Sociology

The Disappearance of Virtue From American Politics

In his new book, Ben Sasse has identified the right project for America: rehabilitating a shared moral language.<p>In just two short years, Senator Ben Sasse has gone from Capitol Hill newbie to digital president puncher, tweeting about Donald Trump’s affairs and the Midwestern dumpster fires he found …

Social Sciences

Rice Was First Grown At Least 9,400 Years Ago

Archaeologists have unearthed bits of rice from when it was first domesticated in China.<p>Around ten thousand years ago, as the Pleistocene gave way to our current geological epoch, a group of hunter-gathers near China’s Yangtze River began changing their way of life. They started to grow …

History

Imagining a Black Wonder Woman

Growing up, I was told my favorite comic-book heroine was white. And yet her struggles always seemed uniquely similar to my own.<p>When I was eight years old, I asked my mother if Wonder Woman was black. It was 1989—almost 30 years before I’d eagerly await the premiere of the first <i>Wonder Woman</i> movie. …

Women's News

Johnny Depp Can't Escape His Own Superstardom

Facing reported financial problems and allegations of abuse, the once-bankable star now seems stuck in franchise hell with no obvious exit.<p>When Johnny Depp sailed onscreen in 2003’s <i>Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl</i> as Captain Jack Sparrow (to this day, a memorable superhero …

Movies

Trump: Oregon Stabbing Victims Stood Up Against 'Hate and Intolerance'

The suspect in the attack is accused of yelling racist remarks at two women, one of whom wore a hijab, and killing two men who defended them.<p>President Trump on Monday offered his condolences in a tweet for the victims of a stabbing in Portland, Oregon, who were killed by a man screaming anti-Muslim …

Social Sciences

Tories accused of 'sleight of hand' on manifesto grammar schools data

<b>A senior academic has accused the Conservatives of a "sleight of hand" over the justification of its grammar schools policy in its manifesto.</b><p>Prof Alice Sullivan challenges the party's statement that selective schools have proportionately more pupils from "ordinary working class families" than …

Education

North Korea Launches a Missile Into the Sea of Japan

The latest test came from the country’s east coast, and flew 280 miles.<p>North Korea fired a ballistic missile on Monday morning local time that landed within the waters of Japan’s economic zone, according to South Korean officials. It is the latest in a series of tests that defy international laws …

North Korea

Making the Machines that Replace Humans

A visit to a robot factory in Ohio<p>MIAMISBURG, Ohio—A humanoid robot greets visitors to the Dayton-area offices of Yaskawa Motoman, a Japanese company that produces the machines being installed at thousands of factories around the globe. Its right arm is holding a screen, which playfully challenges …

Robots

Why Would Jared Kushner Trust Russian Officials So Much?

A Washington Post report suggests the president's son-in-law and adviser sought to give Moscow information he wanted to conceal from America's own intelligence agencies.<p>Why did Jared Kushner seemingly trust Russian officials more than he trusted the U.S. government?<p>Friday evening, <i>The Washington …

Jared Kushner

Is Sociology a Science?

Science has been defined by the Merriam Webster dictionary as “knowledge obtained through study or practice.” Using this definition sociology can be …

Social Sciences

Gregg Allman, the Sound of Southern Rock

The founding member of the Allman Brothers Band passed away in Savannah, Georgia.<p>Founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, Gregory LeNoir "Gregg" Allman, who with his Hammond B-3 organ, and soft but growling voice helped create a sound that was simultaneously jazz, rock, blues, and parts San …

Music

Full Employment: Are We There Yet?

There’s no economic consensus on whether or not the labor market has reached its full potential—or how to judge when it has.<p>The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ April jobs report showed that for just about a year straight, unemployment has remained under 5 percent. That’s laudable, considering the fact …

Full Employment

Trump's Paris Climate Accord Indecision

As G7 leaders all reaffirmed their commitment to the groundbreaking agreement, the U.S. president said he’ll think on it.<p>President Trump refused to endorse the Paris climate accords on Saturday, despite strong pressure from Canada, Germany, France, Japan, and the rest of the G7 nations. Instead, …

Climate

Lil Yachty and Amazon Charts: The Week in Pop-Culture Writing

Highlights from seven days of reading about arts and entertainment<p>What Lil Yachty’s Optimism Means<br>Carrie Battan | <i>The New Yorker</i> <br>“Yachty’s music is not incidental to his image, but it is only one aspect of his brand. His songs have always been an entry to his meticulously crafted persona, not the …

Lil Yachty

Countering class-based food stigma with a “hierarchy of food needs” - Sociological Images

<i>Flashback Friday.</i><p>Responding to critics who argue that poor people do not choose to eat healthy food because they’re ignorant or prefer unhealthy …

Social Sciences

Rural America Is the New 'Inner City' -2-

At the corner where East North Street meets North Cherry Street in the small Ohio town of Kenton, the Immaculate Conception Church keeps a handwritten record of major ceremonies. Over the last decade, according to these sacramental registries, the church has held twice as many funerals as …

Cities

How the U.S. Government Segregated America

<b>The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America</b><br>Richard Rothstein<i><br>Liverlight Publishing Corporation</i><p>By all metrics, …

Racism

Why Didn’t Jared and Ivanka Report Their Art Collection?

Is it that they take art so seriously, they don’t think of it as money?<p>Two weeks ago, Ivanka Trump caught some alone time in Yayoi Kusama’s <i>Obliteration Room</i>. Staged at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., the piece is a living room <i>en blanc</i>, a white-out room filled with …

Social Sciences

Is My Electric Fan Going to Kill Me in My Sleep?

Concerns about “fan death” in Korea are unfounded, but persist because of the power of belief.<p>When I was a kid, someone told me that running a fan too close to my face was dangerous to my health, and I’ve kind of believed it ever since. For the 20-some years since, I’ve assumed that person was one …

Social Sciences

Bob Woodward Tells the Media to Calm Down

The media has often drawn parallels between the investigation of the Trump campaign’s alleged ties to Russia to the notorious Watergate scandal. But legendary investigative reporter Bob Woodward has cautionary advice for journalists covering the Trump era. “Be on the surface respectful,” Woodward …

Social Sciences

Why Do Coptic Christians Keep Getting Attacked?

Egypt’s preexisting climate of pro-Islamist sectarianism is an important, and sometimes overlooked, reason.<p>Friday is usually the most peaceful day in the Egyptian week, a day most often reserved for time with family. This Friday in particular—the last day before the start of Ramadan—should have …

Egypt

The Lesser Part of Valor

Preston Brooks, Greg Gianforte, and the American tradition of disguising cowardice as bravery<p>You wouldn’t say that Preston Brooks sucker-punched Charles Sumner in the Senate chamber in 1856—but only because he used a cane. Brooks, a South Carolina congressman, began bludgeoning Sumner, the …

Politics

Trump's Moral Holiday

The permissiveness of Republican leaders who acquiesce to violence, collusion, and corruption is encouraging more of the same.<p>In the annals of the Trump era, May 25, 2017, will deserve a special mark. Four remarkable things happened on Thursday, each of which marks a way that this presidency is …

Donald Trump

Climate Change Is Already Making Americans Sleep Worse

A 765,000-person study argues that unusually warm nights are a public-health hazard.<p>In the fall of 2015, the worst heatwave in 25 years struck Southern California. Los Angeles saw two back-to-back 100-degree days, which set an October record and plagued the Long Beach marathon. San Diego, …

Climate Change

Losing Planned Parenthood

The organization is closing one-third of its health centers in Iowa, and local clinics are scrambling to pick up the slack.<p>Alexandra Rucinski has been a patient at the Planned Parenthood in Burlington, Iowa, since she unexpectedly became pregnant with her son five years ago. She was 22 years old …

Health Care

Poem of the Week: ‘Castles in Spain’ by Amy Lowell

Amy Lowell’s legacy, as represented in the pages of <i>The Atlantic</i> and in the broader poetic landscape, is a spare and neglected one. Though she was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1926, she never quite reached the heights of literary acclaim or recognition that her relatives James Russell …

Social Sciences

The Tough-Love Approach to Career Guidance

“You don’t want someone that will tell you exactly what to do. That’s not the point of a mentor.”<p>Internships are often touted as a key to future career success. But working internships can be made infinitely more difficult for students whose parents can’t afford to supplement their living expenses …

Social Sciences

The Doctor Who Revolutionized Hospital-Birth Safety

In a field that has been dangerously slow to adopt standardized care practices, one influential obstetrician has pushed things forward with common sense.<p>The newborn’s head arrived first. A shoulder should have followed, but it was lodged securely behind the mother’s pubic bone. The baby’s head made …

Pregnancy

Growing Up as a Witness to Violence

In addition to the readers who related to the abuses that Eudocia “Lola” Pulido experienced, some readers saw parallels between Alex Tizon’s story and domestic violence they’d witnessed within their own families. Mara writes:<p>I am a white, American-born woman many years younger than Alex and thus my …

Social Sciences

ISIS's Perverse, Bloody Interpretation of Ramadan

“What of the person who spends the sacred month ... oppressing people and killing innocents?”<p>For the overwhelming majority of Muslims, Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is a time of prayer and atonement. In addition to fasting for its duration and praying five times per day (as …

Islamic State (ISIS)