Nikki Haley's Vision for Racial Equality vs. Reality

The South Carolina Governor’s speech on equality is at odds with real life in a state facing some of the deepest racial divides.


A Colorful Dot Map of America's Immigrants

How international is your city?

Another Argument for a Minimum Wage Hike: It Could Reduce Smoking

A 10 percent pay bump leads to a 5 percent drop in smoking rates among men, a new study finds.

We Are Living in the Era of Job Gentrification

Employers increasingly want Ivy League grads for minor-league jobs.

Australia's Renegade Puffball Sheep Is Rescued and Sheared

Its humongous fleece has reportedly set a world record for weight.

The Business Case for Legalizing Weed in Rhode Island

There are many reasons the tiny state should rush to be the first on the East Coast to make the sale of recreational pot legal.

The Immigrant Kids Are Not All Right

A new report by the Migration Policy Center reviews the lasting scars of growing up in an anti-immigrant environment.

Introducing City Makers: Global Shifts

Our newest series on the key forces transforming urban life in the 21st century.

The Trouble With Disappearing Summer Jobs

The skills millennials supposedly lack when they enter the job market may be because their first job out of college is their first job ever.

They're Making a Musical Out of Burning Man

Nudity, shrooms, the worship of “decommodification”—it’s all here in song.

The Surprising Link Between Skin Color, Gender, and Immigrant Employment

Age-old stereotypes interact in complex ways when new arrivals look for jobs.


A Look at the Painstaking, Intricate Art of Globemaking

There are only a few dedicated artisanal globemakers left in the world—and there’s good reason for that.


America’s Great Infrastructure Stagnation

The entire system of fixing old roads and rails and financing new ones is breaking down—just ask Boston.

See How Much You Earn in Glorious Real-Time

In the time it takes you to read about this new income tracker, Oprah will earn a new TV.

The Hidden Adult-Friendly Slides of San Francisco

Beware of the disenchanted neighbors.

How Katrina Turned a Psychiatrist Into a Coroner

The aftermath of the hurricane left New Orleans reeling—and Jeffery Rouse with an unexpected, unconventional career.


The Massachusetts Bridge That Obliterates Trucks

The low-clearance East Street Bridge is a magnet for mayhem.

In New Orleans, Business Is Booming—for Some

In the 10 years since Katrina, entrepreneurship has grown in the city. But not everyone is reaping the benefits.

The Death of Seattle at the Hands of Amazon: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A roundup of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.