Mother holding her newborn baby child after labor in a hospital.

Saving the Lives of Mothers and Babies

Between 1930 and 1950, advances in medicine also contributed to continuing, dramatic improvement in infants’ survival chances.
Indian Chicken Shop

Is Human Mistreatment of Animals Killing Our Planet?

Most people treat animals as tools for improving human lives. But recent reports reveal (mis)treatment of animals is harming the planet as a whole.
Census worker

The U.S. Census and Politics

The US national census has always been political, and has a large part to play in determining political representation and power.

A Brief History of Tobacco in America

Over the past 50 years, the portion of Americans who smoke dropped has dropped from 42 to 15 percent. The precipitous decline could mean the end of the fascination.
A girl studying.

The Real Driver Behind Curbing Population Growth

The solution isn't minimizing poverty or supplying more contraceptives.
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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.

Jacques Cousteau on Man’s Divorce From Nature

Jacques Cousteau's 1992 speech at the United Nations warning the consequences of "man's divorce from nature" seems more prescient than ever.

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

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