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The Return to America

Maria Rodale | Posted 06.15.2013 | Travel
Maria Rodale

I'd never been out of the country for three weeks before. I missed my kids like crazy and was happy to come home. But I'd be lying if I didn't tell y...

America's Most Charming Accents

Travel + Leisure | Posted 06.14.2013 | Travel
Travel + Leisure

Lintner admits that she does judge folks by their accent when she travels, but in a good way. "I trust someone with an authentic accent," she says, "because they're probably natives -- and so they know the best hidden places to go."

America's Best Places To Eat Like A Local

Travel + Leisure | Posted 06.14.2013 | Travel
Travel + Leisure

With the combined forces of our staffers and contributors, we canvassed the 50 states, happily put our stomachs to work to yield a menu of America's must-try dishes from Maine to Honolulu.

Entitlement: The Harry Potter Syndrome

Marilyn Beker | Posted 06.10.2013 | College
Marilyn Beker

We should stop taking our American privilege for granted. More of us need to travel to some of the places that time's forgotten. We need to take a good look at them and then at ourselves. And guess what? We might not have to go farther than our own hometowns to do that.

The Thought of Plato

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 06.10.2013 | World
Evaggelos Vallianatos

I hesitate to call Plato "divine" not because I have any doubts about his being a godlike Greek thinker, but because of the prejudice of our twenty-fi...

Cancer in America

Ijeoma E. Okoli | Posted 06.09.2013 | Politics
Ijeoma E. Okoli

Why would people buy insurance and diligently pay their premiums if not for those same insurance companies to pay out if the catastrophe for which the premiums were paid actually do occur?

Denny's: Manhattan Grand Slam

Andrew J. Lederer | Posted 06.04.2013 | New York
Andrew J. Lederer

That there were no Denny's in New York, even more than the absence of, say, Wal-Mart, was emblematic of our singularity. Now, there will be Denny's in Manhattan. Displaced Idahoans are dancing merrily. But how will we know when we're in America?

The New American English Language (A Conversation About Words)

Dr. Cheryl Pappas | Posted 06.04.2013 | Fifty
Dr. Cheryl Pappas

The sounds which once were words communicate tonality solely as reflection of their once-inhabited relevance; i.e. "awesome" becomes an utterance of "okay." Words are stripped of specific meaning, now used as quick punctuation setting generic mood and tone.

Could the U.S. Be Facing a Brain Drain?

Alexia Parks | Posted 05.27.2013 | Denver
Alexia Parks

With only 21 percent of women in senior management in the U.S., is America at risk of a "brain drain?" The answer is probably "Yes," as corporate executives shop the world for talent to manage their fast-growing businesses.

Back Story: The Rosa Parks Statue

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 06.02.2013 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

As a member of the National Council on the Arts, the advisory board to the National Endowment for the Arts, I was pleased to read about the recent unveiling of the Rosa Parks statue in the U.S. Capitol Building's National Statuary Hall.

12 Things You Don't Know About Amtrak

The GypsyNesters | Posted 05.30.2013 | Travel
The GypsyNesters

12) Amtrak serves full, cooked-to-order meals served on real dishes aboard all long-haul routes. These always include a vegetarian selection and often...

Bang for Your Buck: The Best Happy Hours Nationwide

The Daily Meal | Posted 05.29.2013 | Taste
The Daily Meal

Some of the country's best-known, and most expensive, restaurants offer little-known menus featuring incredibly inexpensive food and drink specials. You just need to know where to go and when to go.

Former Senator Blames TV Show for Gay Marriage

Susie Sampson | Posted 05.29.2013 | Comedy
Susie Sampson

Former Senator Rick Santorum blames gay marriage on a TV show. Can you guess which one? Cancelled TV show Will & Grace!

America's Mindless Destiny: The "American Federation"?

Glen Browder | Posted 05.22.2013 | Politics
Glen Browder

Now I want to project where we're likely to end up if we stay on our current mindless course. For analytical purposes, I will stipulate four possible scenarios for our evolving Great Experiment -- Disintegration, Distortion, Transition, and Transformation.

Diverging Bases: The Case Against the Metric System

Lila Nordstrom | Posted 05.21.2013 | Science
Lila Nordstrom

In the same way that the foot was obviously invented by a potentially vain, math-hating medieval person, the meter was clearly invented by an anti-social mathematician.

Ben May Say 'Argo' to His Critics

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 05.21.2013 | Entertainment
Preetam Kaushik

Ben Affleck has won the Best Picture Oscar for Argo. But he seems to have ruffled quite a few feathers by taking liberties with the story of the rescue of the six American staff living in hostage conditions in Iran after the Islamic Revolution in 1979.

The Way We Were?

Jeff Valdez | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics
Jeff Valdez

Lately, I seem to hear and read a lot about how some people wish America would return to the "way it was." I thought long and hard about this and decided next time I hear that, I'm going to ask the person to be more specific.

The Reality of Hard Times

Dori Hartley | Posted 05.13.2013 | Impact
Dori Hartley

Somewhere between abject poverty and those who can afford to go out to dinner (or lunch, or breakfast), there's an invisible little segment of society called, We Who Are Very Broke.

The Conclave

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 05.12.2013 | World
Joe Peyronnin

As Roman Catholic cardinals gather in the magnificent Sistine Chapel to select a new pope, their conclave is at a critical crossroads. Will the cardinals vote for a pope who can re-energize the faithful, and restore the trust that has been missing for millions of lapsed Catholics?

The Thing About 'American Centers'

Inesha Premaratne | Posted 05.12.2013 | College
Inesha Premaratne

A public diplomacy strategy that focuses on informing the rest of the world about us but that neglects to bring to Americans the stories of those around the world is not just a strategy that promotes inwardness, exclusiveness, and even that shunned strain of ethnocentrism we decry.

Kenya 2013 Election Analysis: Raging Parties and Mass Violence

Valiant Lowitz | Posted 05.05.2013 | Comedy
Valiant Lowitz

When Kenya rages, it's a little different. The last time Kenyans went to the polls in 2007, the results were disputed and ethnically aligned gangs took the lives of more than 1,100 people during weeks of violent unrest.

What American Export Do the Chinese Crave, But Even Their Money Can't Buy?

Michael Levin | Posted 05.05.2013 | Books
Michael Levin

Which raises a fascinating question: Why would a country with practically no respect for the rule of law be so intrigued by the life and times of a conservative American jurist?

America Saves Week Should Put the Focus on Earning

Steve Siebold | Posted 05.04.2013 | Business
Steve Siebold

The greatest way to earn money is to find a problem to solve. And if you can find a problem to solve using your talents and what you're passionate about, building wealth will be a much easier process.

Robert Jackson, Transit Forward, a Million Hoodies and Moms Demand Action on Yetta Kurland LIVE!

Yetta Kurland | Posted 05.04.2013 | Gay Voices
Yetta Kurland

This week I spoke to City Council Member Robert Jackson on education funding in NY and the recent lawsuit to restore $250 million to the city school b...

Sequester: The Truth!

Susie Sampson | Posted 05.04.2013 | Comedy
Susie Sampson

Happy Sequester Month! It's about time we talk about this sequester thing. But, what is it? It's confusin' to all of America... and that's Obama's plan. No one really knows what cuts are goin' to be made, we just know we're cuttin'.