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DJ/Writer Sacha 'Son Raw' Orenstein Brings Fresh Sounds and Insights to the Music Field

Alex Koenig | Posted 07.02.2014 | Entertainment
Alex Koenig

When James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem explained his worry of being bested by the younger DJs with better ideas and more talent on "Losing My Edge," he was talking about cats like Son Raw.

The Rest Of The World Thinks These American Foods Are Strange

The Daily Meal | Posted 07.02.2014 | Taste
The Daily Meal

You're not alone... many American foods baffle people from other countries.

Report Card: American Exceptionalism

Chris Ernesto | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Chris Ernesto

The United States thinks of itself as the greatest country in the world. Maybe even the greatest of all-time. Because of this awesomeness, it believe...

China Needs To Lighten Up. America Needs To Tighten Up.

Nathan Gardels | Posted 06.29.2014 | World
Nathan Gardels

As governing systems, both China's autocracy and America's democracy are facing crisis. In many ways, their crises are the mirror image of each other -- and so are the solutions. To fix itself, China needs more re-politicization -- robust popular feedback and accountability to aerate its hidebound mandarinate. American democracy needs more de-politicization --stronger meritocratic, non-partisan and deliberative practices and institutions -- to escape its capture by the populist, short-term horizon of voters, organized special interests and the paralyzing gridlock of its adversarial political parties. Our two political cultures are as distinct as our economies are intertwined. Yet both have much to learn from each other's strengths as well as weaknesses. In short, China needs to lighten up; America needs to tighten up.

Is Diversification Breaking Through in America?

Jane Cutler Yepez | Posted 06.24.2014 | Women
Jane Cutler Yepez

While my partner and I have both long stopped noticing our differences, I am constantly struck by how the outside world views us. In major cities, no one seems to notice. But in less diverse environments, I catch sidewise glances of both benign acceptance and withering disapproval.

Aaron Sorkin Has No Reason to Apologize

Rutendo Nyamuda | Posted 06.23.2014 | Entertainment
Rutendo Nyamuda

Aaron Sorkin wrote a TV series from his creative perspective and either you love it or you don't. It's that simple.

To Whom it May Concern

Marjorie Morrison | Posted 06.22.2014 | Impact
Marjorie Morrison

The rates of suicide, unemployment, and homeless for veterans continue to rise. I believe this has a lot to do with the civilian-military divide, compounded by the media sensationalizing PTSD.

These Were The First Photos To Show America's Landscapes In All Their Vivid Colors

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 04.22.2014 | World

Even before color photography was publicly available, one enterprising firm found a way to provide the world with the earliest glimpse of North Americ...

The Price of Sweat: America's Minimum Wage Debate Echoes in India

Jehangir S. Pocha | Posted 06.17.2014 | World
Jehangir S. Pocha

Currently, India's labor laws only apply the 20 to 25 million workers in what is called the "organized sector," which includes registered corporations and businesses. New higher minimum wages must also be made to apply to the other 175 million workers who work in the unorganized or unincorporated sector, as farm hands, pushcart vendors, construction workers, private security guards, household help, drivers, shoe shiners, waiters, shop help etc. Currently, this is not happening.

The Universal Politician Speech

Neal Wooten | Posted 06.17.2014 | Comedy
Neal Wooten

Let us strive to bring about the change that will make our lives better for our families, the way great leaders like (insert Ronald Reagan or John F. Kennedy) did in their day.

Marriage and Happiness: David Blankenhorn Interviews Charles Murray

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 06.16.2014 | Religion
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

Can Charles Murray help us be happy? Curmudgeon, yes. Conservative, yes. Happy? As Andy Kline succinctly writes: It is widely agreed, by friend a...

These American Meat Products Are Banned Abroad

The Daily Meal | Posted 04.16.2014 | Taste
The Daily Meal

Believe it or not, a lot more of your favorite American foods might actually be banned from being sold abroad.

Contextualizing Anti-Semitism in Modern America

Simran Jeet Singh | Posted 06.15.2014 | Religion
Simran Jeet Singh

We are mistaken when we try to make this a story of the past. No matter how much we wish it wasn't true, anti-Semitism, neo-Nazism, and domestic terrorism are all realities in modern America. This is precisely why visiting the Holocaust Museum has meant so much to me.

Where Is the American Writer Writing About America in Pakistan?

Ethan Casey | Posted 06.15.2014 | Books
Ethan Casey

It's like the proverbial tree falling in a forest: If an American writer engages with the American empire, but no American readers read it, is the writer still engaging with the empire?

Local Muslim Community Bleeds With Boston

Kashif N. Chaudhry | Posted 06.14.2014 | Religion
Kashif N. Chaudhry

Like other American communities, the Muslim-American community condemned the actions of the Tsarnev brothers right away. The actions of the two brothers were not just an attack on Americans and our values, but also on the values of the Islamic faith.

27 Things You'll Miss About America When You're Abroad

The Huffington Post | Kate Auletta | Posted 04.22.2014 | Travel

You're pumped for vacation. You should be, you deserve it and you probably don't take it enough. But then the panic attack sets in: All those thin...

From Alligators to Ghost Stories, Here Are 4 Ways to Do Charleston

Fathom | Posted 06.09.2014 | Travel
Fathom

The beach bum, the adventurer, and every traveler in between will feel at home in Charleston.

Here's 1 Unexpectedly Awesome Reason To Be Proud Of Your Home State

The Huffington Post | Todd Van Luling & Amanda Scherker | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics

We know, we know -- your home state is the best. We did you a solid and found you another reason why.

17 Things You Need To Explain To International Visitors About America

Thrillist | Posted 06.08.2014 | Travel
Thrillist

Sinnce we're not exactly the most gracious of guests when we visit their countries, it only seems fair that we explain the way things are done here in Amuuurica.

Americans DO Care About Climate Change!

Craig Chalquist, Ph.D. | Posted 06.07.2014 | Green
Craig Chalquist, Ph.D.

Whether you come from inside or outside the States, do not be fooled by our busy, flippant exterior. Behind it we are worried sick about Earth, its creatures and each other. We are furious at politicians and financiers who either accelerate the damage or do nothing about it.

Affluenza: Plagued With the Complexion for the Protection

Christopher Norris | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Christopher Norris

Affluenza is quite possibly the only sickness on the face of the Earth where those who are afflicted by it show no sense of urgency to be cured.

14 Aussie Phrases Americans Should Start Using

Stephanie Be | Posted 08.09.2014 | Travel
Stephanie Be

There is no easy American phrase that explains that "I could do that, but no, no I don't think I will do that, just because I don't feel like it." Can't Be Bothered uses minimal effort to express minimal effort.

Four Reasons This Will Be the Second American Century

Joel Kurtzman | Posted 05.27.2014 | World
Joel Kurtzman

Over the years, many people have counted out the United States -- and been wrong. Given our newfound energy wealth, the return of manufacturing, our tradition of creativity and our vaults filled with investable capital, I can't help but believe the people counting us out now will be proved wrong again.

Women in the U.S. Are Still Second-Class Citizens: Not Interested? You Should Be

Samantha Paige Rosen | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Samantha Paige Rosen

Despite the progress women have made in the last several decades, they are still treated like second-class citizens in all the ways that matter. Caring about the equal treatment of women in society doesn't make people feminists -- it makes them good humans.

Are you a SINK? The Manifesto for The-Single-Income-No-Kids Female

Christine Deakers | Posted 05.21.2014 | Women
Christine Deakers

What's the function of a woman who's married, yet childless? Better yet, what's the function of a woman who is single by volition, financially independent, and has no kids?