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Mediated Reality is No Match for Personal Experience

The world represented in the media greatly influences our understanding and beliefs about reality. But our lived experiences might be more important.
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Grief? There’s an App for That.

Would you want to be able to talk to a loved one after they'd passed away, knowing it wasn't really them? Would it help? Would it hurt?
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Why Retirement Age Is 65 (And Why It’s Getting Higher)

Is there something magical about age 65? The history behind the retirement age involves economics, aging, and Otto von Bismarck.
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Race and Labor in the 1863 New York City Draft Riots

In July 1863, over a thousand Irish dockworkers rioted against the Civil War draft in New York City in a four-day upheaval, targeting black workers and citizens.

More People Than Ever Before Are Single

And that’s a good thing.
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Why You Love the Smell of Old Books

Scent carries significant psychological meaning. A recent paper proposed that scent be included in a proposed intangible heritage list recognized by UNESCO.
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The Ongoing Practice of Female Genital Mutilation

Female genital mutilation seems totally foreign to the U.S., but versions of the long-outlawed surgery have seen a recent resurgence.
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Frederick Law Olmsted: The Complicated Man Behind Central Park & The Nation

Struck by something naturally beautiful in an American city? Odds are that you have stumbled across the work of Frederick Law Olmsted.
Amber Fillerup Clark

How We Construct Our Online Identities

What does a successful mom blogger have to do with a character from James Joyce's Ulysses? The way we construct our identities has always been artificial.
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U.S. Attorneys and the Struggle for Justice

The U.S. Constitution’s system of checks and balances have made the judiciary President Trump’s key foe in his first 100 days. ...