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What 'Choose Your Own Adventure' Books Like 'Cave of Time' Teach Children About Decision-Making

theatlantic.com — The series allowed children to build their own story-but it also created false perceptions about decision-making. Please consider disabling it for our site, or supporting our work in one of these ways Subscribe Now > I should probably start by saying that I'm bad at decisions. Lots of people say that, I know.

How Segregation Has Persisted in Little Rock

The Founding Fathers & Inequality

How Can We End Homelessness in the U.S.?

theatlantic.com — Giving people access to support services and a place to stay can reduce the number of those living on the streets. But can that be done affordably? Please consider disabling it for our site, or supporting our work in one of these ways Subscribe Now > Seemingly every policy group that works on this issue has ideas about how to solve it for good.

This.

this.cm — Before the Revolutionary War, the American colonies were one of the most egalitarian places on earth. So how did the gap between rich and poor get so big?

Economic Inequality and the Founding Fathers

theatlantic.com — Economic disparity is a problem that has grown along with the nation. Please consider disabling it for our site, or supporting our work in one of these ways Subscribe Now > Today, these are things that could define the American Dream: a good job, a home, health care, and security.

The Case For A New WPA

The Economic Case for a New WPA

govexec.com — The social worker Harry Hopkins was convinced of one thing during the Great Depression: It did not benefit a man to sit around waiting for work. "Give a man a dole," he famously said at the time, "and you save his body and destroy his spirit.

The Case for a New WPA

theatlantic.com — Creating more subsidized employment programs like the ones that ran during the Great Depression and the recession could be big step in boosting incomes and helping the people at the bottom of the income ladder, according to a study released this week by the Center on Poverty and Inequality at Georgetown.

Are Religious Groups in Arkansas Creating a Constitutional Conflict by Providing Services to the Poor?

theatlantic.com — Are faith-based programs for the poor a problem when there's no secular alternative? Please consider disabling it for our site, or supporting our work in one of these ways Subscribe Now > Now, the state is asking for more help from faith-based groups.
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Apr 29, 2016

RT @MKhan47: “Down deep, many whites don't want their kids sitting next to blacks.” theatlantic.com/business/archi… @AlanaSemuels

Apr 28, 2016

RT @gillianbwhite: .@AlanaSemuels on the perils of Choose Your Own Adventure books is pretty fantastic: theatlantic.com/entertainment/…

Apr 28, 2016

Me on a more personal topic: How Choose Your Own Adventure books ruined me for decision-making forever: theatlantic.com/entertainment/…

Apr 27, 2016

Schools in Little Rock with the most white students are allegedly the only ones where students receive their own PC. theatlantic.com/business/archi…

Apr 27, 2016

Nearly 60 years after Central High was integrated, Little Rock schools are still separate and unequal. My piece: theatlantic.com/business/archi…

Apr 26, 2016

In 2015 alone, US sales of coloring books shot up from 1 to 12 million units. qz.com/650378 @qz calls it a 'cry for help'

Apr 25, 2016

RT @RosaISmith: Economic equality may be an American ideal, but it's not built into the constitution. @AlanaSemuels explains why https://t.this.cm/cover/571e6959…o/2F5N1wxdh1

Apr 25, 2016

The destruction of the cod fishery in the 1780s prompted the first laws about who should get government bailouts. theatlantic.com/business/archi…


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