Licoricia of Winchester

Licoricia of Winchester, Jewish Widow and Medieval Financier

The story of Licoricia of Winchester illustrates just how much wealth and influence a Jewish woman could accumulate.
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The Cost of Going Hybrid

What makes us buy hybrid cars? Going beyond the environmental argument.
Tailgating at a football game

How Beer Companies Made Light Beer Macho

Light beer was originally marketed for its reduced calorie count. But heavy drinking men weren't into that.
Public relations planning and strategy

The PR Question: How Public Relations Found Itself

Public Relations or PR wasn't always so fundamental to business. There was a time when we didn't really know what it meant.
Butter-making, Appalachia, USA, c1917. 
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Gender and Family Farms: An Investigation

We look at how gender affects the roles of men, women, and children on family farms in Appalachia.

How Temp Jobs Changed Everything

Temporary employment, popularly known as temp jobs, skyrocketed in the 1990s. A look at its dramatic impact on the labor market.

Why Do Americans Love Tipping?

Tipping as cultural practice: why some countries like the U.S. like tipping and others don't.

When Televangelism Got Big

Deregulation of the airwaves helped lead to the success of televangelism, and cable made it stronger.

The Trouble with Scientific Management

Frederick Taylor's scientific management theory has some holes in it.

Modesty in Fashion

The intersection of religion and fashion has led to modesty in bathing suits.