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Let Black Kids Just Be Kids
THE CONCEPT OF CHILDHOOD INNOCENCE ITSELF HAS A DEEP AND DISTURBING RACIAL HISTORY. George Zimmerman admitted at his 2012 bail hearing that he misjudged Trayvon Martin’s age when he killed him. “I thought he was a little bit younger than I am,” he sa
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Maybe We've Been Thinking About the Productivity Slump All Wrong
American businesses are doing a terrible job at making their workers more productive. Productivity growth is the weakest it has been since the early 1980s — only 0.8 percent a year over the last half a decade, compared with 2.3 percent on average fro
The New York Times4 min readPsychology
How Home Visits by Nurses Help Mothers and Children, Especially Boys
On her regular home visits, the nurse brought books for Aliah Arneson to read to her baby daughter, Aisaya. She taught Arneson how to safely install a car seat; how to position Aisaya when her ear hurt so the fluid would drain; and how to confront th
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Not-So-Intellectual Property
In 2013, a movie producer named Tripp Vinson was thumbing through Variety when he stumbled upon a confounding item: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, a pair of writers and directors, were working on something called “The Lego Movie.” Vinson was baffl
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The Hot New Thing in Guatemala, Land of Coffee? It's Coffee
(REPEATING to RECODE as a Page 1 refer, ADD contributor note and ADD photo numbers to art note.) ; (EDS: Name of chain in 3rd graf from end, '& Café', is CQ.); (ART ADV: With photos XNYT145-148.); Nic Wirtz contributed reporting from Antigua, Guatema
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I Don't Want to Watch Slavery Fan Fiction
An illustration by Leonardo Santamaria accompanies this article. WHEN PEOPLE CREATE ALTERNATE HISTORIES, THEY ARE LARGELY REPLICATING A HISTORY WE ALREADY KNOW. Many fiction writers have tried, to varying degrees of success, to reimagine slavery or c
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The Company Behind Many Surprise Emergency Room Bills
Early last year, executives at a small hospital an hour north of Spokane, Washington, started using a company called EmCare to staff and run their emergency room. The hospital had been struggling to find doctors to work in its ER, and turning to EmCa
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To Which Metrics on Hospital Quality Should Patients Pay Attention?
Austin Frakt is a health economist with several governmental and academic affiliations. He blogs at The Incidental Economist, and you can follow him on Twitter at @afrakt. The relatively recent movements toward transparency and quality in health care
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Why Is the Entire Baby Boom in Such a Bad Mood?
Marilyn Suzanne Miller, an original writer for “Saturday Night Live,” is the author of “How to Be a Middle-Aged Babe.” Starting sometime in the mid-1950s, baby boomers became the center of American cultural attention. Toni Home Permanents, cap guns,
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The Men Who Never Have to Grow Up
PETER PAN, DONALD JR., RYAN SEACREST AND THE BOYS. It was early summer, and the wealthy politician’s son was in trouble. He’d done something terrible, possibly criminal, something that would almost certainly derail his future and harm his family. As
The New York Times4 min readReligion & Spirituality
Don't Believe in God? Maybe You'll Try UFOs
This article is accompanied by an illustration by Marion Fayolle that is available at no charge to clients of The New York Times Op-Ed service. THE LESS RELIGIOUS PEOPLE ARE, THE MORE LIKELY THEY ARE TO THINK ALIENS EXIST. Are Americans becoming less
The New York Times4 min readScience
The Glory of a Summer Sleep
This article is accompanied by an illustration by Kevin Lucbert that is available at no charge to clients of The New York Times Op-Ed service. THERE ARE WORSE THINGS TO DO THAN NOTHING. Summer is the silent season, when vacations offer virtually the
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When the (Empty) Apartment Next Door Is Owned by an Oligarch
In Vancouver, British Columbia, the price of a single-family home has soared so fast over the past few years that even many well-paid local workers have been pushed out of the city. In Miami and New York, new luxury apartments are rising rapidly, oft
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Minimum Wage and Job Loss: One Alarming Seattle Study Is Not the Last Word
Arindrajit Dube is associate professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and has conducted extensive research on minimum wages. Seattle was the first city in the United States to raise the minimum wage substantially, so a Univ
The New York Times2 min readPolitics
Why Trump's Base of Support May Be Smaller Than It Seems
Brendan Nyhan is a professor of government at Dartmouth College. ; (ART ADV: With photo XNYT3.) Donald Trump’s approval ratings are the lowest at this stage of a presidency since modern polling began in the mid-20th century. But his party’s base stil
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Behind the Screens
Attention editors: The first paragraph of this article contains language that may be offensive to some readers. AMAZON’S ACQUISITION OF WHOLE FOODS IS NOT ONLY A CLASH BETWEEN ONLINE AND BRICK-AND-MORTAR RETAIL — IT IS ALSO ONE BETWEEN VASTLY DIFFERE
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Maxine Waters Is Learning From Millennials
THE CONGRESSWOMAN ON GOING VIRAL AND WHAT SHE WOULD SAY TO DONALD TRUMP. Q: Recently you’ve found internet fame after some of your public appearances went viral. Why do you think you’ve become so popular with young people? A: They like the way that I
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A Trying Time on a Grand Jury
HOUSTON — After the Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted of manslaughter in the shooting death of Philando Castile last month, Michael Harriot reported in The Root that 99 percent of cops who caused the death of a civilian in the las
The New York Times4 min readSociety
The Paradox of Mexico's Mass Graves
IS THE VIOLENCE SIMPLY A HORRENDOUS CRIME PROBLEM, OR IS IT AN ACTUAL WAR? VERACRUZ, Mexico — The Colinas de Santa Fe neighborhood on the outskirts of this port city looks like hundreds of other residential housing developments built across Mexico in
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The Accent Whisperer
Hold for release: This article may not be posted online, broadcast or published before 12:01 a.m. Eastern on Sunday, July 23, 2017. ‘Why should I trust you?'’ Dominic Cooper said to Samara Bay, his dialect coach. ‘'Trustya,'’ she replied, crushing th
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The Birth of the Modern Middle East
Hold for release: This article may not be posted online, broadcast or published before 12:01 a.m. Eastern on Sunday, July 23, 2017. THIS ACCOUNT OF THE REGION’S MODERNIZERS POINTS TO THE COMPLEXITY OF MUSLIM IDENTITIES. “The Islamic Enlightenment: Th
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Where Else Does the U.S. Have an Infrastructure Problem? Antarctica
McMURDO STATION, Antarctica — The American research station on the edge of this frozen continent may look like a mining camp in the wilderness, but it is actually one of the glories of American science. At McMurdo Station, black volcanic dust boils o
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In South Asian Social Castes, a Living Lab for Genetic Disease
In certain states in southern India, anesthesiologists know to ask anyone undergoing surgery whether they belong to the Vysya, a regional group traditionally associated with traders and businesspeople. Anecdotally, medical workers know that some peop
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Can Psychedelics Be Therapy? Allow Research to Find Out
Aaron E. Carroll is a professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine who blogs on health research and policy at The Incidental Economist and makes videos at Healthcare Triage. In the last few years, calls for marijuana to be researc
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With a Single Finger, Refugees in Canada Take Hold of Their Future
WINNIPEG, Manitoba — There are many differences between the two Ghanaian refugees in Winnipeg, but the most significant comes down to a single thumb. Razak Iyal and Seidu Mohammed became the public face of desperation among refugees in the United Sta
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Every Year, the Sky 'Rains Fish.' Explanations Vary.
YORO, Honduras — Things don’t come easy in La Unión, a small community on the periphery of Yoro, a farming town in north-central Honduras. Poverty is universal, jobs are scarce, large families are crammed into mud-brick homes and meals often are cons
The New York Times4 min read
I Got the Wrong Drug. And $2,500.
Josh Max is a writer and musician. I hadn’t eaten a big or particularly spicy dinner, so I was surprised to be awakened at midnight by a severe burning in my sternum. I’d dutifully taken — so I thought — Omeprazole, an anti-heartburn drug prescribed
The New York Times4 min readSelf-Improvement
When Is Speech Violence?
Lisa Feldman Barrett, a professor of psychology at Northeastern University, is the author of “How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain.” Imagine that a bully threatens to punch you in the face. A week later, he walks up to you and breaks y
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CORRECTION: Will Trump Kill the Bourbon Boom?
Attention editors: This op-ed, which was originally sent over the wire on July 10, 2017, misstated the annual value of American spirits exports. It is $1.5 billion, not $1 billion. The text has been corrected below. If President Trump follows through
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Jane Austen Wasn't Shy
SHE WAS PROUD OF HER BOOKS. SO WHY DO WE KEEP INSISTING OTHERWISE? It is a fiction that should be universally acknowledged: The old yarn that Jane Austen hid her writing, and was reluctant to claim credit for it, is an improbable story based on flims
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