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MAY 11, 2018
WHAT GOOD MOMS BUY
BY LIVIA GERSHON
The way advertisers target mothers has changed along with the social understanding of American motherhood, one sociologist found.
MAY 11, 2018
MY SUMMER OF WATCHING LITTLE WOMEN
BY BENJAMIN WINTERHALTER
Sometime in 1996 or 1997 I spent an inordinate amount of time sitting on the couch in the den with my mother and her friend Karen while the two of them sipped chardonnay and commented upon every film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women.
MAY 10, 2018
THE DIVINE POWER OF KINGS TO HEAL BY TOUCH
BY AMELIA SOTH
Healing ceremonies showed that monarchs ruled by God’s will, as divine power worked through anointed hands.
MAY 10, 2018
WHEN READING INSPIRED WOMEN TO CHANGE HISTORY
BY GRANT SHREVE
The “Friday Night” group was a cohort of prominent nineteenth century Baltimore women who met each week to read, write, and debate social issues.
MAY 10, 2018
GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY: A PRIMER
BY ERIC SCHEWE
The problem of world hunger is not due to the world’s inability to produce enough food. The problem arises because of the economic inequality that distorts food distribution.
MAY 10, 2018
THE PSCIENCE OF PSYCHEDELICS
BY JAMES MACDONALD
Researchers found that Psilocybin and other hallucinogens may prove helpful in their ability to quiet a portion of the brain connected to depression.
MAY 9, 2018
THE CONTROVERSY AROUND COMMENCEMENT SPEECHES, PART MMXVIII
BY CYNTHIA GREENLEE
Why are battles of over just who gets the honor of toasting new graduates—and what they say—always so heated?
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LONG READS
MAY 9, 2018
THE CONTROVERSY AROUND COMMENCEMENT SPEECHES, PART MMXVIII
BY CYNTHIA GREENLEE
Why are battles of over just who gets the honor of toasting new graduates—and what they say—always so heated?
MAY 2, 2018
TREADMILLS WERE MEANT TO BE ATONEMENT MACHINES
BY DIANE PETERS
America’s favorite piece of workout equipment was developed as a device for forced labor in British prisons. It was banned as cruel and inhumane by 1900.
APRIL 25, 2018
THE RACE TO SAVE THE AXOLOTL
BY SOPHIE FESSL
When an axolotl loses a limb, it regrows, and nary a scar remains. But this incredible creature is on the brink of extinction.
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COLUMN: LINGUA OBSCURA
MAY 2, 2018
THE FAIRYTALE LANGUAGE OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM
BY CHI LUU
How the Brothers Grimm went hunting for fairytales and accidentally changed the course of historical linguistics and kickstarted a new field of scholarship in folklore.
APRIL 4, 2018
REVISITING THE MESSY LANGUAGE OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT
BY CHI LUU
The debate over the Second Amendment is not just about guns—it’s also about grammar.
MARCH 7, 2018
THE MURKY LINGUISTICS OF CONSENT
BY CHI LUU
In many #MeToo stories, crucial signals, verbal and non-verbal cues, are sent but not received. Why is that?
MORE LINGUA OBSCURA
COLUMN: THE DIGITAL VOYAGE
APRIL 18, 2018
WHAT CONGRESS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE INTERNET
BY ALEXANDRA SAMUEL
Facebook’s privacy and ad preferences settings are a privacy placebo: they trick us into feeling a little better, but they don’t treat the underlying disease.
APRIL 3, 2018
WHY DELETING FACEBOOK ISN’T THE ANSWER TO DATA-DRIVEN TARGETING
BY ALEXANDRA SAMUEL
We have to become smarter news and advertising consumers, and learn to resist the unceasing stream of slanted messages that come our way.
MARCH 20, 2018
TO SAVE CONGRESS, RESTORE LOCAL NEWS
BY ALEXANDRA SAMUEL
Since Donald Trump was elected, national news stories dominate our attention and our social media feeds—at the expense of local news.
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COLUMN: CABINET OF CURIOSITIES
MAY 10, 2018
THE DIVINE POWER OF KINGS TO HEAL BY TOUCH
BY AMELIA SOTH
Healing ceremonies showed that monarchs ruled by God’s will, as divine power worked through anointed hands.
APRIL 19, 2018
SHE GAVE BIRTH TO RABBITS! (AND OTHER TALES OF SOOTERKIN)
BY AMELIA SOTH
Fancies breed strange children.
MARCH 29, 2018
THE FRENCH KING WHO BELIEVED HE WAS MADE OF GLASS
BY AMELIA SOTH
King Charles VI of France was the most exalted representative of a rash of “Glass Men,” who appeared throughout Europe between the 15th and 17th centuries.
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