Oprah Winfrey

Oprah, Weight Watchers, and the Power of Shame

Oprah Winfrey has recently acquired Weight Watchers. We look at them and other organizations dedicated to weight loss and body image.
Volkswagen T6 Caravelle

Beyond the Volkswagen Scandal: What Our Choices Say About Us

Can Volkswagen repair public trust after the scandal? Here's a historical look at the brand-identification associated with the company.
Bodcaw Bank

Are Regulations Killing the Small Community Bank in America?

Will regulations aimed at large, investment-oriented banks kill the "It’s a Wonderful Life" promise of the American community bank?
Shoplifting

Kleptomania: The History of Shoplifting

Shoplifting was defined as kleptomania and understood as a psychological condition, but only a some members of society..
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.
Smart Fourtwo Passion Coupe parked in driveway

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.
Birth of Venus - Sandro Botticelli [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

What Early Economists Thought About Sex

We take a look at how sex was viewed by early economists, from Sir William Petty to Adam Smith to Jeremy Bentham.
A U.S. Treasury Note

Introducing “Treasury Notes”

Treasury Notes, a new JSTOR Daily column, will discuss money in its historical context.
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.