Timothy Leary

How LSD Went From Research to Religion

The lines between psychological research and mysticism were blurry in the early days of LSD.
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There’s Class Inside That Glass of Tang

A scholar examines kitschy American foods as an entree into a conversation about class in the United States.
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The Serious Subtext of Japan’s “Cute” Culture

The real reasons behind Japan's culture of kawaii, or "cute." 
Watts

Did The 1965 Watts Riots Change Anything?

Sociological data from immediately after the riots in Watts, Los Angeles, in 1965 show major disparities in attitude by race.
Photograph of a building on the University of Michigan's law school campus

Do People Regret Going to Law School?

The legal profession is in crisis, with more new lawyers than demand, and law schools are scaling back. Is law school still a safe bet?
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How Olympics Host Cities Hide Their Homeless

Olympic host cities have historically cleared away and marginalized their homeless in advance of the games.
Photograph: Thousands of the Indonesian muslims congregrated during Eid ul Fitr mass prayer in Istiqlal Mosque, the largest mosque in Southeast Asia, located in Central Jakarta, Indonesia.

The Debate Over Eid

Muslims seem to celebrate a holiday called Eid over and over, and at different times. Here's why.
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What Are the Dog Days of Summer?

The "dog days of summer" are attributed to the rise of Sirius, the Dog Star, but research into the lore suggests another dog entirely.

The Value of Using Harry Potter to Teach Politics

A political scientist argues that Harry Potter can be used to teach students about politics, institutional behavior, globalization, and identity. 

Vacationing with Julia Child

Want to get away this summer? Come daydream with us to the kitchen of Julia Child, in the south of France...