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Will You Gain Less Weight If You Shop on Thanksgiving?

Judith J. Wurtman, PhD | Posted 11.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Judith J. Wurtman, PhD

Business reports indicate that the sharp rise in large retailers open on Thanksgiving Day has leveled off. Perhaps, as has been suggested, this is due...

Jewish American Literature: A Story of Impossible Assimilation

Jesse Bogner | Posted 09.03.2015 | Religion
Jesse Bogner

One culture that is often left out of curriculums on multiculturalism is Jewish culture. While most curriculums do something that recognizes the Holocaust, a particularly relevant culture to students, especially New Yorkers, is Jewish American life.

How Americans and Chinese Think About Happiness Differently

David Sze | Posted 08.05.2015 | Healthy Living
David Sze

Researchers and thinkers have often claimed that cultures can be divided between individualistic cultures and collectivistic cultures. The former prioritize individual satisfaction and achievement, while the latter prioritize the collective goals of the family, group and society.

Dixon White Is Back with Another Rant Against White Racism (VIDEO)

Dixon White | Posted 06.11.2015 | Black Voices
Dixon White

I was just an ordinary Southern guy that, when I wasn't working to pay the rent, I spent my free time trying to learn and grow in anti-racism and social-justice work. Then suddenly, my whole world unexpectedly was turned upside down when I made a couple of videos about race in America.

The Day I Realized I Wasn't American

Iulia Gulia | Posted 05.20.2015 | Women
Iulia Gulia

I was in 5th grade when I realized I wasn't American. Not that I hadn't had some awareness of that fact from an early age. I mean, when you're 10 and can articulate the basic premises of communism, you start to understand that maybe you're not exactly from the land of Twinkies.

Bigotry Hits US-Born Latino Teens Harder than Immigrant Teens

Daniel Cubias | Posted 05.18.2015 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

If it sucks to be an adolescent, it sucks more to be an immigrant teenager in a new country. Take all the angst that faces every teen, then add language barriers, cultural confusion, discrimination, and general discombobulation. It's not pretty, is it?

Je Suis Charlie, but Can We Have a World of Respect?

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
Stuart Muszynski

Last week, I sat next to a French production executive at the Reality TV Awards. Our discussion centered around the attack a couple weeks earlier at the French satirical publication Charlie Hebdo and the world outpouring thereafter for free speech.

China and the US: A New Century, a New Partnership

Dr. William J. Carroll | Posted 03.02.2015 | College
Dr. William J. Carroll

My sense from engaging many levels of Chinese society is that China does not want an aggressive relationship with the United States; it wants to forge a partnership of mutual respect and opportunity.

Are Millenial Men Supposed to 'Man Up'?

Sari Eckler Cooper | Posted 12.15.2014 | Women
Sari Eckler Cooper

What defines a man as a man these days and how far have millennial men come as far as the variety of emotions they are allowed to express openly?

Oprah Winfrey Embodies What's Wrong With American Public Life

Sam Chaltain | Posted 12.14.2014 | Entertainment
Sam Chaltain

The things Oprah once gave us -- the sense of community, the relevant national conversations and lines of inquiry, and the iconic model of intelligent self-reflection -- have been cheapened by her attempt to align them with things.

Books as a Trompe-L'oeil: On Fools and What Fools the Eye

Cosmin Gheorghe | Posted 12.07.2014 | Technology
Cosmin Gheorghe

For many people around the globe books are alive, they are collected, cherished and contemplated periodically with love. They are milestones that punctuate one's emotional and social life.

Two Williams Suicides

Molly Rowan Leach | Posted 11.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Molly Rowan Leach

I have had relationships with two men with the surname of Williams who completed suicide -- one, my fiancé. The other, someone I never met, but for whom I felt the most sincere love and appreciation for the gut laughter he brought up in me, and billions, time and again over decades.

When Did America Get So Weird?

Jerry Lanson | Posted 10.08.2014 | Travel
Jerry Lanson

After living the first six months of 2014 in Provence, France, my wife, Kathy, and I figured we'd face some minor cultural readjustments coming home to Boston. Coffee mild enough so that it didn't grow hair on my chest, for example, or showers, with four walls instead of three, that didn't bathe the entire bathroom floor.

Yagana Shah

9 Everyday Things That Used To Be Totally Taboo | Yagana Shah | Posted 07.13.2014 | Fifty

Many of the freedoms we take for granted today weren't enjoyed by generations before us, believe it or not. And we're not just talking about the big t...

33 Photos That Prove There Is No One Way To Be An American Family

The Huffington Post | Madeline Wahl | Posted 09.08.2014 | Parents

The American family looks different than it did 50, or even 10, years ago. The number of children living with two married parents has steadily dec...

Santa Barbara Shooting Reflects American Culture

Byron Williams | Posted 07.28.2014 | Crime
Byron Williams

Isn't it time to come to the realization that shooting sprees like the one recently in Santa Barbara that left six dead is simply part of American culture? Why treat it like an aberration?

Elliot Rodger's Imagined Rejection

Joe Lauria | Posted 07.28.2014 | Crime
Joe Lauria

Rodger did not reject the culture that bullied him. He wanted to succeed in it. Because he couldn't, he wanted to destroy it.

Behemoth in a Bathrobe: A Dialogue

Carla Seaquist | Posted 07.06.2014 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

I am that still, small voice -- inside, at the back -- that says, "I can." And I've pushed my way to the front, because, even a dozen years after 9/11, "the day everything changed," I'm hearing, "I can't." What has happened to us?

Immigration as River of No Return

Fiona Citkin, Ph.D. | Posted 07.06.2014 | Politics
Fiona Citkin, Ph.D.

The politicians tortuously obstructing immigration reform in Congress have limited knowledge and little imagination to see the big picture.

15 Food Reasons Americans Are Winning At Life

Posted 02.25.2014 | Taste

We have a holiday dedicated entirely to food. Enough said.

Sid Caesar: A Tortured Genius's Long Legacy

David Margolick | Posted 04.15.2014 | Entertainment
David Margolick

Preserved only on grainy kinescopes (though not by NBC, which had chucked them), Sid Caesar's creations were never recycled. So millions of viewers today don't know of his legacy. Or think they don't. In fact, they see it every night.

Major Collection of Allen Ginsberg Photos Donated to University of Toronto

University of Toronto News | Posted 04.08.2014 | Arts
University of Toronto News

The University of Toronto is home to the world's largest collection of photographs by the late beat poet, Allen Ginsberg.

8 Things About America Other Cultures Find Odd

Posted 01.25.2014 | Travel

Visiting America can be a mind-blowing experience. There are so many beautiful places to see, cities to wander, and regions to explore. There's also a...

Youth Sports World Is Insane

Ken Reed | Posted 03.12.2014 | Sports
Ken Reed

As a whole, our youth sports system is broken. As the country's performance culture increasingly focuses on the development of elite athletes at the youth sports level, our kids are burning out emotionally at a greater clip and at an earlier age.

Incredible Visualization of American Culture

Jonathan Ezer | Posted 02.25.2014 | Media
Jonathan Ezer

Tim Wu wrote a fascinating article in the New Republic about Netflix's war on mass culture. We liked it, so we animated it, using some of our latest techniques.