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Livia Gershon

Livia Gershon is a freelance writer in Nashua, New Hampshire. Her writing has appeared in publications including Salon, Aeon Magazine and the Good Men Project. Contact her on Twitter @liviagershon.

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Medically Assisted Suicide, Christianity, and Confucius

The debate on medically assisted suicide often pits Christian and secular liberal values against each other.

The Psychological Power of the Confederate Flag

An experiment in Political Psychology points to just how powerful the confederate flag continues to be in stirring up racist attitudes among whites.

The Value of Women’s Colleges: A View from the 1930s

Sweet Briar College's decision to shut its doors has put a spotlight on the decline of women's colleges.

Why Do White-Collar Criminals Do It?

Former Tyco CEO and infamous white-collar criminal L. Dennis Kozlowski recently ended his parole

What Happens to Kids When You Give Families a Universal Basic Income?

A town in Cherokee, North Carolina is an experiment on how a universal basic income affects kids.

Poor Kids, Social Mobility, and Their Contexts

A different angle on the issue of poor kids in America and abroad in an issue of Ethos

Obscenity and Unintended Consequences

In the Journal of American Studies, Amanda Frisken investigated how an earlier set of standards around obscenity emerged in the 1870s.

Why Higher Pay Can Be Good for Business

Higher pay for workers can be a good move for firms even beyond PR.

Teaching Facts and Values in Public Schools

For most of the country's history, teaching "moral facts" was the main duty of the public schools.

Anonymity and Public Debate—in the 1800s

But 150 years ago in Great Britain, the question of what role anonymity should play in public discourse looked completely different than today.

Fraternities, Sororities, and Racism

Complex racial dynamics affect members of non-white fraternities even when they didn't involve explicit racism.

How Subtle Subsidies Shaped U.S. Health Care

Melissa A. Thomasson looked into how federal money created the U.S. health care landscape as we know it.

Why Bias Helps News Channels—and Maybe Viewers Too

According to a 2005 paper about bias in newspapers, reporting that tries to play things straight down the middle isn't necessarily a winning move.
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Patriotism and History Class

The question of what, exactly, history class is for and what that has to do with patriotism goes back more than a century.

Legalizing Marijuana: Lessons from the Post-prohibition Era

The country's experience regulating alcohol after Prohibition may provide lessons regarding marijuana.
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A Threat to “Traditional Marriage” in the 1920s

The view of "traditional marriage" has been under attack since long before anyone imagined state-sanctioned gay and lesbian unions

GMOs, Inequality and World Hunger

In a 2008 paper for the British Journal of Criminology, Reese Walters looked at GMO crops from an entirely different perspective.

How Real Estate Became a Global Commodity

A New York Times investigation is looking at the purchase of New York real estate by wealthy buyers from other countries.

Democracy vs. Scientists: The Case of Evolution in Schools

Scientific expertise sometimes clashes with policy-making when it comes to teaching evolution in schools

Day Care: When School’s Snowed Out, Who Watches the Kids?

For a lot of dual-earner and single-parent families, there's no good solution for day care on a busy workday
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What’s a Test Score Worth?

Are any standardized tests really useful?

The Stigma of Prefab Homes

The Wall Street Journal reports that million-dollar prefab homes are a growing trend in Europe

Challenges Beyond the Classroom: Poverty, Race and Educational Achievement

Levels of educational achievement in the U.S. are deeply connected with race & income levels.

Is Common Core Doomed?

Is there still hope for Common Core Standards? And what will make them effective?
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Does Common Core Math Work?

(This is the first post in a four-part series about Common Core) Why is my kid’s math homework ...