NL Studio

They Finally Built George Costanza's Sleeper Desk

They say power naps are good for productivity, right?

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Portland Ranks First Among Major U.S. Cities for Biking to Work

The city’s rate of cycle commuting is the highest it’s ever been.

Patrick Rasenberg / Flickr

Why Politicians Don't Level the Playing Field

The American elite tend to trade equality for efficiency.

U.S. Census Bureau

More Jobs Aren’t Making Americans Richer

And other key takeaways from new Census reports on the economy, poverty, and health care.

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Why More Seniors Are Forming Their Own 'Villages'

Since the founding of Beacon Hill Village in 2002, this model of aging in place has spread to 40 U.S. states.

RTI International

Where America's Obese Live

When it comes to this condition, place matters.

The Brookings Institution

The Sharp Rise of the Upper-Middle Class

Income inequality isn’t just about the 1 percent—wealth is increasing for the next 19 percent, too.

Tim J Keegan / Flickr

A Case Study in Reviving a Dying Downtown

Marcus Westbury’s new book, Creating Cities, describes the small-scale fixes that helped Newcastle, Australia.

Mike Blake / Reuters

Where Not to Be Old and Jobless

Hidden by the steady, optimistic jobs reports in recent months is the fact that unemployment rates for Americans 55 and older have been increasing.

AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

The Number of 'Anchor Babies' in the U.S. Is Actually Decreasing

A Pew report estimates 295,000 babies born to unauthorized immigrants in 2013—much lower than the Trump campaign suggests.


Portraits of the Unseen Domestic Laborers Behind L.A.'s Mansions

Artist Ramiro Gomez showcases the meaningful work of gardeners, nannies, and housekeepers.

AP Photo/Kin Cheung

Chinese Pilots Are in High Demand—For Drones

With skilled pilots needed in an increasing number of industries, students hope to enter a potentially lucrative occupation.


How Hamilton, Ohio, Produced 'Slim Jesus'

The rising teenage “drill rap” star comes from a tiny, economically depressed, mostly white city with lots of guns and one high school.

AP Images

Where Syrian Refugees Are Likely to Settle in the U.S.

And why they’re likely to be a boon rather than a burden to these cities.

What I Learned Trawling for Trash in the Chesapeake Bay

No one knows how much garbage is lurking beneath the bay’s waters. So I went on an expedition with plastic hunters to find out.

MIT/Amy Glasmeier

Mapping the Difference Between Minimum Wage and Cost of Living

There’s no county in America where a minimum wage earner can support a family.

Edward Burtynsky

The Disturbing Wonder of Humanity's Impact on Earth

Edward Burtynsky pulls beauty from polluted mining pools, drought-ravaged landscapes, and bloated suburbs.

Nadeem Haidary

120 Years of American Life, in Interactive Stars and Stripes

A new data viz turns the U.S. flag into an infographic of socioeconomic data.