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Are You Smarter Than an 18th Century 10-Year-Old?

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 10.02.2012 | Education
Nicholas Ferroni

John Adams learned Latin at the age most of us today are still learning the difference between "their" and "there." He entered Harvard at sixteen and was practicing law by his early twenties.

The Idea of America in the Age of Empire

Michael Hughes | Posted 10.01.2012 | Books
Michael Hughes

At the outset of The Idea of America is an intellectually-stimulating comparison of two schools of thought on the causes of the Revolution.

The Race Game of American Democracy

Glen Browder | Posted 09.26.2012 | Politics
Glen Browder

Race relations in this part of the country are still problematic; but the regional situation now is simply a more obvious and intense case of the American racial problem. Perhaps the time has come for the South and America to talk as a nation about our common situation.

A Typical Day for an Average Guy

Mike Bellamente | Posted 09.22.2012 | Home
Mike Bellamente

It's 7:08 a.m. when I'm jolted awake by the moans of a wounded sea cow from down the hall. My four-month old daughter is battling some bizarre foot...

In Italy, Eat, Pray, Run

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 09.24.2012 | Travel
Sarah O'Leary

If I make it to see another day here in Pugliola, I will write about it. At this point, the Communists running the gambling down at the bar aren't betting on it.

Why We Take Our Comedians More Seriously Than Our News Anchors

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 09.19.2012 | Comedy
Nicholas Ferroni

Humor has always been the best way to swallow and accept the obvious exploitation of political office and the misbehavior of politicians.

Think Different: What Apple Can Teach America

Bob Burnett | Posted 09.19.2012 | Politics
Bob Burnett

The problem with the US is not that we're too big to govern or that government is too big. Our problem is vision: we're stuck in the age of dinosaurs and we don't get it. Americans need to shake it up: emphasize growth rather than profits. Americans need to think different.

How Cars Drove the American Dream to Nowhere, U.S.A.

The Crimson White | Posted 09.18.2012 | College
The Crimson White

In my opinion America's infatuation with cars has produced an even more devastating consequence: the degradation and demoralization of civic life in our towns and cities.

Mitt-Handled

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 09.17.2012 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

Now the Republicans are in a pickle. They held the most divisive presidential primary in decades and a flawed candidate emerged at the top of the ticket.

A Modest Proposal to Stop Tipping Bartenders

Stephen Robert Morse | Posted 09.16.2012 | Comedy
Stephen Robert Morse

Why do we tip taxi drivers 10% to 15%, waiters and waitresses 15% to 20%, and hotel chambermaids $1 per night, while bartenders expect to rake in $1 per drink (or more if we're feeling generous)?

The Greatest Breakup Letter in History

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 09.11.2012 | Comedy
Nicholas Ferroni

As someone who's received many "breakup" letters, emails and even texts, I do consider myself somewhat of an expert. It wasn't until my historical studies at Rutgers that I realized that America was founded on the ultimate breakup letter in history: the Declaration of Independence.

America as Re-run: Losing Andy Griffith Without Losing Our Way

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 09.10.2012 | Home
Stuart Muszynski

If we just leave this question to the media, we deserve what we get. All of us must be concerned about our media diet and its powerful link to our cultural health, and we should be crying out to Hollywood to right the picture.

NYTimes Journalist Blames Women For Income Inequality

Forbes Woman | Posted 07.11.2012 | Women

Leave it to David Brooks to figure out a way to blame the ladies for income inequality. In his most recent New York Times column, Brooks decided to...

What's Wrong With This Map?

Posted 09.08.2012 | Comedy

Some US states have something everyone agrees they're shaped like. How many times have you heard someone from Michigan tell you they're from "the mitt...

Week 8: 50-City U.S. Speaking Tour

Imran Ahmad | Posted 09.07.2012 | Home
Imran Ahmad

I walked down a deserted Nicollet Mall and, when I reached the bridge, I came upon an eerie sight: the mighty Mississippi river frozen into an uncanny, supernatural stillness.

A Spiritual Declaration Of Independence From Hate

Jason Van Boom | Posted 09.04.2012 | Religion
Jason Van Boom

How people celebrate their birthdays tells us much about them. This is true not only of individuals, but even more so of countries. So, as we celebrate the 236th anniversary of our founding, it's an appropriate time to reflect.

America: You Are All Heart

Leslie Griffith | Posted 09.03.2012 | Home
Leslie Griffith

On this glorious nation's birthday, then as now, we are growing, expanding and reaching for unexplored ways to navigate new complexities. We are more diverse than ever and more in need of visionary thinkers to help us explore.

July 4th and the Renovation of America

Dr. Cheryl Pappas | Posted 09.02.2012 | Los Angeles
Dr. Cheryl Pappas

Let's celebrate our July 4th freedom with a game called, "What Is Going On Right Now in America?"

PHOTOS: Andrew Zimmern's Most Bizarre American Foods

The Daily Meal | Posted 09.03.2012 | Home
The Daily Meal

In honor of the 100th-episode milestone, the man who has traveled around the world and documented his gastronomic adventures eating bat paste, durian, and other bizarre foods, presents, in his own words, his observation on the top nine most bizarre American foods and where to get them:

The 18 Most Patriotic Late Night Clips Of The Year

Matt Wilstein | Posted 09.02.2012 | Comedy
Matt Wilstein

Over the last year, the late night hosts have celebrated everything both wonderful and terrible about America (or Amercia if you're Mitt Romney). This 4th of July, let's all take a look back at the most patriotic late night clips of the year.

The Many Definitions Of Freedom

Christian de la Huerta | Posted 09.02.2012 | Healthy Living
Christian de la Huerta

Freedom means going for our own unique brand of personal excellence, thereby making the world a brighter, more colorful and more loving place.

The Declaration of Independence 2012 (As Written of, by and for Women)

Flora Nicholas | Posted 09.02.2012 | Comedy
Flora Nicholas

So as we gals are made of strong "home of the brave" stuff, we have chosen today to bring these matters to the country's attention, and yes, publish our own version of the Declaration of Independence.

Why the Future Will Be American

Rob Asghar | Posted 09.02.2012 | World
Rob Asghar

Americans may slow their own path if political dysfunction continues. But with even a little adjustment, a resilient, forward-thinking and forward-moving economy will result.

I Am Gay... And An American

Kergan Edwards-Stout | Posted 09.02.2012 | Gay Voices
Kergan Edwards-Stout

I am a passionate, progressive, pro-choice, artistic, forward-thinking, optimistic yet sometimes sarcastic, spirit-seeking, showtune-singing, equality-supporting, Mary-Chapin-Carpenter-loving gay dad. And I am an American.

PHOTOS: 24 All-American Inns For July 4

iLoveInns | Posted 09.02.2012 | Travel
iLoveInns

As John Adams wrote about July 4, "It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more." He should've added a word about a stay in one of these inns.