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Do the Arts Open Hearts?

New NEA-funded research finds a link between altruistic behavior and attending cultural events.

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Teaching Religious Literacy in California’s Bible Belt

A Central California community has added a fourth “R” to the core curriculum in its public schools: Religion. Sociologist Emile Lester answers our questions about the experiment.

Burqa Ban a Boundary to Multicultural Impulse?

France’s newly enacted law banning face coverings in public reinforces the idea we explored last year that waves of multiculturalism are receding for now.

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What Steve Jobs’ Death Teaches Us About Public Health

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The Big One

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