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- Jan 12 20173 minutes
The Revolt of Working Parents
Mothers—and some fathers—are increasingly suing employers for discriminating against working parents. They are succeeding.
- Nov 28 20161 minute
Hold Yourself Accountable—You’ll Be Happier
PEOPLE TEND TO EXTERNALIZE WHEN THEY encounter problems—to look beyond themselves and find fault with others when things go wrong. Society’s mantra is “There’s plenty of blame to go around!” You can hear it echo in the reactions to the election. But
- Feb 16 201710 minutes
Atheism, the Computer Model: Big data meets history to forecast the rise and fall of religion.
In the United States, the nones have it. The nones being people with no organized religion and increasingly no belief in God or a universal spiritual power. They have the momentum, attention, and an expectation that in the future they will become a m
- Sep 15 20161 minute
A Reading List for Powerful Women
Two new books on gender in the workplace can help women and men become better colleagues and managers.
- Feb 1 20171 minute
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- Jan 23 20172 minutes
The Impossible Climb
Sallie Krawcheck says that for women to get ahead, they might have to write their own rules.
- Feb 16 20173 minutes
How Single Women Are Changing Society: Thinking out of the nuclear family box.
Bella DePaulo never fantasized about a dream wedding or being a bridesmaid. Instead, she saw herself as “single at heart,” pursuing intellectual refinement, friendship, and solitude as a young psychologist. Still, she had internalized the popular ide
- Aug 8 20163 minutes
A Summer of Bloodshed Threatens Europe’s Union
“WE ARE ON THE BRINK OF A CIVIL war.” That’s how Patrick Calvar, head of France’s domestic-security agency, described the jihadist threat to his country in early summer. Just a few weeks later, a man drove a truck through crowds in Nice, killing 84 p
- May 1 20162 minutes
How to Handle Personal Conflicts Professionally
Whether it's a betrayal, a personal dislike or a choice between public or private acknowledgement, personal conflicts can arise at work. Find out the right way to navigate these situations.
- Apr 14 20165 minutes
No, You Can’t Feel Sorry for Everyone: The idea of empathy for all ignores the limits of human psychology.
The world seems to be getting more empathetic. Americans donate to charity at record rates. People feel the pain of suffering in geographically distant countries brought to our attention by advances in communications and transportation. Violence, see
- Jan 22 20173 minutes
The 'Far Right' in America: A Brief Taxonomy
Untangling the different figures and factions, from the Klan to the alt-right.
- Feb 13 20173 minutes
In France, an Election Veers Off the Rails
François Fillon was leading in January. No more | “Can Macron embody the image of a president of a country…at war?”
- Dec 21 201610 minutes
A Brief Economic History of Time
Capitalism changed how humans perceive the passage of hours, days, and weeks. This made people more productive, but did it make them any happier?
- Sep 19 20163 minutes
Don’t Believe the New Myths About America’s White Working Class
THIS HAS BEEN AN ELECTION YEAR FILLED WITH SLOPPY sociology. Democrats, as usual, mistakenly see voters primarily as members of vast, amorphous “identity” groups rather than as individuals. Now the Republicans have joined in. “An odd symmetry has eme
- May 29 20163 minutes
How Facebook Fuels Relationship Anxiety
John Bowlby, born in 1907 London to an upper class family, had little parental love. His mother believed (as was common at the time) kindness would spoil children, and his father, a knighted surgeon, left home to fight in the Great War; his primary c
- Mar 5 20157 minutes
Casual Sex May Be Improving America’s Marriages: One-night stands and friends with benefits are just what your brain ordered.
An American man and a French woman meet on a train in Eastern Europe. They live on different continents. But before the sun comes up, they have spent the night together. What happens next? You’d expect the answer to be, nothing. It’s just a one-night
- Dec 29 20167 minutes
The Buried Story of Male Hysteria
When men actually began to be diagnosed as “hysterics,” doctors searched for a cause. They found a chemical that may be on the rise again today.
- May 19 201613 minutes
The Man Who Blamed Aging on His Intestines: The productive, bizarre career of Nobel laureate and early aging researcher Elie Metchnikoff.
One day in late December 1899, Elie Metchnikoff, one of the world’s most famous biologists, woke up to discover he had found the key to immortality. That, at least, was what the popular French daily Le Matin announced on its front page that morning.
- Feb 10 20176 minutes
Why Forced Secularism in Schools Leads to Polarization
In France, the governmental devotion to a national culture has left some students fighting for their identities.
- Oct 6 201612 minutes
Beyond Sexual Orientation: Sexual fluidity is a challenge to both traditional and alternative sexual narratives.
Lisa Diamond’s seventh interview is the one that she remembers best. She had recruited “subject 007” at Cornell University, where she was studying how women who express attraction to other women come to understand their sexual identity. One early ev
- Aug 1 20163 minutes
Yet Another Terror Attack Leaves France Enraged
NOT AGAIN. THAT WAS THE LAMENT OF MANY across France after Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel fatally mowed down 84 revelers in a 19-ton truck on Nice’s seafront Promenade des Anglais on July 14—Bastille Day. This third major terrorist attack within just 18 m
- Dec 16 20167 minutes
Why Christopher Hitchens Was a Hero to Scientists
Yesterday marked five years since the passing of Christopher Hitchens, a writer with friends and admirers spanning the political spectrum, every age, gender and sex, and a range of professions and confessions. Those who’ve read and heard him speak kn
- Jun 1 20161 minute
Leaders: Who's Shaping Your Company's Culture?
If corporate culture starts at the bottom, you're in trouble.
- Feb 13 20172 minutes
How Family Ties Keep You Going, In Sickness And In Health
EXPERTS HAVE LONG KNOWN THAT PEOPLE WITH strong social networks tend to eat healthier, exercise more and even live longer. Now they’re developing a more nuanced understanding of why. Scientists used to think that having another person around helped s
- Aug 1 201312 minutes
Why We Keep Playing the Lottery: Blind to the mathematical odds, we fall to the marketing gods.
To grasp how unlikely it was for Gloria C. MacKenzie, an 84-year-old Florida widow, to have won the $590 million Powerball lottery in May, Robert Williams, a professor of health sciences at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, offers this scenari
- Jul 25 20161 minute
BELINDA LUSCOMBE Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Susan Faludi has made a career writing insightful books about gender like Stiffed: The Betrayal of the American Man. But she was floored when her own father came out as transgender. She recounts his
- Dec 3 201511 minutes
When Destructive Behavior Makes Biological Sense: For people raised in chaos, risk-taking is hardwired.
Robin Marvel was never supposed to succeed. By the time she was a teenager she’d watched her mother be violently beaten by her father and a number of boyfriends, been sexually assaulted herself, moved haphazardly around the country, become an alcohol
- Feb 18 20174 minutes
The Long Arm of Marine Le Pen
Quebec is flirting with French-style secularism—and courting its risks.
- Oct 1 201613 minutes
This French Foodie Sensation Is Coming to the States
In France, he's a celebrity. In America, he's nobody.
- Dec 5 20163 minutes
Thatcherism Redux In France
A pro-Putin student of the Iron Lady squares off against an anti-immigrant backer of the Big State | “What will be left for the poorest people and the middle classes?”