Martha Saxton, Amherst College On Mother’s Day, it is important and poignant to recall the hard life of Mary Ball Washington, who struggled – mostly alone – to raise our Founding Father. Historians have left us with inaccurate and mostly unpleasant accounts of her long and laborious years. […]
Clare Mehta, Emmanuel College If you could be one age for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Faith in numbers: Trump held steady among believers at the ballot – it was the nonreligious vote he lost in 2020
Ryan Burge, Eastern Illinois University For all the predictions and talk of a slump in support among evangelicals, it appears Donald Trump’s election loss was not at the hands of religious voters. As an analyst of religious data, I’ve been crunching data released in March 2021 that breaks […]
The purpose of play — for children, monkeys, rats or meerkats — has proved surprisingly hard to pin down. Scientists continue to toss around ideas. By Chris Woolston 3.30.2021 Anyone who has ever chucked a tennis ball in the general vicinity of a border collie knows that […]
Caitlin Clark, Colorado State University Whether baked as chips into a cookie, melted into a sweet warm drink or molded into the shape of a smiling bunny, chocolate is one of the world’s most universally consumed foods.
Biden wants corporations to pay for his $2 trillion infrastructure plans, echoing a history of calls for companies to chip in when times are tough
Stephanie Leiser, University of Michigan President Joe Biden just proposed a roughly US$2 trillion infrastructure plan, which he ambitiously compared to the interstate highway system and the space race. He aims to pay for it solely by taxing companies more, including the first increase in the corporate tax […]
J. Alexander Navarro, University of Michigan Picture the United States struggling to deal with a deadly pandemic. State and local officials enact a slate of social-distancing measures, gathering bans, closure orders and mask mandates in an effort to stem the tide of cases and deaths. The public responds […]
‘Sex addiction’ isn’t a justification for killing, or really an addiction – it reflects a person’s own moral misgivings about sex
Joshua B. Grubbs, Bowling Green State University A 21-year-old white man is alleged to have entered three different spas in the greater Atlanta area on March 16 and shot dead eight people, six of whom were Asian women. The following day, Cherokee County sheriff’s officials announced what the […]
‘Doing nothing’ is all the rage – is it a form of resistance, or just an indulgence for the lucky few?
Ingrid Nelson, Amherst College The pandemic has either created too much free time or too little. Kitchen-table commutes and reduced social obligations expand mornings and weekends for some, while caretakers and gig workers are exhausted by the constant, overlapping demands of home and work.
US could save tens of thousands of lives and tens of billions of dollars with 3 weeks of strict COVID-19 measures
Anna Scherbina, Brandeis University