A Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods and the Problem With Enlightened Consumption

Whole Foods may promise ethical products, but its offerings often contradict expectations. 
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How Meteorology Changed Agriculture Forever

Early meteorology helped farmers predict yield, transforming the agricultural industry.
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How Advertisers Sold Housework to Housewives

The ad campaigns behind household products emphasized the seriousness of housework.
Mark Zuckerberg

Philanthropic Billionaires: An Investigation

Mark Zuckerberg joins a long line of philanthropic billionaires who have pledged millions of dollars to charitable causes.
Ebeneezer Scrooge

Charles Dickens Had It Right

Materialism, by most measures, does not correlate to happiness.
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Does Vocal Talent Translate into Album Sales?

The correlation between vocal talent and album sales is a telling indicator of what consumers want.
Fish Stick

The Ocean’s Hot Dog: The Strange History of Fish Sticks

Fish sticks fulfilled the need to repackage an abundance of frozen fillets. But did they become a consumer staple?
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Why Is Clerical Work Women’s Work?

As office jobs increased in the early 20th century, so did the distinction between men and women appropriate employment.
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When Companies Try to Socialize Their Employees

Recreational facilities were introduced by employers to encourage employee loyalty and instill within them certain middle-class values.
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The Work Life of Transpeople

How transpeople actively do and undo gender in the workplace.