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Barbara Ehrenreich

Poverty In America: Living on $7.28 Per Day

Joel John Roberts | Posted 09.13.2014 | Impact
Joel John Roberts

Seven dollars per day is not much. Forget buying a latte at Starbucks each morning. You would barely have enough money to eat afterwards. In fact, forget going out to eat. Period. The tip alone would eat up all of your daily allocation.

How Seattle's $15 Minimum Wage Victory Began in New York City's Zuccotti Park

Peter Dreier | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

On Monday, Seattle struck a blow against rising inequality when its City Council unanimously adopted a citywide minimum wage of $15 an hour, the highest in the nation. This dramatic change in public policy is partly the result of changes brought about by last November's Seattle municipal elections. But it is also the consequence of years of activism in Seattle and around the country.

A Brief Interview With Barbara Ehrenreich

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 04.08.2014 | Books

Brief Interviews is a series in which writers discuss language, literature, and a handful of Proustian personality questions. Barbara Ehrenreich is...

Think Negatively!

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 10.07.2012 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

How much positivity is too much? Where does healthy stop and delusional begin? And, maybe more to the point: Why does this kind of stuff feel like a relief?

The Seen and Unseen Consequences of This Summer's Weather Assault

Pearl Korn | Posted 09.24.2012 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Each year in the United States, 3.5 million people are homeless, with 100,000 homeless vets. If you are homeless, you are also hungry, and you likely don't know where your next meal will come from. Is this really America?

The Surprising Non-Literary Jobs of Some Authors

Dave Astor | Posted 09.11.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

It's no shock when novelists work as journalists or professors before, during, or after their book-producing years. But some famous writers have held rather unusual non-literary jobs.

ReThink Review: Pink Ribbons, Inc.

Jonathan Kim | Posted 08.06.2012 | Women
Jonathan Kim

This film urges us to look hard at what charities like Komen are really saying about breast cancer, those who have it and the companies trying to "pinkwash" themselves, insulating themselves from criticism.

What Would It Take to Get Us to Care About Torture?

Carol Smaldino | Posted 06.08.2012 | Politics
Carol Smaldino

I am aiming the question first at mental health practitioners since the idea of helping people towards sanity and well-being has been supported by the...

Obesity Epidemic: Spurring a Revolution

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 03.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Linda Novick O'Keefe

For our kids to combat the obesity plague, no single strategy is adequate. We need easy access to affordable good food, plus physical activity, plus kids who are not intimidated by kitchen utensils and raw vegetables.

Stand Up for Main Street!

Steve Skrovan | Posted 08.03.2011 | Entertainment
Steve Skrovan

I think they were under the mistaken impression that I was a Hollywood player. I've never been on a board before. I have no organizational experience. And everything I know about the law, I learned from the OJ trial.

Hello, The Marx Brothers Must Be Coming

Michael Sigman | Posted 06.20.2011 | Comedy
Michael Sigman

My passion for the absurd may derive from early childhood exposure to my mom's twisted song parodies. My fave was "I've Got the World on a String," in...

In Defense of the Silly: From Direct Action to the Pies of March

Benjamin Shepard | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Benjamin Shepard

Behind most successful movements lie examples of disruptive tactics. Countless movements have made use of direct action, sometimes serious, sometimes silly, to take down their opponents a notch.

Psychologists Profit on Unending U.S. Wars by Teaching Positive Thinking to Soldiers

Bruce E. Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Bruce E. Levine

While pushing drugs and teaching positive thinking earns mental health professionals money and brownie points with the elite, there is another path for mental health professionals working with U.S. soldiers.

Bill Walton Shines a Light on Chronic Pain

Michael Sigman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michael Sigman

Basketball legend Bill Walton is beloved as much for his boundless enthusiasm and quirky individualism as for his hoops heroism. But the class and perseverance he's shown through decades of severe chronic back, leg and foot pain might just top his most courageous courtside achievements.

The Joke's on Iceland's Political Parties

Iris Erlingsdottir | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Iris Erlingsdottir

A new political party -- the modestly named The Best Party (Besti Flokkurinn) -- led by comedian Jón Gnarr, has thrown a scare into Iceland's powers-that-be by receiving the most votes in Reykjavik's municipal elections yesterday.

The Power of Positive Negative Thinking

Tom Alderman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Tom Alderman

There are thoughtful folks among us like Joshua Foa Dienstag who says we should embrace, or at least, form an acquaintance with the alternative to positive thinking -- PESSIMISM!

Bright-Sided: Smart Analysis Or Missing Something?

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Barbara Ehrenreich's new book, Bright-Sided, has been the source of a great book review debate recently. Following eye-opening accounts such as Nickel...

Health Care Reform: A History In Books

The New York Review of Books | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Amy Hertz, The Huffington Post: Health care reform, on everybody's mind as Obama's original plan gets watered down and twisted unrecognizably as it ma...

Boomer Women: Beliefs In Transition

Carol Orsborn | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Carol Orsborn

Results of a recent survey by VibrantNation.com reveals that Boomer women's coping strategies and belief systems are reaching new levels of effectiveness in the face of heightened challenge and change.

Literary Events In Your Neighborhood

The Huffington Post | Jessie Kunhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

There are so many fantastic book-related events happening every day in many cities, from book signings to author readings to poetry competitions and m...

Positively Stinking Thinking

Jim Selman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jim Selman

Positive thinking tends to tranquilize us into a 'good feeling' about the future and blinds us to the facts of a given situation. We think our points-of-view are true -- that our 'will' can determine what happens.

What's Wrong With Positive Thinking? Simple Strategies To Manage Your Thoughts

Tamar Chansky | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tamar Chansky

Positive Thinking could be considered the high fructose corn syrup of the thinking world--when forced. It's not necessary, and research has found that it's not good for us when we have to sell ourselves on it.

The Fear Of Magical Thinking

Michael Sigman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michael Sigman

When Ehrenreich observes, "It's a mistake to try to turn your anger and resentment and sadness or grief into something else," I'm with her all the way.

The 10 Best Books of 2009

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

Anis Shivani picks his top 10 books for 2009.

Lab Rat Cinema: Monetizing the Reptile Brain

Athena Andreadis, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Athena Andreadis, Ph.D.

The unmistakable sign of a well-wrought book or film is that it puts us in a light trance. We suspend disbelief, immerse ourselves in the universe unfolding before us.