Takers or Makers? How Americans Decide Who 'Deserves' a Safety Net

Takers or Makers? How Americans Decide Who 'Deserves' a Safety Net

Maia Szalavitz

CULTURE

Co-published with The Guardian. It’s about to get worse for those needing help as the Trump administration tightens access to all sorts of benefits.

If Americans Don't Like the Word 'Inequality', Would 'Fairness' Be Better?

If Americans Don't Like the Word 'Inequality', Would 'Fairness' Be Better?

Alissa Quart

CULTURE

Co-published with The GuardianInequality is everywhere – and yet in some quarters the word itself is rebuked as the culprit. Would new language help us tackle the problem?

Death Trips: Accessorizing the Final Exit Lane

Death Trips: Accessorizing the Final Exit Lane

Ann Neumann

CULTURE

Co-published with The BafflerAwkward, Americanized, consumer-focused forms of Buddhism have long since taken over our exercise (yoga), our offices (mindfulness), and our homes (feng shui). Now, with doula programs popping up like mantras in the mind, they’ve come for our deaths.

‘[Somewhere in Los Angeles] This Poem Is Needed’

‘[Somewhere in Los Angeles] This Poem Is Needed’

Christopher Soto

CULTURE

Co-curated with Bill Moyers & CompanyPoetry provides the constant opportunity to take a situation and cast it in a different light.

‘And Still I Speak of It’

‘And Still I Speak of It’

Rachel Zucker

CULTURE

Co-curated with Bill Moyers & CompanyApril is National Poetry Month, and we’re celebrating by featuring “civic” poetry from new and familiar voices. All month, we’ll be posting poems and discussing what it means to be civic through the art of words. Join us on Twitter at #civicpoetry.

 

Why Casino-Driven Development Is a Roll of the Dice

Why Casino-Driven Development Is a Roll of the Dice

Melissa Chadburn 

CULTURE | ANALYSIS

Co-published with CityLabUsually, the public benefits of gambling deteriorate over time. But many American cities still pin their economic hopes on casinos.