You Don’t Know America
Does the Declaration of Independence Still Mean Something in 2014?
A remarkable document in human history, without precedent or rival, the Declaration outlines not what the United States should be, but what it should not be, defining America in opposition to Britain.
The Tragedy of America's Dog: The Vilification of the Pit Bull
A brief history of the vilification of the pit bull.
World’s Weird America: How Our Most Popular Products Are Seen Overseas
Why David Hasselhoff and Baywatch hit it big in Germany, Mister Donut took off in Japan, and the ritual of Slurpee-filling is so different in Taiwan than in your local 7-Eleven.
I Listen to Everything, Except Rap and Country Music
While the two branches of music might appear to have nothing in common, they rose to pop-culture establishment in very similar ways. Today, they share the same songs and the same stage.
Where Teachers Come From: Alternative Methods of Filling the Classroom
Half of America’s teachers have taken a non-traditional path to the classroom. And as our schools continue to grow, the race is on to find people who might be able to lead them.
Female Circumcision as Sexual Therapy: The Future of Plastic Surgery?
Is a hooded clitoris to blame for many women’s failure to reach orgasm with their sexual partners? Whether it is or not, the procedure is becoming more popular among both women and physicians.
America Is a Utopian Experiment—and Always Has Been
We’re driven by the idea that at any time, in any context, it is always possible to start a new life and create an intentional society ruled by the beliefs of its participants. And why shouldn’t we be?
American Child Welfare Ruins Lives, Here’s Your Receipt
There's one way to enter the child-welfare system and make it out in one piece: luck.
Chinese Investors Are Buying Up Real Estate in Detroit
Chinese investors are buying up much of the bankrupt city's real estate. What might this mean for the future of the country Detroit is often used to symbolize?
Why Your Congressional Representative Isn’t So Representative of You
There are a lot of problems with our two-party system, and fixing them would require nothing less than a fundamental shift in the way politics work in this country. But there are better ways.