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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.

Ready for the 11-Hour Work Day?

Will the 11-hour work day become a reality?

Making Child Support Work Better for Children

Do child support laws actually benefit children?

How the “Boomerang Generation” Sees Itself — and Adulthood

Researchers looked at young people's sense of their identity as adults after moving back home, with results published in Sociological Forum in 2008.

When Soda Was Virtuous

Soda had a virtuous aura a century ago.

Self-Employment: Exciting Opportunity or Last Resort?

Does self-employment open up new opportunities or exploit a vulnerable workforce?

Do Living Wage Laws Work?

What do living wage laws mean to workers and local economies?
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Falling Oil Prices are Worse for Conservation than You Think

It's not just falling oil prices but any price volatility that makes conservation a harder sell.

Making College Work for Student-Athletes

What factors might help student-athletes at Division I schools get the most from their years at school?

Playboy‘s Complicated Relationship with Feminism

Playboy has begun producing some surprisingly feminist content in recent months.

How Not to Pay for Race Discrimination

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently announced that it's suing four Whitten Inn hotels over race discrimination

Will the Fall of Cable Mean Darker TV?

Last week, HBO and CBS both announced plans for stand-alone online services, leading to much chatter about the end of cable TV as we know it.

Interview with MacArthur Fellow Sarah Deer: Native Women and the Law

MacArthur Fellow Sarah Deer discusses her legal work in preventing sexual violence among the Native American population.

What’s the Return on Investment for Having a Kid?

Raising kids is expensive. What do parents get in return?

Does Lobbying Really Help Corporations?

Analysis found that big lobbying doesn't necessarily go together with big profits.
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Scholarly Advice for Potential New Undergrads

Some counterintuitive advice for students.

Should Smoking Pot Get You Fired?

The Supreme Court of Colorado, where marijuana use is now legal, is considering whether workers can be fired for smoking pot outside of working hours.

Undocumented at College

The effects of allowing undocumented students to receive in-state tuition rates at their state colleges and universities.

Why Growing More Food Won’t Stop Hunger

Hunger is still a major issue. At the same time, the world produces twice as much food as it needs.

Homes of The River Gods: The History of American Mansions

Mansions hold a special place in the American imagination, and dates back to colonial days.
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The Public Wife: Is Maureen McDonnell to Blame for Her Husband’s Downfall?

Maureen McDonnell was found guilty, along with her husband, Gov. Bob McDonnell. What role do spouses have in political scandals?
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The Many Meanings of McDonalds

McDonalds means different things in different places.

How will Apple Pay Change Our Lives? Ask a Kenyan.

U.S. journalists have leapt on Apple's announcement of its new digital wallet , Apple Pay, as the signal that wallets are on the way out. Soon, Americans wi

MacArthur Fellow Jennifer L. Eberhardt Shines Light on Racism and Criminal Justice

Social psychologist Jennifer L. Eberhardt has one a MacArthur fellowship for her research in criminal justice reform.
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Economists Investigate Why We Tip

The economic research behind the history of tipping