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How TV makes us think about our jobs – Bruce Robbins

‘This is supposed to be about my job, not the meaning of life,’ says Peggy to Don toward the end of the US TV series <i>Mad Men</i>. Don has been gathering …

TV

The Political Roots of Widening Inequality

The key to understanding the rise in inequality isn’t technology or globalization. It’s the power of the moneyed interests to shape the underlying …

First, Let’s Get Rid of All the Bosses

Tony Hsieh, the CEO of Zappos, the online shoe and clothing store, lives in a trailer park in downtown Las Vegas. The Airstream Park, as it’s called, …

Team Building

That Which Divides Us

In the past year, intense tensions around race in America have re-emerged, sparking protests, civil unrest and reams of media coverage. The …

General Motors

How we're priming some kids for college — and others for prison

In the United States, two institutions guide teenagers on the journey to adulthood: college and prison. Sociologist Alice Goffman spent six years in …

United States
California

Best way to solve homelessness? Give people homes – Susie Cagle

David Hogue isn’t sure that he should tell me his name. He sits in a back office in the shelter where he has lived for the past 18 months, hands …

Homelessness

The Wealth Problem

Aspiring to own a home and pursue an education are quintessentially American ideals. It's time to make those dreams accessible again.<p><i>This article</i> …

The warped world of marriage advice before feminism – Rebecca Onion

In April this year, the Meredith Corporation announced that it would reduce <i>Ladies’ Home Journal</i> to a shadow of its former self. The venerable monthly …

Wealth makes men faithful while poverty makes women choosy – Naomi Cahn June Carbone

We’re both happily married law professors who followed the same trajectory. We graduated from college, became established in our professions, got …

Demographics

Home Economics: The Link Between Work-Life Balance and Income Equality

The central conflict of domestic life right now isn't men versus women or mothers versus fathers; it's the family against money.<p>My wife leans in. A year ago, after nine hours of labor, she received an epidural and immediately asked me to pass the iPad so she could send a note to work. I suggested …

The Lost Summer

<i>Elissa Strauss</i> <i>| Longreads | August 2015 | 15 minutes (3,841 words)</i><p><i>Below is the story of a single mother and her daughter. Names and certain</i> …

To This Day

Pheasant-hunting: is this age-old ritual also a means of caring for the land?

Wildlife

For some, taxidermy is a practice about art, science and a love of wildlife

Taxidermy

What would happen in the ocean if humanity went quiet? – Peter Brannen

At 5:30am I awoke to the sound of the diesel chug-chugging of a lone lobster boat carving into the glassy Atlantic. An audience of shrieking gulls …

Puerto Rico

<p>Death of a Family Farm</p>

Family businesses remain one of the most popular forms of ownership in America. But when things go wrong, they go really wrong.<p>At the end of a road lined with the skeletons of old field equipment, Tony Azevedo sits in the living room of his white farmhouse and tells me not to expect much from his …

Cows

A plate of salad is not as innocent as it seems – Tovar Cerulli

Once upon a time, I believed in the tidy taxonomy of the grocery store.<p>In the meat coolers, near the back of the store, I could find <i>Animalia</i>: beef …

Agriculture

We are not edging up to a mass extinction – Stewart Brand

The way the public hears about conservation issues is nearly always in the mode of ‘[Beloved Animal] Threatened With Extinction’. That makes for …

Biodiversity

These Suburban Preppers Are Ready for Anything

“Modern life has traded complexity for efficiency and abundance,” Mitchell says. “Most are satisfied with the exchange. But a lot of us are damn near …

Solar Power

A World Without Work

For centuries, experts have predicted that machines would make workers obsolete. That moment may finally be arriving. Could that be a good thing?<p><b>1. Youngstown, U.S.A.</b><p>The end of work is still just a futuristic concept for most of the United States, but it is something like a moment in history for …

Income Inequality