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The Embarrassing Truth About How We Talk About Small-Town America

What aren't we saying when we sum up small towns as close-knit and quaint?

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American Education Isn't Mediocre, It's Deeply Unequal

Students in Massachusetts are doing great while their peers in Alabama and D.C. are languishing.

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Instead of Raises, McDonald's Tells Workers to Sign Up for Food Stamps

Not paying your workers enough, then directing them to federal aid? Just one way the fast food giant inflates its hefty profits.

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Is Zurich's Drive-In Prostitution Facility a Flop?

The city's innovative approach to keeping women safe may have actually had the opposite effect.

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Beware of the U.S. Charter School Doom Loop

For districts in America's less affluent Northeastern cities, school choice has been a costly experiment.

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How Much Does a Public Defender Need to Know About a Client?

As a recent New Jersey ruling shows, the justice system still doesn't grasp the importance of fair counsel.

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Why America's Carbon Emissions Are Dropping

Amazingly, half the cuts came from reductions in household energy use.

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The U.S. Metros With the Most Political Influence

In 2012, just 10 counties - out of 3,000 - were responsible for 30 percent of contributions made by individuals to national candidates.

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White Collar Criminals Don't Appear to Do Worse Behind Bars Than Any Other Type of Prisoner

A new study challenges what criminologists call the "special sensitivity hypothesis" of white collar offenders.

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Can Medical Marijuana and Recreational Marijuana Coexist?

Washington state moves to reform its medical marijuana system. 

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Americans Vastly Overestimate How Diverse the Country Really Is

Which may help explain how they feel about demographic change.

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Bloomberg's Education Plan Is Working: Don't Ditch It

Since the mayor took office, high-school graduation rates are up. There are more quality schools. Money is distributed more equitably.

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Air Pollution Has Shut Down a Major Chinese City

A lack of wind, corn burning for the harvest, and the onset of central heat fouled up Harbin's air so much that schools and offices had to close. 

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The Gross Reason Berlin's Dogs Are Overdosing on Human Drugs

The German capital is currently reeling from news of a newly identified source of illegal drugs in the canine food chain: junkie poop. 

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These Countries Have the Oldest, and Youngest, First Marriages

People tend to get married at older ages in richer, more developed countries, and at younger ages in less-prosperous regions.

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Cory Booker Is Now the Senate's Highest Profile Advocate for Criminal Justice Reform

Will he actually accomplish anything?

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How 9 Major Papers Deal With Climate Change-Denying Letters

The Los Angeles Times took a stand against climate misinformation on its letters page. Will other newspapers follow its lead?

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Black Boys Have an Easier Time Fitting In at Suburban Schools Than Black Girls

Minority young men are considered by their white peers to be cool and tough; minority young women, on the other hand, are stereotyped as "ghetto" and "loud."

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The Myers Briggs States of America

Northeasterners are neurotic, West Coasters are laid back, and more empirical data on America's psychological geography.