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Designed for failure?

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Education | Say you are a sadder-but-wiser high school dropout, now lamenting your misspent teenage youth. The standard advice is to “get your GED” (take a general…

What’s a baby worth to you?

What’s a baby worth to you?

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Family | Society prices children higher nowadays but values them less

Unbroken: A cure for cynicism

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Movies | Some people earn their cynicism through a hard life and serial disappointment. Others (the majority, I suspect, at least in this country) dress up in it as…

It takes a lot of families

It takes a lot of families

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Business | When candidate Barack Obama was running for president in 2008, he took some flak for telling “Joe the Plumber” that his goal for the economy was to spread…

Is this the end of Big Hollywood?

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Movies | The Sony hacking scandal—in which hackers (probably) in the service of North Korea shut down the release of a major motion picture—is an ominous signal…

The use and abuse of stories

The use and abuse of stories

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Culture | Events like Rolling Stone ’s flawed rape story can make a culture jaded and cynical

It’s all about the girl

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Culture | If you have a daughter or granddaughter between the ages of 4 and 24 you may, at one time or another, have encountered an American Girl. Not the said female…

Myth makers

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Religion | Scholars who doubt Jesus’ existence follow standard conspiracy theory procedure

The racist conundrum

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Race Issues | As a just-past-middle-age white lady, I probably don’t know much about race, but here’s my impression: White people generally don’t think much about it,

The greening of the church

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Government | One of the reasons Republican Larry Hogan won the governor’s seat in Maryland is because the tax policies of his Democrat predecessor were unpopular, such…

Back to the future of bad ideas

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Culture | Isaiah Berlin foresaw the danger of believing in an earthly paradise

God’s elephant in the room

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Iran | Earlier this month  The Economist  ran a special report on Iran, a nation classified by the U.S. State Department as the world’s leading sponsor of…

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