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Nathan Hegedus
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Hegedus is a contributor at Quartz and his work on paternity leave, fatherhood and Sweden has appeared most recently in Slate, Salon, The Morning News and the Christian Science Monitor.

He has been previously published in the Wall Street Journal, Newsday, the Boston Globe, the San Francisco Chronicle and lonelyplanet.com, among other places. He graduated from Swarthmore College and from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and also spent three years volunteering working in rural war-torn towns in the former Yugoslavia.

A communications consultant, Hegedus has spent more than 18 months on paid paternity leave since 2008. He lives in Stockholm with his wife and two small children.

Blog Entries by Nathan Hegedus

A Failure to Communicate: Why Gun Control Is Destined to Fail

(82) Comments | Posted May 20, 2013 | 6:39 PM

As Washington turns to scandal rather than policy, gun control seems to be slipping from the public conversation, and the already slim chance of legislation passing is fading to black.

This is no surprise. Even President Obama famously only called for a gun control vote, rather than for any legislation...

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Culture War, Not Gun Control: The Real Reason the NRA Matters So Much

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2013 | 3:51 PM

The NRA may actually be right about guns. As I discovered researching a recent essay for The Morning News, gun violence is very likely more a symptom of an American disease than the root cause.

But this doesn't mean the NRA is good or justified in its nasty...

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Fandom, Fathers and the Violence of Football

(2) Comments | Posted March 21, 2012 | 6:45 PM

My daughter is a die-hard fan of AIK soccer here in Stockholm. She is five. I have never mentioned AIK, except in relation to their stadium, which is in our town. But she picked up AIK fever at preschool, even though she has no idea about the reality of AIK...

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In Praise of the Dude Teaching at My Son's Preschool

(3) Comments | Posted March 19, 2012 | 1:02 PM

I turned to close the preschool gate the other day and looked back to see what my three-year-old son was up to.

And this is what I saw: His teacher in a laughing jog, leading a pack of toddlers in a full sprint. A few weeks ago I saw this...

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Talking About Education in the Information Age

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2012 | 4:37 PM

We had to pick an elementary school for my daughter a few weeks ago. Our town near Stockholm in Sweden has school choice, and, honestly, I wish it didn't, as it was an agonizing, and loaded, one.

But the real problem is that I don't want her going to any...

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Talking About a Revolution or Business as Usual?

(1) Comments | Posted February 27, 2012 | 10:55 AM

Back in the 1990s, when I lived in post-war Croatia, I was on the edge of a proto-environmental, social justice movement that first blossomed in the anti-globalization protests in 2000 and is rising again today with Occupy Wall Street. I am far from that life now (well, not if you...

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Are Dad Bloggers the Most Important Feminists Online Today?

(19) Comments | Posted November 3, 2011 | 10:30 AM

Memo to mom-bloggers and editors at parenting sites everywhere:You want fathers blogging.  You need to encourage fathers to blog ... about parenting, about work/life balance, about everything you write about.  So let's open the gates ...

There was a fuss recently at the parenting site Babble over a series of...

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Nanoparticles: Friend or Foe? Help Us Investigate

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2010 | 7:42 AM

They are small and unregulated and in more than 800 products from socks to sunscreen to Superfund sites, and we want to know more about them.

But we need your help.

The Faster Times has launched its second innovative "Reader Investigation" into nanotechnology and nanoparticles.

The Columbia Journalism Review...

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Where Does Your Organic Ground Beef Really Come From?

(4) Comments | Posted June 3, 2010 | 5:13 AM

For more than a month, reporter Amy Westervelt has been a leading a collaborative crowdsourcing investigation into private label brands for The Faster Times.

And now we need more help.

Amy's investigation has delved into the world of private label organic beef, focusing on whether organic...

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We Need Your Help to Investigate Private Label and Generic Foods

(8) Comments | Posted April 30, 2010 | 4:52 PM

We want to know what goes into that generic or store-brand tomato sauce you pour over your spaghetti, for it's not always what you think.

But here's the thing: We can only find out with your help.

Here at The Faster Times, we have introduced Reader Investigations, a new...

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Tiger Should Take More Than "Indefinite" Leave, He Should Take Swedish Parental Leave

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2009 | 1:35 PM

Tiger, let's cut to the chase. You have two kids. You can't have spent all that much time with them, and it is unclear how seriously you have taken fatherhood.

This is not good.

Now you have taken "indefinite" leave from golf. This is a start, though an undetermined...

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Health Care Reform: It's About Community, Stupid

(6) Comments | Posted September 3, 2009 | 7:50 AM

"About 80 percent of Americans are happy with their health insurance," I said to my Swedish wife over coffee, the baby squealing with glee as his sister danced around him. "So, you see, it can be a hard sell to actually create change."

I was proud. This was it, the...

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Why Can't the Boomers Just Shut Up About Woodstock?

(92) Comments | Posted August 12, 2009 | 4:46 PM

Enough with Woodstock. Please. Put me out of this baby boomer misery.

I have lived with this generation's self-absorbed false sense of grandeur long enough. I can not take one more day of Woodstock nostalgia, of both crass commercialism and well-crafted gooey reminiscences. I can not stand another thirty years...

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Pirates Have Boarded The Good Ship Europe: Will Music, Media and Movie Companies Walk The Plank?

(9) Comments | Posted June 9, 2009 | 12:05 PM

Pirates have been the scourge of the music and film industry for years, swapping and "stealing" songs and movies with no regard for the law.

But now the pirates will be making the law. And this should scare a lot of besieged captains of information industry, who may not be...

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Dick Cheney: The Quintessential Villain of the American West

(18) Comments | Posted May 18, 2009 | 2:15 PM

Dick Cheney is a black hat-wearing bad guy straight out of the Old West. But he is not of the West in the way he pretends -- the long-past Wyoming childhood, the simple black and white tough talk, the hunting with and wounding of other rich cowboys. He is not...

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Help! I Live In Sweden, and I Am Addicted to Socialism

(30) Comments | Posted May 13, 2009 | 1:20 PM

Hi. My name is Nathan. I am an American living in Sweden. And I am addicted to socialism.

I must admit that I did not come here tonight totally of my own free will, which has been apparently sapped by the Swedish welfare state. For I thought I was quite...

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Obama Makes America Sexier to Swedes

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2009 | 3:19 PM

A Swedish high school student wants to go to high school in a small city in Texas so he can closely follow stem cell research, according to Metro here in Stockholm.

This is perhaps the clearest example I have seen of the Obama effect on Europe, taking an unfriendly, torturing...

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Men Are Idiots to Not Fight for Paternity Leave

(4) Comments | Posted April 13, 2009 | 11:12 AM

The chance to nap. The chance to ponder NBA playoff match-ups or your favorite baseball team's pitching rotation. The chance to hang out on a bench in the sun with a friend.

Men. You are missing this.

Thanks to the Swedish welfare state, I spent six months on paternity...

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What Europe Really Needs is a Good Shrink

(2) Comments | Posted April 3, 2009 | 11:31 AM

Europe is in trouble. Everyone says so. Paul Krugman says so. The Swedish finance minister says so.

The reasons given are legion. Not enough economic stimulus. A deluded sense that spending on the social safety net will pull economies through. Not enough political integration. Too much economic integration....

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People of Detroit, to the Barricades!

(17) Comments | Posted March 31, 2009 | 3:41 PM

Rage versus resignation: France boils over while Detroit sleeps

In France, factory workers are holding some factory bosses hostage, egging others and taking to the streets in the millions.

In Detroit, a café is holding a 10-day music marathon while an entire city and region passively wait for leaders to...

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