Amanda O

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What RVs Say About the American Economy

Sales of mobile homes are a good data point for inferring the mood of consumers.<p>ELKHART, Ind.—Anyone despairing about the possibility of an economic slowdown may want to visit this county of 200,000 in northern Indiana for a boost.<p>Elkhart County is the capital of the recreational-vehicle (RV) …

The "Me, Me, Me" Epidemic: A Step-By-Step Guide to Raising Capable, Grateful Kids in an Overentitled World

Whenever Amy McCready mentions the "entitlement epidemic" to a group of parents, she is inevitably met with eye rolls, nodding heads, and loaded …

Parenting

The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money

Children are hyper-aware of money, and they have scores of questions about its nuances. But when parents shy away from the topic, they lose a …

UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World

Teens today are 40 percent less empathetic than they were thirty years ago. Why is a lack of empathy -- which goes hand-in-hand with the …

Parenting

How to raise kinder, less entitled kids (according to science)

Maybe it was that time you took the kids to the amusement park, and on the way home — their adorable faces still sticky from the slushies you’d sprung for, their little wrists adorned with pricey full-day passes — they asked to stop for ice cream. You declined, and they yelled, “We never get to do …

Parenting

How the Trump Administration Could Be a Conflict-Ridden Nightmare, A Citizen's Guide

But the president-elect argues that the law is on his side.<p><b>Donald Trump’s</b> behavior in the weeks since his unanticipated victory over <b>Hillary Clinton</b> has belied the New York real estate mogul’s campaign promise that, if elected, he would separate himself from his global namesake business through an …

Donald Trump

Obama’s Way

To understand how air-force navigator Tyler Stark ended up in a thornbush in the Libyan desert in March 2011, one must understand what it’s like to be president of the United States—and this president in particular. Hanging around Barack Obama for six months, in the White House, aboard Air Force …

75 Books That Build Character

The number one thing you can do as a parent to help teach your child to read is to read to them. The number one thing as a parent you can do for the …

Heady, Not Heavy: 5 Smart, Playful Summer Books

For readers who like to fire up not just the barbecue but also their brains — and have fun in the bargain — there are some good options this summer. I'm always on the lookout for heirs to Vladimir Nabokov or the literary equivalent of Tom Stoppard's plays or Woody Allen's films — smart, playful, …

Gripping Novels | 2014 Summer Reading Guide

This title comes from the Victorian Era’s literal language of flowers, which they relied on to convey feelings rarely spoken of: ardor and …

The Push to Diversify Gifted-and-Talented Programs

The classes tend to be incredibly segregated, but one school in New York City is working to change that—the first citywide effort to do so.<p>Families from across New York City flock to Brooklyn School of Inquiry in the Gravesend neighborhood—the kind of school where parents raise enough money to pay …

Michigan Pediatrician Gives Update On Children's Health, One Year After Flint Water Crisis

Flint, Michigan is still struggling more than a year in a half after dangerous lead levels were found in the water. Dr. Hanna-Attisha was one of the first to raise concerns about children's health. NPR's Scott Simon asks the pediatrician for an update.<p>Transcript<p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST:<p>The state of …

Water

Declaring Addiction a Health Crisis Could Change Criminal Justice

The surgeon general’s new approach on substance abuse has policy implications for law enforcement.<p>For the first time ever, a sitting U.S. surgeon general has declared substance abuse a public-health crisis. “It’s time to change how we view addiction,” Vivek Murthy said in a statement last week, …

Fidel Castro and the Tragedy of the Strongman in the Age of Trump

The revolutionary hero and dictator passed away on Friday at age 90.<p>Fidel Castro, the enigmatic revolutionary hero and despot of Cuba, passed away on Friday. Castro was believed to be 90, although some accounts of his life have dated his birth year as 1927. His tenure on the international stage was …

Cuba

How Did Fidel Castro Hold On to Cuba for So Long?

The combination of geography, charisma, and authoritarianism that helped the revolutionary outlast 10 American presidents<p>Fidel Castro’s death came more than a decade after the Cuban revolutionary and authoritarian first handed power to his brother Raul during a severe illness. Castro resigned …

Clinton Campaign Supports Jill Stein’s Election Recount in Wisconsin

The former Green Party candidate submitted her petition 90 minutes before Friday’s deadline.<p><b>Jill Stein</b> quickly raised millions this week after her Wednesday announcement that she would be contesting the presidential election results. Despite appearing likely to win the popular vote by as many as …

Government

The African Rebel Leader Who's Stoked About Trump

Riek Machar thinks the president-elect will side with him in the South Sudan conflict—once he learns about it.<p>In the early morning hours of November 9, as Americans braced themselves to learn the identity of their next president, South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar sat in front of the …