of Steinbeck: Who Are the Fiction Writers Taking on Poverty and Inequality Today?

Seventy-five years after its first publication date, The Grapes of Wrath is still a staple in most American classrooms. Is that because we haven’t yet written anything that does a better job of portraying the devastation of not having enough?

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The Psychological Need the Wealthy Can’t Fulfill

And why you can expect more off-color and out-of-touch commentary like Tom Perkins’ op-ed in the Wall Street Journal that warned of a “Progressive Kristallnacht.”

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Dismal Trends: Whose Economic Recovery Is It?

Why the next few years will look—unfortunately—a lot like the last few years.

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Report Paints Grim Picture of Arts, Culture Economy

Production of cultural goods and services took a huge hit with the recession, and has been slow to rebound.

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No Exodus: Great Recession Migration Mystery

Historically, people in the places hardest hit by recessions pack up and move to greener pastures. But not this time. Why?

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The Curious Evolution of the Sign Spinner

Something so simple can tell us so much about who we value and why.

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The Continuing Unsatisfactory Economic Expansion

Consumer spending is up, but we still have far fewer jobs than when the recession started.

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Bad Economic News Linked to Harsh Parenting

New research finds that anxiety caused by the 2008 economic crash led many mothers to switch to a less-nurturing parenting style.

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Inbreeding Homophily

Globalization favors open networks, people who can do business with each other on a minimal amount of trust, and avoids closed networks, the parochial neighborhoods that only look out for their own.

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Quick Studies

How Junk Food Companies Manipulate Your Tongue

We mistakenly think that harder foods contain fewer calories, and those mistakes can affect our belt sizes.

What Steve Jobs’ Death Teaches Us About Public Health

Studies have shown that when public figures die from disease, the public takes notice. New research suggests this could be the key to reaching those who are most at risk.

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.

The Big One

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