US political division has outpaced other democracies

Political polarization in the US has gotten worse over the last four decades at a faster rate than in other major democracies, researchers find.

Jill Kimball-Brown | Jan. 21, 2020 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture emotions journalism politics race-and-ethnicity religion trends united-states

Are big tech monopolies ruining American capitalism?

Listen to this podcast to hear an economist explain how big tech companies like Facebook, Google, and Amazon are threatening capitalism.

U. Chicago | Jan. 15, 2020 | futurity
~2 mins   

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The history of bagels is an American tale

Check out this video to learn the history of bagels, including why one expert says no one's had a real New York bagel since 1967.

Jorge Corona-NYU | Jan. 15, 2020 | futurity
~1 mins   

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Experts: To ease tensions, the U.S. and Iran must soften their rhetoric

To ease tensions between the US and Iran, "both sides have to find a way to walk away from the rhetoric they have used that binds them to escalatory action."

Melissa De Witte-Stanford | Jan. 14, 2020 | futurity
~1 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture iran rhetoric united-states war

Expert: Suleimani killing moves the US and Iran closer to war

An expert tells you what you need to know about what could happen next following the US killing of Iranian Major General Qassim Suleimani.

Lawrence Goodman-Brandeis | Jan. 6, 2020 | futurity
~1 mins   

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When auto assembly plants close, opioid deaths rise

The closing of local automotive assembly plants may lead to increases in deaths from opioid overdose, research finds.

Katie Delach-Penn | Dec. 31, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine death economics jobs opioids overdose united-states

Voter poll: 11% of Republicans say climate is a crisis

A survey of people who intend to vote in the presidential primaries suggests more concern about climate change among Republicans than you might expect.

Chuck Finder-WUSTL | Dec. 20, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment society-and-culture climate-change politics united-states voters

Congress and climate news spark oil company ads

When climate change is in the news or a focus of Congress, oil companies spend more money on advertising, new research shows.

Jill Kimball-Brown | Dec. 17, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment advertising business climate-change energy government journalism money united-states

A quick history of Christmas trees in Jewish homes

A historian explains why many American Jews once had Christmas Trees in their homes, why the practice fell off, and who's bringing it back.

Julian Cardillo-Brandeis | Dec. 17, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: featured society-and-culture history holidays judaism religion united-states

Many Americans overlook war crimes if the war is ‘just’

A new study "helps explain the strength of support for the recent pardoning of US soldiers convicted of war crimes."

Melissa De Witte-Stanford | Dec. 13, 2019 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture crimes ethics soldiers surveys united-states war

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