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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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Things Aren’t Looking So Good for the Graduating Class of 2013

How are young adults coping with a weak job market?

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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